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Restore Act critical in helping Gulf Coast (National Wildlife Federation)

November 14, 2012 by  
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According to some estimates, BP could face as much as $20 billion in fines from the Clean Water Act for its responsibility in the Gulf oil disaster of 2010. Environmental advocates and organizations say the proposed RESTORE Act is essential to put fine money directly to work in restoring the Gulf Coast. The RESTORE Act […]

Inflation makes big incomes smaller (Yahoo Finance)

November 14, 2012 by  
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One hundred thousand dollars. Since the 1980s, the magical “six-figure” salary has been a benchmark for financial success. Not too long ago, that income often meant two nice cars in the garage of a large house, fun family vacations and plenty of money left over to save for retirement and college tuition. But times have […]

From Prison Bars to Business Stars (

November 10, 2012 by  
Filed under Features — The Prison Entrepreneurship Program in Texas transforms convicted felons into successful business owners by turning their criminal entrepreneurial aspirations to legal industries. When you hit the streets after an eight-year stretch in prison and find no one wants to hire you, there isn’t much to lose in starting your own business. Cedric Hornbuckle […]

As the oil creeps closer (

May 7, 2010 by  
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Just 11 miles off the Mississippi coast, Ship Island is home to some of the most beautiful waters and beaches in the state. Ship Island Excursions has been transporting visitors there since 1926: The family-owned and operated company shuttles more than 30,000 people each year to the island. Captain Louis Skrmetta, the company’s president, says […]

Gulf oil hits land and wildlife (

Louisiana’s coast serves as a winter resting spot for more than 70 percent of the country’s waterfowl, and the region is used by more than a hundred tropical migratory birds, said Melanie Driscoll, director of bird conservation for the National Audubon Society’s Louisiana Coastal Initiative. (See waterbird pictures.) Officials with the joint federal-industry team responding […]

Super Bowl sparks sales surge in New Orleans (

February 5, 2010 by  
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NEW ORLEANS ( — Saints fans have waited more than four decades for their team to get a taste of glory. When kicker Garrett Hartley made a 40-yard field goal to secure the Saints’ first trip to the Super Bowl, it proved to be a win not just for the team but for New Orleans’ […]

U.S.-Mexico Barrier Spurring More Illegal Foot Traffic (

January 3, 2010 by  
Filed under Articles and Features, Features A year after a barrier was completed along its boundary with Mexico, Arizona’s Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument has seen a significant decline in vehicle traffic from drug smugglers and illegal immigrants, officials say. But while the barrier is stopping vehicles, it may also be prompting more people to cross the desert on foot. […]