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8:11 am
Thu July 24, 2014

New Footage Of Sunken Vessels In Gulf

Scientists are getting a crystal-clear look at two historic vessels almost a mile deep in the Gulf of Mexico.

Pictures were taken from a pair of mini-subs tethered to explorer Robert Ballard’s vessel – the Nautilus.

They show small holes in a lifeboat that may have gone down with a passenger ship sunk in 1942 by a Nazi submarine. Or, it may have been scuttled after passengers and crew were rescued.

Interpretations differ.

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8:08 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Bollinger Shipyards Gets Major Coast Guard Contract

Bollinger Shipyards has been awarded a $255 million contract to build six more Fast Response Cutters for the U.S. Coast Guard.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the funding brings the total number of the boats under contract with Lockport-based Bollinger to 30.

The contract's total value so far is more than $1.3 billion.

Democratic U-S Senator Mary Landrieu says the latest funding is part almost $9 billion in discretionary funding allocated to the Coast Guard in the Department of Homeland Security's budget for fiscal year 2014.

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8:06 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Funeral Services Set For Jazz Musician Lionel Ferbos

Lionel Ferbos.
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Funeral services are planned for Lionel Ferbos — the 103-year-old New Orleans jazz trumpeter and tinsmith who died July 19.

Ferbos will be buried August 2 — the same weekend the Satchmo Summerfest celebrates the legacy of another New Orleans trumpeter, Louis Armstrong.

Charbonnet Labat Funeral Home will host a wake for Ferbos on August 1 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visitation is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on August 2 at Corpus Christi Epiphany Catholic Church.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports Archbishop Gregory Aymond will preside over a funeral Mass at Corpus Christi.

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4:27 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

National WWII Museum Welcomes 4 Millionth Visitor

Visitation at The National WWII Museum for fiscal year 2014 exceeded 483,000.
Janaya Williams WWNO

The National WWII Museum has capped a record-breaking fiscal year with another milestone: welcoming its four-millionth visitor since its founding in 2000.

Officials say visitation for fiscal year 2014 had exceeded 483,000, beating its previous best attendance year, fiscal year 2013, by more than 85,000 visitors.

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4:18 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

United Houma Nation Gets Support For Federal Recognition

The Terrebonne Parish Council has passed a resolution in support of the United Houma Nation receiving federal recognition.
Jonathan McIntosh / Rainforest Action Network Flickr

The Terrebonne Parish Council has passed a resolution in support of the United Houma Nation receiving federal recognition.

The Courier reports the council also asked the administrations of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw and the Pointe-au-Chien tribes to submit necessary documents to receive similar council measures of support.

Potential policy shifts in the federal Department of the Interior may open the door for area Native American tribes to achieve federal recognition.

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7:30 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Murder Suspect Arrested In Texas; 3 Children Safe

A suburban New Orleans man wanted in death of a woman found bludgeoned to death in her bathtub has been arrested in Texas and the three children he disappeared with have been found.

Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies say in a news release 43-year-old Pedro Alberto Monterroso-Navas, of Metairie, was arrested in a trailer park in Katy, Texas, late Sunday night. He faces a second-degree murder charge.

Col. John Fortunato, a sheriff's office spokesman, says his three children who were with him at the time of his arrest are safe.

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1:12 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Critical Habitat Designated For Loggerhead Turtles

Federal agencies designate hundreds of thousands of square miles in the Gulf and in the Atlantic as critical habitat for loggerhead sea turtles.
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Federal agencies say 685 miles of beaches and nearly 200,000 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico are critical habitat for threatened loggerhead sea turtles.

Conservation groups say it's the largest such designation ever.

It includes 88 nesting beaches from North Carolina through Mississippi, plus waters just off of those beaches, floating algae mats where baby turtles live and other marine areas.

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8:05 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Tulane University On Verge Of Being Smoke-Free

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Tulane University says its campus will be 100 percent smoke free beginning August 1.

Scott Tims, director of Tulane University Student Health Services, says the goal is to protect non-smokers from exposure to second-hand smoke while encouraging current smokers to quit.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports Tulane will join more than 1,300 college and university campuses nationwide that have adopted smoke-free policies.

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8:09 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Drop In First-Time Unemployment Claims

First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending June 28 decreased from the previous week's total.

The state labor department figures released Monday show the initial claims decreased to 2,577 from the previous week's total of 2,604. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 3,027.

The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, decreased to 2,791 from the previous week's total of 2,891.

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8:06 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Louisiana Oil Train Details Kept Secret

Train tanker cars in California.
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Louisiana officials are refusing to disclose the details of crude oil shipments railroads haul through the state.

The state Department of Public Safety and Corrections says the information freight railroads are required to provide to Louisiana is considered confidential.

Louisiana was responding to a records request from The Associated Press.

Federal officials say they don't consider the information railroads provide to states sensitive information that must be withheld to protect the public.

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