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
State Rep. Lenar Whitney — one of a handful of Republican candidates vying for Louisiana’s 6th Congressional district — has been described by Cook Political Report analyst David Wasserman as one of the most “frightening or fact-averse candidate[s]” he’s ever met following her reaction to an interview last week.
Mid-August hearing dates have been set for dueling lawsuits over Louisiana's use of the Common Core education standards in public schools.
An investigation into the last-minute passage of a pension hike for the state police superintendent continues, despite Col. Mike Edmonson's decision not to accept the increase.
Safety Jairus Byrd practiced with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday for the first time since his signing in March.
Sentencing has been delayed for a businessman who provided key testimony in the corruption case that resulted in the conviction of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.
The spectre of priest sex abuse has returned to haunt the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette following the recent release of an investigative report by Minnesota Public Radio, revealing new allegations of another child predator hiding behind the clerical collar.
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The sponsor of a Louisiana law that requires doctors that perform abortions to have hospital admitting privileges doesn't believe the provision is in jeopardy after a federal appeals court struck down a similar Mississippi law.
Louisiana's state school board has jumped into a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal that accuses the governor of illegally meddling in education policy through his efforts to block Common Core education standards.
Here's how one nationally recognized conservative political pundit reacted upon hearing the news Monday that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was leaning toward an endorsement of Louisiana’s lone Democrat senator.
With the qualifying deadline for Lafayette Parish School Board elections quickly approaching, a series of candidate forums have been announced by the Lafayette Parish Public Education Stakeholders Council.
The investigation and potential prosecution of the man charged in the recent hit-and-run death of a Youngsville cyclist won’t happen overnight, according to local law enforcement officials.
Louisiana's state school board is holding a special meeting to consider whether to sue Gov. Bobby Jindal in an ongoing dispute over the Common Core education standards.
A bipartisan congressional deal to help improve veterans' health care access includes approval for new veterans clinics in Lafayette and Lake Charles.
It wouldn’t be a first, however, as the Chamber has thrown money behind Landrieu before.
The Democratic incumbent, seeking her fourth term in office, is a strong supporter of the Export-Import Bank, which helps finance exports of U.S. companies.
The world is a politically tense place these days with hot spots ranging from the Middle East to Ukraine. In Louisiana and Mississippi, where the political chessboard tends to be a lot less threatening and at times entertaining, this election season is living up to expectations.
Louisiana has joined nine other states in support of Indiana’s appeal of a federal judge’s ruling that the Hoosier State’s ban on sam-sex marriage violates the Constitution.
The Saints are being cautious in an effort to minimize risk of re-injury.
LSU Health Sciences Center says people with a common, hard-to-treat kind of lung cancer can join a new national trial to test drugs faster.
As New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis spoke about the opening of training camp, steep, tree-covered mountains were in full view behind them.
The family of fallen cyclist Lon Lomas is speaking out after the release this week of the man charged with his death.
"The solutions are obvious: undo consolidation, or amend the charter to make this hybrid attempt at a new form of government work better."
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is considering whether to get involved in a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal for his attempts to undermine use of the Common Core education standards in Louisiana's public schools.