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7:37 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Terrebonne And Lafourche Recycling Efforts Stunted By Lack Of Support

Recycling efforts in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes were scrapped for lack of public support.
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In spite of a nationwide increase in environmental consciousness, recycling efforts in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes have not had widespread public support.

After receiving limited responses from residents, officials said potential plans to revive the curbside recycling programs in both parishes were scrapped.

Terrebonne Parish Utilities Director Tom Bourg tells The Courier there wasn't enough public interest to justify a curbside recycling program.

He says the use of recycling bins placed throughout Terrebonne Parish has decreased as well.

Latest News
7:20 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

BP's Quarterly Report: $3.6 Billion In Profits, $260 Million In Charges For 2010 Spill

BP's second quarter earnings report sets aside $260 million to pay for future litigation relating to the 2010 oil spill.
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British oil giant BP reported $3.6 billion in profit in its second quarter earnings release Tuesday.  The company also reported $260 million in charges related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, NOLA.com reports.

Most of the charges are funds set aside to pay for future litigation relating to the spill.

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7:54 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Board Of Ed. To Consider Suing Gov. Jindal Today

Credit Sebastian Blanco / Creative Commons

Louisiana's state school board is holding a special meeting later this morning on the ongoing battle to adopt Common Coe education standards.

The board will consider whether to sue Governor Bobby Jindal in the ongoing dispute.

Jindal opposes the multi-state standards.

Education Superintendent John White and most members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education continue to support them.

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4:53 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

New Orleans To Host Top Travel Trade Show In 2016

New Orleans will host the largest travel industry show in North America in 2016.
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New Orleans will host the largest travel industry show in North America in 2016.

The U.S. Travel Association's show, called IPW, was last held in New Orleans in 2002.

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.

Association President and CEO Roger Dow says it's a great reason to have to change venues, and he's sure the organization will return to Miami Beach after the expansion.

NOPD
1:06 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

NOPD Officer Placed On Emergency Suspension After Attempting To Strike Man With Her Vehicle

Officer Stephanie Caldwell's booking information.
Credit Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office

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.

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.

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8:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Coastal Restoration Council To Start Accepting Proposals Next Month

Gulf Restoration Network spokesman Steve Murchie.

The start of some major funding for coastal restoration begins next month. It’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.

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7:46 am
Mon July 28, 2014

St. Tammany Hospital Says It Hired District Attorney Reed

There’s more controversy surrounding the work duties of St. Tammany District Attorney Walter Reed.

Hospital board records contradict Reed's statements that he had a personal contract with St. Tammany Parish Hospital.

The board's records show it authorized a $30,000-a-year retainer as an agreement with the public office, not Reed himself.

Reed's spokesman, Morgan Stewart, says the documents may be incomplete.

He says former board chairman Paul Cordes asked Reed in the mid-1990s to personally represent the board. Cordes died in 2005.

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4:02 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

First West Nile Death Of The Year Reported In Caddo Parish

Caddo Parish reports the first death in Louisiana this year from the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus.
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Louisiana health officials say a Caddo Parish resident has died from the West Nile virus.

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.

Latest News
3:53 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

In Plaquemines, $5.9 Million Of Katrina Loan Forgiven

The federal government has canceled $5.9 million in disaster loans given to Plaquemines Parish after Hurricane Katrina.
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The federal government has canceled $5.9 million in disaster loans given to Plaquemines Parish after Hurricane Katrina.

Parish President Billy Nungesser says the action was taken by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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.

Nungesser says he plans to try to get the remaining amount forgiven.

WRKF
7:56 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Insight: Common Core Dispute Probes Policymaking Through Procurement

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 4:55 pm

Competing lawsuits were filed over the Common Core state standards in Louisiana this week, and specifically over the contracts for testing related to those standards.

Melinda Deslatte, capitol correspondent for the Associated Press, has been following the back and forth.


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