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Insight: Jindal Budget Team Gets Creative to Make Ends Meet (+audio)
By Amy Jeffries and Robert Travis Scott. Feb. 24, 2014.
“As reporters and analysts dug deeper into the state budget proposal this week, the plan was scrutinized for its creative financing, including using the Coastal Protection and Restoration Fund as a pass-through account…” (listen here)
Play about BP disaster to premiere in BR
By Robin Miller, The Advocate. Feb. 24, 2014.
“Jason Anderson, a tool pusher working on the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig, calls his wife, as he regularly did, to let her know he’s OK…” (read more)
Solve dead zone problem in Gulf, get $1 mn
By Alex Saltarin, The Tech Times. Feb. 22, 2014.
“Tulane University has announced an ambitious challenge that comes with great rewards. The university is now offering $1 million in rewards…” (read more)
FEMA accredits New Orleans' levees
By Associated Press. Feb. 21, 2014.
“The Federal Emergency Management Administration has declared the New Orleans area levee system accredited…” (read more)
To change metro New Orleans' image, business booster GNO Inc. launches relocation website
By Jed Lipinski, The Times-Picayune. Feb. 21, 2014.
“New Orleans has an image problem. Despite its emerging reputation as a "brain magnet" and a boomtown for middle-income jobs […] Nine years after Hurricane Katrina, some even suspect parts of the city are still underwater…” (read more)
5th Circuit deputy clerk: 'Staff error' caused wrong ruling on BP's request to have full court review oil spill settlement
By David Hammer, WWL TV. Feb. 21, 2014.
“A three-judge panel of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals kept alive BP's request to have the full court review its expensive settlement…” (read more)
Federal judge delays June trial of BP rig leaders
By WWL. Feb. 20, 2014.
“The trial for two BP employees charged in the deadly 2010 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig…” (read more)
IU prof receives prestigious award to research deltas
By Ron Shawgo, The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, Ind.). Feb. 22, 2014.
“In Louisiana, deltaic land is disappearing at a rapid rate, about a football field’s worth an hour, Edmonds said. He will use his award money to address a basic question…” (read more)
Plaquemines tank farm concerns prompt lawsuit
By Amy Wold, The Advocate. Feb. 24, 2014.
“The people who live in the upscale camp community of Myrtle Grove in Plaquemines Parish know that when a tropical storm starts heading their way…” (read more)
Oil spill closes Port of New Orleans, 65-mile stretch of Mississippi
By UPI. Feb. 23, 2014.
“The U.S. Coast Guard said the source of an oil spill was secured but 65 miles of the Mississippi River including the Port of New Orleans remained closed Sunday…” (read more)
Recycled Christmas trees dropped in Bayou Sauvage
By KATC. Feb. 21, 2014.
“More than 12,000 Christmas trees collected in Orleans Parish after the holidays were airlifted into the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge…” (read more)
Book recounts oil and gas exploration history, effects on La.’s coast
By Amy Wold, The Advocate. Feb. 21, 2014.
“The history of the impact of oil and gas production on coastal Louisiana’s ecosystems has been a long and sometimes bumpy one that continues to this day…” (read more)
FEMA declares New Orleans area levee system accredited, clearing way for lower flood insurance rates for many
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Feb. 20, 2014.
“The Federal Emergency Management Administration on Thursday declared the New Orleans area levee system accredited, clearing the way for the improved storm surge protection…” (read more)
Levee board begs corps to get a 10-year jump on subsidence — at local expense
By Bob Marshall, The Lens. Feb. 20, 2014.
“Death and taxes may be the only certainties of life in the rest of the nation, but residents of southeast Louisiana have one more: subsidence…” (read more)
Governor would have more say in appointing levee authority members, under proposed legislation
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Feb. 20, 2014
“Gov. Bobby Jindal would have the authority to reject individuals recommended by an independent committee for seats on the two New Orleans-area levee authorities…” (read more)
La. House budget hearings delayed by Mardi Gras, will start after legislative session begins
By Associated Press. Feb. 21, 2014
“The Mardi Gras calendar is disrupting lawmakers' review of Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget proposal…” (read more)
BP to Meet With Feds on Parameters of Oil Spill Penalty Trials
By Collin Eaton, The Houston Chronicle. Feb. 20, 2014.
“A federal judge on Wednesday ordered BP and U.S. attorneys to meet next month to discuss how the "penalty phase" in BP’s oil spill trial will proceed…” (read more)
To block large flood insurance premium hikes, political pressure is turning the tide
By Bruce Alpert, The Times-Picayune. Feb. 20, 2014.
“After resisting calls to delay or pull back the 2012 Biggert-Waters law's flood insurance premium increases, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor…” (read more)
2015 Lt. Gov. race: Billy Nungesser dominates money game, Elbert Guillory in the red
By Lauren McGaughy, The Times-Picayune. Feb. 20, 2014.
“In the race for who will become Louisiana's next lieutenant governor, Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser is taking no chances his second time at bat…” (read more)
Retired Louisiana Lt. General Russell Honore" may run for governor
By KTVE (Monroe). Feb. 19, 2014.
“A well-known Louisiana general may throw his hat into the political ring. Lt. General Russell Honore' is a blunt and beloved man in Louisiana…” (read more)
Vitter discusses push for road, levee projects
By Jon Harper, The Daily Comet (Lafourche Parish, La.). Feb. 18, 2014.
“U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., laid out his legislative business agenda for local residents Monday…” (read more)
$1-million contest for solution to 'dead zones'
By Bill Capo, WWL TV. Feb. 17, 2014.
“Many summers a so called "Dead Zone" appears in the Gulf of Mexico, an area with oxygen levels in the water so low marine life can't survive. It can be a huge problem for Louisiana…” (read more)
Jindal's chief of staff resigns
By Dave Fields, KATC. Feb. 18, 2014.
“Gov. Bobby Jindal's Chief of Staff, Paul Rainwater, is resigning, effective March 3, "to pursue opportunities in the private sector," a release from the governor's office said Tuesday…” (read more)
Sinking levee shows difficulty of protecting New Orleans from flooding
By Bob Marshall, The Lens. Feb. 17, 2014.
“What’s more worrisome? A. The Army Corps of Engineers is repairing a newly-built levee that has subsided as much as six inches…” (read more)
Capitol Digest: Mardi Gras delays budget hearings, Jindal to speak at 2014 RLC in New Orleans
By Lauren McGaughy and Julia O'Donoghue, The Times-Picayune. Feb. 15, 2014.
“House will hold later budget hearings – Over the course of the last several years, Louisiana's House Appropriations Committee has held its budget meetings…”
“Think tank sounds off on coastal fund - The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana says Jindal and the state Legislature need to be more careful about how they use the Coastal Protection and Restoration Fund…”
Louisiana oil industry launches latest campaign in ongoing 'legacy lawsuit' battle
By Jennifer Larino, The Times-Picayune. Feb. 18, 2014.
“The Louisiana oil and gas industry has spent the better part of the past decade locked in a public debate with landowners and those who represent them…” (read more)
BP fights US government for release of gulf spill 'evidence'
By Ed Crooks, The Financial Times. Feb. 15, 2014.
“BP is trying to force the US government to release evidence that the company says shows its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has done much less…” (read more)
Tulane to announce $1 million prize for 'dead zones' solution on Monday
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Feb. 14, 2014.
“Tulane University President Scott Cowen will announce the creation of a $1 million "Grand Challenge" prize aimed at finding better ways to fight hypoxia…” (read more)
La. tree planting focuses on restoring native habitat
By Amy Wold, The Advocate. Feb. 16, 2014.
“Ben Henry, 8, was helping plant trees with his mother, Donata Henry, at the Abita Creek Preserve on a beautiful Saturday morning but was getting a little distracted…” (read more)
LED says world wants La. goods
By Lynda Edwards, The Daily Advertiser. Feb. 15, 2014.
“The world wants more of Louisiana goods, according to Louisiana Economic Development…” (read more)
Political Horizons: Levee board lawsuit still under fire
By Mark Ballard, The Advocate. Feb. 16, 2014.
“Once again, the Louisiana Legislature will spend much time during the coming months trying to control, if not eliminate, lawsuits…” (read more)
New Louisiana plan relies heavily on diversions to reduce nutrients causing Gulf 'dead zone'
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Feb. 13, 2014.
“Louisiana plans to use existing and proposed sediment and freshwater diversions as part of a new plan for removing a small share of the fertilizers and other nutrients from the Mississippi…” (read more)
BP Deepwater Horizon spill oil causes heart damage that can kill tuna, new study finds
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Feb. 13, 2014.
“Crude oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon spill contains a chemical that interferes with fish heart cells, slowing heart rates…” (read more)
Toxins released by oil spills send fish hearts into cardiac arrest
By Louis Sahagun, The Los Angeles Times. Feb. 13, 2014.
“Scientists have cracked a cellular biology mystery underlying a harmful effect oil spills have on fish: irregular heartbeats that can lead to cardiac arrest…” (read more)
'Zee' named Graves' successor
By Erin Besson, The Tri-Parish Times (Houma, La.). Feb. 13, 2014.
“A Houma resident on Monday will claim leadership of the state’s top position on coastal issues…” (read more)
World Wetlands Day celebrates local move
By Channing Parfait, The Tri-Parish Times (Houma, La.). Feb. 13, 2014.
“World Wetlands Day detailed the value of Louisiana’s vanishing wetlands to students at the Wetlands Discovery Center’s new home at the Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum…” (read more)
House Republicans to offer new legislation to fix large flood insurance hikes
By Bruce Alpert, The Times-Picayune. Feb. 14, 2014.
“House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Wednesday that the House will take up a "modified version" of legislation that passed the Senate January 30…” (read more)
Louisiana bays and bayous vanish from nautical maps
By Rick Jervis, USA Today. Feb. 12, 2014.
“Flip Tayamen has seen the wetlands of his childhood disintegrate and vanish. Still, he was stunned to hear that those bays and bayous…” (read more)
BP Oil Spill: Dolphins Plagued By Death, Disease Years After Rig Explosion
By Huffington Post Canada. Feb. 12, 2014.
“Missing teeth. Lung disease. Extreme hormone levels. Four years after BP's Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, gushing some 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the region is rife with death and disease, according to a major U.S. study…” (read more)
Support for wetland restoration dramatically increased over past decade, survey shows
By Benjamin Alexander-Bloch, The Times-Picayune. Feb. 11, 2014.
“An survey commissioned by America's WETLAND Foundation hows [sic] that support for restoring coastal wetlands has increased dramatically in Louisiana over the past decade…” (read more)
Poll indicates coastal erosion biggest concern
By The Post South (Plaquemine, La.). Feb. 11, 2014.
“Seventy-four percent of Louisiana voters responding to a recent statewide poll said that coastal erosion was the most important issue of their lifetime…” (read more)
BP’s green makeover stifled backlash after oil spill, study shows"
By Collin Eaton, Fuel Fix. Feb. 11, 2014.
“Before the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, BP’s multimillion-dollar advertising machine convinced surveyed American consumers it was the most environmentally friendly oil company, university researchers wrote in a recent paper…” (read more)
Conservation Measures Suddenly Gain Momentum in Congress
By Bob Marshall, Field & Stream. Feb. 11, 2014.
“In an earlier life, when I covered sports that involved balls, a coach once told me “Momentum is a factor because the players think it is…” (read more)
Off-bottom oyster farming launched in Grand Isle waters
By Don Ames, WWL. Feb. 12, 2014.
“A Louisiana oyster growing project, in the works since 2004, is finally off the ground, literally…” (read more)
Louisiana's Landrieu set to take over Senate energy panel chair
By Reuters. Feb. 11, 2014.
“Poised to take the reins of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Senator Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat…” (read more)
By Gambit (New Orleans, La.). Feb. 11, 2014.
“The resignation of Garret Graves as chairman of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) creates an opportunity for Gov. Bobby Jindal to reassess his position…” (read more)
Violet Canal to be closed for Bayou Dupre sector gate maintenance
By Jed Lipinski, The Times-Picayune. Feb. 10, 2014.
“The Violet Canal, the waterway that connects St. Bernard Parish with the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet, will be closed to all navigation for approximately 75 days beginning Feb. 17…” (read more)