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7:35 am
Mon January 12, 2015

New DA For St. Tammany Parish Inaugurated Today

St. Tammany Parish District Attorney-elect Warren Montgomery will be inaugurated today, ending the long tenure of Walter Reed.

The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. at the St. Tammany Parish Courthouse in Covington.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports Montgomery won a runoff December 6 to take the 22nd Judicial District's district attorney post. The district covers St. Tammany and Washington parishes.

Reed held the post for the last 30 years. He announced he would not seek a sixth term amid a federal investigation.

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7:33 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Jindal Visiting Europe

Governor Bobby Jindal is headed to Europe.

The trip is aimed at seeking new foreign investment for Louisiana. It also offers an opportunity for the possible presidential candidate to bolster his foreign policy credentials.

An economic development mission starts in London and continues in Switzerland and Germany. Jindal, his wife, chief of staff and economic development secretary are all included. The group returns January 20th.

Jindal will meet with executives of five companies in the manufacturing and services industries.

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8:13 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Entergy Planning Major Transmission Project

Entergy Gulf States Louisiana says it plans to build a $187 million transmission project in the Lake Charles area.

It’s part of Entergy’s plan to ready its grid for rising electricity demand expected from a regional industrial boom.

Entergy said yesterday that the work would be one of the largest transmission projects in its history. If approved, the company expects the project to be in service by 2018.

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7:18 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Gay Marriage In 3 States Heads To 5th Circuit Court Of Appeal In New Orleans

Bans on gay marriages in three conservative Southern states are getting a hearing in a federal appeals court in New Orleans today.

It’s the latest legal battle over an issue expected to be settled by the nation's highest court.

A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal is scheduled to hear arguments from state attorneys today from Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi.

They all passed bans on same-sex marriages. 

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3:23 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

French Consul General Says Paris Terror Attack Shows War On Freedom Continues

Consul General Gregor Trumel attends plaque unveiling in honor of French General Jean Humbert's service in the Battle of New Orleans.
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The French Consul General of New Orleans took part in a ceremony Thursday marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans. The bravery being remembered from the War of 1812 was brought forward into the present-day war on terrorism.

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7:42 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Yes. It's Very Cold

It’s a bitter cold morning in the New Orleans region.

The National Weather Service says a wind chill has pushed temperatures down to around zero early this morning.

It’s so cold that utilities won’t cut off service to households that are behind on payments.

A 2007 Public Service Commission rule instructs utilities to avoid cutting off customers when temperatures reach 32 degrees or colder and remain there.

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7:40 am
Thu January 8, 2015

New Orleans Houses Its Homeless Veterans

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the city has completed a pledge to house its homeless veterans. He says it’s the first major city to reach the goal set by First Lady Michelle Obama.

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4:51 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Strawberry Farmers In Louisiana Prep For Freeze

Strawberry farmers are bracing for Wednesday night's cold snap. Farmers say if temperatures get too cold and stay there for too long, they could be facing a total loss of their crops.
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Strawberry farmers are bracing for Wednesday night's cold snap.

WBRZ-TV reports that crews worked to cover their strawberries and protect them from the cold weather moving in.

Farmers say if temperatures get too cold and stay there for too long, they could be facing a total loss of their crops.

Lows are forecast to be around 20 degrees in southern Louisiana and stay in the 20s for the next two or three days, with the potential for freezing rain later in the week.

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4:47 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Renters In New Orleans Paid $1.8 Billion To Landlords Last Year

Renters in New Orleans paid about $1.8 billion to landlords last year, an increase of about 5 percent from 2013.
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A report by the real estate website Zillow says that renters in New Orleans paid about $1.8 billion to landlords last year, an increase of about 5 percent from 2013.

The uptick in rent dollars was linked to a combination of an increase in the number of renters on the market and rising rental costs.

While New Orleans was on par with the national average increase, other cities saw even bigger hikes in the money renters were paying out: San Francisco was up 13 percent, and the money Denver's renters paid was up by more than 10 percent.

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4:37 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

US Appeals Court In New Orleans Hearing Arguments On Texas Abortion Restrictions

A federal appeals court in New Orleans heard arguments on Wednesday about the constitutionality of a Texas abortion law.

The arguments were before a three-judge panel of the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals, concerning Texas House Bill 2 — a broad package of abortion legislation passed in Texas in 2013. The new rules require abortion clinics to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers.

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