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2:59 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Nearly 4,000 May Get Damages In Chinese Drywall Suit

Homeowners in Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Virginia, Texas and Alabama are eligible to share damages awarded in a lawsuit against Chinese drywall manufacturer Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd.
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A federal judge has ruled that nearly 4,000 homeowners who say Chinese drywall ruined their homes are eligible to share any further damages he may award in lawsuits against a government-owned manufacturer that failed to show up in court.

Attorney Leonard Davis of New Orleans said Monday that notices were sent Friday to the homeowners in Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Virginia, Texas and Alabama.

U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon certified all plaintiffs in nine lawsuits last week as members of a class-action suit against Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd.

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Latest News
4:36 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Louisiana Receives $340 Million From BP For Coastal Restoration

Louisiana will receive $340 million dollars from oil giant BP for coastal restoration projects in the state. The payout was given final approval Friday by BP’s trustees.
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Louisiana will receive $340 million from oil giant BP for coastal restoration projects in the state.

The payout was given final approval today by BP’s trustees.

The oil company must pay for damages caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, under the rules of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment program.

Louisiana plans to use the money for “outer coast restoration,” including rebuilding barrier islands in the state.

Beach, dune, and marsh habitat creation projects are planned for four islands in the state, including Whiskey Island and Shell Island.

Latest News
4:09 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

New City Ordinance Makes Blight Eradication Easier

A new ordinance passed by the City Council in February authorizes city workers to clean up trash or overgrown grass without scheduling a hearing.
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City officials are hoping to clear 1,200 lots of tall grass and trash in New Orleans in the next year, the Advocate reports.

It’s part of the latest push to eradicate blight, helped along by a new ordinance passed by the City Council in February authorizing city workers to clean up trash or overgrown grass without a hearing.

Under the new system, homeowners have one week to fix problems after a property has been cited by an inspector. If it’s not fixed, the cost for cleanup is added to the owner’s property tax bill.

Latest News
3:03 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Businesses Won't Have To Return BP Spill Payouts

A federal judge says BP must stick by an agreement with companies that got payouts after claiming the 2010 Gulf oil spill hurt their businesses.
kris krüg Wikimedia

BP wanted its money back — hundreds of millions of dollars of it — but a federal judge says the oil giant must stick by an agreement with companies that got payouts after claiming the 2010 Gulf oil spill hurt their business.

BP argued Wednesday that a flawed funding formula in the settlement is giving money to businesses for questionable claims, and they should be forced to return it.

But U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier says a deal is a deal. Barbier had ordered the formula changed several weeks ago

Coastal Desk
1:11 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

On Rita Anniversary, Story Of A Small Town Comeback

Shrimp boats in Delcambre, Louisiana, where customers can buy seafood from the dock through Delcambre Direct Seafood
Ed Lallo Louisiana Seafood News

Wednesday marks the nine-year anniversary of Hurricane Rita's landfall in Texas, and the flooding of the Louisiana coast. Western parishes like Cameron, Vermilion and Iberia were hit hard. Plus, Rita added a whole new layer to the unprecedented damage of Katrina and the floods of just a few weeks prior.

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Latest News
7:49 am
Wed September 24, 2014

BP Asking Federal Court To Approve Refunds Of Fraudulent Claims

BP will be asking a federal judge in New Orleans today to approve refunding some settlement payments over the 2010 oil spill.

The company says hundreds of millions of dollars should be returned from some businesses that received payments between August 2012 to October of last year.

BP says it's fair because Judge Carl Barbier found the formula used at that time was incorrect, and ordered a change.

Opposing attorneys say BP is trying to get out of its obligations. They say the release plaintiffs sign to get a settlement payment is a binding agreement for both sides.

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Latest News
7:31 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Congress Looking At Overbudget VA Hospital Construction

Congress is taking a look at veterans hospitals under construction — including the one taking shape in New Orleans.

It comes after a report found some medical centers are taking longer and costing more than estimated.

The House has passed a bill to increase oversight.

The report found some medical centers are taking three years longer to complete than estimated, and costing an extra $366 million per project.

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Out To Lunch
1:51 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Out To Lunch: NOLA Phoenix

Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Rick Lineberger

New Orleans is rising from the debris of 2005 in ways that could never have been predicted, even by the most optimistic of prognosticators.

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Education
9:31 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Q&A: One Student's Educational Saga In New Orleans

Whitman Wilcox V, 17, stands for a portrait on Aug. 15 at his home in New Orleans.
Edmund D. Fountain for NPR

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 7:21 pm

This year, NPR Ed is reporting on the dramatic changes in the New Orleans school system.

Whitman Wilcox V attended kindergarten through second grade at a neighborhood public school in the Lower 9th Ward. He had just started the third grade when Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005. His family was forced to evacuate; he wound up at a Catholic school in Houston.

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Latest News
7:55 am
Wed September 10, 2014

St. Bernard Project Marks AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary With 24-Hour Builds

The St. Bernard Project began after Hurricane Katrina, and has since grown to help other communities rebuild after natural disasters.
Credit St. Bernard Project

A New Orleans-area non-profit is marking the 20th anniversary of the AmeriCorps volunteer program with all-night rebuilding projects. The events are planned at disaster-recovery zones from the Gulf Coast to New York City.

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