Articles by Kevin McGill and Gerald Herbert

After Crashing onto Louisiana Coast, Cristobal Moves Up Mississippi River Basin

Tropical Storm Cristobal weakened into a depression early on June 8 after inundating coastal Louisiana and ginning up dangerous weather along most of the U.S. Gulf Coast, sending waves crashing over Mississippi beaches, swamping parts of an Alabama island town …

New Orleans Universities, Archdiocese Named in Katrina Aid Lawsuit

Two New Orleans universities, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans and a government contractor are defendants in a whistleblower lawsuit alleging fraud involving more than $100 million in Hurricane Katrina aid. The 2016 federal lawsuit was unsealed on June …

Auditor: Coronavirus, Oil Glut Could Cost Louisiana Local Governments $1B

The coronavirus battle and the world oil glut could cost cities, parishes and school boards in Louisiana anywhere from $404 million to $1.1 billion over two fiscal years, the state’s Legislative Auditor’s Office said on May 7. Business shutdowns and …

Clergy Abuse Costs Drive New Orleans Archdiocese to File for Bankruptcy

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans announced on May 1 that it is seeking federal Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection amid growing legal costs related to sexual abuse by priests. The filing for reorganization could free the archdiocese from the …

Louisiana Businesses Back ‘Stay Home, Safe at Work’ Approach

A 16-page set of recommendations for safely re-opening a Louisiana economy staggered by the fight against the new coronavirus was released on April 22 by state business interests as Gov. John Bel Edwards weighed his next move. Louisiana’s current stay-at-home …

10 Years Later: Oil Drilled Deeper; Rules Relaxed After BP Oil Spill

Ten years after an oil rig explosion killed 11 workers and unleashed an environmental nightmare in the Gulf of Mexico, companies are drilling in deeper and deeper waters, where payoffs can be huge but risks are greater than ever. Industry …

Possibility of Tropical Weather Adds to Worry at New Orleans Collapse Site

A tropical disturbance over Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is being eyed by New Orleans authorities, who fear it could become a tropical depression or storm that would topple a partially collapsed building and two huge construction cranes onto neighboring buildings at …

Unstable Building, Cranes Hamper Rescue After New Orleans Hotel Collapse

Rescue workers and search dogs moved gingerly through a dangerously unstable New Orleans hotel in a risky search for the only person still missing after the structure partially collapsed. Two people are known to have died in Saturday’s disaster and …

Louisiana Supreme Court Says ‘No’ to ‘Nola No-Call’ Suit Against NFL

A New Orleans Saints fan’s lawsuit against the NFL and game officials over the failure to call a crucial penalty against the Los Angeles Rams in a January playoff game was dismissed Sept. 6 by the Louisiana Supreme Court. The …

Louisiana Judge: State Court Suit Over Playoff ‘No-Call’ Can Proceed Against NFL

A Louisiana judge has ruled that a damage lawsuit can continue against the NFL over the playoff “no-call” that helped the Los Angeles Rams beat the New Orleans Saints and advance to the Super Bowl. State Civil District Court Judge …