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7:16 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Sheriff Asking State Police To Investigate Inmate Death

The Orleans Parish sheriff has asked state police to investigate a jail death that the coroner says was homicide.

State Police chief Colonel Mike Edmonson says he will meet with Sheriff Marlin Gusman today to decide what to do.

Authorities have said 40-year-old Willie Lee collapsed and died within 90 minutes of a fight with another inmate March 23.

Orleans Parish Coroner Jeffrey Rouse said in a statement last week that Lee had a heart attack, but his death was homicide caused by a fight between inmates.

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7:53 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Louisiana Gay Marriage Ban Heading To US Supreme Court

Gay-rights advocates are challenging Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban.

They’re asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review their case before it is heard by a federal appeals court.

In September, a federal judge in New Orleans upheld Louisiana's ban.

An appeal of that ruling is tentatively set to be argued in January at the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

However, lawyers for gay rights groups said yesterday they have asked the Supreme Court to take the rare step of reviewing Louisiana's case ahead of those arguments.

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7:49 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Offshore Platform Explosion Kills 1, Injures 3

One person has been killed and three injured in an explosion on an offshore oil and gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

Officials say the platform is 12 miles off the Louisiana coast.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says it appears there’s no oil spilled in the Gulf, and damage was limited to the platform, which was not in production.

Officials says Fieldwood Energy — based in Houston — reported the explosion on its Echo Platform just before 3 p.m. yesterday.

No statement yet from the company.

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7:56 am
Wed November 19, 2014

BP Keeps Pushing To Remove Claims Administrator

BP is continuing its attempt to get rid of the administrator of damage claim settlements stemming from the 2010 oil spill.

The oil company filed notice yesterday that it plans an appeal to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

BP has long complained about Patrick Juneau's administration of claims. It says he should be removed because of an alleged conflict of interest and other reasons.

But U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier last week rejected BP's arguments.

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7:53 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Landrieu Takes Political Hit Along With Keystone Pipeline

Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu is now facing tougher odds of re-election next month, in light of the failure of Congress to pass the Keystone XL pipeline through Congress.

After narrowly leading on Election Day, the Democrat had pinned her hopes for re-election on leading the approval process for the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline during the lame-duck Congress.

It was to serve as a ready-made example of her clout for voters in a state with a robust oil and gas industry.

But it failed by one vote.

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4:26 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Allegiant Announces Non-Stop New Orleans Service

Discount airline Allegiant Air will begin nonstop service to New Orleans from four destinations beginning in early February.
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Discount airline Allegiant Air will begin nonstop service to New Orleans from four destinations beginning in early February.

Officials with Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport said Tuesday that Allegiant will have nonstop flights from Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis; and Florida's Orlando-Sanford International Airport.

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8:18 am
Tue November 18, 2014

National Fish And Wildlife Foundation Announces Gulf Grants

A conservation agency has announced nearly $100 million in projects funded through a settlement resulting from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

More than $13 million is set aside for restoration work on the Louisiana coast.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced the latest projects yesterday.

It marks the second round of grants from a program funded through plea agreements between the Justice Department, BP and Transocean.

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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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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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