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Gulf Oil Spill Fines
10:31 am
Thu June 28, 2012

BP Fines for Gulf States Included in Highway Bill

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu says a transportation bill that Congress is close to approving includes a provision to steer 80 percent of the fines BP PLC is expected to pay in water pollution penalties stemming from the Gulf oil spill to pay for restoration in five Gulf states. 

Hurricane Protection
10:27 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Corps Scraps Levee Project in Barataria Basin

The Army Corps of Engineers says it's scrapping plans to build a levee system to protect a large area of south Louisiana against hurricane flooding on the Barataria estuary southwest of New Orleans.  The corps says the project wasn't economically feasible.

New Orleans Corruption
10:19 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Businessman Linked to Nagin Pleads Guilty

A Louisiana businessman linked to a federal probe of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges that he paid a $50,000 bribe to a former city official.

Authorities haven't identified the official Frank Fradella allegedly conspired to bribe. 

National Urban League Conference
10:13 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Obama to Speak at Urban League Conference

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will address the National Urban League Conference on July 25 in New Orleans.

The conference by one of the nation's oldest civil rights organizations is focused on increasing employment for African-Americans, who now face a jobless rate of 13.6 percent, nearly 5 percentage points higher than the national average. 

Drew Brees Franchise Tag
10:04 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Brees' Franchise Tag Arbitration Hearing Held

PHILADELPHIA — NFL Players Association attorney Jeffrey Kessler says an arbitrator expects to rule within a week on arguments presented concerning the Saints' use of the NFL's franchise tag on quarterback Drew Brees.

Arbitrator Stephen Burbank is handling the matter of how to interpret language in the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, which requires any club that designates a player as a franchise player for the third time to give him a 44 percent raise. 

NBA Draft
9:55 am
Thu June 28, 2012

After Davis, Hornets Draft Intrigue Begins

Only a malfunctioning phone will cause Hornets general manager Dell Demps to use the full five minutes he'll get to make Kentucky star Anthony Davis the first overall pick in Thursday night's NBA draft. The real intrigue in the Hornets' draft surrounds their 10th overall choice. 

Drew Brees Contract
9:30 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Brees Hopeful of Long-Term Deal With Saints

NEW YORK — New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees says he's confident he'll get a long-term deal done with the Saints. Brees acknowledged Tuesday that the offseason of distractions has slowed down negotiations. On the subject of those off-field issues, he says the NFL has produced no proof the Saints' defense engaged in a bounty system. 

New Orleans Corruption
9:26 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Businessman Linked to Nagin to Plead Guilty

The lawyer for a businessman linked to a corruption probe of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said his client expects to plead guilty in federal court to conspiring to bribe a former New Orleans official.

Randy Smith, lawyer for Frank Fradella, wouldn't name the ex-official. A two-count bill of information filed Tuesday against Fradella identifies the official only as "public official A" and that he served the city from May 2002 to May 2010 — a period that coincides with Nagin's tenure.

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Gulf Oil Spill: Land Erosion
9:18 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Study: Oil Spill Doubled Some Land Erosion

BATON ROUGE — A scientific study has found that heavily oiled areas in Barataria Bay showed twice the normal land erosion rates in the year and a half after the massive BP oil leak in 2010. The study found oil killed marsh plants and that led to the higher rates of erosion. 

Beasts of the Southern Wild
6:58 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Louisiana-Shot Sundance Winner Opens This Summer

A Louisiana-shot film that took top honors at this year's Sundance Film Festival is back in the state where it was made for a Hollywood-style red carpet premiere before opening in select theaters nationwide this summer.

The mythical "Beasts of the Southern Wild" follows a motherless young girl living in the marshlands of the southern Delta with her ailing father as a storm approaches. It won the grand jury prize in the U.S. dramatic competition at Sundance, and the Camera d'Or at France's Cannes Film Festival for best first film by director Benh Zeitlin.

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