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9:33 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Sen. Landrieu, Wendy Vitter to Co-Chair Conference

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Democratic U.S. senator, Mary Landrieu, will be an honorary co-chair of an upcoming small business conference in Baton Rouge, along with Wendy Vitter, wife of Republican Sen. David Vitter.

The two-day event, set for May 3-4, in Baton Rouge will be the Louisiana Women's Leaders Conference on Small Business Entrepreneurship. It's sponsored by the Louisiana Center for Women and Government, headquartered at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux.

Prospect 3
9:28 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Prospect.3 New Orleans Pushed Back to 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Prospect.3 New Orleans, the third in a series of international art exhibits, has been officially postponed from 2013 until fall 2014.

The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/I2zTi4 ) consulting director Jane Farver says the later date will steer P.3 clear of competition with other international art exhibitions in Venice, Istanbul and Pittsburgh in 2013.

She says the extra year also will allow Prospect to better "regroup and rebuild" before pushing on.

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Hornets 105,Rockets 99
11:05 am
Fri April 20, 2012

New Orleans Beats Houston in Overtime

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Hornets are finding ways to play spoiler late in the NBA season. Eric Gordon scored 27 points and Carl Landry added 20 to lead the Hornets to a 105-99 overtime victory over the Houston Rockets. The Hornets have won seven of 10 games. 

Gulf Oil Spill
10:57 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Gulf Residents to Get Extra $64M for Spill Claims

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Justice Department says more than $64 million will be paid to about 7,300 people and businesses whose claims with BP's $20 billion compensation fund were shortchanged or wrongfully denied after the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  The department says an independent audit found significant errors in its processing of claims.

Sentencing
10:44 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Former Rep. Jefferson to Serve Sentence in 2 Weeks

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A former Louisiana congressman will have to begin serving a 13-year prison sentence for taking bribes and other crimes within two weeks.

Democrat William Jefferson was convicted in 2009 but has been free on bond while appealing his case. The case drew headlines when FBI agents found $90,000 cash hidden in Jefferson's freezer.

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Hurricane Recovery Spending
10:09 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Recovery Money Redirected to Superdome Upgrades

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Jindal administration has gotten permission to redirect federal hurricane recovery money from housing aid programs to Superdome upgrades. Federal approval was discussed Thursday in the Senate Finance Committee. 

Gulf Plane Crash
10:03 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Small Plane Sinks into Gulf; Lost Pilot Contact

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a pilot flying a Cessna across the Gulf of Mexico stopped responding to radio calls including those from two F-15 aviators who flew alongside and monitored the plane for hours before it crashed into the water. A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman says the plane was headed from Slidell, La., to Sarasota, Fla. 

Memphis 103, New Orleans 91
10:38 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Hornets Fall to Grizzlies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The New Orleans Hornets are no longer on a four-game winning streak. They lost 103-91 on Wednesday night to the Memphis Grizzlies. Rookie Jerome Dyson led the Hornets with a career-high 24 points, while Carl Landry finished with 16 points. 

Gulf Oil Spill
10:25 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Scientists: Fish are Sick Where BP's Oil Spill Hit

BARATARIA BAY, La. (AP) — Two years after the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, scientists say they're finding trouble with sick fish that dwell along offshore reefs and in the deep waters — especially in places where the oil spill hit the hardest.

Police Shooting
10:19 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Slain Man's Family Alleges he was Shot in Back

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The attorney for the family of a 20-year-old unarmed man fatally shot by police says a funeral home report indicates Wendell Allen had a hole in his back, which they contend is evidence he was shot from behind.

That would contradict findings of the Orleans Parish coroner's office and New Orleans Police Department, which have both said Allen was shot in the chest.

The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/HV5VAW ) Allen's family and their attorney, Lionel Lon Burns, on Wednesday accused police of a "cover-up."

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