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What Hurricane Katrina Taught Us about Fixing Louisiana

David Yarnold | Posted 08.20.2015 | Green
David Yarnold

If there's one thing we all learned from Katrina, it's that we waited too long. We have to invest in serious restoration of our coasts now. This is not just a Louisiana problem: It's the challenge of virtually every country on the globe that has a coastline.

Cruising The Mississippi River On An American Queen

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 06.22.2015 | Travel
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

During the last four decades I have been able to travel on many of the great oceans and iconic rivers on six continents. The ships have been both large and small, some accommodating up to 2,000 passengers.

Melissa Etheridge's French Canadian British American Spanish Ancestor

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 06.20.2015 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

She swiftly discovers French Canadian ancestors who were embroiled in a bitter lawsuit against a man who got their teenage daughter pregnant and refused to marry her, but there's more to the story than she first thinks.

Father Charged With Murder After Boy's Body Found In Mississippi River

AP | JEFF BAENEN | Posted 06.14.2015 | Crime

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Citing cellphone location data and an inquiry about increasing life insurance coverage, prosecutors charged a Minnesota man on Tu...

Oil Spills Into Mississippi River After Ship Collision

AP | Posted 06.07.2015 | Green

CONVENT, La. (AP) — About 420 gallons of oil spilled into the Mississippi River and a nine-mile stretch of the waterway was closed after a ship brok...

BNSF Engineer Who Manned Exploding North Dakota "Bomb Train" Sues Former Employer

Steve Horn | Posted 06.02.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

A Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) employee who worked as a locomotive engineer on the company's oil-by-rail train that exploded in rural Casselton, North Dakota in December 2013 has sued his former employer.

Top Ten Reasons to Take an American Queen Steamboat River Cruise

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 05.03.2015 | Travel
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

Just having completed my trip of the lower Mississippi -- New Orleans, Oak Alley, St. Francisville, Natchez, Vicksburg, Baton Rouge and Nottoway Plantation -- and returning to New Orleans, I had to write immediately about my trip.

Natchez, Mississippi Up Close

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 05.02.2015 | Travel
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

I looked forward to my first visit to Mississippi. During decades of travel across the USA, I have covered much of the South, but had not wandered through or made any forays into the great State of Mississippi.

Melting Glaciers Mean More Freshwater Flows Into the Gulf of Alaska Than the Output of the Mississippi River

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 04.25.2015 | Green
Alaska Dispatch News

Satellite data has confirmed that the amount of freshwater released into the Gulf of Alaska from streams and rivers in Alaska and northern Canada is about 1.5 times what the Mississippi River dumps into the Gulf of Mexico each year.

Entire Town Surprises Girl Who Has Life-Threatening Illness With Fireworks Show

The Associated Press | Posted 01.08.2015 | Good News

HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) — Never mind the bitter cold of January. When a sick little girl wanted a fireworks show, people in her northeast Missouri commun...

Saving Louisiana

David Yarnold | Posted 12.09.2014 | Green
David Yarnold

Federal and state authorities need to make sure the money from all sources--public and private--intended for coastal protection and restoration goes to protecting our wetlands, not to building civic centers and highways or to plug other holes in the state's budget.

10 Ways to Determine if Small Ship Cruising Is For You

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 02.01.2015 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

Though they offer fewer onboard activities, small ships, defined as those that carry fifty to 300 passengers, are best for a certain kind of traveler. Here are ten ways to determine if small ship cruising is right for you.

Louisiana Wood Pellet Plants Will Cater to Europe's Energy Needs

Susan Buchanan | Posted 01.30.2015 | Green
Susan Buchanan

U.S. pellet exports nearly doubled last year to 3.2 million short tons and headed mostly to Europe, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. European nations, particularly the UK, are using wood pellets to replace coal for electricity generation and heating.

Gulf-Bound Tar Sands for Export? Probably. Follow the Oiltanking.

Steve Horn | Posted 01.18.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Bill sponsor U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and supporter U.S. Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) both stood on the Senate floor and said Keystone XL is not an export pipeline in the minutes leading up to the bill's failure.

Inspired by Poverty Point, New Orleans could seek UN heritage status

Susan Buchanan | Posted 11.28.2014 | Travel
Susan Buchanan

The Paris-based United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in June designated an ancient Native American complex known as Poverty Point, east of Monroe, as Louisiana's first World Heritage site.

Minnesota PUC Stymies Enbridge Sandpiper Pipeline Plans

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 11.15.2014 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

No one wants to see a major oil disaster in the Great Lakes, which contains one-fifth of the world's supply of surface fresh water and 54 percent of the world's liquid fresh water by volume.

United States of ... Spain?

Guillermo Fesser | Posted 09.29.2014 | World
Guillermo Fesser

The Spanish legacy in the US is something nobody seems to have a clue about. Neither Americans, nor Spaniards. Two thirds of the actual territory of the U.S. was once under Spanish rule, and for some reason, that fascinating part of history has never been told.

Pet Cemetery Killer Pleads In 1985 Slaying

Reuters | Posted 09.11.2014 | Crime

By Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS, July 11 (Reuters) - A Louisiana man who had long been a suspect in the brutal 1985 slaying of woman ...

A Slender Tether Between Us

Robert Hoch | Posted 09.04.2014 | Religion
Robert Hoch

It seems like the rising of waters, like the howling of winds, the way natural disasters transform or savage our worlds, is something that will always captivate us.

America's Great Undiscovered Wilderness

Jay Schoenberger | Posted 09.01.2014 | Green
Jay Schoenberger

Looking at a map of North America you will inevitably be drawn to the bottom center of the continent where a meandering blue line broader than any other of the blue lines gracefully loops southward and empties into the Gulf of Mexico.

Beleaguered Plaquemines Town Is Slated for a Borrow Pit

Susan Buchanan | Posted 08.17.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

The Plaquemines Parish Council gave the go-ahead Thursday to Woodland Borrow Pits, LLC in New Orleans to excavate clay on Highway 23's west side across from the African American community of Ironton.

Threats to the Southern Hills Aquifer System Grow in Louisiana

Susan Buchanan | Posted 07.19.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Fracking companies claim that drilling, when done properly, is no threat to drinking water. But in late 2011, the EPA said fluids used to drill for natural gas most likely polluted an aquifer near Pavillion, Wyoming.

Restoring Louisiana's Coast Will Require Restoring Its Democracy -- Governor Jindal Is Trying to Undermine Both

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. | Posted 06.16.2014 | Green
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

A Louisiana elected official once said "the flag of Texaco flies over the Louisiana State Capitol." Right now that flag is flapping in the face of every citizen.

Men Who Fell In Miss. River Likely Dead: Coast Guard

AP | CHRISTINA HUYNH | Posted 04.11.2014 | Crime

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Authorities on Thursday called off the search for two men who fell off a Mississippi River barge that overturned in northea...

Shrinking Coast, Sinking Land Discussed at Louisiana Forum

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.25.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Speakers at last week's State of the Coast or SOC 2014 conference at the Ernest Morial Convention Center in New Orleans balanced grim projections for Louisiana's low-lying areas with possible solutions.