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4:03 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

New Orleans Public School Acceptance Letters Are In The Mail

Public school acceptance letters were mailed out this week.
Marie Flickr

The common enrollment process for New Orleans public schools, OneApp, mailed home the last acceptance letters on Friday.

OneApp lets families rank up to eight school choices, and assigns families to their school of choice, if spots are open. If seats are full at one school, the system will place a child at their next choice, and so on.

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Red River Radio
8:45 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Shreveport agency recruits nearly 1,200 volunteers for litter removal

Scores of volunteers will take to the streets and waterways Saturday to pick up litter as part of the Great American Cleanup.

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WRKF
3:17 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Committee Says No to Higher Minimum Wage

Workers await their time to testify on minimum wage bills.

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 4:01 pm

The House Labor Committee heard and rejected several bills Thursday, aimed at setting a state minimum wage higher than the current federal minimum of $7.25 an hour.

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WRKF
3:07 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Insight: Congressman's Scandal Yields Political Turf War

Vance McAllister, shown in a photo provided by his campaign, will be the next representative from Louisiana's 5th Congressional District after winning Saturday's special election.

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 12:19 pm

Vance McAllister swept into Congress six months ago, elected in a special election to finish out Rodney Alexander's term representing the 5th District in north Louisiana. And already, McAllister has been ensnared in a scandal, caught on tape kissing a woman who is not his wife. 

Now political opportunists on all sides are calling for McAllister's resignation and chomping at the bit to fill his seat.  

JR Ball, NOLA.com's news manager in Baton Rouge, has had an ear to the frenzy. 


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Politics
3:44 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Jindal Calls On McAllister To Resign

Rep. Vance McAllister won a special runoff election in 2013 for the seat vacated by fellow Republican Rodney Alexander.
Billy Hathorn Wikimedia Commons

Governor Bobby Jindal is calling for the resignation of Louisiana congressman Rep. Vance McAllister, who was videotaped kissing a married woman who is not his wife.

Jindal called Rep. McAllister’s behavior "an embarrassment." The governor said today in a statement that if McAllister wants privacy as he's claimed, "the best way to get privacy and work on putting his family back together is to resign from Congress."

McAllister's office says "as of now, there are no plans of resignation."

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French Quarter Festival
10:15 am
Thu April 10, 2014

2014 French Quarter Festival Map

The 2014 French Quarter Festival is April 10-13. Over 1,400 musicians will perform on 21 stages located throughout French Quarter and along the riverfront.

New Orleans Saints
3:58 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Saints Preseason Schedule Announced

The New Orleans Saints preseason schedule was announced Wednesday afternoon.

The Saints will begin the preseason in St. Louis versus the Rams, then travel home to face the Tennessee Titans. Those dates are still to be announced.

The preseason opener against the Rams will feature a familiar face at defensive coordinator on the St. Louis sideline: former Saints Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams. Williams was a central figure in the bounty scandal that sidelined key New Orleans players and coaches during the 2012 season.

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BP Oil Spill
7:00 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Gulf Health: 4 Years After The Oil Spill

Oiled beaches in coastal Jefferson Parish after the BP oil spill.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

National Wildlife Federation experts warn Gulf species are still suffering from oil spill effects.

This story has been updated with a response from BP.

As the four-year anniversary of the BP oil spill approaches, a leading environmental group is warning that the event is far from over. Increased deaths of dolphins, sea turtles and other injured species are signs of continuing contamination.

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WRKF
3:02 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Pistol Packing Politicians?

   “This is for personal protection,” Senator Bret Allain said of his bill to allow legislators to carry their guns in the state capitol. The Senate and Governmental Affairs committee considered the Franklin lawmakers’ bill on Tuesday.

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Latest News
6:02 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Crescent City Connection Toll Amnesty Costs Outweigh Revenues

An amnesty program aimed at getting motorists to cough up the cash they owed for Crescent City Connection toll violations cost the state almost $225,000.
Adam Melancon Flickr

A state audit finds an amnesty program aimed at getting motorists to cough up the cash they owed for Crescent City Connection toll violations cost Louisiana almost $225,000 more than it brought in.

The state Legislative Auditor's report, which examined how funds from the CCC tolls have been used since the tolls ended last year, also found nearly $6.6 million remained unclaimed in an account set up to refund money to motorists who used Geaux Pass toll tags at the end of December.

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