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Dropout Rate
11:17 am
Fri June 1, 2012

3 Years of Declining Dropout Rate for Louisiana

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana's Department of Education says the state's annual dropout rate has fallen for three years in a row. A department news release says the percentage of dropouts in seventh- through 12th grades decreased from 3.5 in 2009-2010 to 3.1 in 2010-2011. That means 1,100 more students chose to stay in school. 

Pets
11:14 am
Fri June 1, 2012

St. Tammany to Offer Free Microchips for Pets

The St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services is offering free microchipping of dogs and cats tomorrow. Animal Services will chip up to four animals per resident. Proof of residency is required. 

Vilma Lawsuit
11:08 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Goodell Granted 21-Day Delay for Response

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been granted a 21-day delay for responding to a defamation lawsuit filed against him by Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma.

The delay is considered routine, and Goodell's lawyers now must respond by July 5 in U.S. District Court in New Orleans.

Public Housing
9:47 am
Thu May 31, 2012

HANO to Present Draft Plans for Iberville Project

A better picture of redevelopment plans for New Orleans' last barracks-style public housing complex will be presented to the public today. The Housing Authority of New Orleans is holding a meeting to discuss redevelopment plans for the Iberville public housing project, which sits next to the French Quarter. 

State Employee Retirement
9:43 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Lawmakers Back Revamp of Pension for New Workers

BATON ROUGE — Lawmakers have agreed to create a new pension plan for future rank-and-file state workers. Their decision gives Gov. Bobby Jindal his first significant win in his bid to revamp state retirement. 

NBA Draft Lottery
9:37 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Hornets Hit Lottery

NEW YORK — The New Orleans Hornets have won the NBA's draft lottery and the No. 1 pick overall. After a difficult season in which they traded All-Star Chris Paul, the Hornets have a shot to add another superstar. Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis is widely considered the best player available. 

New Orleans Shootings
9:31 am
Wed May 30, 2012

2 Adults, 1 Child Killed in New Orleans Shootings

A day of sporadic gun violence in New Orleans, including an evening rush-hour shooting near a major thoroughfare, has left two adults and one child dead.

The latest police report indicated the child, a girl, was 5 years old. She was among those hit in the rush hour shooting in New Orleans' Central City neighborhood. Police said a 33-year-old woman also was killed. Three others, including a 10-year-old boy and two men were hit but their injuries were not believed life threatening. At least one man was seen firing a weapon. No suspects had been arrested as of Tuesday night.

Louisiana Rainy Day Fund
9:28 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Senate Agrees To Use Louisiana's Rainy Day Fund

BATON ROUGE — Looking to fill a deficit of more than $200 million in this year's budget, the Louisiana Senate has agreed to tap into the state's "rainy day" fund. Senators voted yesterday for the proposal by Sen. Jack Donahue, Republican chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. It would allow lawmakers to take nearly $205 million from the fund. 

Voting Hours
9:25 am
Wed May 30, 2012

La. Voting Hours To Get Shorter on Election Days

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to shorten voting hours on most election days, and Gov. Bobby Jindal must decide whether to accept the bill. Currently, poll hours run from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. The measure pushed by Secretary of State Tom Schedler will push back the opening to 7 a.m. on Saturday elections. The change will start in 2013. 

Hornets Tax Break
9:20 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Gov. Jindal Signs 10 Year Tax Break for Hornets

BATON ROUGE — Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed into law a 10-year, $37 million tax break for the New Orleans Hornets, part of the state's deal to keep the NBA team in Louisiana.

Jindal announced the signing Tuesday, in a list of bills that he agreed to enact into law.

The bill by Jefferson Parish Rep. Cameron Henry, a Republican, extends an existing tax break that saves the Hornets $3.7 million a year through Louisiana's Quality Jobs Program. The rebate will be extended through the 2024 NBA season.

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