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Saints-Bounties-Hargrove
9:31 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Hargrove Agent: NFL's Bounty Probe About Semantics

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The agent for suspended defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove says the NFL has used semantics, but not hard evidence, as the basis for punishing Saints players in its bounty investigation. In a statement, agent Phil Williams questions whether the NFL made Hargrove a central figure in its investigation because his past drug suspensions made him an "easy target."

Gulf Oil Spill: Costner Lawsuit
11:22 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Jury Sides with Costner in BP Spill Lawsuit

Kevin Costner says his reputation was at stake as he defended himself against accusations that he cheated fellow actor Stephen Baldwin out of millions of dollars in a lucrative BP contract for oil-cleaning machines after the 2010 spill.

Baldwin and a friend were seeking $17 million in damages, saying they could have made at least that much in the deal. A federal jury sided with Costner and gave them nothing. 

Textron: Afghan Army
10:54 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Textron Gets 4th Vehicle Order from Afghan Army

Textron Marine & Land Systems has gotten an order for 71 mobile strike force vehicles for the Afghanistan National Army. The company says the order has a cost cap of about $79 milllion and brings the total for Afghanistan to nearly 500 vehicles. 

Danziger Bridge Shootings
10:50 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Judge: Katrina Case's Leaks are "Serious Business"

A federal judge says he is determined to identify the source of leaked information about the Justice Department's probe of a deadly New Orleans bridge shooting following Hurricane Katrina. Attorneys for five former officers convicted of charges arising from the shootings claim media leaks blocked a fair trial. 

DWI Laws
10:41 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Louisiana Lawmakers Crack Down on Drunken Drivers

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Lawmakers seeking to curtail drunken driving backed a string of proposals that toughen penalties, give law enforcement officers more methods to test for driver impairment and crack down on repeat offenders.

Six bills addressing intoxicated drivers have been signed by Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Drunken car accidents are especially predominant in Louisiana. According to data from Louisiana State University, almost 300 people died in alcohol-related crashes last year.

Theft Prevention
10:35 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Retail Theft Prevention Conference Set for New Orleans

 

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The National Retail Federation holds a conference in New Orleans next week that will focus on preventing shoplifting and other crimes.

The annual "Loss Prevention Conference and Expo" is scheduled for June 20. The NRF says the conference will bring more than 2,700 senior retail loss prevention executives and their business partners to the city.

A federation news release Wednesday said topics will include federal and state legislation and new technologies being used to combat crime, fraud and shoplifting. 

Katrina Bridge Shootings
1:20 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Judge Seeks Records Related to Leaks Probe

A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Justice Department to turn over any documents that show they tried to determine whether somebody leaked confidential information about its probe of deadly police shootings on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina. The judge is planning a hearing Wednesday on the matter.

Job Training Audit
1:12 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Audit: Job-Training Program Overspends

BATON ROUGE — A new report from the Legislative Auditor's Office says a state job-training and employment program spent between $3 million and $5 million more on transportation than it should have compared to practices used in other states. Authorities say the program, known as STEP, also failed to meet its goals for getting welfare recipients back to work.

Louisiana Budget
1:07 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

House GOP Leader Criticizes Legislature for Budget

BATON ROUGE — A leader of conservative state House Republicans calls it "shameful" that the GOP-controlled Legislature passed a $25.6 billion budget that contained piecemeal, one-time funding. Rep. Brett Geymann is one of three dozen lawmakers so-called "fiscal hawks" who pushed for reduced spending.

Saints Arbitration
10:50 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Arbitrator Upholds Goodell in Hargrove Suspension

NEW YORK — An arbitrator has ruled Monday that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has the authority to discipline former Saints defensive end Anthony Hargrove for the New Orleans bounties program.

Hargrove, Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma and DE Will Smith, and linebacker Scott Fujita, now with Cleveland, appealed their suspensions and will appear before Goodell next Monday.

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