New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA

Louisiana Town Considers Vinyl Siding Ban in Historic District

Gretna, Louisiana, is considering whether vinyl siding should be banned in the town’s historic district. More

Money Unspent, Louisiana House-Lifting Program May Terminate

Federal authorities are telling Louisiana parishes to hurry up and lift those houses — or lose the funding. More

For Sale: A $100 Lot in New Orleans

Got a hundred dollars? You can buy a building lot in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward. But there are a few strings attached. More

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Congress Rolls Back Flood Insurance Hikes

President Obama has signed a measure that reins in steep hikes in flood insurance under the federally-backed National Flood Insurance Program. More

TimberSIL Runs Into Another Snag

A brand of decking pitched as a non-toxic alternative to pressure-treated lumber is being removed from 30 homes in New Orleans after showing signs of decay on some of them. More

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Special Glass-Infused Wood Product Found Rotting

The Make it Right Foundation is rebuilding rotting stairs and decks on about 30 of... More

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Contractor Facing Jail Time For Katrina Ripoff

An unlicensed contractor could get years in jail after a jury convicted him of swindling elderly homeowners in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. More

New Orleans Ponders Detention-Pond Approach to Flood Management

Instead of pumping the water out every time there’s a heavy rain, some New Orleans planners envision a system of occasional wetlands to soak up the extra water. More

Legal Wrangling Continues in BP Gulf Oil Spill

Even as a new phase of the civil trial against BP begins, the company is asking to suspend payments of previously awarded claims, citing alleged fraud by claims administrators. More

On the Wet Side of the Levee, Louisiana Homeowners Stress Over Flood Insurance

Homeowners in Louisiana’s fragile delta are living outside the Federal levee system — and with FEMA policy changing, they’re worried about the future. More

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