NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Mississippi man who worked as manager on a drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico has pleaded guilty to lying about testing on a key safety device. Forty-nine-year-old Donald Hudson, of Walnut Grove, Miss., faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison following his... more »
RANT: No more LEAP testing. In three years, the test used to decide whether 4th and 8th graders would advance to the next grade level will be phased out. Now the question, how should we determine whether students should advance to the next grade in these key grades? The new... more »
A deadly motorcycle accident nearly a year ago still leaves one family mourning, and looking for answers.
This Sunday marks a year since Holly Castille lost her daughter, Amber Richard, and son-in-law, Roderick Ricchard, after a pick up truck crashed into their motorcycle at the intersection of Highway 182... more »
BELLE CHASSE, La. (AP) - The National Wildlife Federation says tests at Louisiana State University indicate that the oil slick spotted earlier this week off Plaquemines Parish was fresh South Louisiana crude, rather than oil from last year's BP spill. Parish President Billy Nungesser said Wednesday that he thought the... more »
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Eight of 11 parks that were closed in New Orleans because of lead contamination in the soil have re-opened. City officials closed the parks for remediation over a month ago after tests were done to determine whether they were contaminated with lead. Officials said the lead... more »
ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) - Even the people who make their living off the seafood-rich waters of Louisiana's St. Bernard Parish have a hard time swallowing the government's assurances that fish harvested in the shallow, muddy waters just offshore must be safe to eat because they don't smell... more »
PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Some inventors came with cotton fiber rolls, others with oil-clumping polymer mixes and one brought a specially designed rake. Their task: clean layers of crude oil and tar from a once-pristine Florida beach and prove they have the right stuff to combat the gummy onshore... more »