DALLAS -Louisiana will have 30 years rather than three to pay its $1.8 billion matching share of a multi-billion levee-building project in the New Orleans area after President Bush agreed to issue an executive order setting the longer term.

Gov. Bobby Jindal announced the decision at a news conference in New Orleans on Thursday night. He was accompanied by Bush's Gulf Coast hurricane recovery chief, retired Maj. Gen. Douglas O'Dell.

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