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

Susan Buchanan | Posted 09.28.2014 | 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 09.15.2014 | 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.

Oil Spill Closes Part Of Mississippi River

AP | JANET McCONNAUGHEY | Posted 02.24.2014 | Green

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A 65-mile stretch of the Mississippi River, including the Port of New Orleans, was closed to all water traffic Sunday as crews cl...

Scientific Spill Studies, Funded by BP, Start to Yield Results

Susan Buchanan | Posted 04.10.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Scientists gathered in Alabama last month said their current research on impacts of the 2010 BP spill will help authorities deal with future disasters.

Towboat Sinks, Spills Oil In Mississippi River

AP | Posted 01.26.2014 | Green

LECLAIRE, Iowa (AP) — A towboat sank Monday in the Mississippi River near the Quad Cities-area community of LeClaire, releasing oil into the water a...

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...

Minnesota Man Convicted Of Killing Wife Found In River

AP | Posted 10.03.2013 | Crime

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A jury Wednesday convicted a Minnesota man in the slaying of his wife, whose body was found in the Mississ...

Good News For Mississippi-River Dwelling Environmental Advocates

AP | Posted 11.23.2013 | Green

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In a story Sept. 23 about a federal judge's order for the Environmental Protection Agency to decide whether to set national water...

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,...

Meet Me in St. Louis

Margie Goldsmith | Posted 10.21.2013 | Travel
Margie Goldsmith

St. Louis is famous for the Gateway Arch, the Mississippi River, and the St. Louis Cardinals, but I came to attend the 50th anniversary of SPAH, Society for the Preservation of the American Harmonica.

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...

ExxonMobil Baton Rouge veers away from unions, United Steel Workers say

Susan Buchanan | Posted 09.21.2013 | Business
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the July 22, 2013 edition.) On a drive through Baton Rouge on Interstate 110, you've probabl...

ExxonMobil is scrutinized in Baton Rouge after past leaks

Susan Buchanan | Posted 09.13.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the July 15, 2013 edition.) Government agencies and neighbors are keeping an eye on Baton Rou...

Rising Mississippi River Threatening Towns

AP | JIM SUHR | Posted 08.04.2013 | Green

ST. LOUIS -- Mississippi River communities scrambling Tuesday to fend off the rain-engorged waterway got discouraging news: More rains looming across ...

True Americana, Meet the 'Nut Roll Nazi' of Quincy, Illinois

The GypsyNesters | Posted 08.03.2013 | Travel
The GypsyNesters

Every once in a while our travels take us to a throw-back to the America of yore. We found just that at Underbrinks Bakery in Quincy. Regular customers mingle with tourists in long lines for danish and the verbal abuse that owner Leroy Rossmiller dishes out daily.

Louisiana turns sand berms into barrier islands

Susan Buchanan | Posted 08.02.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the June 3, 2013 edition.) Scientists and engineers questioned the cost and longevity of san...