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7:33 am
Mon September 22, 2014

City Wants State To Take Its Inmates From Orleans Parish Prison

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is asking the governor to pull state inmates from Orleans Parish Prison. He says it could save tens of millions of dollars on a new jail.

The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office tells The New Orleans Advocate that the jail holds 380 state inmates.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports the sheriff's office was paid almost $7 million last year to house state inmates.

A state corrections official tells The Advocate that the mayor "should work with the sheriff on this local issue."

Officials will review Landrieu's request.

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7:41 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Federal Appeals Court Says Safety Board Can Investigate Transocean

A federal appeals court in New Orleans says a federal safety board has the right to investigate the role of Transocean in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.

Transocean owned the Deepwater Horizon rig that was drilling for BP. 

The company challenged the authority of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board to do the investigation.

In a 2-1 decision yesterday, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court's ruling that the board could investigate.

The safety board's investigation continued during the appeal. 

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4:07 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Louisiana Has The Nation's Largest Gender Pay Gap

Louisiana has the nation's largest gender pay gap. Women are paid about two-thirds of what men are paid.

New Census data show that women in Louisiana are paid about two-thirds of what men are paid — the nation's largest gender pay gap.

Figures from 2013 show Mississippi's gap was much smaller: about average nationally, at 77 percent. But average pay for both men and women in Mississippi was the nation's lowest.

In Louisiana, men's pay was in the top half nationally but women's pay ranked 44th among the states and Washington, D.C.

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3:57 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

New Orleans Student Receives Nation's Top Honor For Young Poets

First Lady Michelle Obama hosts a poetry reading in honor of the 2014 National Student Poets (from left: Cameron Messinides, Madeleine LeCesne, Ashley Gong, Julia Falkner and Weston Clark) in the Blue Room of the White House.
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Michelle Obama has introduced the newest class of National Student Poets, including a student from New Orleans — Madeleine Lecesne, 18, of Lusher Charter School.

The five 15- to 18-year-old poets will promote the reading, writing and appreciation of poetry during a year of service as literary ambassadors, particularly among young people.

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Coastal Desk
7:30 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Panel Deciding Levee Board Nominees May Determine Lawsuit Against Oil And Gas

A little-known state panel could have a big effect on the future of a lawsuit filed against the oil and gas industry last year by a south Louisiana flood board.

The nominating committee for the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East is set Thursday to nominate applicants for two people on the board whose terms have expired.

One is Paul Kemp, who supports the flood board's lawsuit seeking to hold oil and gas companies accountable for coastal damage.

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5:19 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Mississippi River Mayors Announce New Development Fund

The mayor of Dubuque, Iowa was one of 25 mayors in New Orleans Wednesday to announce a new fund of the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative.
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The mayor of Dubuque, Iowa, says a new fund will help with seed money for sustainable waterfront development in cities and towns along the Mississippi River.

Roy Buol spoke Wednesday as co-chair of the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative: mayors of 65 riverfront cities and towns in 10 states. Twenty-five of them are meeting in New Orleans.

American Water, of Voorhees, New Jersey, gave $15,000 to start the fund.

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7:31 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Congress Looking At Overbudget VA Hospital Construction

Congress is taking a look at veterans hospitals under construction — including the one taking shape in New Orleans.

It comes after a report found some medical centers are taking longer and costing more than estimated.

The House has passed a bill to increase oversight.

The report found some medical centers are taking three years longer to complete than estimated, and costing an extra $366 million per project.

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7:34 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Retirement Rate Slows For Louisiana Public School Teachers

The jump in public school retirements is easing a bit. But the numbers are still higher than before the passage of Governor Bobby Jindal's education plan.

Almost 3,000 kindergarten through 12th-grade employees in the Teachers' Retirement System of Louisiana retired in the fiscal year ending June 30.

Seventy percent had 20 years or more of service credit.

In the two prior fiscal years, the number reached more than 3,400.

State Superintendent of Education John White tells The Advocate that economics is the driving factor.

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5:47 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., Washington Lobbyist And Son Of Hale And Lindy Boggs, Dies At 73

Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., a son of congressional royalty who evolved into a top-tier lobbyist and prolific Democratic fundraiser and embodied what it meant to have Washington clout, died Monday He was 73.

His brother-in-law, journalist Steve Roberts, said Boggs died Monday morning at his home in the Washington suburb of Chevy Chase, Maryland. The cause of death has not been determined, but the family suspected a heart attack, Roberts said.

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4:43 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Third Person Linked To Cop Shooting In Custody

New Orleans police say a third person believed to be linked to the weekend shooting of a police officer at Gene's Po-Boy sandwich shop has been taken into custody..
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New Orleans police say a third person believed to be linked to the weekend shooting of a police officer at a sandwich shop has been taken into custody.

Police said 26-year-old James Wilson surrendered to Plaquemines Parish authorities on Monday and was transferred to New Orleans custody for questioning.

Two others who police say were suspects in the shooting were found in Gretna hours after the Sunday incident. One of them was dead. The other was suffering from a gunshot wound. He was booked with attempted first-degree murder.

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