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Atchafalaya Basin canal exposed in court

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A dredge scoops mud off the bottom of Bayou Postillion and piles it on the banks in this 2005 photo. Fisherman Jody Meche of Henderson and Atchafalaya Basinkeeper’s Dean Wilson of Bayou Sorrel were among those testifying to the enviornmental damage caused by spoil banks, especially those with inadequate gaps like those shown above. (Louisiana Department of Natural Resources)

A state district court jury Friday awarded a whistleblower $750,000 in damages after finding that the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) retaliated against him for reporting environmental violations in an Atchafalaya Basin water quality project.

Breaux Bridge Native Takes Seat in the State Legislature

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Paula Davis is sworn in by the clerk of the House of Representatives, Alfred “Butch” Speer. Davis, a Baton Rouge resident, is a 1991 graduate of Breaux Bridge High School

Paula Davis, a 1991 graduate of Breaux Bridge High School, was sworn in as state representative for House District 69 on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Jeff Landry win huge for La.'s GOP

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Beaming from the shadows (left) as Louisiana Attorney General-elect Jeff Landry gives his acceptance speech Saturday night is Geri Broussard Baloney, a Democrat candidate for AG who fell short in the primary and subsequently endorsed Landry. Also shown: Landry’s son, J.T., and wife, Sharon.

While one of St. Martin Parish’s favorite sons fell out during the primary, another went on to a smashing runoff victory in an important statewide office.
Jeff Landry, Louisiana’s attorney general-elect, is a resident of New Iberia but St. Martinville remains his hometown.

Plaquemines Council backs out of suing Big Oil

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Projected Coastal Land Loss in Louisiana, 1932-2050. Source: Gulf Restoration Network based on LA CPRA State Master Plan 2012.

The Plaquemines Parish Council last week voted to drop lawsuits against oil, natural gas and pipeline companies for environmental damage caused by exploration and production.

Hundreds turn out in the rain to clean the banks of the Red River

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‘SURVIVOR’ STAR Keith Nale (right) pitches in to help clean up the Red River in Shreveport-Bossier City. Nale, currently featured in “Survivor Cambodia,” also contributed an “immunity idol necklace” which added a scavenger hunt aspect to the annual cleanup. (Mike Mangham)

Rain, wind and falling temperatures on Saturday, Nov. 7, did not deter some 350 volunteers from showing up to scour the banks of the Red River here for trash, debris – and an “immunity idol necklace” fashioned by “Survivor Cambodia” celebrity Keith Nale, a Shreveport area resident.

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