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New information surfaces in Gulf explosion

New information shows a lack of proper safety precautions are to blame for the crisis in the Gulf. Comparing it to natural disasters like the Titanic and Challenger explosions, some senators are saying the rig explosion is due to company negligenc

Oil begins assault on Racoon Island

Raccoon Island is the latest area to see the affects of the oil spill. Oficials say small tar balls have begun to wash ashore. Raccoon Island is one of the coasts most important waterbird nesting areas.

PHOTO RELEASE: SCAT Teams Document Tar Balls in Fourchon Beach

BATON ROUGE, La. - Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment Teams inspecting Fourchon beach on Thursday, May 13, documented substantial numbers of tar balls, some up to eight inches in diameter, along the entire beach.

Oiled Pelican Discovered Along Bayou Rigaud

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists found an oiled Brown Pelican, Louisiana's official state bird, on the rocks along Bayou Rigaud, across from Sand Dollar Marina on Thursday, May 13.

'Saggy Pant's' Bill doesn't pass House

BATON ROUGE - The 'Saggy Pants' Bill as it's been called, was shot down in the state House Wednesday. The legislation was originally proposed by Representative Rickey Hardy of Lafayette, who called the act of wearing your pants so low your underwe

Governor Jindal calls for more supplies in Gulf

Governor jindal has called on the Coast Guard for more supplies to fight the oil leak in the Gulf. He discussed the need for more containment supplies and resources after touring the spill site from above in a helicopter. Jindal says officials

UL's VP of academic affairs retires after 35 years

LAFAYETTE - University of Lousiana at Lafayette's provost and vice president of academic affairs has announced his retirement. Steve Landry said Tuesday he will leave the university in December after the fall semester. Landry has been with the

Wetlands threatened by growing oil spill

With the oil slick just 20 miles off Louisiana's delicate wetlands, fisherman have taken action to protect the state's marshes. However, there is not enough boom to stop the oil from creeping into wetlands. Due to lack of supplies, fishermen a

Oil spill worker's gear not up to par

A California scientist says those working to contain the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico don't have proper safety gear. Doctor Gina Solomon is concerned responders do not have equipment ventilators, goggles and protective suits.

'Funnel box' fails in Gulf

LAFAYETTE - The 100-ton box designed to funnel oil in the Gulf failed this weekend. Officials say the water was so cold that the structure began to freeze over with ice crystals encasing it. The crisis in the gulf has cost British Petroleum ove