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5:29 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Garret Graves, La. Coastal Leader, Leaving Jindal Administration

Gov. Bobby Jindal's coastal chief, Garret Graves, is leaving state government this month.

Graves has been chairman of the state's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority for six years. Jindal announced Tuesday that Graves' last day will be Feb. 17.

The governor's office didn't give any reason for Graves' resignation, but praised his time leading the state's coastal restoration efforts.

Graves says he's not sure of his next job plans yet. He says he'll be taking "some down time with family" before choosing another position.

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2014 Winter Storm
9:34 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Cold Winter Hard On Crawfish Farmers

People planning Super Bowl crawfish boils may be out of luck. Farmers say cold has kept crawfish scarce all winter, and many ponds are now iced over.

LSU AgCenter aquaculture specialist Craig Lutz says people may need to order ahead even at the peak of the season.

David Savoy of Church Point has been in the business 40 years. He says he's never seen such a slow start.

Louisiana Crawfish Promotion And Research Board director Stephen Minvielle says ponds in St. Landry Parish have up to an inch of ice, with one-third to one-half inch on ponds in New Iberia.

2014 Winter Storm
3:05 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Flights Resume At New Orleans Airport

Flights have resumed on a limited basis in and out of New Orleans' Louis Armstrong International Airport.

Airport spokeswoman Michelle Wilcut said flights started arriving mid-morning on Wednesday, roughly a full day after a blast of winter weather suspended service.

Wilcut said the resumption of service will vary by airline.

The airport typically has roughly 260 daily flights.

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3:03 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Abortion Clinics Oppose New Louisiana Regulations

Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has enacted new rules for Louisiana's abortion clinics that abortion rights supporters say will make it nearly impossible for the state's five clinics to stay open.

When it enacted the regulations, the Department of Health and Hospitals said they were designed to comply with new laws and to clarify licensing requirements.

But the rules go beyond new restrictions enacted by legislators.

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2014 Winter Storm
2:59 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

St. Bernard Offices Reopen Thursday

Officials in St. Bernard Parish say all government offices are expected to operate on normal schedules beginning Thursday.

Spokeswoman Lenor Duplessis says residents can get more information on parish operations as the winter storm abates online at www.sbpg.net or www.facebook.com/StBGov.

2014 Winter Storm
2:55 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Power Outages Down From 2200 To Fewer Than 600

Power companies say they've restored power to most of the people who were without it earlier today. The total is down from about 2,200 people to fewer than 600.

This comes as the National Weather Service says its winter storm warning in Southeast Louisiana has been replaced with a hard freeze warning through Thursday morning.

The bulk of those without power are Entergy customers, including about 400 in Ascension Parish and 54 in Jefferson Parish — down from 1,500 and 660.

Eleven other parishes had anywhere from one to 30 customers in the dark.

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12:37 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Ex-BP Engineer To Seek Judge's Recusal From Case

Lawyers for a former BP engineer convicted of trying to obstruct a probe of the company's 2010 Gulf oil spill plan to seek the disqualification of the federal judge who presided over their client's trial last month.

In an order, U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. says he received correspondence Tuesday in which Kurt Mix's lawyers argue for their first time that he must disqualify himself from the case because a spill-related civil claim had been filed on his behalf last year.

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12:29 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Musicians Kick Off Campaign To Boost Literacy

"Treme" actor and musician Wendell Pierce is scheduled to read to more than 500 New Orleans elementary school students in an effort to break the world record for largest reading lesson.

The current Guinness world record in the category is 440 participants.

The event marks the start of a years-long campaign to boost literacy rates in New Orleans by 2018, the city's 300th birthday. According to a 2012 study conducted by Central Connecticut State University, New Orleans ranked the 25th most literate city among the nation's 75 cities with populations of 250,000 or higher.

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9:20 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

State Lawmakers Hear Support For Legalizing Marijuana

The Louisiana State Capitol.
Stuart Seeger Flickr

Supporters of legalized marijuana made their pitch to state lawmakers, saying it could generate tax dollars, provide a new agricultural crop, shrink the jail population and lessen pain for people with medical ailments.

State health and law enforcement officials outlined their opposition, saying marijuana users have increased risk of health conditions and describing marijuana as a "gateway drug" to more toxic substances.

The testimony Tuesday was part of a study by the House criminal justice committee, upon the request of Rep. Dalton Honoré, a Democrat from Baton Rouge.

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10:48 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Federal Regulators Haven't Decided On LSU Hospital Deals

Most of LSU's charity hospitals and clinics have been turned over to private managers. But federal officials still haven't decided whether they'll agree to the financing plans that are being used to pay the new hospital operators.

Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration expresses confidence that the deals will eventually gain approval from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS. The administration says that these types of complex arrangements take time.

CMS isn't talking about how far apart the two sides are in negotiating final terms.

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