Nine years ago, the neighborhood where 77,000 people live, lost two health care facilities to flooding during Hurricane Katrina. The 215,000-square-foot New Orleans East Hospital is set to open June 26.

After facing challenges like the devastating tropical storms, an economic depression and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, New Orleans tourism industry is not only back, but approaching record levels.

Louisiana has surpassed California and New York as the world’s movie production capital, with stars like Will Ferrell, Reese Witherspoon, Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock and Sofia Vergara filming in what has become “Hollywood South.”

Baton Rouge and New Orleans are in the top three United States cities with the highest rates of new H.I.V. and AIDS diagnoses. Residents attribute late testing to social stigma.

Louisiana will lose 1,750 square miles to the ocean over the next 50 years as sinking soils, rising sea levels and man-made developments continue eating away at the coast. The quickly eroding oceanside prompted state officials in 2012 to approve a $50 billion, 3,000-page master plan to restore and protect Louisiana’s coast.

Rodents continue to affect residents and their properties, but New Orleans officials say comprehensive data of the health and population concerns will take nearly two years.

A meteor shower made a less than dazzling debut near New Orleans early Saturday. People across the area couldn’t see much, despite hopes that the display might be spectacular enough to be seen even among the city’s bright lights.

The National Hurricane Center will start publishing online maps with real-time storm surge data showing expected flood levels. Public awareness of possible storm surges was a goal of the Center’s annual Hurricane Awareness Tour. The tour included an inside look at “The Hurricane Hunter.”


The New York Times Student Journalism Institute in New Orleans for 2014 is now concluded. We will resume in May 2015 in Tucson, Arizona.

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The National Weather Service of New Orleans/Baton Rouge issued a flash flood watch Wednesday afternoon remaining into effect through Thursday evening.