"The city of New Orleans is in a state of devastation. We probably have 80 percent of our city underwater. With some sections of our city, the water is as deep as 20 feet."
' New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, in an interview on WWL as waters began rising in New Orleans, Tuesday, Aug. 30
"The ones who have resigned indicated that they have lost everything and didn't feel it was worth going back to take fire from looters. Violence is bad. We need more help."
' Louisiana Superintendent of State Police Col. Henry Whitehorn on Sept. 2, after reports that New Orleans police officers were turning in their badges amid chaotic violence in the city
"First of all your heart goes out to the people, the loss of their homes, but there are some real tough questions to ask about how you go about rebuilding this city. That is certainly the decision the people of New Orleans are going to make. But I think federal insurance and everything goes along with it, and we ought to take a second look at it. It looks like a lot of that place could be bulldozed. But you know we build Los Angeles and San Francisco on top of earthquake fissures and they rebuild, too. Stubbornness."
' Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert in an interview with Arlington Heights, Ill.'s Daily Herald on Wednesday, Sept. 1.
"I'm afraid I would have assaulted him."
' Former President Bill Clinton, telling The Washington Post how he may have reacted had he been in the same room as House Speaker Dennis Hastert when Hastert questioned the rebuilding of New Orleans
"They tore that dome apart. They tore it down. They're taking everything out of there they can take. I don't want to go to no Astrodome. I've been domed almost to death."
' Janice Singleton, a worker at the Superdome, on WWL. Singleton was stuck in the stadium when the storm hit and said she was robbed of everything she had with her, including her shoes.
"We have been trying to call the mayor's office, we have been trying to call the governor's office ... we have tried to use any inside pressure we can. We are turning to you. Please help us. There is no food in Charity Hospital. They're eating fruit bowl punch, and that's all they've got to eat. There's minimal water."
' Dr. Norman McSwain, chief of trauma surgery at Charity Hospital in a call to the Associated Press Thursday morning, Sept. 2
"The great city of New Orleans will be rebuilt. Out of this tragedy will come a great Gulf Coast."
' President George W. Bush, WWL, New Orleans
"You want to help? Send buses and gas, buses and gas. I don't need $10 million right now ' send buses and gas!"
' State Rep. Karen Carter, WWL
"I am announcing that Jefferson Parish has now seceded from the United States and is now the country of Jeffersonia. Now I know we will receive the aid a foreign country receives."
' Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard, WWL
"I do think the nation would be responding differently if they were white elderly and white babies actually dying on the street and being covered with newspapers and shrouds and being left there."
' David Billings of the People's Institute, a New Orleans-based organization focused on ending racism, WWL
"If we can't respond faster than this to an event we saw coming across the Gulf for days, then why do we think we're prepared to respond to a nuclear or biological attack?"
' Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich on WWL that same day
"I thank the President for his visit today, but it was more show than substance. Frankly, we needed action days ago. Louisianans are starving, dying and fearing for their safety. Police personnel are tired, getting sick and they need tetanus shots. Outside of New Orleans, the influx of military troops is not being felt. When I am able to find food and get it to other areas, there are unnecessary road blocks and bureaucracy every step of the way. How many more lives will be lost before people understand that there are problems here the TV cameras can't see? When the President's travel details stop us from putting the helicopters in the air that will deliver help, we've got problems. When, after an hour and a half of waiting at the instructed location without information to greet the President today in New Orleans, logistical and communications problems prevented me from reaching the meeting ' we've got problems. The poor communication here is indicative of the larger communication problems that are hindering all of the life saving efforts."
' Congressman Charlie Melancon, who represents Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes, two of the hardest areas hit by Hurricane Katrina, responding to the federal government's relief efforts on Friday, Sept. 2.
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday, April 17, 2014:
Thursday's Blogs from the Bog!
The Lafayette City-Parish Council on Tuesday will vote on a resolution that if approved would clear the way for a December ballot proposition asking voters to approve a 1-cent sales tax parishwide to help fund the construction of a new terminal at Lafayette Regional Airport.
Just days before the fourth anniversary of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill, the Coast Guard has moved cleanup of Louisiana's coast to a new phase, allowing BP to end its "active" efforts in the area.
Legislators still must leave their guns at the door of the Louisiana Capitol.
Sen. Fred Mills may have an "R" behind his name, but his actions in the Louisiana Legislature transcend the established boundaries of his party.
The Louisiana House overwhelmingly rejected a repeal of the state's unconstitutional anti-sodomy law Tuesday.
The Louisiana Senate sided with Gov. Bobby Jindal and the oil industry Tuesday, agreeing to void a lawsuit that a south Louisiana flood board filed against more than 90 oil and gas companies for coastal damage.
Acadian rep notifies would-be supporters that an April 25 fundraiser for the embattled U.S. rep won’t go on as planned.
While it isn’t all too unusual for public bodies to have hired security present during meetings, the LPSB’s push to do so is arguably a response to the antics of one board member.
“I’m running. Why would I be raising all this money? Just to have to return it to people?”
With incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu watching from afar, and with a united Democratic Party in her corner, the fight to get the GOP officially behind Congressman Bill Cassidy is gaining just as much momentum as it is hushed controversy.
15th Judicial District Judge Durwood Conque has announced that he will not seek re-election after 27 years on the bench.
The controversial standardized tests are set to be used in third-grade through eighth-grade public school classrooms next year.
The Louisiana Senate has agreed to prohibit unmanned aircraft from flying over chemical plants, water treatment systems, telecommunications networks and other items considered "critical infrastructure" in Louisiana.
It didn’t take long for KATC TV 3 to jump all over the news of a dead body found in Girard Park, but in its rush to produce headlines, the local TV station got sloppy.
An unholy trinity of civil-society upheavalers whose first names are not Conner, Tanner or Logan are facing charges in Eunice.
Now that lawmakers have shot down efforts to cap annual interest rates for payday loans, supporters for stricter regulations of the storefront lenders are rallying behind another strategy.