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2005-10-13 19:07:30

By Michael Peltier BAKER, Louisiana (Reuters) - New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin completed a two-day motorcade blitz of Louisiana on Thursday, trying to lure displaced residents home with offers of housing and jobs. In stops in Lafayette, Baton Rouge, Baker and St. Gabriel on Thursday, the mayor applauded evacuees for their strength of character and pledged to bring them back to their neighborhoods as quickly as possible. On Wednesday Nagin had been to the cities of Shreveport and Monroe...

2005-10-05 09:50:00

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana -- The travel trailers have names as euphemistic as "Chateau," but at least they will provide a little privacy for hurricane victims who have slept alongside strangers for over a month. Some 400 families left homeless after Hurricane Katrina wrecked southeast Louisiana in late August will move from emergency shelters to this new Baker, Louisiana, trailer site set up by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. They are among the 80,000 storm victims still stuck in...

2005-09-18 10:54:53

By Ben Berkowitz BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (Reuters) - It is one of Mother Nature's cruelest ironies: while broad swaths of New Orleans are still under water, other parts of Louisiana are so dry they face a severe risk of wildfires. "It's very dry. Parts of southwest Louisiana are in a drought already," said Kent Kuyper, a senior forecaster for the National Weather Service, in an interview at state homeland security headquarters in Baton Rouge. Kuyper said that, excluding the rain from...

2005-09-17 11:38:56

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (Reuters) - Louisiana officials on Saturday said a $2.6 billion aid package for schools affected by Hurricane Katrina does not appear to include salaries for displaced teachers, one of the state's primary educational requests. Officials of the restructuring firm that runs the New Orleans school system have said they are out of money to pay teachers for any periods after Katrina. Cecil Picard, the state superintendent of public instruction, said this week he...

2005-09-14 13:44:12

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors said on Wednesday they were prepared to aggressively investigate reports of corruption by public officials seeking to profit from the rebuilding of Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. "We are extremely sensitive to the notion that there are a few public officials out there -- consistent with activities we've seen in this state -- that may be inclined to exploit the funding available to rebuilding efforts," said Jim Letten, the...

2005-09-13 16:59:30

BATON ROUGE (Reuters) - The owners of a nursing home where 34 people were found dead after Hurricane Katrina have been arrested and charged with 34 counts of negligent homicide for not evacuating those patients, the Louisiana attorney general's office said on Tuesday. Mable Mangano and Salvador Mangano Sr. surrendered to Medicaid fraud investigators in Baton Rouge late Tuesday afternoon and were being held in a parish prison. The Manganos declined an offer from St. Bernard Parish...

2005-09-09 07:50:00

By Michael Peltier BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (Reuters) - Hurricane Katrina has created a real estate boom in Louisiana's usually sedate state capital, now bursting at the seams as rescue workers arrive and evacuees scramble to get on with their lives. Baton Rouge, just 70 miles northwest of New Orleans and relatively untouched by Katrina, is believed to have doubled its 250,000 population in just over a week, local officials said. Demand for residential and commercial property is so strong that...

2005-09-09 07:52:50

By Michael Peltier BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (Reuters) - Hurricane Katrina has created a real estate boom in Louisiana's usually sedate state capital, now bursting at the seams as rescue workers arrive and evacuees scramble to get on with their lives. Baton Rouge, just 70 miles northwest of New Orleans and relatively untouched by Katrina, is believed to have doubled its 250,000 population in just over a week, local officials said. Demand for residential and commercial property is so...

2005-09-07 05:32:20

By Michael Peltier BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (Reuters) - Health officials are shifting their focus from trauma care to public health and infectious disease as concerns grow about polluted standing water in the flooded streets of New Orleans. So far, however, physicians say infectious outbreaks have not occurred and may not be widespread thanks to an immunized public and historical trends. But they caution the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina could turn out different because the water may...

2005-09-04 19:53:19

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (Reuters) - A civilian helicopter that was not involved in rescue operations crashed in New Orleans on Sunday and the two people on board were slightly injured, a state official said. The helicopter crashed in the area of the Danziger Bridge, said Mark Smith, spokesman for the Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. "The helicopter came down hard and rolled over on its side and broke its blades off and broke its tail off," Smith told...


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negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.