- - Monday, August 29, 2011

CALIFORNIA

Councilman killed after finding pot field

FORT BRAGG — A well-respected California community leader who was gunned down after finding a remote illegal marijuana operation was a former two-term mayor and current council member whose fundraising and good will helped build firehouses and a first-class high school football stadium.

The city of Fort Bragg was reeling Monday after the death of Jere Melo, a forest land manager who was fatally shot Saturday while he and a co-worker were walking through a rugged area of forest just outside town.

A manhunt continued for the suspected gunman.

Mr. Melo was in his 15th year on the City Council and had dedicated most of his life improving Fort Bragg.

LOUISIANA

Katrina 6th anniversary finds Gulf Coast vibrant

NEW ORLEANS — The Gulf Coast mixed somber ceremonies with New Orleans’ signature flair to mark the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and honor those killed during the catastrophic storm that inundated much of the region’s dominant city and devastated coastal towns in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana.

Monday marked the passage of six difficult years of rebuilding for the region, which is showing signs of a strong recovery from the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history.

The storm killed more than 1,800 people.

NEBRASKA

Nuclear plant ends flood emergency alert

OMAHA — An idled Nebraska nuclear plant that was entirely surrounded by Missouri River floodwaters earlier this summer is no longer under a flood emergency, officials said.

Omaha Public Power District spokesman Jeff Hanson said the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant about 20 miles north of Omaha ended its low-level flood emergency Monday.

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