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4:39 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

New Orleans Loses Bid To Host Super Bowl

NFL owners voted Tuesday to award the big game to Minneapolis. New Orleans has hosted 10 previous Super Bowls.
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New Orleans government and civic leaders were disappointed to learn that the city won't be able to highlight its 300th anniversary in 2018 by hosting the Super Bowl.

NFL owners voted Tuesday to award the big game to Minneapolis.

Mark Romig, president of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, said he was proud of the city's presentation. He said it's hard to compete against a city that is building a new stadium — as Minneapolis is.

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3:59 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Louisiana's Non-Compliance Shortens Alabama's Snapper Season

The government has reduced this year's recreational snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico to just nine days.
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A leader in Alabama's charter fishing business says new federal limits on red snapper will hurt the state's industry.

The federal government has reduced this year's recreational snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico from 11 days to just nine days, starting June 1.

An arm of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration decided the change was needed because Louisiana opened its state waters year-round in April.

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3:57 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

New Orleans Native Dean Baquet Named Editor Of The New York Times

New Orleans native Dean Baquet replaces Jill Abramson as executive editor of The New York Times.
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New Orleans native Dean Baquet has been named executive editor of The New York Times. He is replacing Jill Abramson, who has been in the position for two and a half years.

The company didn't give a reason for the change.

Baquet, who received a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in 1988, has worked for the Times for seven years. He would be the first African-American to hold the newspaper's highest editorial position.

Baquet began his newspaper career in New Orleans at the The States-Item and later worked for the The Times-Picayune. 
 

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3:01 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Chiquita Banana To Return To New Orleans

Louisiana and the Port of New Orleans offered Chiquita more than $5 million in incentives to move from the Port of Gulfport, Mississippi. Chiquita moved from New Orleans to Miss. in the 1970s after more than 70 years in New Orleans.
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Chiquita Brands International Inc. is returning to New Orleans after nearly 40 years, bringing up to 350 new jobs.

Gov. Bobby Jindal and Chiquita official Mario Pacheco say the company is moving from the Port of Gulfport, Mississippi, where it relocated in the 1970s after more than 70 years in New Orleans. Louisiana and the port offered more than $5 million in incentives.

The officials say Chiquita is expected to begin shipping through New Orleans in early 2015. The move will leave the Port of Gulfport without one of its four principal tenants.

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5:10 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Civil Rights Complaints Target New Orleans Charter Schools

New Orleans charter schools are named in a federal civil rights complaint as being discriminatory against students of color.
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A coalition of groups opposed to charter schools says it is filing federal civil rights complaints claiming discrimination by officials running school systems in New Orleans, Chicago and Newark, New Jersey.

Copies of the complaints were released today by the Journey for Justice Alliance. They say black students in the three cities suffer because of the closure of traditional public schools or the conversion of them into charter schools — run by independent organizations under charters approved by state or local education officials.

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3:47 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

A State Tax Holiday For Buying Emergency Supplies

Louisiana offers a state tax holiday for residents who are buying emergency supplies in preparation for storm season, which begins June 1st.
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On May 24 and 25, purchases of flashlights, batteries, portable generators and other emergency supplies are free from Louisiana's 4 percent state sales tax.

The Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday gives residents a chance to prepare for storm season, which begins June 1.

The sales tax holiday applies to the first $1,500 of the purchase price of each item, according to Revenue Secretary Tim Barfield.

Eligible items include: flashlights and candles, portable radios, batteries, and food storage coolers.

Local taxes on these items still apply.

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3:34 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Jindal To Use $74M In Savings Ideas Next Year

Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration outlined plans to shrink spending across state government by $74 million dollars in the upcoming budget year.
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Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration outlined plans to shrink spending across state government by $74 million dollars in the upcoming budget year that begins July 1.

Ideas include: Thinner asphalt for some paving projects, fewer toll-free numbers across state agencies, allowing pregnant women on Medicaid to use midwives instead of traditional, more expensive delivery rooms, and expanded rehabilitation programs for inmates.

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5:10 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Bill To Boost Teacher Retirement Age Nearing Final Passage

The Senate backs a bill that would require public school teachers and most new state employees to wait 2 years longer to retire.
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Public school teachers and most new state employees would have to wait longer to retire, under a proposal that received the unanimous backing of the state Senate Wednesday.

Current law generally allows that non-hazardous employees in the Louisiana State Employees' Retirement System, the Teachers' Retirement System of Louisiana and the Louisiana School Employees' Retirement System can retire at age 60 with 5 years of service.

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5:20 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Federal National Climate Assessment Says Louisiana Is Vulnerable

The third National Climate Assessment has put Louisiana and the Southeast at particularly high risk.
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The White House released a report Tuesday summarizing the impact of climate change on different regions of the United States. The National Climate Assessment was developed over the last four years with input from U.S. climate scientists, technical experts and the public.

The report says Louisiana and the rest of the Southeast region is particularly vulnerable to extreme heat events, sea level rise, and hurricanes.

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5:05 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

New Homeowners No Longer Face Automatic Flood Insurance Increases

New homeowners and businessowners in Louisiana no longer face automatic flood insurance rate increases.
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New homeowners and business owners in Louisiana will now be able to assume the property’s existing flood insurance policy.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has repealed a provision of the 2012 Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act that made it impossible for new homeowners to receive subsidized insurance premiums for properties built before flood rate maps were established for their communities.

Senator Mary Landrieu told the Times-Picayune that FEMA officially stopped implementing the old provision on May 1.

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