Venerable Sunday news show 60 Minutes dropped the ball this past Sunday with a breathless report titled "New Orleans is Sinking." Instead of seriously exploring coastal restoration and levee protection efforts, correspondent Scott Peley filed a sensationalistic story that focused almost exclusively on the devastation in the lower Ninth Ward and gave extensive play to the comments of a professor of earth sciences at St. Louis University who said New Orleans residents should gradually pull out of the city.
No mention of President Bush's pledge to do "whatever it takes" to rebuild the Gulf Coast, no mention of New Orleans neighborhoods that are up and running, and no mention of New Orleans' vital status as a port city.
Where's Mike Wallace when you need him? ' Scott Jordan
D'AQUIN RETURNS TO TV3
After just 11 months on the job, Downtown Lafayette Unlimited Marketing Director David D'Aquin is leaving his post to return to TV3 as a general assignment news reporter. "I missed news," D'Aquin says. "This opportunity came up, and I couldn't pass it up."
D'Aquin, who worked for three years at TV3 as a weather anchor and part-time reporter prior to joining DLU, will be back on air starting Dec. 1. DLU is now actively seeking his replacement. ' Nathan Stubbs
The parking lot of the former Evangeline Downs on the I-49 frontage road in Carencro is now filled with temporary housing. Security booths limit access at two gates to the fenced lot and rows of cream-colored modular trailers, each hooked into portable sewer tanks that look like giant green trash bins, line the old parking spaces.
For the past month, this complex has been home to more than 100 displaced New Orleans residents from Hurricane Katrina. But it isn't a FEMA site; the facilities were set up by Chevron to assist employees of its New Orleans business office.
Chevron spokesman Matt Carmichael says approximately 130 Chevron engineers, geologists, and support staff are now living at the site and working in Lafayette. "These are displaced evacuees living in temporary homes working to restore the energy needs of our nation," Carmichael says.
Carmichael says Chevron signed a six-month lease with Evangeline Downs for the racetrack site last month and is hiring off-duty Carencro city police officers for security. The trailer complex includes two recreation tents with exercise equipment, pool tables and TVs and a mess tent where three meals a day are served.
The Evangeline Downs complex is similar to temporary housing facilities Chevron has set up adjacent to its chemical processing plant in Belle Chase and its petroleum refinery in Pascagoula, Miss., to help displaced workers at those facilities.
Carmichael says many Chevron employees have already left the Evangeline Downs site, which is equipped with 60 trailers that can hold up to 240 people.
The company is cautiously planning its return to New Orleans. Chevron's New Orleans building on Gravier Street, which suffered first floor and garage damage, should be restored by March 2006. However, Carmichael says the company is also monitoring New Orleans' progress in re-establishing its levees and basic city services before returning. "We're planning to return to New Orleans but that comes with a lot of caveats," he says. ' Nathan Stubbs
The Louisiana Supreme Court has punted on its first chance to decide whether a new state constitutional provision declaring gun possession a fundamental right could void a long list of criminal statutes that regulate firearms.
New Orleans' offense, which ranks sixth in the NFL, isn't helping many of its skill players pile up Pro Bowl-type stats. Rather, the approach of coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees has enabled a wide range of play-makers to emerge periodically with high-production outings.
An ordinance phasing out a rebate businesses receive for collecting and remitting sales taxes is tabled, but it doesn’t solve the vexing issue of government revenue.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday, December 12, 2013:
As part of a national undertaking known by industry insiders as the “Butterfly Project,” a rebranded version of The Daily Advertiser is set to launch with Sunday’s edition of the Gannett-owned paper.
Louisiana moved up a slot to 48th in the ranking of healthy states — once again, thank God for Mississippi! — so all this frettin’ about Gov. Bobby Jindal’s refusal to expand Medicaid per Obamacare ... fuggidaboutit! We don’t need Medicaid no more!
The Denham Springs woman who placed Christmas lights in the shape of a butter finger on her roof in a display of anger directed at neighbors has doubled the trouble for the 2013 holiday season.
The 30-second commercial, to run around the state, is the Democratic senator's first TV spot in her bid for re-election to a fourth term.
It's a number that has edged up but falls far short of the thousands who are eligible for subsidized coverage.
A group of mostly higher education leaders will make recommendations to state lawmakers about how to tweak the policies governing tuition rates charged at the state's public colleges.
That would be Congressman John Fleming talking about Sen. David Vitter.
The alleged mastermind behind the bribery scheme that went on for four years under DA Mike Harson’s nose isn’t just schizophrenic, bipolar and recovering from mini strokes; he now says he has cancer.
Louisiana's higher education leaders are trying to work out a financing deal to keep the state's public colleges from running low on state cash to operate their campuses.
With their latest triumph, the Saints left little doubt about how tough they are to beat in the Superdome. Unfortunately, two of their remaining three games are on the road.
For the first time in at least five years, retired teachers, state workers and school system employees could see an increase in their pension checks.
Lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration shared a collective sigh of relief with the news that Louisiana's tax amnesty program brought in the $200 million that they used to help balance this year's budget.
Drew Brees often makes the extraordinary look routine, particularly during night games in the Superdome.
The teams were extended invitations Sunday for the New Year's Day matchup played at Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
If all 44 projects are approved, about $300 million would remain in the fund set up as a down payment to help the Gulf.
Last week, the Saints gave up 429 yards to Seattle, second most in a game this season.
Since Anthony Jennings and Brooks Haack were not expected to contribute until next year at the earliest, it seemed like a sneak peek at hidden Christmas gifts.
Louisiana National Guard personnel seeking benefits for same-sex spouses will have an easier time filing the requests, despite a state refusal to let its workers process the paperwork.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera sees one potential flaw with his team's stellar defensive play so far this season. "Apparently we like to bite on the double moves," Rivera said.
Computer hackers may have gained access to the personal information of thousands of Louisiana residents who use debit cards issued by JPMorgan Chase for three state agencies, authorities said Wednesday.
Jim Purcell, who has been in the job since February 2011, notified the Board of Regents about his decision at its monthly meeting.