Latest News en Terrebonne And Lafourche Recycling Efforts Stunted By Lack Of Support <p>In spite of a nationwide increase in environmental consciousness, recycling efforts in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes have not had widespread public support.<br /><br />After receiving limited responses from residents, officials said potential plans to revive the curbside recycling programs in both parishes were scrapped.<br /><br />Terrebonne Parish Utilities Director Tom Bourg tells The Courier there wasn't enough public interest to justify a curbside recycling program.<br /><br />He says the use of recycling bins placed throughout Terrebonne Parish has decreased as well.<br /> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:37:25 +0000 Associated Press 65500 at BP's Quarterly Report: $3.6 Billion In Profits, $260 Million In Charges For 2010 Spill <p>British oil giant BP reported $3.6 billion in profit in its <a href="">second quarter earnings release</a> Tuesday.&nbsp; The company also reported $260 million in charges related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, reports.</p><p>Most of the charges are funds set aside to pay for future litigation relating to the spill.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:20:43 +0000 Janaya Williams 65499 at Board Of Ed. To Consider Suing Gov. Jindal Today <p style="line-height: 11.25pt; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-size:9.5pt; font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#333333">Louisiana's state school board is holding a special meeting later this morning on the ongoing battle to adopt Common Coe education standards.<o:p></o:p></span></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:54:05 +0000 Associated Press 65451 at New Orleans To Host Top Travel Trade Show In 2016 <p>New Orleans will host the largest travel industry show in North America in 2016.<br /><br />The U.S. Travel Association's show, called IPW, was last held in New Orleans in 2002.<br /><br />The group had planned to hold the five-day show in Greater Miami and The Beaches. However, the City of Miami Beach Commission decided to renovate and expand its convention center. The three-year project is scheduled to start next year.<br /> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:53:49 +0000 Associated Press 65429 at NOPD Officer Placed On Emergency Suspension After Attempting To Strike Man With Her Vehicle <p>A New Orleans Police officer has been placed on emergency suspension after attempting to strike a man with her vehicle, the department announced today in a press release.</p><p>33-year-old Stephanie Caldwell was arrested Sunday after a verbal and physical altercation with a 47-year-old man in the 1700-block of North Broad Street at approximately 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning. Police say Caldwell attempted to strike the man with her vehicle, and when the man ran westbound on North Broad she pursued him, driving against traffic on North Broad and Onzaga streets.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:06:25 +0000 Jason Saul 65407 at Will All New Orleans Bars Soon Be Smoke-Free? <p><em>Smoking in bars might become a thing of the past in New Orleans. City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and other organizations recently brought a smoke-free week to the city. That’s meant to raise support for a ban on smoking in bars. </em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Orleans is known as a place where people like to unwind. Go-cups, ice-cold daiquiris, rich food, music and good times.</span></p><p>One aspect of this experience might be about to change.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:45:00 +0000 Malorie Marshall 65374 at Coastal Restoration Council To Start Accepting Proposals Next Month <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The start of some major funding for coastal restoration begins next month. I</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">t’s part of the Restore Act fund established after the 2010 BP oil spill. Some are concerned there’s no details yet on how the affected communities will get their say on how it’s spent.</span></p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 65390 at St. Tammany Hospital Says It Hired District Attorney Reed <p style="line-height: 11.25pt; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-size:9.5pt; font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#333333">There’s more controversy surrounding the work duties of St. Tammany District Attorney Walter Reed.<o:p></o:p></span></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:46:26 +0000 Associated Press 65392 at First West Nile Death Of The Year Reported In Caddo Parish <p>Louisiana health officials say a Caddo Parish resident has died from the West Nile virus.</p><p>The individual who died was between 60 and 74 years old. Martha Whyte, public health chief in northwest Louisiana, told the Shreveport Times she could not provide other information, citing confidentiality rules.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Associated Press 65307 at In Plaquemines, $5.9 Million Of Katrina Loan Forgiven <p>The federal government has canceled $5.9 million in disaster loans given to Plaquemines Parish after Hurricane Katrina.<br /><br />Parish President Billy Nungesser says the action was taken by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.<br /><br />Nungesser says the parish now must repay the remaining $3 million of $8.9 million in special community disaster loans it received after the 2005 storm.<br /><br />Nungesser says he plans to try to get the remaining amount forgiven.<br /> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:53:46 +0000 Associated Press 65306 at