National partnership: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries has selected The Water Institute for a five-year partnership to work with NOAA as it deals with oil or hazardous waste spills in the southeast U.S. The selection includes $140,000 for two projects designed to better understand dolphin populations and freshwater impacts on dolphin health. Read the full story.
Writing checks: Restore Louisiana will begin issuing checks previously denied to homeowners affected by flooding in 2016. The first wave of checks will go out today to about 230 homeowners who declined or canceled their SBA loan and accepted their grant agreement. Next will be about 800 homeowners who also declined their loan but haven’t finalized their grant agreement. Residents prevented from tapping into recovery funds because they sought SBA, but the hangup has been eliminated by a bill recently passed. Read the full story.
Top chef: Owen Osborne, 12, of Shreveport will represent Louisiana on season 8 of Food Network’s “Chopped Junior” reality competition series, airing at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, The Shreveport Times reports. If Osborne wins the competition’s $10,000 grand prize, he says he hopes to offer some financial support to cover medicine and treatment costs for his friend, Gunner, who has leukemia. Read the full story.