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    Nearly five years after Katrina and the devastating failures of the levee system, New Orleans is well on its way to getting the protection system Congress ordered: a ring of 350 miles of linked levees, flood walls, gates and pumps that surrounds the city and should defend it against the kind of flooding that in any given year has a 1 percent chance of occurring.

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    A bill in California could pass this week banning wasteful single-use plastic bags if state legislators can be convinced that consumers can bring his/her own sack for carting off a loaf of bread.

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    Federal investigators are hearing testimony from BP executives in a joint probe into the cause of the explosion that led to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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    Using infrared and microwave images of the entire planet taken twice a day, Lanworth can distinguish between each type of agricultural commodity—corn, soybeans, wheat and on and on—and discover the total number of acres of each planted overall.

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    Though BP owns just a fraction of the United States service stations that carry its brand, independent station owners are suffering from public reaction to the oil spill. The NYT reports.

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    A federal judicial panel has agreed to consolidate the 77 lawsuits over the BP oil spill in New Orleans, despite objections from some of the defendants who wanted the cases heard on more neutral territory.

  • Al Gros looks listens to Kenneth Feinberg, administrator of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, speak at a town hall meeting about the $20 billion fund set up to pay damage claims from the BP oil spill July 15, 2010 in Lafitte, Louisiana.

    A Justice Department official says negotiations with BP have been completed to ensure that the oil company follows through on a commitment to establish a $20 billion compensation fund for victims of the Gulf oil spill.

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    Lexington, Mass. and Colorado Springs, Colo. are taking radically different approaches to budget savings and the one implementing energy conservation is seeing a nice payoff.

  • See what's happening, who's talking and what will be making headlines on Friday's Squawk on the Street.

  • Workers are seen clearing the beach of the oil residue that has washed up on Pensacola Beach from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on June 7, 2010 in Pensacola, Florida. Early reports indicate that BP's latest plan to stem the flow of oil from the site of the Deepwater Horizon incident may be having some success.

    Media coverage of the Gulf oil spill’s effect on the gulf has focused on tourist income lost by the waterfront towns with footage of empty beaches, restaurants and T-shirt shops dominates the news. Interviews with devastated business owners are heart-rending. But they always end with references to somehow hanging on until “things get back to normal.”

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    Unsafe drinking water is the world’s largest cause of disease and death. The United Nations Development Program has stated that every $1 invested in water and sanitation produces $9 in healthcare cost reduction and economic development.

  • See what's happening, who's talking and what will be making headlines on Thursday's Squawk on the Street.

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    American taxpayers who spent $50 billion bailing out General Motors may see some returns, if the Obama administration allows it.

  • Offshore supply vessels assist and observe the worksite of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion.

    BP could decide later Wednesday whether to pump cement into its blown-out Gulf of Mexico oil well from the top and begin plugging the leak for good, a company executive said. 1st paragraph of story should go here

  • It’s pretty safe to say that BP has been the most-watched company in the world for the last 100+ days since the fire and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico began.

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    Green Mountain and its rivals are beginning to wrestle with the pod waste issue and searching for ways to make the packaging greener.

  • Booms laid for protection at Breton National Wildlife Refuge, near Venice, LA.

    Only about 26 percent of the oil from the Deepwater Horizon leak is still in the water or onshore, but most of it is diluted and breaking down rapidly, officials say. The NYT reports.

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    Nearly five million barrels of oil have gushed from BP’s well, federal scientists said, announcing the most precise estimates yet of the flow. The number would make it the biggest known spill into marine waters. The NYT reports.

  • Duke Energy reported better-than-expected earnings this morning, but James Rogers, Duke's chairman, president & CEO, told CNBC Tuesday that economic growth will be anemic over the next four or five years.