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Politics
10:48 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Jindal to speak at Republican national convention

Gov. Bobby Jindal has been given a speaking slot at Republicans' national convention later this month.

The Republican National Committee announced Jindal, once considered a possible vice presidential contender, on a list of six speakers unveiled Thursday. The list included others passed over for the running mate job, like Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio.

The convention will be held Aug. 27-30 in Tampa, Fla.

Education
8:18 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Seattle education official becomes head of BESE

A Seattle education official has been name as executive director of Louisiana's top school board.

The Advocate reports Heather Cope, an official with the League of Education Voters, will be paid $125,000 per year as executive director of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. BESE sets policies for about 700,000 public school students statewide.

The executive director is responsible for administrative and fiscal operations of the board office.

Environment
6:33 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Pollution fine imposed following May plea deal

A Texas-based independent oil company has officially been fined $557,000 after admitting that its negligence caused three oil spills in Jefferson Parish bayous in 2008.

The fine announced Wednesday by the Justice Department in Washington had been expected. It was the result of a plea agreement reached in May between federal authorities and Cedyco Corp. of Houston.

Cedyco agreed to pay the fine and stop operating in Louisiana.

Latest News
4:04 am
Thu August 16, 2012

NOPD: Drug buy-bust leads to murder arrest

New Orleans police say a new strategy that involves undercover officers buying drugs from dealers led to the arrest of a 32-year-old murder suspect.

Police say they arrested Burnell Allen on Wednesday on a charge of second-degree murder. Allen is accused of gunning down 21-year-old Lonnie Johnson on June 9.

Officers conducted a drug buy-bust on Tuesday in the same area where the murder took place. Detectives say they got enough information about Allen to arrest him after interviewing people detained in the drug buy-bust.

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Louisiana Supreme Court
4:01 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Hearing set in dispute over next chief justice

A federal judge is set to hold a hearing in the dispute over who will to be the next chief justice of Louisiana's Supreme Court.

Louisiana's constitution says the longest-serving of the seven justices must get the top spot.

Bernette Johnson has served on the court since 1994 but supporters of fellow justice Jeffrey Victory say Johnson's first years shouldn't count. She was elected from an appeals court district and assigned to the higher court under a civil rights lawsuit settlement.

Victory has served since 1995.

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Department of Revenue
8:38 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Jindal appoints Barfield as new revenue secretary

Gov. Bobby Jindal's former labor secretary is returning to the governor's cabinet to take the helm at the Department of Revenue.

Tim Barfield will begin his job as revenue secretary in October — and will immediately begin an administration effort to revamp the state's tax system.

Jindal announced the plans Wednesday, saying a comprehensive review of the state's tax code was long overdue.

Barfield has been working for home health provider Amedisys Inc. In Jindal's first term, Barfield was head of the Louisiana Workforce Commission and then Jindal's executive counsel.

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Drought
6:26 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

11 North Louisiana parishes named drought disaster areas

Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says the U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 11 north Louisiana parishes as disaster areas because of drought.

He says he was notified Wednesday that four — Morehouse, Richland, Union and West Carroll — are primary natural disaster areas. The other seven — Caldwell, Claiborne, East Carroll, Franklin, Lincoln, Madison and Ouachita — were named because they're are adjacent to the primary disaster area.

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Louisiana Legislature
3:06 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Interim legislative fiscal officer chosen

Lawmakers have chosen a one-time legislative staffer to be the Louisiana Legislature's top budget adviser.

John Carpenter was named Wednesday to be interim legislative fiscal officer by a joint House and Senate budget committee, while legislative leaders seek applications from contenders to fill the position permanently.

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Chimp Haven
11:57 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Chimp Haven announces: It's a girl!

KEITHVILLE, La. — Officials at the national sanctuary for retired research chimpanzees say a 42-year-old female whose unexpected pregnancy was discovered in February has given birth to a healthy girl.

Ginger's pregnancy was discovered after another female in her group gave birth on Valentine's Day. Both were surprise pregnancies: every male must get a vasectomy before coming to Chimp Haven, where 125 chimps live in small groups.

Since then, every male has been given a newer, more complex vasectomy. And every female is on birth control.

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UNO Budget Cuts
6:35 am
Wed August 15, 2012

UNO's $12M budget cut includes 53 faculty, staff

The University of New Orleans is cutting $12 million from its budget through a combination of early retirements and the elimination of vacant positions to offset reductions by the state.

UNO said Tuesday that about 25 faculty members and 28 staff members will be offered "incentivized retirements," and the university will eliminate 30 vacant faculty positions, five terminal faculty contracts, 26 graduate assistants and 16 non-classified staff.

UNO President Peter Fos says the moves will save the university $3.3 million.

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