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7:29 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Lawmakers Line Up Behind Jindal's Budget Plan

Governor Bobby Jindal is getting lawmakers’ support for his plan to use patchwork financing and modest cuts to close a $170 million budget deficit.

The House and Senate budget committees backed the proposal without objection yesterday. It comes only days before the budget had to be rebalanced to avoid a special session.

Minor changes were made to Jindal’s plan submitted last month. Financing sources were swapped. Agriculture department job cuts were scrapped. A cut to road maintenance work was eliminated.

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7:27 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Biloxi Council: Mardi Gras Bead Tossing Should Be One-Way

The Biloxi City Council is considering an ordinance, based on a similar ordinance used in New Orleans, that would protect people riding on floats and marching in parades from throw-backs by spectators.
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The Biloxi City Council is considering an ordinance, based on a similar ordinance used in New Orleans, that would protect people riding on floats and marching in parades from throw-backs by spectators.

The Sun Herald reports a first reading of an ordinance came Tuesday without comment. Council President Kenny Glavan later said that he's had a couple of krewes ask for the protection.

The ordinance says people sometimes throw beads and other items back on the floats where participants are occupied, potentially injuring them.

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11:17 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Post-Katrina Resentment Revived By Court's Ruling On Public School Employees

It was an abrupt reversal of fortune that stirred lingering resentment and fresh tears more than nine years after Hurricane Katrina: Louisiana’s Supreme Court overturned rulings from two lower courts and tossed out a lawsuit that said roughly 7,500 New Orleans public school employees were wrongfully fired after levee failures during the 2005 storm led to inundation of the city.

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4:59 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

85 Endangered Turtles Being Rehabbed On Gulf Coast

Scores of endangered turtles hurt by the unusual cold in Massachusetts have been brought to the Gulf Coast to be rehabilitated and eventually released into the wild.
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Scores of endangered turtles hurt by the unusual cold in Massachusetts have been brought to the Gulf Coast to be rehabilitated and eventually released into the wild.

Hundreds of cold-stunned young Kemp's ridley sea turtles have washed up on Massachusetts beaches since November. The condition, like human hypothermia, can be fatal.

The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans says it received 27 of the turtles on Monday. Institute for Marine Mammal Studies director Moby Solangi says 32 are in Gulfport.

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Coastal Desk
7:33 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Pentagon Announces Levee Armoring Contracts

The Pentagon says three Louisiana companies have contracts worth up to $200 million in total to armor levees in the New Orleans area.

The Pentagon says Bis Services of Kenner, Circle of Belle Chasse, and Shavers-Whittle Construction of Mandeville, were among 10 companies that bid over the Internet.

Their contracts are with the Army Corps of Engineers in New Orleans. They were on a list of contracts released last night by the Pentagon.

The work is to be done by December 2020. The amount paid for each job will be decided individually.

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7:31 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Senator Vitter Gets Judiciary Committee Seat

Republican Louisiana Senator David Vitter says he has been appointed to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The assignment sets him in the middle of what likely will become major disagreements in the next Congress.

Those include fights over President Obama's nominee for the attorney general, and the president's immigration plan to help those living in the United States illegally.

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7:30 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Students Missing Out On Millions In Financial Aid

Almost half of Louisiana students are missing out on millions of dollars of federal financial aid that could help them get skills training or college degrees after high school.

Education Superintendent John White said yesterday that only 44 percent of Louisiana's public high school seniors fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

That application is used to determine if students are eligible for Pell grants, work study programs and other types of aid.

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7:27 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Deputy Indicted For Allegedly Failing To Stop Jail Fight

A grand jury has indicted an Orleans Parish sheriff's deputy in connection with a stabbing inside Orleans Parish Prison.

The Sheriff's Office said 42-year-old John Dupart was charged with counts of malfeasance in office and principal to aggravated battery. The Sheriff's Office says Dupart did not follow procedures, which resulted in an altercation at the jail.

Dupart is not accused of taking part in any violent act himself. His attorney says the allegation is that Dupart didn't stop a fight.

Coastal Desk
7:37 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Hurricane Center Will Start Issuing Separate Warnings On Storm Surge

Coastal residents will start seeing separate warnings about storm surge in addition to warnings about tropical storm- and hurricane-force winds.
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If tropical weather approaches the U.S. next year, coastal residents will see separate warnings about storm surge in addition to warnings about tropical storm- and hurricane-force winds.

National Hurricane Center officials said Thursday that separate warnings for storm surge should provide emergency managers and the public with better information about tropical weather hazards.

Storm surge is considered the greatest threat to life and property from a tropical cyclone. It can strike at different times and in different places than a storm's winds.

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7:30 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Possible Settlement Reached Over Disability Lawsuit With New Orleans Schools

A tentative agreement has been reached in a 2010 federal lawsuit that claimed New Orleans schools failed to fulfill obligations to students with a variety of disabilities — including autism, hyperactivity and bipolar disorder.

U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey said in an order made public yesterday that an "agreement in principle" had been reached in the lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center on behalf of 10 students.

Settlement efforts had been going on for months.

Attorneys involved declined comment because the agreement is not yet final.

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