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Science & Health
8:53 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Largest oil-spill health study needs volunteers

Scientists studying long-term effects of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill are looking for 15,000 more people who worked on the cleanup, even for one day.

Nearly 25,000 people already have signed up for what the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences says is the largest study ever of long-term effects in oil spill workers.

Lead researcher Dale Sandler tells The Courier that it's been hard to find people who helped with the cleanup, because many have moved and changed phone numbers.

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"Swamp People" Casting
8:51 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

'Swamp People' casting calls: 3 La. cities, 1 in TX

The History Channel TV show "Swamp People" is looking for new alligator hunters. They can be individuals, groups or families, but must have a license and at least 50 tags for the September alligator season in Louisiana.

The show is going into its fourth season, and has featured different hunters each year.

It held casting calls Sunday at restaurants in Baton Rouge and in Beaumont, Texas. Others are scheduled this Saturday in Houma and in Webster, Texas, and on Saturday, Aug. 4, in Lafayette.

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First Listen
5:21 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

First Listen: Christian Scott, 'Christian aTunde Adjuah'

Christian Scott's new record, Christian aTunde Adjuah, comes out July 31.
Kiel Adrian Scott Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 5:05 pm

Audio for this feature is no longer available.

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Education
1:12 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Loyola law student receives first scholarship from National Association of the Deaf

When an insurance company informed Lisa Bothwell as a child that she wouldn’t be allowed to take equestrian riding lessons anymore because she was deaf, it not only devastated her, but set her on a path to advocate for others with hearing and vision disabilities.

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New Orleans Healing Center
12:27 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Joan Rivers to host New Orleans comedy show

When comedian Joan Rivers thought her New York apartment was haunted about 15 years ago, she called on New Orleans voodoo priestess Sallie Ann Glassman to perform a "spiritual cleansing" of the brownstone.

Glassman says the pair became friends during that meeting, at which Glassman wore a flowing white gown and chased off the disturbing spirits in a night of rituals.

Rivers says Glassman's efforts worked.

Next month, the comedian is heading to New Orleans to return the favor.

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Food
12:24 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

AgCenter sweet potato field day set for August 16

The LSU AgCenter will hold a field day Aug. 16 at the Sweet Potato Research Station in Chase, La.

AgCenter research and extension faculty members will lead tours highlighting the foundation seed program as well as breeding, production and pest management research.

Resident coordinator Tara Smith says the breeding program will highlight two varieties released earlier this year.

Other field day topics include improving production efficiency, the best growing practices for the fresh and processed sweet potato markets and production economics.

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Southeast Louisiana Hospital
12:22 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Mandeville psychiatric hospital prepares to close

Almost 60 years since it opened, the Southeast Louisiana Hospital — a psychiatric facility that gained national notoriety in 1959 when then-Gov. Earl Long was briefly committed there — is preparing to close down its daily operations.

The Times-Picayune reports that the hospital's closing is part of an $859 million cut to the state's federal Medicaid program.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals hopes to send all 176 beds occupied at the hospital to other public and private hospitals in the state.

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Latest News
6:00 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Palace Hotel Implodes To Make Way For University Medical Center

Mayor Mitch Landrieu has a front-row seat for the implosion. Three photos follow of the blast and aftermath.
Erin Krall

Only rubble remains of the old Palace Hotel in New Orleans. State officials say the implosion of the 17-story building next to I-10 went as scheduled.

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DWI Tracking
4:00 pm
Sun July 22, 2012

Idea of creating DWI tracking system revived

The idea of creating a statewide DWI tracking system is gaining steam again.

The Advocate reports that the 2004 death of an ambitious Louisiana project called the Integrated Criminal Justice Information System dashed hopes for a statewide DWI tracking system that was to be tied to it.

But interest in reviving that program may be growing.

The state Legislature recently requested that the mothballed Integrated Criminal Justice Information System policy board reconvene and report its progress to state lawmakers during the 2013 regular session.

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Latest News
3:00 pm
Sun July 22, 2012

8-year-old killed in fatal crash in New Orleans

Police say an 8-year-old boy was killed when a sport utility vehicle he was in lost control in a curve in an off ramp of Interstate 10 in eastern New Orleans.

The Times-Picayune reports that the boy was identified as Adrian Antoine III of New Orleans. Antoine was pronounced dead on the scene.

The driver and three other passengers remained in critical condition Sunday.

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