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Many Louisiana wetlands are no longer protected by federal environment regulations.
Jason Saul / WWNO

The Trump administration is rolling back environmental protections for wetlands and streams as outlined by the Water of the United States rule. The Environmental Protection Agency passed the rule under President Obama to enforce the Clean Water Act and shield more waterways from pollution.

Reporter Betsy Shepherd speaks with environmental law professor, Robert Verchick, about the local impacts of Trump’s new EPA standards. Verchick heads the liberal think tank Center for Progressive Reform.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

A new study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the federal government should spend $3.2 billion to maintain the levee system around New Orleans over the next 50 years. The study recommends raising the levees and upgrading the flood protection systems in order to match the rising sea levels and sinking land.

In the Lower Ninth Ward, news of future flood risks puts residents on high alert.

A turbine housed at the Sewerage and Water Board's facility Uptown exploded on Saturday, December 14th. As of Wednesday, the SWB says it does not yet know the cause of the incident.
Travis Lux / WWNO

The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans says it does not yet know why one of its power turbines exploded over the weekend.

More than 4,000 city computers have been affected by Friday's cyber attack.
Jess Clark / WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio

Updated 6:27 p.m.

Starting Tuesday, specialists will be going computer by computer checking for infiltration from Friday's ransomware attack on New Orleans city government. Ransomware infects a computer or network and encrypts its data so that it becomes unusable unless the owner pays a ransom. The engineers have more than 4,000 individual computers to get to before city operations can return to normal, and Mayor Latoya Cantrell said that work will likely go into next week.

New Orleans police chief Shaun Ferguson told reporters investigators believe the shooting of ten on Canal Street stemmed from a personal feud.
Jess Clark / WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio

New Orleans police still haven't made an arrest in the shooting of ten people on Canal Street in the French Quarter early Sunday morning. Previous reports put the number of victims at 11, but police lowered the number Monday to ten.

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Eleven people were shot on Canal Street after gunfire broke out early Sunday morning, according to NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson. Two of the victims are in critical condition, police say. 

“We do not know how it started,” said Ferguson at a press conference at the scene of the shooting. “Our officers were on this block when they heard shots fired. They were right there when it occurred.”

One person was detained at the scene, but police say they are not a suspect in the case.  Police say they do not know what caused the shooting and are still looking for suspects.

Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change, 2019

Climate change will affect today’s children at every stage of their life. That’s one of the takeaways from a new study from the Lancet Countdown, a project of the medical journal The Lancet.

To talk more about the study, and what it means for the Gulf Coast, reporter Travis Lux spoke with Dr. Jeremy Hess. Hess is a professor of emergency medicine, environmental health, and global health at the University of Washington, and is one of the authors of the report.

Travis Lux / WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio

According to his lawyers, Joel Ramirez Palma was on the thirteenth floor of the Hard Rock Hotel building when it began to fall. He survived by jumping down into the floors below him as the concrete and steel collapsed overhead. Ramirez Palma was one of many injured. Three of his coworkers died.

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A bill that could increase the amount of royalty money Louisiana gets from offshore oil and gas drilling advanced in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.

The bill, called the Conservation of America’s Shoreline Terrain and Aquatic Life Act, or COASTAL Act, is sponsored by Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La). It would reduce how much oil and gas money goes to the federal government, and increase the amount that goes to states along the Gulf of Mexico -- Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

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