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Government shutdown sparks plea to White House to delay flood insurance rate increase

October 9, 2013

The effort to delay and minimize an expected increase in flood insurance rates is shifting to the White House since legislative action is stalled during the ongoing government shutdown.

House caucus strategizes on averting big flood insurance premium hikes

October 9, 2013

Nineteen members of a caucus working to combat sharp increases in flood insurance premiums held another closed-door strategy session Wednesday that included hearing from the lead author of the bill responsible for the new rate structure.

Pounds of oily material washed onto Louisiana beaches, swamps

October 9, 2013

With the passing of Tropical Storm Karen this weekend, contractors picked up 33 pounds of oily material off Elmer’s Island and about 23 pounds off Grand Isle on Monday afternoon after the stormy water helped bring mainly tar balls to…

Justice Department rests in second phase of BP oil spill trial

October 9, 2013

Justice Department attorneys rested their case Wednesday in the federal civil trial of BP and Anadarko Petroleum Corp., as the firms and the government continued to argue over how much oil was released into the Gulf of Mexico in the…

At BP oil spill trial, Justice Department witnesses bolster larger spill number

October 9, 2013

The parade of witnesses aimed at bolstering the federal government's argument that 4.2 million barrels of oil spilled from BP's Macondo well in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster continued in federal court on Tuesday, amid signs that the…

Documentary on ‘Mr. Go’ debuts at Loyola and will be shown on WYES

October 8, 2013

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A now-closed navigation canal blamed by many for much of the catastrophic flooding that hit the New Orleans area during Hurricane Katrina is the subject of a new documentary.

TS Karen leaves tar balls, beach erosion on Grand Isle

October 7, 2013

GRAND ISLE, La. - Life is returning to normal on Louisiana's only inhabited barrier island.

BP, federal government fighting over leak totals in Gulf oil spill trial in New Orleans

October 7, 2013

The U.S. Justice Department on Monday launched its case for a higher estimate of how much oil coursed out of the Macondo well in 2010, and BP lawyers began working to pick apart the federal government's experts and their theories…

Tropical Storm Karen fizzles, but less than predictably

October 7, 2013

Within hours of Tropical Storm Karen forming above the warm waters that separate Mexico from Cuba, Gov. Bobby Jindal had declared a statewide emergency for Louisiana. As the storm grew, floodgates closed. Parish leaders urged vigilance or evacuations at hastily…

The Louisiana Coast: Last Call — The RESTORE Act

October 7, 2013

The second part of a trial resumed in the Federal District Court here in New Orleans this month to decide just how much BP will pay for polluting the Gulf of Mexico and Louisiana during the Deepwater Horizon spill back…