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12:24 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Veto session canceled by Louisiana Senate

A July legislative session to consider overturning Gov. Bobby Jindal's vetoes has been canceled.

Louisiana state senators overwhelmingly decided against holding the July 14 veto session, with 31 of the 39 senators turning in paperwork to scrap the session.

The veto session was automatically set when Jindal rejected 21 bills from the regular legislative session and used his line-item veto on the budget. It takes a majority written vote of either the House or Senate to cancel the session.

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Nicholls State
12:12 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Nicholls stadium may not be ready opening day

Construction delays on Nicholls State University's football stadium might mean problems for the school's first home game.

Mike Davis, director of facilities, told The Daily Comet that the local contractor, BET Construction, has been doing a "super job" building the Nicholls stadium's elevator shaft and updating the building's facade. But the company that provides the elevator car itself has said it won't be able to get it to the construction site until about Sept. 1.

It could then take six weeks to finish the work.

Nicholls first home game is Sept. 22.

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Education
12:08 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Interim school superintendent named in St. John

The St. John the Baptist Parish School Board has appointed Assistant Superintendent Herbert Smith to the position of interim superintendent.

The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/LCUuQ3) Smith will serve as the temporary replacement for Superintendent Courtney Millet, who announced last week that she would be retiring from her post at the end of this week.

Smith, whose appointment was approved unanimously at Monday's special meeting, has been an educator in the district for more than 40 years and assistant superintendent for about 13.

Latest News
12:05 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Oilfield waste site plans upset some in Houma

Houma residents who live and work near the site of a proposed oilfield waste disposal well say they're upset about a court ruling that allows the project to move forward.

A judge ruled Friday that a state permit allowing Vanguard Environmental to drill the well supersedes local laws preventing such drilling within a mile of residences or businesses. State law only requires the well to be 500 feet away.

Terrebonne Parish officials said they plan to appeal the decision.

Loyola Bomb Threat
12:00 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Loyola student's trial delayed in threats case

A trial has been postponed for a Loyola University student charged with sending threatening emails to the campus police department.

The start of the trial for 21-year-old Evelyn A. Hubbard, of New Orleans, has been moved from Monday to Sept. 17. A judge's order says more time for trial preparation was needed.

Hubbard faces one count of threatening interstate communications, a charge punishable by up to five years in prison.

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Tulane Stadium
11:37 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Tulane continues push for new stadium

A push to bring college football back to uptown New Orleans with construction of a new stadium at Tulane University continues when the university hosts a forum on the issue.

Tulane says Wednesday's event will be moderated by representatives of an architectural firm selected by the university and neighborhood representatives.

Education
11:34 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Team to aid districts with curriculum, evaluation

Five people have been appointed to a state Department of Education team to help Louisiana school districts implement new education standards and a teacher evaluation system.

State Superintendent of Education John White said in a Monday news release that the team will work with districts as Louisiana joins most other states in adopting uniform standards known as "Common Core." They also will aid in adoption of a teacher evaluation system called "Compass," which focuses on student improvement as well as other evaluation methods including classroom observation.

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School Vouchers
11:28 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Pro-voucher groups want to battle against lawsuit

Two parents with children in a New Orleans voucher program and two pro-voucher groups are asking to join the state in fighting a lawsuit that seeks to block a statewide program using tax dollars to send children to private schools.

The intervention petition was filed in Baton Rouge district court Monday for the Black Alliance for Educational Options, the Alliance for School Choice and the New Orleans parents.

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Louisiana Supreme Court
11:25 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Feds asked to review debate over La. chief justice

Several black Louisiana elected officials are asking the Justice Department's civil rights division to intervene in a dispute over whether state Supreme Court Justice Bernette Johnson is legally entitled to become the court's next chief justice.

A letter sent Monday to the head of the division's voting section accuses Johnson's colleagues of trying to dilute the rights of black voters by unilaterally creating a new process for deciding which justice has the most seniority.

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Education
4:54 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Head of the University of Louisiana System retiring

The president of the University of Louisiana System has announced his retirement.

Randy Moffett, who's been in the job for four years, said Monday that he will leave the position in the fall to spend more time with his family.

Moffett's retirement comes after a tenure marked by repeated budget cuts that have stripped more than $426 million in annual state financing from higher education in Louisiana. The UL System has lost nearly 46 percent of its state funding since 2008.

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