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11:51 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Police: Suspect In New Orleans Airport Attack Was Armed With Molotov Cocktails

The ramp to departures is blocked by emergency vehicles at the New Orleans International Airport on Friday night in Kenner, La.
Jonathan Bachman AP

Originally published on Sat March 21, 2015 5:21 pm

Updated at 6:17 p.m. ET

The man police say attacked TSA agents with a machete and insecticide spray at the New Orleans Airport also carried a bag of Molotov cocktails and had mental health issues, authorities say.

The man was shot three times. Police say he has since died, The Associated Press reports.

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WRKF
3:01 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Vote or No Vote: The $3.5-Million Question

Originally published on Sun March 22, 2015 2:34 pm

The House Appropriations Committee has begun the process of combing through the governor’s budget proposal, and got some rather unpleasant news from Secretary of State Tom Schedler.

“I have no money for elections past the fall statewide elections,” Schedler said of the allocations in the 2016 budget plan. “And the most affected election would be the presidential preference primary in the spring. I have no funding for it.”

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Education
6:36 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Orleans Parish School Board Approves New Superintendent

Today the Orleans Parish School Board has a new superintendent, but no board member to fill an empty seat.

Tuesday night the School Board unanimously approved a contract for Henderson Lewis Jr., and ended an almost three year search for a new superintendent.

Lewis previously served as superintendent for East Feliciana Parish. He says his main priority is uniting the School Board and Recovery School District to serve all students.

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WRKF
3:01 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Plan to Cash Out Tobacco Settlement Advances

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 9:30 am

The Jindal administration’s plan to sell off the remaining 40 percent of Louisiana’s tax settlement went before the board that oversees the tobacco dollars Tuesday. The administration wants to complete the sale by June 30, the end of the current fiscal year. They’re hoping the money will be available to help with balancing the 2016 budget, which has an anticipated $1.6-billion shortfall.

“You never make a financial decision this important when you’re under this kind of financial pressure,” state Treasurer John Kennedy objected to board members.

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Coastal Desk
5:42 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Tulane University Gets Grant To Help Coastal Communities Prepare For Future Oil Spills

The oil slick as seen from space by NASA's Terra satellite on 24 May 2010
Credit NASA / Wikimedia Commons

The Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy at Tulane University received $1.4 million from the BP Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative to fund research about impacts of the 2010 oil spill in Louisiana and Alabama. 

This three year program will focus on three coastal communities. Two areas in Louisiana and one in Alabama will be selected to study the impact of the oil spill.

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Latest News
5:51 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Argo The Police Dog Forces Carjacking Suspect Hiding Inside Cemetery Tomb To Surrender

Argo the NOPD dog.
Credit New Orleans Police Department

Early in the morning of Friday, March 13, a 55-year-old woman reported that she had been accosted by a man inside the Tulane Medical Center parking garage.

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Business
7:30 am
Fri March 13, 2015

GNO Inc. Optimistic About Region's 'New Normal'

The economic development group Greater New Orleans Incorporated says the region is thriving as it approaches the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The group says the greatest challenge is becoming complacent with success.

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Latest News
5:41 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Search Continues For Military Black Hawk That Crashed With 11 On Board

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 12:12 pm

Update at 6:13 p.m. ET

The search continues for an Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter that crashed late Tuesday night off the Florida coast. Seven Marines and four members of the Louisiana National Guard were on a routine nighttime training mission at Eglin Air Force Base.

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WRKF
3:01 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Tax System Study Offers No Miracle Cure

Tulane economist Steven Sheffrin (L) and LSU economist Jim Richardson (R) present tax study

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 7:01 am

Anticipating the coming fiscal year’s massive shortfall, Louisiana’s legislature commissioned a comprehensive analysis of the state’s entire tax structure. That report was delivered Tuesday.

“Do we have the right tax structure for 2015 and on?” LSU economist Jim Richardson said was the main question being considered. “It’s a tax structure we put in place in 1973.”


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New Orleans Saints
4:28 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Goodbye, Jimmy, Goodbye: Saints Trade Tight End Graham To Seattle Seahawks

The New Orleans Saints have traded tight end Jimmy Graham to the Seattle Seahawks.

Graham, a fan favorite, set numerous club records and was a potent tool in the Saints’ offensive arsenal — but had suffered from nagging injuries and declining performance this past season.

Graham will be sent to Seattle along with a fourth-round draft pick, in exchange for Seattle center Max Unger and a first-round pick.

The Saints now have three of the first 44 2015 draft picks.

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