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8:03 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Senator Landrieu Announces Upcoming Vote On Keystone

The House and Senate will vote in a few days on legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline.

It’s a pivotal move in the race for a Louisiana Senate seat.

The two candidates in the December 6 runoff are both pushing the bills.

They are three-term Democrat Mary Landrieu in the Senate, and Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy in the House.

The House is virtually certain to approve the bill on Thursday. Landrieu says she has the votes to pass it in the Senate next Tuesday.

That would leave the fate of the bill up to President Barack Obama.

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7:06 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Levee Board Lawsuit Heads To Federal Court

Lawyers for dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies are heading to federal court in New Orleans.

They will be making their case for dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a levee board.

The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East sued the companies last year. The board says coastal drilling and dredging has contributed to the loss of coastal wetlands that protect New Orleans from hurricanes.

Today’s hearing is before U.S. District Judge Nanette Brown.

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7:51 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Five Killed In New Orleans House Fire

Two adults and three children have been killed in a house fire in New Orleans.

Firefighters are investigating what caused the fire in the two-story Broadmoor home — in the 4300 block of South Miro Street.

Fire Chief Timothy McConnell says the fire was reported around 12:15 this morning.

An elderly woman, her daughter and her three grandchildren were killed. He says the children's father escaped uninjured.

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4:57 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Lafourche Parish May Cut Door-To-Door Sales Hours

A proposal before the Lafourche Parish Council would end door-to-door sales at sunset each day.
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A proposal before the Lafourche Parish Council would end door-to-door sales at sunset each day.

The Daily Comet reports that the council will probably vote Tuesday on the proposal by Councilman Joe Fertitta.

Fertitta says several people have complained that their mothers were frightened when door-to-door salesmen knocked on their doors after dark.

The current ordinance allows such sales from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Fertitta's proposal would make that sunrise to sunset.

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4:41 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Hurricane Settlement Letters Mailed Out

Residents and businesses in New Orleans, St. Bernard Parish and the east bank of Jefferson Parish receive letters this week notifying them they could receive payments ranging from $1 to $463 for flood damage during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
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Letters are going out this week to residents and businesses in New Orleans, St. Bernard Parish and the east bank of Jefferson Parish notifying them they could receive payments ranging from $1 to $463 for flood damage during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The money is coming from a $20 million settlement reached in 2009 with the East Jefferson, Orleans and Lake Borgne Basin levee districts.

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7:28 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Lawyers Called To Answer BP Spill Claims Fraud Allegations

Lawyers accused of mishandling damage claims from the 2010 BP oil spill are expected to testify today before a federal judge.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier is scheduled to hear the matter.

The lawyers are at the center of a 2013 probe conducted by former FBI director Louis Freeh.

Claims of fraud are linked to a settlement of civil litigation that following the Deepwater Horizon offshore rig disaster. 

The lawyers set to testify today are expected to challenge the report's findings.

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7:39 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Jindal Tells Republicans To Seize The Chance To Show They Can Govern

Governor Bobby Jindal says Republicans should not waste the chance they now have to show the nation they can govern.

Republicans won control of both chambers of Congress.

Jindal says voters across the country want more than just incremental change.

The party will be taking leadership positions in the Senate, and a stronger hold of the House.

The Republican governor Jindal is considering a run for president in 2016.

He says his party must do more than simply rejecting the policies of President Barack Obama.

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7:29 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Hercules Plans Layoffs Of Offshore Workers

Hercules Offshore says it will lay off 324 offshore Gulf of Mexico workers because of a decline in business.

The move represents about 15 percent of its workforce.

The Houston-based drilling rig contractor sent a letter to the Texas Workforce Commission last week, saying the company would lay off the employees by the end of the year.

The layoffs involve employees who work out of Port Fourchon, Grand Isle, Berwick, Cameron, Abbeville, Lafitte, Larose and Venice.

The company announced an $88.6 million third quarter loss on October 23.

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7:27 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Senate Candidates Scrambling For Last-Minute Votes

It’s a tight election for the U.S. Senate seat in Louisiana, and leading candidates are wasting no time.

Incumbent Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu held rallies in Alexandria and Baton Rouge to pick up votes.

Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy knocked on doors in the state capital neighborhood where he grew up.

Tea Party favorite Rob Maness was in north Louisiana.

Landrieu is hoping to win outright today — and avoid another month of campaigning.

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7:23 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Several Ballot Measures Vie For Attention In Tuesday's Election

Candidates aren’t the only ones on tomorrow’s ballot.

There are 14 proposed changes to the state's constitution to be decided.

Two amendments affect health care funding.

They have renewed debate on whether the constitution is the proper place for restricting the powers of the governor and Legislature to determine how the state spends money.

Other amendments deal with tax breaks for the disabled, the retirement age of judges, and taxes and blighted property in New Orleans.