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El Nino Adds to Louisiana's Many Coastal Threats

Susan Buchanan | Posted 11.16.2015 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Storm surges and flooding in Orleans and parishes nearby this fall can be at least partly blamed on El Nino. This year's weather event is believed to be the most intense of its kind since 1997 or earlier, creating hazards for Louisiana's coastline.

Hero Police Dog Stabbed While Protecting Officer, Cops Say

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 10.21.2015 | Crime

A Louisiana police dog was stabbed in the line of duty Tuesday, while protecting his handler from a knife-wielding man who was shot and kill...

Son Of Imprisoned Rapper Mac Phipps Says 'It's A Good Feeling' Dad May Be Home Soon

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 07.29.2015 | Crime

Hip-hop artist McKinley "Mac" Phipps Jr., imprisoned 15 years for a murder he says he didn't commit, could be home for the holidays if his lawyers ca...

David Lohr

Lawyers Ready Evidence That Could Free Rapper Jailed 30 Years In Nightclub Killing | David Lohr | Posted 08.18.2015 | Crime

Rapper McKinley Phipps, who was known by the stage name "Mac the Camouflage Assassin," was convicted just days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in...

David Lohr

Bullied Eyewitnesses Blast Rapper's Wrongful Conviction, Join Family In Plea For New Trial | David Lohr | Posted 11.16.2015 | Crime

HAMMOND, La. -- In 2001, they say, they were bullied into silence or forced to lie in court to help prosecutors wrongfully convict a 22-year-old rap a...

David Lohr

Jailed Rapper To Seek New Trial Based On Witness Bullying | David Lohr | Posted 11.16.2015 | Crime

ST. TAMMANY PARISH, La. -- Rapper McKinley "Mac" Phipps, serving time for manslaughter in a fatal nightclub shooting 15 years ago, will seek a new tri...

David Lohr

Family Of Rapper Jailed In Killing Demands Investigation Into Witness Bullying | David Lohr | Posted 11.16.2015 | Crime

ST. TAMMANY PARISH, La. -- The family of McKinley "Mac" Phipps, a once promising rap artist whose conviction in a nightclub shooting death is now in q...

David Lohr

Witnesses: DA Bullied Testimony That Put Rapper Away For 30 Years | David Lohr | Posted 11.05.2015 | Crime

ST. TAMMANY PARISH, La. -- Fourteen years after rapper McKinley "Mac" Phipps was convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of a teenage fan at a...

Tuscaloosa Marine Shale Fracking Slows as Operators Watch Oil Prices

Susan Buchanan | Posted 04.10.2015 | Business
Susan Buchanan

When crude oil prices sank this winter, companies scaled back their fracking plans in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale deposit, running from central and southeast Louisiana into Mississippi. Exploration and drilling is mostly on hiatus there until crude rebounds, industry members said last week.

Oil Industry's Image Is Tarnished in Louisiana, Green Activist Says

Susan Buchanan | Posted 10.31.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Oil and gas operators have lost their luster in Louisiana, Lafayette resident Mike Stagg, a civic activist and organizer with the grassroots Green Arm...

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.

St. Tammany Parish Residents Worry Fracking Will Harm Their Water

Susan Buchanan | Posted 07.11.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Frackers drill down many thousands of feet and then work horizontally. They inject water, sand or ceramic beads, and chemicals to create subsurface fissures. Oil and gas are extracted from those fissures. The water used rises back to the surface over time.

Rural Louisiana and Mississippi brace for accelerated Tuscaloosa drilling

Susan Buchanan | Posted 02.09.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article was published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Dec. 9, 2013 edition.) North of New Orleans, ambitious drilling plans in the Tuscaloosa ...

Entergy Blames Slow-Moving Isaac for Its Contractor Glitches

Susan Buchanan | Posted 11.11.2012 | Green
Susan Buchanan

How did Isaac stack up against past hurricanes? The slow-moving storm, with its rain and strong winds, damaged power grids across Louisiana, according to Entergy. Hall said "for New Orleans, Isaac was the second biggest storm in terms of customer outages after Katrina."

Daughter Kept Dad's Body On Ice For 2 Years

AP | By MARY FOSTER | Posted 03.07.2012 | Weird News

-- A Louisiana woman apparently kept her father's severed body in an ice chest at her apartment for at least two years as she collected his Social Se...

Louisiana's Holiday Tree Recycling Outlives State Budget Cut

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Susan Buchanan

New Orleans and nearby parishes plan to collect Christmas trees to build brush fences in bayous for marsh rebuilding this January even though the state decided to ax its funding for the program awhile ago.