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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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7:56 am
Wed November 19, 2014

BP Keeps Pushing To Remove Claims Administrator

BP is continuing its attempt to get rid of the administrator of damage claim settlements stemming from the 2010 oil spill.

The oil company filed notice yesterday that it plans an appeal to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

BP has long complained about Patrick Juneau's administration of claims. It says he should be removed because of an alleged conflict of interest and other reasons.

But U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier last week rejected BP's arguments.

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7:53 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Landrieu Takes Political Hit Along With Keystone Pipeline

Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu is now facing tougher odds of re-election next month, in light of the failure of Congress to pass the Keystone XL pipeline through Congress.

After narrowly leading on Election Day, the Democrat had pinned her hopes for re-election on leading the approval process for the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline during the lame-duck Congress.

It was to serve as a ready-made example of her clout for voters in a state with a robust oil and gas industry.

But it failed by one vote.

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4:26 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Allegiant Announces Non-Stop New Orleans Service

Discount airline Allegiant Air will begin nonstop service to New Orleans from four destinations beginning in early February.
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Discount airline Allegiant Air will begin nonstop service to New Orleans from four destinations beginning in early February.

Officials with Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport said Tuesday that Allegiant will have nonstop flights from Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis; and Florida's Orlando-Sanford International Airport.

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8:18 am
Tue November 18, 2014

National Fish And Wildlife Foundation Announces Gulf Grants

A conservation agency has announced nearly $100 million in projects funded through a settlement resulting from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

More than $13 million is set aside for restoration work on the Louisiana coast.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced the latest projects yesterday.

It marks the second round of grants from a program funded through plea agreements between the Justice Department, BP and Transocean.

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7:40 am
Tue November 18, 2014

When Will Cold Weather Go Away?

These bitter low temperatures are sticking around.

The National Weather Service says the frosty weather will continue through Wednesday. It’s blaming the combination of low temperatures and high winds.

It has prompted New Orleans officials and homeless advocates to take precautions for people living on the streets.

The New Orleans Advocate reports all four homeless shelters in the city were opened free of charge and allowed to expand their capacity to take on additional clients.

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