Many news organizations have been covering more than just the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. For example, NPR : Hurricane Katrina Web Log is a log of "various strands" of the story of Katrina. NPR has also run commentaries like this one from John Gregory Brown, a prize winning novelist and native to New Orleans. Mr. Brown grew up there, and mourns the devastation.
You can also read about this wedding that took place at the Mississippi Coliseum. They were to marry in New Orleans until the wedding was interrupted by Katrina. And NPR is running stories celebrating the *amazing* culture of the region, such Irvin Mayfield's Ode to New Orleans. Mayfield is a jazz trumpeter from New Orleans.