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New Orleans Counts on New Levees to Prevent Future Flood

New Orleans Counts on New Levees to Prevent a Future Flood

August 28, 2015 9:31 AM
Critics say these are the kind of levees that should have been built in the first place More

Katrina Brought Enduring Changes to New Orleans

The city’s recovery is the result of the people and culture the city is famous for, as well as newcomers and start-up industries

Video New Orleans Counts on New Levees to Prevent a Future Flood

New Orleans is marking the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent flooding of the low-elevation city. Studies have shown that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to build levees strong enough to withstand the surge of storm water. But, as VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from New Orleans, the new levees are much stronger

Video Ten Years After Katrina, Tourists Now Flood New Orleans

New Orleans has long been an international tourist attraction, but tourism was disrupted for many months after Hurricane Katrina struck 10 years ago. Tourism rebounded along with the city’s infrastructure and today, as VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from New Orleans, it is a major part of a thriving economy.

Video Hurricane Katrina Brought Enduring Changes to New Orleans

Nearly a decade has passed since the city of New Orleans and many of its suburbs were devastated by flooding resulting from the failure of levees to hold back Hurricane Katrina’s storm surge. Most of the infrastructure and housing has been restored, and trade, commerce and tourism are flourishing. But, as VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from New Orleans, Katrina changed the city’s population mix.

US, South Korea Hold Joint Military Drill

Largest-ever joint military drill follows days of increased tension between North and South Korea

Bush Returns to New Orleans for 10th Anniversary of Katrina

Bush was president in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina broke through protective levies and flooded the city, killing 1,800 people and destroying 100,000 homes

US, China Officials Discuss Xi Visit

Rice's visit comes ahead of President Xi's visit to Washington next month

Video Immigrant Students Not Worried About Immigration Battle

Some DREAMers, who came to the US illegally as children and could be at risk of future deportation, say harsh criticism of immigrants is nothing new

Apple Event Generates Speculation About New Devices

Industry observers say the new product is likely to be a new iPhone model or a new version of the Apple TV set-top box

Video Immigrant Students Not Worried About Immigration Battle

There is a boisterous debate raging in the U.S. presidential campaign over immigration -- sparked by the leading Republican candidate -- Donald Trump who wants 11 million illegal immigrants deported. But a group of undocumented college students in New York City, who are temporarily protected from deportation, put the issue into a different perspective. VOA's Bernard Shusman reports from New York City.

Video Obama Hails New Orleans Recovery

President Barack Obama has called New Orleans an example of what Americans can achieve when they work together. In a speech Thursday on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the southern city, he praised efforts to rebuild New Orleans, but said more can be done to help its disadvantaged communities. Zlatica Hoke has more.

Video US Student Becomes Yazidi Advocate

The depredations of the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq against monuments, archaeological treasures and thousands of innocent people have drawn outrage from around the world. No group has suffered more than the religious minority known as Yazidis, and an American student who spent time with them in Iraq has become a champion of their cause. VOA's Greg Flakus reports.

Video US Student Becomes Yazidi Advocate

Mathew Barber says members of the religious minority in Iraq were abandoned by forces of the government that claims to protect them

Virginia Shootings Make for Tough Media Decisions

In era when anyone can find video of carnage online, news organizations applied their own standards to coverage of killing of a TV news crew

Lessons Learned From Katrina, 10 Years Later

FEMA chief Craig Fugate says key changes include better preparation, improved coordination among state, federal assistance agencies

Arizona Man Charged With Supporting Islamic State

Ahmed Mohammed el Gammal indicted Thursday for providing material support to terrorist group

Washington Governor Calls Fires 'Slow-Motion Disaster'

National Weather Service issues red-flag warning for largest wildfire, Okanogan Complex, saying rising temperatures, falling humidity and increasing winds had potential to spread flames

Video Iran Nuclear Deal Becomes a US Campaign Issue

A recent opinion poll by Quinnipiac University indicates that voters in three crucial battleground states, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania overwhelmingly oppose the Obama administration-backed international nuclear deal with Iran. As VOA’s Cindy Saine reports, the candidates vying to win their parties’ nominations for the 2016 presidential race are taking notice, and staking out their own positions.

Report Bumps Up US Economic Growth

Commerce Department says GDP grew at 3.7 percent annual rate in the second quarter, much faster than the first quarter

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