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11:20 am
Sat June 28, 2014

BP Asking Court To Order Some Claim Repayments

BP takes issue with claims process.

BP is stepping up efforts repayment of claims it finds unjustified.

The company is battling the system established to cover damage caused by BP’s oil spill four years ago in the Gulf of Mexico.

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5:40 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Mandeville City Council Delays Vote On Fracking

In the end, the Mandeville City Council deferred action on a proposed resolution to ban fracking. Council members said they needed more time and more information about the practice before making a decision.

About a half-dozen Mandeville residents spoke during the meeting to make the case against fracking. But no one from Helis Oil and Gas was there.

Helis is a New Orleans company. They’re seeking permits to drill a well just north of Interstate 12 and use the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, method to extract oil and gas.

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7:27 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Free HIV Testing Offered In New Orleans

It’s National HIV Testing day on Friday — and there are several options available for a free test.

Nola.com/The Times-Picayune reports federal health officials rank Baton Rouge and New Orleans second and third nationally in the rate of new HIV infections.

Walgreens is offering free screenings at several locations Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Also look for free testing during Essence Festival weekend.

There will be a mobile unit outside Walgreens at 900 Canal Street on July 3, and at the Morial Convention Center July 4-6.

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7:24 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Town Of Jean Lafitte Honoring Its Namesake And Community

The Town of Jean Lafitte is unveiling an official state historical marker Saturday.

Local officials are proud of the community named after the smuggler who became a military hero in the war of 1812.

Say what you will about Jean Lafitte — smuggler, pirate, scoundrel — but his name still draws a crowd. There’s the bar in the French Quarter, and the Jefferson Parish town with his name.

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10:11 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

NOLA For Life Program Helps Ex-Offenders Get Jobs

Mayor Mitch Landrieu launched the NOLA for Life homicide reduction strategy in 2012.
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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu launched another pillar of his NOLA for LIFE homicide reduction plan on Wednesday: helping ex-offenders leaving prison get jobs and homes.

Mayor Landrieu said the challenge of stopping violence in the city is everyone’s responsibility, including private companies who hold jobs. He said that people leaving prison have to be given an opportunity to make better choices.

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5:24 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

More Students Entering College Without Needing Remedial Work

More Louisiana students than last year scored well enough on the exam to enter college without remedial work.
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More Louisiana high school students are earning college-ready ACT scores.  

The Department of Education said today that more than 23,000 students scored an 18 or higher this year. That’s almost 1,500 more students than last year who scored well enough on the exam to enter college without remedial work.

The number of graduates who scored well enough to earn scholarships through the state TOPS program also increased by more than 1,000 students.

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7:44 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Algiers Electricity Bills Set To Increase

Algiers electricity bills are set to soar.

A New Orleans City council committee has approved a resolution to hike the rates by 31 percent over the next four years. The council’s utility advisers reached an agreement in principle with officials of Entergy Louisiana.

The New Orleans Advocate is reporting the deal also directs the company to transfer Algiers service to Entergy New Orleans.

Entergy Louisiana serves about 22,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Algiers.

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7:42 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Judge Agrees To Review Gill Pratt Jury Verdict

Former New Orleans City Councilwoman Renee Gill Pratt, in 2009.
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Former New Orleans City Councilwoman Renee Gill Pratt has gotten a reprieve — at least for now — on reporting to prison for a racketeering conviction.

A federal judge has agreed to look into whether jurors in her 2011 trial were affected by a prosecutor's anonymous online remarks.

Pratt was convicted in a plot to steal more than $1 million from taxpayer-funded charities.

She is among the federal defendants claiming their cases were tainted by the online comments of former Assistant U.S. Attorney Sal Perricone.

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4:40 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Thursday Night DWI Checkpoint In New Orleans

The NOPD will conduct a DWI checkpoint Thursday night.
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The New Orleans Police department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Thursday night, the department announced in a press release.

The checkpoint will begin at approximately 9 p.m. on the night of June 26, and last until about 5 a.m. the nest morning. NOPD is required to disclose the existence of checkpoints ahead of time, but not their location.

Drivers are advised to have proper documentation on them, such as a driver's license and proof of insurance, but should only experience minimal delays.

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7:33 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Louisiana Gay Marriage Laws Head To Federal Court In New Orleans

A federal judge is set to hear arguments on whether Louisiana must recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states.

This morning's hearing before U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman deals with lawsuits filed earlier this year by gay married couples. Those couples say Louisiana violates their rights to equal protection and due process by refusing to give them the rights of opposite-sex married couples.

The state and opponents of gay marriage want Feldman to reject the suits. They argue that each state has the right to define marriage in its own way.

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