FROM David Hammer
BP, Gulf States Settle for Nearly $18.7 Billion The worst marine oil spill in history has led to an unprecedented environmental penalty. British Petroleum will pay $18.7 billion to five states and the federal government for the Deepwater Horizon disaster of 2010. David Hammer is an investigative reporter for WWL-TV , the CBS affiliate in New Orleans.
Oil Reaches the LA Coast and the EPA Demands BP Stop Dispersant Use Brown oozed has begun to show in marsh grass on the coast of Louisiana, and part of the oil slick has entered the “loop current,” which could take it around Florida and up the East Coast. In the meantime, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that BP sent a crucial testing team home several hours before the oil rig explosion that killed 11 workers and caused an under-sea gusher exactly a month ago.
Mardi Gras Revelers Flood Big Easy, Residents Ponder Jump Ship Mardi Gras has been described as the tale of two cities: New Orleans before and after Katrina. Last year's Mardi Gras was the first after Katrina, and it was mostly a local affair. This year's will be a better measure of what's in store for New Orleans. Today is Fat Tuesday, and hotel occupancy is up, but so is the number of cops on the streets because of an increase in violent crime. Many residents who've qualified for government grants still aren't sure if they ought to rebuild or take buy-outs. With the city just half as large as it used to be, we hear about prospects for public safety, race relations and reconstruction.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.