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7:22 am
Tue November 25, 2014

New Orleans Has Peaceful Protest Over Ferguson Decision

More than 50 people gathered in New Orleans to protest the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri.

It was peaceful and there were no arrests.

Nola.com/The Times-Picayune reports more than 50 people protested the decision not to indict the police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

The New Orleans group entered the police station on Rampart Street, and then moved on to the entrance to Armstrong Park.

Plans are reportedly being made for upcoming protests.

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7:19 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Export-Import Bank To Help Louisiana Small Businesses Expand Overseas

Help for small businesses to expand overseas is now available through the World Trade Center of New Orleans.

The Export-Import Bank of the United States is partnering with the New Orleans business group to provide help with financing, and entrepreneur services.

Trade Center Chief Executive Officer Dominic Knoll says the program is open to small businesses throughout Louisiana.

The Export Bank provides a variety of financing mechanisms. Help includes working capital guarantees, and export credit insurance, to promote the sale of U.S. goods and services abroad.

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7:16 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Sheriff Asking State Police To Investigate Inmate Death

The Orleans Parish sheriff has asked state police to investigate a jail death that the coroner says was homicide.

State Police chief Colonel Mike Edmonson says he will meet with Sheriff Marlin Gusman today to decide what to do.

Authorities have said 40-year-old Willie Lee collapsed and died within 90 minutes of a fight with another inmate March 23.

Orleans Parish Coroner Jeffrey Rouse said in a statement last week that Lee had a heart attack, but his death was homicide caused by a fight between inmates.

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11:06 am
Fri November 21, 2014

NASA Partners With UNO To Host 'Space Day' For Middle School Students

Approximately 150 middle school students from five area schools participated in UNO Space Day 2014, which culminated Thursday afternoon with a model rocket launch.
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Seventh and eighth graders participated in the very first UNO Space Day on Thursday. The event was co-hosted by NASA, Boeing Company, the National Center for Advanced Manufacturing (NCAM), and Jacobs Technology.

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7:53 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Louisiana Gay Marriage Ban Heading To US Supreme Court

Gay-rights advocates are challenging Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban.

They’re asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review their case before it is heard by a federal appeals court.

In September, a federal judge in New Orleans upheld Louisiana's ban.

An appeal of that ruling is tentatively set to be argued in January at the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

However, lawyers for gay rights groups said yesterday they have asked the Supreme Court to take the rare step of reviewing Louisiana's case ahead of those arguments.

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7:49 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Offshore Platform Explosion Kills 1, Injures 3

One person has been killed and three injured in an explosion on an offshore oil and gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

Officials say the platform is 12 miles off the Louisiana coast.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says it appears there’s no oil spilled in the Gulf, and damage was limited to the platform, which was not in production.

Officials says Fieldwood Energy — based in Houston — reported the explosion on its Echo Platform just before 3 p.m. yesterday.

No statement yet from the company.

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6:01 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Cassidy Picks Up An Unlikely Endorsement From Louisiana Pro-Marijuana Group

Republican Senate candidate Bill Cassidy has picked up an unlikely endorsement from the Louisiana Cannabis Industry Association, a pro-marijuana group.
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Republican Senate candidate Bill Cassidy has picked up an unlikely endorsement, WWL-TV reports. A Louisiana pro-marijuana group is supporting the congressman's bid to unseat Mary Landrieu.

A spokesman for the Louisiana Cannabis Industry Association, Jesse McCormick, says the endorsement comes down to Cassidy’s support for medical marijuana. Mary Landrieu rejected it during a debate before the primary, but Cassidy, a doctor, said he would be open to it.

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4:10 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Fringe Festival Performances Shut Out Of Marigny Opera House

The Marigny Opera House
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The “wild" and "weird” festival of theater known as the Fringe Festival started Wednesday in venues around New Orleans. But organizers say they got an unpleasant surprise when they discovered the city had filed an injunction shutting down the festival’s flagship performance venue, the Marigny Opera House, because of fire safety concerns.

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7:56 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Two Bodies Recovered From Lake Pontchartrain Plane Crash

Authorities have reportedly identified two bodies found in Lake Pontchartrain as the victims of a small plane crash last week.

Nola.com/The Times Picayune reports they are Burt Lattimore and Aftab Rab, who were found hours apart in the lake near 5400 Lakeshore Drive. Lattimore was a flight instructor. Rab was a student.

Lt. Col. Jerry Sneed, deputy mayor of public safety, said search and rescue workers found their bodies yesterday morning.

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7:53 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Temporary Operator Hired For West Bank Hurricane Protection Structure

The West Bank levee authority has made a deal for a temporary operator at the massive West Closure Complex hurricane protection system.

Nola.com/The Times-Picayune reports the authority approved $1.6 million to hire an operator while negotiations continue with local governments over cost sharing.

A company called Pump Station Operators will be responsible for operation and maintenance for one year. It has been involved with the pump station since its inception.

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