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Port Expansions
11:28 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Report: Southeast, Gulf Need Deeper Port Harbors

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A federal agency says Gulf and Southeast U.S. ports will need big help getting ready to trade with supersized cargo ships expected to arrive through an expanded Panama Canal. The Army Corps of Engineers says deepening harbors to accommodate the giant ships could require up to $5 billion. 

Bounty Appeals
11:22 am
Fri June 22, 2012

NFL Denies Witness Retractions in Bounty Probe

The NFL is denying accusations that it covered up retractions made by key witnesses in its bounty investigation, or that Commissioner Roger Goodell has placed gag orders on Saints employees and others who could help punished players clear their names.

Lawyer Peter Ginsberg, who represents suspended Saints player Jonathan Vilma, made the accusations when punished players appeared earlier this week for an appeal hearing, a full transcript of which has been obtained by The Associated Press.

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Southern Baptists
10:25 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Southern Baptists: Gay Rights Not Civil Rights

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A day after electing their first African-American president , Southern Baptists have passed a resolution opposing the idea that same-sex marriage is a civil rights issue. Thousands of delegates meeting in New Orleans were nearly unanimous on that stance Wednesday.

Vehicle Tax Break
10:21 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Vehicle Tax Break Expansion Could Cost State $1M

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana will pay as much as $1 million to cover the costs of a tax credit expansion that has been rescinded by Gov. Bobby Jindal. The revenue department issued a little-noticed rule in April governing the state's alternative fuel tax credit, which expanded the list of qualifying vehicles.

Indigent Defense
10:18 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Lawmakers Increase Funding for Indigent Defense

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An increasingly dire financial situation for public defense around Louisiana has prompted state lawmakers to funnel more cash toward indigent defense. The most proactive bill will increase criminal court fees by $10 in most district courts to help shoulder the costs of indigent defense.

Biden
10:14 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Biden: Romney Out of Touch With 'Ordinary' People

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden tells a gathering of black journalists that Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney's economic platform shows he is out of touch with the nation's middle class. Biden made the remarks last night at a National Association of Black Journalists convention in New Orleans.

Congress-Bounties
10:07 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Senator Sees Goodell, Calls Off Bounty Hearing Planned in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — A ranking U.S. senator is calling off a proposed hearing on bounties in professional sports. Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin says he's satisfied with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's response to the issue, including the creation of an anonymous hotline for players to report bounty activity.

Gulf Oil & Gas Lease Sale
2:02 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Gulf Oil and Gas Leases Go On Sale

The federal government is set to sell off oil and natural gas leases in the central Gulf of Mexico off the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

The sale, taking place in the Superdome, starts at 9 a.m. CDT and ends at noon, when the U.S. Department of the Interior is expected to announce the results.

The government is offering 7,434 tracts covering about 38 million acres. As of Tuesday, 593 bids were submitted by 48 companies for 454 tracts.

The blocks are located from three to about 230 miles offshore.

Henry Glover Trial
1:58 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Court to Review Cops' Convictions in Katrina Case

A federal appeals court has scheduled a hearing for the case against three former New Orleans police officers convicted of charges stemming from a man's fatal shooting and burning of his body in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath.

A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear arguments on both sides of the case on July 11.

Veto Session
1:52 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Veto Session Letters Sent Tuesday to La. Lawmakers

BATON ROUGE — Notification letters are being sent to Louisiana's lawmakers, advising them about the planned July 14 veto session and how to scrap the meeting if they don't want to hold it.

The veto session was automatically set when Gov. Bobby Jindal rejected bills from the regular legislative session that ended this month. A veto session would allow lawmakers to decide if they want to override some of the governor's decisions.

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