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New Orleans City Council Launches Investigation Into Mass Power Failure During Ida

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

The New Orleans City Council is grilling power company Entergy about the catastrophic failure of its grid after Hurricane Ida. Mass power outages contributed to at least 11 deaths related to heat.


Entergy Resisted Upgrading New Orleans' Power Grid. Residents Paid The Price

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Entergy failed to rebuild a stronger system after hurricanes repeatedly damaged its electric grid. Then Hurricane Ida knocked out power for more than a week in the middle of a heat wave.


After Hurricane Ida Failures, Calls Grow For A Probe Into New Orleans' Power Company

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Utility company Entergy failed to provide power for a million people after Hurricane Ida ripped through New Orleans. A new NPR-ProPublica joint investigation examines why.


The Federal Government Sells Flood-Prone Homes To Often Unsuspecting Buyers, NPR Finds

Monday, September 13, 2021

The Department of Housing and Urban Development disproportionately sells homes in flood-prone areas, NPR finds. Housing experts warn that this can lead to big losses for vulnerable families.


Louisiana's Governor Wants The Oil And Gas State To Go Carbon Neutral

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

In a major shift, Louisiana officials are making a plan to ramp up clean energy. Gov. John Bel Edwards says the state must reduce the emissions fueling increasingly destructive extreme weather.


Behind Louisiana's Climate Plan To Become Carbon Neutral

Monday, May 10, 2021

Among the states setting aggressive climate goals, perhaps the most surprising is Louisiana. The longtime oil and gas state is now trying to figure out how to become carbon neutral.


Known For Its Floods, Louisiana Is Running Dangerously Short Of Groundwater

Friday, March 19, 2021

After decades of overuse and lax regulation, Louisiana is losing groundwater faster than almost anywhere else in the country. Experts warn of a crisis more common in the drought-stricken West.


Hurricane Zeta Storms Ashore In Southeastern Louisiana

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Hurricane Zeta came ashore in Louisiana on Wednesday as a Category 2 storms. The hurricane strengthened before landfall and is expected to bring a storm surge up to 11 feet.


Lessons To Learn From Hurricane Katrina

Friday, August 28, 2020

It's been 15 years since Hurricane Katrina walloped New Orleans and the surrounding area. There have been many improvements since, but the storm has also exposed decades of racial inequalities.


Chemical Fire Burns Near Lake Charles, La., In Aftermath Of Hurricane Laura

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Smoke is rising over the city from a plant complex that makes chlorine for swimming pools, according to a state official. Residents are advised to shelter in place until further notice.


After COVID-19 Hit The U.S., Our New Reality Started

Thursday, May 28, 2020

The U.S. hit a grim milestone on Wednesday — 100,000 people have died in this country from COVID-19. We reflect on this moment with three journalists in different regions of the country.


African Americans In Louisiana Are Dying At An Alarming Rate During Pandemic

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

In Louisiana, more than 500 people have died because of coronavirus complications. Seventy percent of the victims are black — even though African Americans make up a third of the population.


Coronavirus Hits Hard In The Crescent City

Saturday, March 21, 2020

In New Orleans, Bourbon Street is empty, shops on Magazine Street are closed and masses are canceled at Saint Louis Cathedral as confirmed cases of COVID-19 rise.


Louisiana's Chemical Corridor Is Expanding. So Are Efforts To Stop It

Friday, March 20, 2020

An industrial corridor in Louisiana is expanding again, fueled by the U.S. boom in natural gas. Residents worried about air pollution have launched new efforts to stop the factories.


New Gas And Chemical Facilities Crowd Louisiana's 'Cancer Alley'

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

An industrial corridor in Louisiana is expanding again, fueled by the boom in natural gas. Residents worried about air pollution have launched new efforts to stop the factories.


Storms, Rising Seas Threaten Louisiana's Unique Mix Of Cultures

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Hurricane Barry last weekend was just the latest to batter Louisiana's coast. The state is trying to preserve some traditions before they disappear.


New Orleans Sues Big Oil

Friday, June 14, 2019

New Orleans is suing oil and gas companies to help it pay for flood protection. It's a major move against an industry that's key to the city's economy.


This Oil Spill Has Been Leaking Into The Gulf For 14 Years

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

In the Gulf of Mexico, an oil spill triggered by a powerful hurricane has been leaking for more than 14 years with no solution in sight. The federal government is stepping in to try and contain it.


14-Year Oil Spill In The Gulf Of Mexico Could Go On For Decades

Monday, April 08, 2019

The U.S. Coast Guard is trying to clean up an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that's been going on since 2004 when a hurricane toppled a rig owned by Taylor Energy, a New Orleans-based firm.


New Orleans Divided Over Airbnbs And City Goals

Monday, March 04, 2019

New Orleans has seen a boom of Airbnbs. What to do about it is dividing city residents and pitting two goals against each other: economic activity and preserving the culture of the city.