1. LOUISIANA FLOOD
'Ignored and screwed,' this town aims to ease flood rules
CENTRAL, La. — Late one night after freak flooding submerged most of this small Louisiana city, local leaders stood at the pulpit of a Baptist church packed with distressed residents and made a bold promise. Despite the now-apparent flood risk, Central would make it as easy as possible to rebuild — even if it meant it might be less protected from the same kind of historic flooding that submerged much of the city last month.