A Portion Of BP's Fines Will Go To Gulf Restoration
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Bayou Bienvenue in New Orleans is an example of south Louisiana’s wetland loss. Fifty years ago, this was a productive freshwater marsh with cypress and tupelo trees. Today, stumps are all that remain, as saltwater has encroached inland. Debbie Elliot/NPR hide caption

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La. Looks To New Plan To Restore Fragile Coast
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Lawsuit On Health Overhaul Likely To Go To Trial
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Judge Hears States' Health Care Challenge
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Claims Czar's Slow Pace Frustrates Gulf Businesses
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BP Report An Exercise In Finger-Pointing
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Jody Blount of Krebs Architecture and Engineering readies to take a sediment sample on the shores of Weeks Bay on the Alabama Gulf Coast. The city of Orange Beach has hired independent scientists to monitor the air, water and soil in the wake of the massive oil spill. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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Gulf Coast Communities Investigate Oily Sea Mist
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Another Rig Explodes Off Louisiana Coast
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BP Assures Governors It Will Restore The Gulf
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Sharon Hanshaw, a beautician turned global climate activist living in Biloxi, Miss., has traveled the world to tell the story of how her neighborhood has struggled to recover from Hurricane Katrina. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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A Hard Fight For A Political Voice In Biloxi, Miss.
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The Sand Shark lifts sand onto a conveyor belt, then dumps it through a sifting device. BP says the machine can clean more sand in 5 minutes than 100 people could in three hours. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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BP Shrinks Gulf Cleanup Crews, Tries New Tools
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Oil workers listen to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal during a speech in June in Houma, La. Jindal spoke out against the six-month moratorium on deep-water drilling, saying it would kill thousands of Louisiana jobs. Gregory Bull/AP hide caption

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Families Feel Effects Of Federal Debate On Drilling
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Twin sisters Sheila Newman (left) and Sheryl Lindsay of Orange Beach, Ala., make their case to a BP claims adjuster. The wedding planners have been trying since June to get BP to pay for lost income from the oil spill. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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Gulf Coast Claimants Irked By BP's Delays
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Sunbathers walk along the beach in Pensacola Beach, Fla. on Aug. 1. Local business officials are asking for a substantial federal investment in getting tourists back to the coast after the peak summer season was wiped out by the oil spill. Dave Martin/AP hide caption

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Officials Try To Calm Fears In Spill Aftermath
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