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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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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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2:54 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Production Begins In New Orleans On Navy's Newest Hovercraft

Textron Systems New Orleans will build the Navy's newest, more efficient hovercraft.
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Textron Systems New Orleans held a ceremony on Monday to mark the start of production of the Navy's newest hovercraft: a landing craft designed to haul vehicles, heavy equipment, and supplies over water and beaches.

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7:42 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Plunging Oil Prices May Mean More Cuts To Higher Education

The continuing drop in the price of oil likely will require state government to change its spending plan for a second time to balance this year’s budget.

The New Orleans Advocate reports that for next year’s budget, which is being drafted now, the collapsing oil prices are adding to problems caused by a big shortfall in revenues.

Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols is warning that tough choices are pending.

The administration is chipping away at the size of next year’s budget hole, and decisions are still weeks away.

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7:39 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Civil Rights Activist Rudy Lombard Dies

Former New Orleans civil rights activist Rudy Lombard has died.

He was 75.

The one-time mayoral candidate’s conviction for a sit-in at a Canal Street store was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

He died Saturday of complications from pancreatic cancer.

The New Orleans Advocate reports Lombard spent the past 20 years or so in Evanston, Illinois, where he worked as a research scientist for NorthShore University HealthSystem, focusing on prostate cancer. He was diagnosed with the disease a decade ago.

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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.

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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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7:25 am
Thu December 11, 2014

IG Finds Progress And Problems At NOPD Evidence Room

The New Orleans Police Department evidence room has tightened controls since $200,000 went missing five years ago.

But an Inspector General’s report finds some evidence in criminal cases remains at "high risk of theft or misplacement."

The 29-page report found the evidence room is plagued by a lack of documentation, poor record-keeping and vague guidelines.

It says staff members fail to conduct inventories each year and whenever a key-holder position changes. The report says that violates best practices and NOPD policy. 

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4:58 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Parts Of Slidell Under A Boil Water Advisory

The city of Slidell issued a boil water advisory this afternoon after a water main burst on Bayou Liberty Road. The boil advisory effects the following streets and areas:

Bayou Liberty (300 Block)
Camellia Drive
West Camellia Drive
Palm Lake Subdivision
Palm Drive
Palm Circle
South Palm
Oleander North Palm
Oak Lane
Little Place
Bayou View
Grand View
Lookout Court
Jennifer Lane
Island Drive
Middle Brook Drive
Bywater Drive
Bonfouca Drive
Canulette Road
Brentwood Court

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