In local news:

A trustee council made up of state and federal officials overseeing ecological restoration from the BP oil spill has approved using $134 million provided by the company’s settlement for ten projects. According to a CityBusiness report, about $126 million will go to ecological projects for sea turtles, fish, vegetation and birds and $8 million on enhancing recreation. Back in 2011, in anticipation of future restoration costs meted out through the courts, BP offered to spend $1 billion to spur the recovery of the Gulf. BP is expected to spend billions of dollars more on restoration. With these new projects included, about $832 million of the $1 billion has been awarded.

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