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8:12 am
Wed January 14, 2015

School Voucher Application Process Begins

Applications are now being accepted from parents who wants to send their children to private school next year through Louisiana's taxpayer-funded voucher program.

The state education department says applications for the 2015-16 school year are due February 27. They're available at participating schools or online.

Next year, 129 schools are participating in the voucher program. Only 91 will accept new students.

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Economy
8:09 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Loyola Study Finds Families Struggling To Meet Basic Needs

A Loyola University report finds nearly a quarter-million families in Louisiana are struggling to meet basic needs.

The school’s Jesuit Social Research Institute finds low wages, high housing and health-care costs and scarce child care are to blame.

Researcher Ali Bustamante says a Louisiana single parent with one child needs $45,840 a year  to meet a family's basic needs. That bracket needs a $22 hourly wage.

The three metro areas with the highest costs of living in Louisiana are — in order — New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette.

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7:26 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Movie Planned On Battle Of New Orleans

Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne says a movie is in the works about the Battle of New Orleans.

Atchity Brothers Entertainment will produce the feature film, "Andrew Jackson — Battle of New Orleans."  It’s based on military historian Ron Drez's latest book, "The War of 1812: Conflict And Deception."

The Advocate reports the project is endorsed by the Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial Commission.

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7:24 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Supreme Court Won't Sidestep 5th Circuit On Gay Marriage Appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court won't step ahead of a federal appeals panel in New Orleans to hear an appeal over Louisiana's same-sex marriage.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal heard the case Friday.

But, in an unusual move, both supporters of same-sex marriage and the state had already asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case before the appeal is decided.

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4:10 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

New Police Recruits Begin Training As Crime Spikes In The French Quarter

Mayor Mitch Landrieu welcomed a new class of police recruits and praised them for taking the challenge to don a police badge in one of the nation's most crime-plagued cities.

The new class begins its 10 months of training as crime spikes in the French Quarter and the New Orleans Police Department struggles with a shortage of officers on the streets.

Landrieu spoke to the 30 recruits today at the start of their first day of tough physical training at a training facility in eastern New Orleans.

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4:06 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Lineup Announced For 2015 New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Fest

Elton John, The Who, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga will headline this year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
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Elton John, The Who, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga will headline this year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

The festival annually draws hundreds of thousands to New Orleans for two weekends of jazz, blues, Cajun, zydeco and gospel. The lineup draws heavily from Louisiana but it's accented with national acts. This year they will also include No Doubt, Keith Urban, Pitbull, John Legend, Ed Sheeran and Chicago.

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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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