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  • Gas no longer escaping from rig off La. coast

    February 1, 2014 1:29 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The operator and federal regulators say the flow of natural gas, water and sand has been stopped at a drilling rig off Louisiana's coast. EnVen Energy Ventures LLC and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said Saturday that the flow was stopped about 7 p.m. Friday.... more »
  • Pilot dead in helicopter crash

    October 9, 2013 12:04 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The pilot of a helicopter which crashed after lifting off from a Gulf production platform died in the incident, according to the company which operates the platform. Bobbie Ireland, Director of Corporate Communications Americas for Woodgroup, said the contracted helicopter was picking up three Woodgroup employees... more »
  • Karen continues to approach coast

    October 5, 2013 7:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Tropical Storm Karen continued to move north overnight and is expected to move northeast later today. The center of the storm is about 185 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi River. It continues to track north at 10 mph and is expected to slow down... more »
  • Honore backs lawsuit against oil companies

    September 9, 2013 3:09 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Army general who won acclaim for helping restore order in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina is backing a flood control board's lawsuit against oil and gas companies. Retired Lt. Gen. Russell Honore endorses the lawsuit in a full-page advertisement in Monday editions of The Advocate newspaper.... more »
  • Fewer beach advisories off La. coast for Labor Day weekend

    August 30, 2013 11:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- There are fewer beach advisories for the Labor Day weekend than earlier this summer. Scientists posted warnings about potentially dangerous bacteria in the water off two coastal areas: Cypremort State Park and a section of Grand Isle State Park. Previously, more than half of beaches in... more »
  • Judge refuses to suspend BP settlement payments

    August 28, 2013 10:34 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has rejected BP's latest request to suspend settlement payments to Gulf Coast residents and businesses while former FBI Director Louis Freeh leads an independent investigation of the program, which compensates victims of the company's 2010 oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's order Wednesday... more »
  • Relief well work, cleanup continue at blowout site

    August 26, 2013 2:03 PM

    HOUMA - Federal regulators say drilling continues on a relief well to permanently seal a natural gas well that blew wild last month in the Gulf of Mexico. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement spokeswoman Eileen Angelico says crews finished plugging and cementing the original well on Aug. 13. She... more »
  • La. community is 'a ghost town' a year after Isaac

    August 26, 2013 2:01 PM

    BRAITHWAITE - Isaac barely had hurricane-strength winds when it blew ashore a year ago, but its effects are still apparent in coastal Louisiana where thousands of homes flooded. After landfall on Aug. 28, 2012, Isaac stalled, dumping more than a foot of rain and churning a monstrous storm surge. In... more »
  • Levee board's suit moved to federal court

    August 13, 2013 2:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans-area levee authority's lawsuit against dozens of oil and gas companies has been transferred from state to federal court at the request of one of the companies, but the move may be temporary. In a court filing Tuesday, attorneys for Chevron U.S.A. Inc. argue... more »
  • Water quality improves, fewer beach advisories

    August 2, 2013 10:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Fewer Louisiana beaches have swim advisories this weekend. Only four have warnings posted for swimmers to swim at their own risk. Holly Beach, Rutherford, Cypremort and Grand Isle #2 have posted warnings. Just a few weeks ago, half or more had warnings about dangerous bacteria in... more »
  • Gulf relief well drilling expected to take month

    July 30, 2013 3:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Crews are expected this week to begin drilling a relief well at the site of a natural gas well that blew wild off the Louisiana coast but eventually was choked off by sand and sediment. The federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said the a rig... more »
  • Federal agency to probe blown Gulf well

    July 29, 2013 4:39 PM

    ON THE GULF OF MEXICO - A federal agency has announced plans for a panel investigation aimed at finding out what caused last week's gas well blowout off the Louisiana coast. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said it will work closely with the Coast Guard to determine the... more »
  • More advisories for La. beaches

    July 26, 2013 9:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Fifteen beaches have warnings posted about potentially dangerous bacteria. Scientists advise people to think twice before entering water in some of the region's popular coastal getaways, including Cypremort State Park, Grand Isle State Park #2, and Holly Beach. Twenty-five beaches are monitored for bacteria. Weekly tests... more »
  • Restrictions remain around blown out gas well

    July 26, 2013 12:06 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Air and water navigation restrictions remain in place around a natural gas well that blew wild and caught fire earlier this week about 55 miles off the Louisiana coast. The federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement was expected Friday afternoon to announce the status of plans... more »
  • Experts say environmental risk from blowout small

    July 24, 2013 1:51 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Experts say the blowout and fire at a natural gas well off the coast of Louisiana won't necessarily pose much of an environmental risk. For one thing, officials say they're seeing no sheens near the well during flyovers of the area. That indicates that gas is burning... more »
  • Advisories posted at La. beaches due to bacteria

    July 19, 2013 10:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Advisories were posted on beaches in Louisiana after scientists discovered potentially dangerous bacteria. Popular coastal spots were included in the warning, including a section of Grand Isle. Click HERE for a complete list of advisories. The postings come a few weeks after a more serious warning... more »
  • Company seals leak at gas well off Louisiana coast

    July 12, 2013 2:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A gas well that started leaking several days ago in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast has been sealed. Eileen Angelico, a spokeswoman for the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, said Friday that Energy Resource Technology, LLC, a day earlier began the sealing... more »
  • Fisheries officials: Below-average shrimp season

    July 10, 2013 10:58 AM

    HOUMA - Federal fisheries officials are predicting a below-average brown shrimp season for the next year in waters off Louisiana and federal waters off Louisiana and Texas. Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issue an annual prediction of brown shrimp catches based on monitoring juvenile population numbers, growth... more »
  • Crews working to seal leaking well off La. coast

    July 10, 2013 10:23 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Crews are working to seal an old oil and gas well off the Louisiana coast that began leaking during work to plug it permanently. Eileen Angelico, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, says the bureau is reviewing plans to seal the well. She... more »
  • Study urges spending on coastal restoration

    July 9, 2013 10:25 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A new study says wildlife tourism is a $19 billion industry along the Gulf Coast and urges states to focus spending of settlement money from the 2010 BP oil spill on restoring sensitive areas that keep guides, hotels and others in business. The study, commissioned by the... more »
  • La. teen missing off Honduras coast rescued

    July 3, 2013 2:26 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- A Louisiana teenager and seven others on a boat that vanished off the coast of Honduras have been found. The U.S. Coast Guard found the group Wednesday morning on Utila Island, about 65 miles from where they left shore. They had been stranded there since Sunday after the... more »
  • Warning about flesh-eating bacteria off La. coast

    June 28, 2013 10:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State health leaders issued a warning Friday for coastal water: it may have flesh-eating bacteria. One person has died and three others got sick from the bacteria, which is naturally occurring in warm seawater. Experts recommend not going into the water with open wounds, since it... more »
  • Tropical Storm Barry weakens, dumps rain on Mexico

    June 20, 2013 4:20 PM

    MIAMI - What was once Tropical Storm Barry has weakened to a depression after making landfall in Mexico, but deadly flash floods and mudslides remain a threat. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Barry made landfall Thursday morning. It was moving west over land and lost its tropical... more »
  • Constitutional limits on oil spill money fails

    June 17, 2013 2:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Attempts to limit Gulf Coast oil spill penalty money to coastal restoration in the Louisiana Constitution failed to gain legislative passage for a second year in a row. Disagreements continue over just how tightly the dollars should be restricted. Rep. Simone Champagne of Erath says she wants... more »
  • Cleanup work after BP oil spill ending in 3 states

    June 10, 2013 2:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP PLC says cleanup work is ending in three of the states affected by the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The London-based oil giant said Monday that the Coast Guard is concluding "active cleanup operations" in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, but the... more »
  • Coastal homeowners stagger under insurance costs

    May 31, 2013 10:40 AM

    GULF SHORES, Ala. - Stan Virden moved into his 2,400-square-foot house overlooking a rock-lined canal in 1996 and paid less than $1,000 a year for homeowners insurance. Now the 80-year-old Navy captain is considering moving to Atlanta to be near family, but he says potential buyers for the house are... more »
  • Bryant: $69M more from BP for Gulf restoration

    May 2, 2013 3:14 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - BP PLC has agreed to pay $69 million more for restoration projects for the Mississippi Gulf Coast following, says Gov. Phil Bryant. The money is part of $1 billion the oil giant agreed two years ago to pay for early restoration work after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon... more »
  • Tug captain burned in fire

    March 13, 2013 1:06 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The Coast Guard released details late Tuesday about a tug fire near Lafitte. The 47-foot tug Shanon E. Settoon collided with a pipeline while pushing an oil barge Tuesday evening. The collision caused a fire. All crew members escaped, but the captain suffered second to third-degree burns... more »
  • Tug hits pipeline, erupts into flames

    March 12, 2013 8:51 PM

    LAFITTE- Four people were injured, one severely, when a tugboat collided with a submerged pipeline and burst into flames. WVUE FOX 8 reported Tuesday evening, the tug sank but the barge being towed by it was still floating and remained on fire. The vessel was carrying about 43,000... more »
  • Coast Guard: Cause of cruise ship fire was a leak

    February 18, 2013 2:07 PM

    MOBILE, Ala.- A leak in a fuel engine return line is to blame for a fire on the Carnival cruise ship Triumph, that's according to the Coast Guard. The fire paralyzed the ship, leaving it adrift in the Gulf of Mexico until tugboats towed it to Mobile. It... more »
  • Coast Guard: Disabled cruise ship is moving again

    February 14, 2013 2:42 PM

    MOBILE, Ala.- A disabled cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico is moving again toward the Alabama shore, after a towline broke and delayed the ship's slow journey, that's according to Coast Guard officials. A new tugboat has been secured, allowing the Carnival Triumph to continue its way to... more »
  • Coast Guard rescues stranded hunter

    January 23, 2013 3:49 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Members of the Cost Guard said a stranded hunter used all the right survival skills to get spotted and rescued today after his boat sank in St. Charles Parish. The Coast Guard spotted a brush fire the hunter used to signal them while they searched Bayou... more »
  • Tug boat sinks in Mississippi River Play Video

    January 18, 2013 11:54 AM

    LAPLACE - The Coast Guard says a tug boat carrying 4,000 gallons of diesel and 100 gallons of lube oil sank in the Mississippi River near LaPlace. Petty Officer Alex Washington tells The Times-Picayune no one was on the vessel at the time and no injuries were reported. Washington... more »
  • Feds nearing deal with Transocean over Gulf spill

    January 3, 2013 11:06 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The Justice Department is nearing a $1.4 billion settlement with Transocean Ltd., the owner of the drilling rig that sank after an explosion killed 11 workers and spawned the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Two people with knowledge of the negotiations say Switzerland-based Transocean... more »
  • Little time left to head off longshoremen's strike

    December 28, 2012 9:08 AM

    NEW YORK - Commerce could be brought to a near standstill at every major port from Boston to Houston if a walkout by thousands of dockworkers takes place. More than 14,000 longshoremen are threatening to go on strike Sunday - a wide-ranging work stoppage would close cargo ports on... more »
  • Tsunami warning lifted for strong Japan earthquake

    December 7, 2012 8:54 AM

    TOKYO - Japan's Meteorological Agency has lifted a tsunami warning for the country's northeastern coast. The warning was issued after a magnitude 7.3 quake struck offshore, swaying buildings across much of Japan. There were no immediate reports of serious damage but several people were reportedly hurt. One coastal... more »
  • Bollinger delivers cutter to USCG

    November 22, 2012 2:39 PM

    LOCKPORT- Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. has delivered its fourth, fast response cutter to the U-S Coast Guard. Chris Bollinger, executive vice president of new construction, says the vessel is named after Coast Guard Engineman First Class Robert J. Yered, who exhibited gallantry in action while engaged in military operations with an... more »
  • Four burn victims in BR for special treatment

    November 16, 2012 9:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Four victims of a oil platform explosion are at a burn unit, getting treatment. The victims were transferred to Baton Rouge General Mid City from a hospital in the New Orleans area Friday evening. The hospital cannot comment specifically on the patients' injuries or care. But,... more »
  • Search continues for two missing after platform fire Play Video

    November 16, 2012 10:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard said they are continuing to search for two missing oil platform workers after a cutting torch caused an explosion and fire this morning. Capt. Ed Cubanski told reporters at the noon briefing there were no confirmed deaths. Emergency managers had erroneously reported two... more »
  • Judge asked to extend deadline in BP settlement

    November 14, 2012 2:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP and a team of plaintiffs' attorneys are urging a federal judge to extend a deadline for businesses and individuals to revoke their requests to opt out of a proposed class-action settlement of economic damage claims spawned by the Gulf oil spill. Potential claimants had until Nov.... more »
  • Forum: Prepare for Mississippi River changes

    November 12, 2012 10:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Speakers at a coastal conference say the mouth of the Mississippi River is moving north, and authorities need to prepare for it. Paul Kemp, vice president of the Louisiana Audubon Society's Gulf Coast Initiative, says the changes present opportunities to get more sediment into eroding coastal... more »
  • Recipients picked for BP tourism, seafood grants

    November 7, 2012 3:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - More than 100 nonprofit groups and government entities have been picked to get shares of $43.7 million in BP funds to promote the Gulf Coast's tourism and seafood industries following the company's 2010 oil spill. The first round of grants announced Wednesday by court-supervised claims administrator Patrick... more »
  • Sandy gains power and aims for Northeast

    October 29, 2012 10:27 AM

    NEW YORK - Hurricane Sandy is gaining strength and has taken a left turn toward the East Coast and its date with two other weather systems. An official with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is calling it "the worst-case scenario." The storm, with tropical storm-force winds extending almost 500... more »
  • Hybrid of Sandy, winter storm threatens East Coast

    October 25, 2012 1:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - Government forecasters say a big storm that they're calling "Frankenstorm" is likely to blast most of the U.S. East Coast next week. The storm is an unusual mix of a hurricane and a winter storm. The worst of it could be focused around New York City and New... more »
  • BP says old oil from spill exposed by Isaac

    September 5, 2012 3:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP says Hurricane Isaac's scouring waves exposed deposits of buried tar on the Louisiana coast that were left over from its massive oil spill in 2010. Louisiana officials closed a stretch of beach near Fourchon on Tuesday after scouts said they found large tar mats. BP acknowledged... more »
  • Nuclear agency keeping close eye on Isaac

    August 28, 2012 6:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it is monitoring Hurricane Isaac as it approaches the Gulf Coast. Nuclear power plants in the Southeast have taken precautions such as tying down loose equipment, removing debris that could become airborne in winds of 75 mph or more and topping off... more »
  • Hurricane Isaac getting close to shore

    August 28, 2012 6:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Hurricane Isaac is getting close the coast of southeast Louisiana and is already bringing storm surge flooding. The U.S. National Hurricane center says the Category 1 hurricane is just 15 miles south-southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River and is moving northwest near 8 mph.... more »
  • TS Helene re-forms in Gulf of Mexico

    August 17, 2012 5:06 PM

    GULF OF MEXICO - The Mexican government issued a tropical storm warning for the coast of Mexico after Air Force hurricane hunters determined that Tropical Storm Helene reformed in the Bay of Campeche today. The storm is headed for the Mexican coast and could be pushed along the coast... more »
  • EPA awards La. grant to clean up Gulf 'dead zone'

    August 6, 2012 12:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Environmental Protection Agency awarded a $100,000 grant to Louisiana to help improve conditions in a 'dead zone' off the Gulf coast. The EPA said the zone is an area of low-oxygen water from the mouth of the Mississippi extending west to the upper Texas coast.... more »
  • Congress OK's spending BP fines on Gulf

    June 29, 2012 3:53 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Congress has voted to set aside 80 percent of water pollution fines BP PLC is expected to pay for its 2010 oil spill and spend that money on ecosystem and economic restoration in five Gulf states. The House and Senate included the provision in a transportation bill... more »
  • The heat remains, all eyes on the Gulf

    June 22, 2012 9:01 AM

    The forecast will remain warm and dry for the next seven days as South Louisiana's weather pattern will continue to be dominated by a large high pressure system centered just off the east coast. This area of high pressure will serve to push temperatures into the low 90s as... more »
  • Mississippi mud may be used to stave off erosion

    June 19, 2012 5:12 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - There's mud - lots of it - flowing down the Mississippi River and getting washed out into the Gulf of Mexico every day. Now, in an effort to help stave off the catastrophic loss of the mighty river's threatened delta, the Army Corps of Engineers says it... more »
  • Gulfport man gets 12.5 years for oil spill fraud

    June 7, 2012 5:09 PM

    GULFPORT, Miss. - A Gulfport man, identified as the mastermind of a family scheme to illegally obtain about $100,000 in oil spill recovery money, has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison. The Sun Herald reports U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden sentenced 50-year-old Bobby Earl Keys to 12½... more »
  • Study: Job growth if BP fines used for coast

    June 6, 2012 2:42 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A study commissioned by two non-profit groups says thousands of jobs would be created along the Gulf Coast if money from BP oil spill penalties and other sources is dedicated to coastal restoration. The report by the research firm Mather Economics comes as Gulf interests press Congress... more »
  • Beryl threatens rain, winds on southeast US coast

    May 27, 2012 12:05 PM

    SAVANNAH, Ga.- Campers at a barrier island on the Georgia coast are being told to leave by the afternoon as subtropical storm Beryl rumbles toward the U.S. Cumberland Island is reachable only by boat and has a number of undeveloped beaches and forests popular with campers. Fred Boyles is superintendent... more »
  • Earthquake rocks Mexico City

    May 1, 2012 12:30 PM

    MEXICO CITY - A moderate earthquake off the coast of Baja California swayed buildings in Mexico City Tuesday. Mexico City's mayor says there were no immediate reports of damage in the capital. The U.S. Geological Survey says the 5.0 quake was centered 114 miles off the coast of Cabo... more »
  • Halliburton objects to Gulf spill settlement

    April 24, 2012 10:02 PM

    Cement contractor Halliburton is objecting to a proposed $7.8 billion settlement between BP and a plaintiffs group representing more than 100,000 victims of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Halliburton said in a filing in federal court in New Orleans late Tuesday the settlement improperly seeks to... more »
  • Bodies of 2 missing crew found after chopper crash

    March 2, 2012 6:34 AM

    MOBILE, Ala. - U.S. Coast Guard officials say they've recovered the bodies of two crewmen who had been missing since a helicopter crashed in Mobile Bay in Alabama. Authorities say searchers recovered the remains of Lt. Cmdr. Dale Taylor of Snow Hill, N.C.; and Lt. j.g. Thomas Cameron of Portland,... more »
  • 1 dead after Coast Guard helicopter crash in Ala.

    February 29, 2012 3:40 AM

    MOBILE, Ala. - The U.S. Coast Guard says one crewmember is dead and three others remain missing following a helicopter crash in Alabama during a training mission. Spokeswoman Petty Officer 2nd Class Elizabeth Bordelon says an MH-65C helicopter crashed Tuesday evening in Mobile Bay, near Point Clear, Ala. The Coast... more »
  • Coast Guard: Tank barge emptied, moved after wreck

    February 21, 2012 7:51 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard says a tank barge involved in a collision on the Mississippi River has been emptied and moved to a repair facility in Westwego. The Coast Guard estimates that less than 10,000 gallons of oil spilled into the river after the barge pushed by the... more »
  • House sets aside Gulf oil spill fines for coast

    February 17, 2012 5:45 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. House has approved setting aside 80 percent of fines from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill for environmental restoration work on the Gulf Coast. Late Thursday, the House voted to add an amendment setting aside 80 percent of the fines to the Gulf Coast.... more »
  • Low-lying La. prepares for sea level rise

    February 7, 2012 8:41 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A new state report predicts that Louisiana's coast will see 3 feet of sea-level rise by 2100 and recommends that future designs for such things as levees and roads to take sea-level rise into account. The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority issued the technical report on Monday... more »
  • La. coast prepares for sea level rise

    February 7, 2012 6:44 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A new state report predicts that Louisiana's coast will see 3 feet of sea-level rise by 2100 and recommends that future designs for levees and roads take sea-level rise into account. The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority issued the technical report on Monday and opened up a... more »
  • La. oil workers missing off stormy Mexico coast

    September 9, 2011 1:55 PM

    MEXICO CITY - Mexico's state oil company says it is searching for 10 workers who were evacuated from a platform in the Gulf of Mexico ahead of Tropical Storm Nate. Four of the workers, who are employed by Houston-based Geokinetics Inc., are from New Iberia. Randy Reed, president... more »
  • BP clearing tar balls dumped on Ala. shore by Lee

    September 7, 2011 2:17 PM

    GULF SHORES, Ala. - BP workers used fishing nets to scoop tar balls off Alabama's Gulf Coast beaches Wednesday after the white sands were fouled by gooey, dark gobs churned up by heavy surf from tropical system Lee. Both the company and area officials said it would be days... more »
  • Potential storm forming in the Gulf

    August 31, 2011 3:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Early this afternoon, a cluster of showers and thunderstorms over the Northwestern Caribbean showed preliminary characteristics for tropical development. Currently the National Hurricane Center has a 30% chance of development over the next 2 days. It is moving to the Northwest, and will enter the... more »
  • Dokka, pioneering Louisiana scientist, dies

    August 3, 2011 6:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana State University geologist who shed light on how forces deep under the ground are behind coastal Louisiana's land loss and sinking has died. LSU officials confirmed that Roy Dokka died Monday. He was 59. Dokka was known for questioning the science underpinning much... more »
  • Coastal protection official blames Corps for wetlands loss

    July 18, 2011 5:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The governor's point man on coastal protection issues says 1,900 square miles of coast have been lost in Louisiana since 1930. Coastal Protection and Restoration Chair Garret Graves says the problems are only going to get worse unless fundamental changes are made to the Army Corps of... more »
  • Experts predict Gulf 'dead zone' growth

    July 18, 2011 3:02 AM

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas- Texas A&M oceanographers say they expect the 3,800-square-mile "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico to expand because of floodwaters flowing from the Mississippi River. The zone is now the size of Rhode Island and Delaware combined. It's where the Gulf waters off the Southeastern Louisiana and... more »
  • Suspect arrested in priest's murder

    July 12, 2011 9:52 AM

    WAVELAND, Miss. - Waveland police say a suspect has been arrested in Polk County, Fla., in the death of a Catholic priest from Louisiana whose body was found a beachfront home. Police Chief James Varnell said the suspect was arrested around 6 a.m. Tuesday. Media outlets in Mississippi are... more »
  • Feds eye tougher measures to protect sea turtles

    June 24, 2011 3:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal regulators say they're considering new restrictions on Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Coast shrimpers because of the damage the industry is causing to threatened and endangered sea turtles. The regulatory move by the National Marine Fisheries Service signals the next stage in a growing fight... more »
  • USGS maps 1,883 square miles of lost coast in La.

    June 3, 2011 3:09 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The U.S. Geological Survey says it has mapped 1,883 square miles of land loss in coastal Louisiana since 1932, a figure lower than previous estimates. The agency says land loss rates have slowed from an average of more than 30 square miles per year between 1956 and 1978.... more »
  • Shareholders approve Hancock buyout of Whitney

    April 29, 2011 2:06 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Hancock Holding Co.'s proposed acquisition of Gulf Coast banking rival Whitney Holding Corp. was approved Friday by shareholders of both companies. In a joint statement, the two companies said the deal was backed by 98.4 percent of Hancock's shareholders and 98.7 percent of Whitney's common shareholders.... more »
  • Claims deadline Wednesday

    April 19, 2011 5:56 PM

    New Orleans- Attorneys are concerned some people affected by the gulf oil spill could miss an important deadline. Wednesday is the last day to file suit against Transocean, the owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig. Attorney Damon Kirin says people may miss out on compensation they are eligible for... more »
  • 8 months after spill, oil found on dead dolphin

    April 7, 2011 3:35 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says that eight months after the Deepwater Horizon oil well was capped, dolphins are washing ashore in east Louisiana with some oil from that spilled on their bodies. Spokeswoman Kim Amendola says the dolphins had spots of weathered oil. ... more »
  • Hard winter for manatees, as well as dolphins

    March 2, 2011 2:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The nationwide winter cold wave has taken a toll on one of the Gulf Coast's most interesting creatures - the gentle, half-ton aquatic mammal believed to have inspired legends about mermaids. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission data show that Florida manatees have died in near-record... more »
  • Projected Gulf coastal land loss dramatic

    March 2, 2011 1:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Scientists and others say that without action to protect and restore Louisiana's coast, the Gulf of Mexico will cover large chunks of coastal parishes in 90 years. America's Wetland Foundation and other sponsors released a report Tuesday from the Deltas 2010 World Dialogues conference, which brought... more »
  • More dead dolphins found along Gulf Coast

    February 25, 2011 2:44 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the number of dead dolphins found since Jan. 1 in the area affected by last year's oil spill is now 67, with 35 of them premature or newborn calves. NOAA regional spokeswoman Kim Amendola says five dead calves were reported... more »
  • No new beach cleaning needed on Gulf, feds say

    February 11, 2011 5:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard says the cleanup of oiled beaches along the Gulf of Mexico has reached a point where crews, heavy equipment and thorough scrubbing can cause more damage to the ecosystem than leaving what oil is left alone. A Coast Guard report released Friday says... more »
  • Many in Grand Isle leery of Feinberg's recovery claims

    February 2, 2011 11:02 PM

    GRAND ISLE - People on Grand Isle are still waiting for their BP checks to come in. They are leery of claims administrator Ken Feinberg's claim that the recovery process will be over in three years. Sarah's Restaurant on the island has lost more than $150,000, but has only gotten... more »
  • 91,000 Gulf oil spill claims, just one final payment

    January 31, 2011 2:52 PM

    OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. - Thousands of people and businesses are awaiting final settlement payments from BP's Gulf of Mexico oil spill compensation fund, but records show that only one has been paid - after BP intervened. The Gulf Coast Claims Facility was set up in August to independently administer BP's... more »
  • Judge defends spill decision that miffed AG Caldwell

    January 28, 2011 11:09 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge is defending his decision to appoint Alabama's newly elected attorney general to coordinate all states' interests in the litigation spawned by the Deepwater Horizon explosion that led to the Gulf oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier said in court Friday that his appointment... more »

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