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10:11 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Maritime Traffic Resuming After Collision On Mississippi River

Maritime traffic along the Mississippi River in Louisiana is getting back to normal after three ships collided about 60 miles west of New Orleans. The Coast Guard is escorting ships between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

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7:47 am
Tue April 7, 2015

School Loses Charter And Administrators, So Teachers And Staff Take Helm

Teachers and staff fill Lagniappe Academies' April board meeting.
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Last month, Lagniappe Academies lost its charter due to allegations that it wasn't serving students with disabilities. The school will close this spring. Its leaders have stepped down — including the CEO and acting principal. Now a group of teachers and staff will take the helm.

About a dozen teachers and staff attended the school's board meeting last night and made a proposal: allow them to run Lagniappe. They laid out a detailed plan for closing out the year and closing down the school.

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5:37 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Darren Sharper Appears In New Orleans Federal Court On Drugging And Sexual Assault Charges

Former NFL player and broadcaster Darren Sharper has pleaded not guilty in Louisiana to charges of drugging women he then raped. Sharper is expected to change that plea to guilty in a deal involving three other states.

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Education
6:15 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

More Louisiana Public School Graduates Enrolling In College

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The number of Louisiana students entering college has risen, according to new data from the State Department of Education.

More than 22,000 public school students across the state enrolled in two- and four-year colleges last fall. That's an all-time high, and an increase of six percent from the year before.

Looking at New Orleans alone, the increase in college-bound students was even higher — a 15 percent jump from the previous year.

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10:15 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Glover Death Reclassified As Homicide

The New Orleans coroner has labeled the death of a man shot by police after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 as a homicide. The man’s family has long fought to remove the official cause of death that had been listed as undetermined.

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8:45 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Environmental Defense Fund To Monitor Restore Act Projects

As the five-year anniversary approaches later this month of the BP oil spill, the Environmental  Defense Fund is gearing up for monitoring how restoration money is used to repair damage.

The Restore Act sets aside 80 percent of the still-undetermined billions of dollars in fines BP will be ordered to pay in Clean Water Act fines.

Some projects are already drawing critics. The Gulf Restoration Network is suing to block the money from being used for an Alabama convention center.

Natalie Peyronnin is director of science policy for the Environmental Defense Fund.

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2:28 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

La. State Police Spent $2.2 Million On Gov. Jindal's Travel

Expenses for the governor's state police security detail have gone up under Gov. Bobby Jindal, as he travels across the country raising his profile for a possible presidential campaign.

Col. Mike Edmonson, the head of the Louisiana State Police, says his agency spent $2.2 million on travel expenses related to Jindal's protective detail this year.

He says that level has stayed consistent in recent years. But it's up from $1.5 million for former Gov. Kathleen Blanco and $1 million for former Gov. Mike Foster.

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7:47 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Affordable Housing Still Challenging Nearly 10 Years Since Katrina

As the 10-year anniversary approaches marking Hurricane Katrina, community experts are assessing the progress and challenges of recovery. Housing was one topic reviewed at a daylong forum at the University of New Orleans.

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11:31 pm
Sat March 28, 2015

City Park Tree Occupier Said To Be Armed With Two 'Incendiary Devices'

City Park released this surveillance camera image of men who had broken through a security fence Friday night to enter a disputed construction area. One of the men has occupied a tree and is said to be carrying 'incidendiary devices.'
Credit New Orleans City Park

City Park officials believe a man who broke into a construction site and occupied a tree may be armed with at least two “incendiary devices,” and are calling on protesters to end their criminal activity.

The Park says the man vandalized a security fence to enter a restricted construction zone, accompanied by three other masked individuals.

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12:04 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Makerspace And Design Shop IDIYA Opens On Broad Street

A new do-it-yourself makerspace, workshop, and design studio, IDIYA, had its grand opening Thursday in Broadmoor.

The “DIY” in the name is for “do-it-yourself.” For a monthy membership fee, makers, innovators, and crafters gain access to all of the tools in the Idiya building.

Jim McKenna is the operations manager at Idiya. He gives an overview of some of the tools available for members to use:

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