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Gulf Watch: Lawsuit seeks to reopen New Orleans' Charity Hospital

January 18, 2008 - Attorneys representing uninsured patients filed a lawsuit today to require Louisiana to reopen Charity Hospital or to take other measures to care for people with chronic health conditions that have been worsened by a lack of access to doctors since Hurricane Katrina. Louisiana has one of the highest rates of uninsured residents in the nation.

People of New Orleans: Know your rights

January 16, 2008 - It's a cold, rainy day here in New Orleans -- but that didn't stop all of the city's major TV networks from coming to our press conference to release our new report on Hurricane Katrina and global human rights (you can download the full PDF

North Carolina ranks last for teacher pay

January 10, 2008 - Education Week has come out with their latest Quality Counts report, which ranks state school systems in six categories, like teacher policies and school funding. One new indicator in this year's report: a comparison of teacher salaries to pay in 16 jobs with similar skills/training, such as registered nurses and accountants. In 40 states, teacher pay was less than those other jobs. The worst offender:

Hope after Katrina: Gulf Civic Works bill introduced

November 2, 2007 - One of the biggest problems in the post-Katrina recovery that we found in our recent report, Blueprint for Gulf Renewal, was jobs. According to Institute analysis, there are still about 100,000 fewer jobs in the Gulf than there was pre-Katrina -- a major barrier to families trying to get home. What's more, many of the rebuilding jobs are unstable and low-paying.

Gulf Watch: Controversy flares over Katrina's death toll

June 4, 2007 - Hurricane Katrina is still killing people almost two years after it struck. Or is it? There's some disagreement in the medical community -- though the closer one gets to local front-line caregivers, the stronger the consensus becomes that the storm continues to claim the lives of those who survived the immediate destruction.