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4:30 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

GradNation Summit Focuses On Youth Services

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8:01 am
Mon November 17, 2014

NOPD Names Supervisor To Sex Crimes Unit Task Force

A supervisor at the New Orleans Police Department will oversee an investigation into the embattled sexual crimes unit.

Nola.com/The Times Picayune reports Commander Paul Noel will supervise a task force that will have at least one sergeant and two detectives.

The sex crimes unit was slammed in a report by the city’s Inspector General. The report found the unit failed to properly investigate hundreds of cases.

Five officers from the unit are now on desk duty.

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7:47 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Landrieu, Cassidy Take Central Roles In Keystone Battle

Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu is scrambling for fellow Democrats to support legislation approving the Keystone XL Pipeline before a critical runoff election.

The White House says President Barack Obama takes a dim view of the bill but has not directly threatened a veto.

Even so, Senate Democratic officials said the party's leadership agreed to give Landrieu room to try and pass the measure only after making sure Obama would not sign it.

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7:43 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Five NOPD Officers Reassigned During Sex Crimes Unit Investigation

New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison has placed five officers on administrative reassignment while an investigation is made into their actions as detectives in the Special Victims Section.

The Public Integrity Bureau is investigating each officer based on an Office of Inspector General inquiry.

The Inspector General report found evidence suggesting the officers weren't doing their job. Specifically – they’re accused of labeling sex crimes as “miscellaneous” and following up on only a fraction of those cases.

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7:02 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Judge Denies BP's Attempt To Avoid Up To $18 Billion In Fines

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 11:20 am

After a federal judge ruled that BP's "gross negligence" and "willful misconduct" were to blame for 2010's huge Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the company was exposed to billions in federal fines. The company asked the judge last month to reconsider. And on Thursday, he said no.

The ruling against BP could trigger up to $18 billion in fines under the Clean Water Act — far more than the $3.5 billion the oil company has reportedly set aside for that purpose.

NPR's Jeff Brady reports:

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6:27 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Coyote Sightings On Increase In Gretna

Gretna residents are seeing more coyotes and calling their City Council members about them.
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Gretna residents are seeing more coyotes and calling their City Council members about them.

Local trapper Chuck Parker cautioned Wednesday night that the animals are not about to disappear and actually have some benefits for humans.

The New Orleans Advocate reports Parker, who owns a wildlife control business, was asked to brief the Gretna council because of the uptick in sightings.

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6:19 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Freeze Plan For The Homeless In Effect Thursday Night

New Orleans has activated a freeze plan for the homeless tonight, in preparation for a drop in temperatures in the area.
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New Orleans has activated a freeze plan for the homeless for Thursday night, in preparation for a drop in temperatures in the area. The temperature is expected to fall below 35 degrees.

A statement from the city encourages citizens to check on their neighbors and the elderly to make sure they are prepared for the weather.

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8:03 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Senator Landrieu Announces Upcoming Vote On Keystone

The House and Senate will vote in a few days on legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline.

It’s a pivotal move in the race for a Louisiana Senate seat.

The two candidates in the December 6 runoff are both pushing the bills.

They are three-term Democrat Mary Landrieu in the Senate, and Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy in the House.

The House is virtually certain to approve the bill on Thursday. Landrieu says she has the votes to pass it in the Senate next Tuesday.

That would leave the fate of the bill up to President Barack Obama.

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8:00 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Hundreds Pack Mandeville Fracking Hearing

Several hundred people packed the gym at Lakeshore High School in Mandeville Wednesday night for a meeting about a hydraulic fracturing well proposed about a mile away.

The Helis Oil and Gas project is designed to use a process known as fracking, and is strongly opposed by some residents. They’re worried about the underground well contaminating the community water supply. And they say it’s an inappropriate use of the land.

Helis wants to tap into shale with a 13,000-foot well on 960 acres near the high school.

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