+ The legal team charged with leading oil spill litigation has been selected by a Louisiana judge. It includes Brian Barr of Pensacola’s Levin Papantonio, a law firm that’s also helping members of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association navigate the claims process.
+ Local officials say the spill had a devastating effect on tourism tax revenues in the Western Panhandle, but local business owners say the worst is probably over.
+ Funeral arrangements have been made for Roger Grooters of Gulf Breeze, who was killed while bicycling across the country to raise awareness about the spill.
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+ A federal study will examine whether the oil spill stressed the gulf’s bluefin tuna populations enough to warrant placement on the Endangered Species list. Environmental groups had been calling for such a study long before the spill.
+ Sales of a BP spill-inspired Halloween costume have already hit more than 10,000, according to the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph (via).
+ Amid lawsuits and permitting delays, BP rival Shell is pledging to spend “tens and tends of millions of dollars” to build a containment device it says will ease local worries of oil spills in Alaska.
+ BP will be disbanding its safety ombudsman in yet another overhaul of its internal controls.
+ The oil spill is shaping up to be a minor factor in the November elections, according to the Houston Chronicle.