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
An abortion rights organization has filed the first court challenge to a Louisiana law that would require doctors who perform abortions to be able to admit patients to a nearby hospital.
U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister started his sign-up for re-election Friday the same as any other candidate, filling out paperwork and handing over cash to pay his qualifying fee. But he finished it quite differently, doused with ice.
The recent release of Victor White III’s autopsy report could spell trouble, as it tells a much different story of his death than the one told five months ago by the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office.
“Candidates for Congress and members of Congress spend between 30 and 70 percent of their time raising money to get back to Congress or to get their party back into power.”
Over the last four days of the trial against attorney Daniel Stanford, there’s been one notable absence from Judge Elizabeth Foote’s courtroom: attorney Bill Goode.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees and wide receiver Nick Toon are not on the same page yet, and time is running short for Toon to get it right.
U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister started his sign-up for re-election the same as other candidates, filling out paperwork and handing over qualifying money. But he finished it like no other, doused with ice.
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Friends and family will celebrate Spider's life in September.
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Jindal privatized nearly all the LSU hospitals without waiting for federal officials to sign off on financing arrangements that rely on millions of federal Medicaid dollars.
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and her main Republican challenger, Congressman Bill Cassidy, verbally sparred as they officially signed up on the opening day of qualifying for Louisiana's November election.
Superintendent tells crowd he'd just emerged from a four-hour meeting with the attorney hired to investigate him.
The start of the three-day qualifying period for November’s elections has so far yielded 10 official bids and one new announcement from candidates seeking a seat on the school board.
It’s been just over four months since attorney Barry Domingue committed suicide the morning before he was to stand trial for a second day in the federal Curious Goods case, leaving his fellow attorney/co-defendant Daniel Stanford with a temporary mistrial and awaiting his day in court.
Candidates for Louisiana's Nov. 4 election must officially sign up for the ballot this week.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's effort to derail Louisiana's use of the Common Core education standards was halted Tuesday by a state judge who said the governor's actions were harmful to parents, teachers and students.
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A Baton Rouge judge issued a temporary restraining order Monday against enforcing a law that prohibits anyone 70 or older from running for justice of the peace or constable.