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Archie Jefferson
11:30 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Former Congressman's Brother Surrenders

GRETNA, La. (AP) — The brother of imprisoned former Congressman Bill Jefferson has surrendered in Jefferson Parish. Authorities say Archie Jefferson was wanted for misapplication of funds and theft for renovation work conducted at a Marrero home.

Retirement
11:26 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Bill to Boost Pension Cost Advances, Tied to Raise

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal to hike the amount rank-and-file state workers pay for retirement has advanced to the full House for debate, despite criticism a tie to pay raises could cost the state more than it benefits. It's unclear when the 2 percentage point increase in pension contributions would be levied on employees.

Louisiana Budget
11:23 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Rainy Day Fund Part of Ongoing Budget Negotiations

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An attempt to tap into Louisiana's "rainy day" fund to fill a $200 million deficit this year is mired in negotiations. Members of a bloc of conservative House Republicans say they won't support using the rainy day fund to fill the gap in the current year budget, unless the Senate goes along with limitations on the use of one-time money in next year's spending plans.

New Orleans-Super Bowl
9:36 am
Wed May 23, 2012

New Orleans' Super Bowl Hosts to Gain Sponsor

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Officials are expected to make a sponsorship announcement at a news conference tonight for the Super Bowl Host Committee Volunteer Services Program. The news conference was to include representatives from the New Orleans Saints and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation. 

State of the City
10:10 am
Tue May 22, 2012

New Orleans Mayor to Give State-of-the-City Speech

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, beginning his third year in office, is set to give his annual state-of-the-city address.

Tuesday afternoon's speech was scheduled to be delivered at the Mahalia Jackson Theater.

Orleans Parish Criminal Court
10:05 am
Tue May 22, 2012

FEMA Kicks in for Storm Damage at Criminal Court

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has come up with $103,000 to help replace contents of the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court damaged during Hurricane Katrina.

Following the 2005 storm, the basement of the courthouse flooded, destroying the contents of court offices, including the Judicial Administration Office which handles administrative functions required for the court to operate.

FEMA announced on Monday that the contents to be replaced include computer equipment and two-way radios, as well as drug testing equipment.

Gulf Oil Spill Indictment
9:54 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Judge to Weigh Lifting Former BP Engineer's Travel Limits

A federal magistrate has scheduled a hearing on a former BP engineer's request for permission to travel freely throughout the U.S. while he awaits a trial on charges he deleted text messages about the oil company's response to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

U.S. Magistrate Daniel Knowles III is set to hear arguments May 29 on Kurt Mix's request.

Earlier this month, Knowles ordered Mix to limit his travel to Louisiana, Texas, Massachusetts and New York after a prosecutor claimed he had intended to leave the country for a job in Australia and wouldn't return.

New Orleans Saints
9:36 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Saints Upbeat Despite Brees' Absence

The New Orleans Saints say they have the experience and leadership to have productive offseason practices even without their star quarterback. New Orleans is holding its first three offseason practices, called organized team activities, Tuesday through Thursday. Drew Brees is still holding out for a new contract.

Commuter Rail
9:52 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Money Set Aside to Study Commuter Rail

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Planning groups in Baton Rouge and New Orleans have set aside money to study building passenger rail service linking the two major metropolitan areas.

The Advocate reports that the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Planning Organization last week approved spending $105,000 in federal money for a feasibility study of a commuter rail service to New Orleans.

Sex Offenders
9:48 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Legislature Targets Sex Offenders With New Bills

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal's legislative package takes strong measures against convicted sex offenders. A handful of bills targeting sex offenders are making steady progress through the Legislature, including the state's attempt to keep sex criminals from social networking websites. 

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