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Emerson Expands
6:50 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Emerson Process Management Expands in Gonzales

GONZALES, La. (AP) — The Gonzales City Council has voted 3-1 to rezone an 18-acre parcel from residential to C-2 commercial so Emerson Process Management can continue with plans to build a $10 million regional campus expansion project.

Emerson Process Management refurbishes and remanufactures valves for industrial plants.

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Hornets TV Deal
2:56 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Hornets Ink New TV Deal With Fox Sports

The New Orleans Hornets have a new broadcasting deal with Fox Sports, which will televise most of the NBA club's games on a rebranded Fox Sports New Orleans affiliate.

The agreement, announced Monday, replaces an expiring deal with Cox Sports Television, and is expected to substantially increase the number of homes in which Hornets telecasts will be available.

Saints Bounty Program: Scott Fujita
9:48 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Fujita Sees Bounty Probe as Part Smear Campaign

Scott Fujita, a union leader with a record of criticizing the NFL's player-safety record, sees elements of a "smear campaign" in a bounty investigation that has sullied his reputation. Some NFL players agree, and question whether Fujita's three-game suspension has something to do with retribution. 

Tropical Weather
9:44 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Forecasters: Debby's Threat to La. Decreases

National Hurricane Center

The National Weather Service has discontinued a tropical storm warning for Louisiana after forecast models indicated that the state is under less of a threat from Tropical Storm Debby than initially thought.

Parts of Alabama and Florida remain under a tropical storm warning, however. Storm paths are generally hard to predict days in advance, and forecasters say they've been comparing several models to compile the official forecast. As of late Sunday, though, they believe the storm was less likely to make a westward turn toward Louisiana. 

St. Bernard Parish Hospital
9:37 am
Mon June 25, 2012

St. Bernard Hospital Nearly Open

CHALMETTE — In August the St. Bernard Parish Hospital is slated to open its doors seven years after Hurricane Katrina.

The Times-Picayune reports that the 113,000-square-foot hospital and an adjoining 60,000-square-foot medical office building are nearly ready.

For Wayne Landry, chairman of St. Bernard Parish's Hospital Service District, the opening is one of the last pieces of the parish's recovery.

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Solar Panels in Central City
9:33 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Solar Panels Crop Up in New Orleans Development

A new development of affordable housing in Central City, a neighborhood plagued by blight and abandoned houses, is seeing a flourishing of solar panels.

The Times-Picayune reports that residents in the Harmony Neighborhood Development are putting solar panels on their homes.

The development, being built by a nonprofit, is being constructed using federal funding to convert blighted and vacant properties into the new affordable housing.

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Breaking: Tropical Storm Debby
7:51 pm
Sat June 23, 2012

Tropical Storm Debby forms in the Gulf

Coastal Watches/Warnings and 5-Day Forecast Cone for Storm Center.
National Hurricane Center

Tropical Storm Debby has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and forecasters say it will bring rain to the Gulf coast from southern Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle.

Forecasters said Saturday the storm has maximum sustained winds of 50 mph. A tropical storm warning has been issued for part of the Louisiana coast.

The storm is moving north at 6 mph. The center of Debby is expected to be moving over the northern Gulf during the next few days.

Education Lawsuit
12:41 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

New Lawsuit Planned Against Jindal Voucher Program

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A teacher union says it is about to file a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal's voucher program.

Leaders of the Louisiana Association of Educators say they will lodge their challenge against the education changes Friday in Baton Rouge district court. They object to the use of the state's public school financing formula to pay for tuition to private and parochial schools.

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Teachers
12:37 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Lawyer: School Board Should Appeal Katrina Case

The Orleans Parish School Board's attorney says the board should appeal a ruling that thousands of New Orleans teachers and other school workers were wrongfully fired after Hurricane Katrina shut down the city and scattered its people in 2005.

William Aaron said Thursday he will recommend that the board take state Civil District Judge Ethel Simms Julien's decision to the state 4th Circuit Court of Appeal.

Air Guard Deployment
11:35 am
Fri June 22, 2012

A Farewell For the 'Bayou Militia'

BELLE CHASSE — The Louisiana National Guard says members of the group known as the "Bayou Militia" have bid farewell to families and friends during a deployment ceremony held at the Naval Air Station in Belle Chasse.

Thursday's ceremony was for about 250 members of the Louisiana Air National Guard's 159th Fighter Wing. The Guard gave few details about their mission, saying they are deploying in support of overseas operations in southwest Asia. 

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