Cochran offers Louisiana levee amendments
By Michael Newsom, The Sun Herald. May 9, 2013.
"GULFPORT — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., has introduced amendments designed to make sure a Louisiana levee plan wouldn't send water to Mississippi, placing the state at higher risk for flooding during hurricanes and other storms…" (read more)
Water bill could see smooth sailing in Senate, despite critics
By Curtis Tate, McClatchy. May 9, 2013.
"WASHINGTON — Amid sharply partisan exchanges over guns, immigration and the federal budget, the debate that began in the Senate this week over a water resources bill seems relatively tame…" (read more)
FEMA will revise flood maps to credit local levees, Louisiana officials say
By Bruce Alpert, The Times-Picayune. May 9, 2013.
"WASHINGTON — The head of the federal flood insurance program is promising to redo flood-risk maps to take locally built levees into consideration, according to Louisiana officials who met Thursday with David Miller, the associate administrator of the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration…" (read more)
Ex-BP executive's trial delayed
By the Associated Press. May 9, 2013.
"NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has agreed to postpone the trial of a former BP executive charged with concealing information from Congress about the amount of oil that was leaking from the company's blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010…" (read more)