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Remembering Katrina and Surviving the Loss of Everything

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 09.03.2014 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

The sudden sweep of a natural or personal disaster can happen at any time causing loss of life as well as treasured property and possessions. Ancient physician Galen reminds us that resiliency should not be left to chance.

Gun Company Cuts Ties With 'Sons Of Guns' Star

Associated Press | Posted 08.28.2014 | Crime

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana firearms company at the center of the reality TV show "Sons of Guns" distanced itself from the program's star th...

Les Miles Loves Baton Rouge

Love Letters | Posted 08.27.2014 | Travel
Love Letters

We have come to love everything about this wonderful city and state. From the food, the people, and of course LSU, I can't imagine living anywhere else.

Great American College Football Stadiums

BnBFinder.com | Posted 08.26.2014 | Travel
BnBFinder.com

Whether due to history, size, atmosphere, or all of the above, these hallowed grounds of college football have become destinations in their own right.

Public Monument to Rape Survivors Garners Public Support

Rebecca Nagle | Posted 10.13.2014 | Impact
Rebecca Nagle

Even though I am around it constantly, the power of the quilt still surprises me at moments.

Documents: Cheniere Fuels ALEC's New Push for Fracked Gas Exports

Steve Horn | Posted 09.30.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Today, legislative and lobbyist members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) voted on model legislation promoting both exports of gas obtained via hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") and vehicles powered by compressed natural gas (CNG).

Chef Finds 'GOD' In An Eggplant

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 07.09.2014 | Weird News

Slicing into an eggplant turned into a religious experience for a Baton Rouge chef when he found the word "GOD" spelled out inside, arranged in seeds....

Oil Companies Eye Fracking Potential in St. Tammany Parish

Susan Buchanan | Posted 08.15.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Within a few months, New Orleans-based Helis Oil & Gas Co. hopes to explore a deep part of the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale play by drilling down 13,000 feet near Mandeville, La. Other companies are fracking shallower parts of the TMS deposit to the northwest.

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.

U.S. Eyes European Safety Standards for Oil Refineries

Susan Buchanan | Posted 06.15.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Oil refiners can learn from Europe as they try to reduce accidents at plants in Louisiana and other states, U.S. safety experts say. After a string of disasters, President Obama issued an executive order last August to improve chemical facility safety.

The Blues of Living in Baton Rouge

Aryanna Prasad | Posted 06.14.2014 | College
Aryanna Prasad

Music is transformative, but I didn't realize how much the blues could bring out the soul in a place I'd pegged as overly commercial.

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.

This Ex-Con And Former Governor Will Reportedly Run For Congress

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics

Louisiana's former Gov. Edwin Edwards (D) will reportedly launch his campaign for the state's Sixth Congressional District on Monday, according to The...

What It's Like to be Gay In the State of Duck Dynasty (Hint: It's Very, Very Bad)

R. Kyle Alagood | Posted 02.27.2014 | Gay Voices
R. Kyle Alagood

Phil is not just some redneck who got rich and made it on television. He's the rule here in Louisiana, not the exception.

St. George and Its Dragons: A Fiery National Discussion

Aryanna Prasad | Posted 02.22.2014 | College
Aryanna Prasad

After studying Louisiana poverty in university, I hold a different view, and I was ready to slay St. George before it could materialize. Admittedly, I did not know its context, but I saw this same dilemma play out across the state.

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 ...

Richer White People In Greater Baton Rouge Seek To Secede From Poorer Black Neighbors

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

In what began as a push to set up an independent public school district, the Village St. George community in Louisiana has now gathered almost half th...

US2020 STEM Mentoring Effort Gathers Momentum

Eric Schwarz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Eric Schwarz

The call was answered. Last month 52 cities self-organized to compete in a nation-wide competition designed to address one of our nation's great challenges. I am honored today to announce the finalists of the US2020 STEM Mentoring City Competition.

Shell, mulling a new Louisiana plant, turns to a community go-between

Susan Buchanan | Posted 11.06.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Nov. 4, 2013 edition.) Shell might build a natural gas-to-liquids or GTL plant in Louis...

This Young Boy's Final Wish Will Humble You Like Nothing Else

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 10.21.2013 | Impact

An 11-year-old Louisiana boy who passed away from cancer this week made sure to fulfill his one final selfless wish before he died. After a five-ye...

Tuscaloosa shale drilling revs up in Louisiana and Mississippi

Susan Buchanan | Posted 11.16.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Sept. 16, 2013 edition.) Many northwest Louisiana residents were enriched by Haynesville,...

Public opposition to Plaquemines Parish coal terminals grows

Susan Buchanan | Posted 10.18.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Aug. 19, 2013 edition.) Louisiana, a major exporter of coal from other states, could shi...

Help Sought In Finding Missing Louisiana Teen

David Lohr | Posted 08.16.2013 | Crime

Authorities in Louisiana are seeking the public's help in locating a 16-year-old boy who was reported missing late last month. The Monroe Police D...

Lawsuit proceeds against Taylor Energy over a 9-year Gulf leak

Susan Buchanan | Posted 09.28.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the July 29, 2013 edition.) Early last week, U.S. District Court Judge Susie Morgan in New Or...

Alabama, LSU Compete For Eighth Grader

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.26.2013 | Sports

You don't win three national championships in four years without thinking ahead. Way ahead. Alabama Coach Nick Saban offered eighth grader Dylan Mo...