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7:08 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Jindal Offering Budget-Cutting Options

Governor Bobby Jindal says his budget cut proposal for next year will be presented to lawmakers with a list of "options."

The state faces a $1.6 billion shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year. The Jindal administration is considering state financing cuts up to $400 million for public colleges, and $300 million to health care services.

Jindal's budget proposal is due to lawmakers at the end of next month.

Jindal says his budget proposal will be paired with "suggested solutions" that could reduce some cuts, but would require legislative approval.

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7:05 am
Thu January 29, 2015

State Police Extending New Orleans Duty

State troopers will be on duty in New Orleans through May.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the move to stay beyond Mardi Gras is designed to ease public concerns about crime in the city.

State troopers will back up the short-staffed New Orleans Police Department through special events.

Colonel Mike Edmonson says the assignment will be reviewed when it’s completed to decide if the extra troopers will stay.

He says record crowds are expected for the French Quarter Festival and Jazz Fest.

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8:32 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Benson Wants Case Dismissed

Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by family members he recently removed as heirs of his NFL and NBA teams.

Benson’s lawyers filed an answer to the lawsuit yesterday in civil district court in New Orleans. He says he made a "deliberate, reasoned and difficult decision" to change his succession plan so that Gayle Benson, his wife of 10 years, inherits control of the teams.

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8:22 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Community Frustrated With Slow Speed Of NOPD Reforms

Frustration was the general message at a Central City meeting with residents and federal monitors reviewing reforms at the New Orleans Police Department. Most of the speakers say the process is too slow.

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7:29 am
Tue January 27, 2015

SMG Expects Superdome Contract Renewal

The company that manages the Superdome and Smoothie King Center is in line for a contract renewal through 2022.

A panel of lawmakers and other state official agreed yesterday to the five-year contract extension for the SMG company. The action also must win approval from lawmakers through mailed ballot.

Ron Forman is chairman of the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District. He says SMG is taking a $300,000 annual cut in fees, and will pay $5 million toward facility improvements under the new deal.

SMG has held the contract for nearly 40 years.

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7:19 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Historic Cemetery To Restrict Tours Because Of Vandalism

A historic New Orleans cemetery will soon be off-limits to tourists on their own because of repeated tomb vandalism.

Starting in March, entry to St. Louis Cemetery Number One will be restricted to relatives of those buried there. Others must be accompanied by a tour guide registered with the Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans, which owns the property.

That cemetery may have started the city's tradition of above-ground crypts

In late 2012, someone covered the reputed tomb of voodoo priestess Marie Laveau with pink paint.

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4:24 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Louisiana Budget Situation Is Going From Bad To Worse

Dropping oil prices continue to make an already bad budget situation in Louisiana even worse. Next year's projected financial shortfall is about $1.6 billion overall.
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A state panel that determines how much revenue the Louisiana government has at its disposal delivered the bad news on Monday that everyone knew was coming: the budget hole is even bigger than estimated.

NOLA.com reports that dropping oil prices continue to make an already bad budget situation in Louisiana even worse.

Greg Albrecht is the chief economist for the Louisiana Legislature. He said today, “The news is bad.”

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4:07 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

New Firm Collecting Garbage And Cleaning Streets In The French Quarter

Metairie-based Empire Janitorial Sales and Services is now collecting garbage and cleaning the streets in the French Quarter.
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There’s a new firm collecting garbage and cleaning the streets in the French Quarter. It’s the first time the city has changed waste collection vendors since shortly after Hurricane Katrina.

According to a report in The Advocate, the new contract is with Empire Janitorial Sales and Services, based in Metairie. It's worth $3.9 million annually.

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7:55 am
Mon January 26, 2015

BP Starts Calling Witnesses At Federal Oil Spill Trial

Now it’s BP’s turn in court.

The oil company will be calling witnesses as it makes a case for civil penalties lower than the $13.7 billion the federal government wants from the 2010 oil spill.

The second week of a three-week trial is set to begin today in New Orleans.

Last week, government experts testified about environmental, economic and social damage caused by the spill.

BP attorneys disputed much of that testimony, and have argued the recovery of the environment and the Gulf economy has been strong.

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7:52 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Jindal Prayer Gathering At LSU Sparks Protest

Governor Bobby Jindal has told Christians at a weekend prayer gathering that the nation needs a spiritual revival.

Outside that gathering at the LSU basketball arena, hundreds protested his appearance.

Jindal as considering a run at the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. He said the rally was a religious event, not a political one.

At the prayer meeting, he talked about his personal Christian conversion, and urged the crowd to plant seeds of faith in everyone they meet.

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