Articles by Kevin McGill

9 Female Athletes Allege Sex Discrimination at Louisiana University

Complaints of sex discrimination made against the University of Louisiana at Lafayette by nine female athletes include allegations by some of the women of inappropriate behavior by the university’s president and athletic director. Copies of the complaints to the U.S. …

Education Is Reason Behind Replica of Katrina Flood-Damaged Home

In a dynamic before-and-after project, a nonprofit organization has partially restored a home ravaged by a catastrophic rush of floodwater when a New Orleans levee failed 13 years ago during Hurricane Katrina, re-creating two rooms to look like a typical …

Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, LSU Sued by Parents After Son’s Death

The parents of a Louisiana State University freshman who died of alcohol intoxication last year after an alleged fraternity hazing filed a federal lawsuit against the university board, the fraternity and several of the fraternity’s members. Stephen and Rae Ann …

FBI: Lower Mississippi River Ports, South Louisiana Vulnerable to Cyber Threats

Giant cranes loading and unloading gargantuan barges. Oil tankers, supply vessels and pipelines serving a vital energy industry. Flood control structures. Chemical plants. Cruise ships. Drinking water sources. All computer-reliant and tied in some way to the internet. All of …

Appeals Court Reverses New Orleans-Area Flooding, MRGO Ruling

A Washington appeals court has reversed a lower court ruling that held the federal government liable for some of the flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina and other major storms — a ruling that could have resulted in damage payments for …

New Orleans’ Infrastructure Is Crumbling; Will Trump Plan Help?

When a heavy rain hits New Orleans, residents move their cars to higher ground for fear of fast-rising street flooding. Knee-deep potholes can eat a car’s fender. When pressure drops in the city’s aging water delivery system, restaurants and cafes …

U.S. Supreme Court Declines Louisiana Coastal Wetlands Lawsuit

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to revive a Louisiana flood protection board’s lawsuit seeking to make oil, gas and pipeline companies pay for decades of damage to coastal wetlands. The suit drew fierce opposition from the energy industry and …

Black Elk Energy Agrees to $4.2M Penalty Over Deadly Gulf Oil Platform Fire

An energy company pleaded guilty on May 12 to safety and environmental charges, agreeing to a $4.2 million penalty and avoiding manslaughter charges in connection with a 2012 offshore oil platform fire that killed three workers. Court documents show Houston-based …

BP Settles with Louisiana Parish Over Oil Spill for $45M

A coastal Louisiana parish announced a $45 million settlement with BP over damages from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil spill. Plaquemines Parish juts out into the Gulf of Mexico from Louisiana’s southeastern tip. Oil from the spill after the …

Louisiana Flood Board’s Suit Against Oil Companies Still Alive

Attorneys for a south Louisiana flood board aren’t giving up on their attempt to make scores of oil and gas companies pay for damage to the state’s coastline. A federal judge dismissed their lawsuit in 2015 and a three-judge panel …