Deal tying BP fines to bill closer

Times-Picayune reports today that Senate and House negotiators are nearing agreement on a two-year transportation bill that includes key components of legislation that would funnel billions of dollars in fines from the 2010 BP oil spill to the five Gulf States. It would allocate 80 percent of any Clean Water Act fines for the massive spill to Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida. Read more.