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Serbian prime minister visits New Orleans looking to strengthen economic ties

The prime minister of Serbia, Ivica Dacic, is in New Orleans, drawn by the city’s energy industry, port, mining operations and technology businesses and seeking to encourage investment in Serbia. He’s meeting local politicians and business leaders and visiting the Port of New Orleans and National World War II Museum.

9/16/2013 | Read Story »

New Orleans technology festival unveils details of its debut in October

The inaugural edition of the NOLATech Week technology festival in October has released its schedule and launched its website, nolatechweek.org.

9/13/2013 | Read Story »

GNO Inc. challenges flood insurance rate hikes

PORT SULPHUR, La. —A business group is raising new questions about increased flood insurance rates in the face of Federal Emergency Management Administration’s $18 billion dollar deficit.

9/11/2013 | Read Story »

New Orleans a model for America’s struggling cities

Following a devastating Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and a disastrous Gulf oil spill in 2010, some predicted it would take decades for New Orleans to recover. But the city’s remarkable comeback now has others looking to the Big Easy for lessons in recovery.

9/10/2013 | Read Story »

Stormwater plan to use water, not eliminate it

Officials unveiled a $6.2 billion plan Friday that aims to change the way Orleans, Jefferson and St. Bernard parishes manage the 5 feet of rainwater they get every year.

9/9/2013 | Read Story »

New flood insurance guidelines released

WASHINGTON — The congressional fight to delay increasing flood insurance premiums is mired in the federal budget stalemate. Meanwhile, new insurance “rating guidelines” released this week confirmed the fears of dramatic insurance hikes for many southern Louisiana residents.

9/6/2013 | Read Story »

Water in New Orleans: pushing a new approach to old problem

Eight years ago, 25 acres in Gentilly that an order of Catholic nuns called a sanctuary became a danger zone as the floodwaters that followed Hurricane Katrina quickly inundated its grounds.

9/6/2013 | Read Story »

Flood maps raising cost of insurance

When Laurie Futch bought her parents’ converted cottage in the 1980s, she paid almost $50,000 to raise it above the government-designated flood level. Now the Marshfield homeowner finds herself, along with thousands of others in the south suburbs, facing new or substantially higher premiums for flood insurance based on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s redrawing of flood lines.

9/1/2013 | Read Story »