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10:45 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Slidell Veterans Cemetery Nears Completion

Muddy roads will soon give way to asphalt and bare ground transformed with sod and landscaping as construction of the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery near Slidell enters its final stages.

The Times-Picayune reports the $8 million cemetery is scheduled to open in April. The 75-acre site is on the north side of Interstate 12 next to the Louisiana National Guard's Camp Villere in St. Tammany Parish.

Education
1:24 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

School Voucher Legal Defense Costs Increasing By $750,000

The price tag for defending Gov. Bobby Jindal's education policies against legal challenges is growing.

The Department of Education is boosting its contracts for outside lawyers by $750,000, to represent the department in lawsuits against Jindal's voucher program that uses tax dollars to send children to private schools.

A majority of members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education agreed Tuesday to the legal spending.

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10:15 am
Wed January 15, 2014

12 Seated In Jefferson Parish Katrina Flooding Case; 4 More Needed

Seven more jurors have been chosen to hear a class-action lawsuit against Jefferson Parish and its former president, Aaron Broussard, for Hurricane Katrina flooding.

The Times-Picayune reports Tuesday's action brings to 12 the number of people empaneled to hear evidence in the case.

Attorneys will return Wednesday for a third day of questioning prospective jurors in an attempt to select four more people who say they can be fair and impartial.

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3:26 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

1,000-Acre Westbank Range To Be Home For Declining Species

A planned 1,000-acre range on New Orleans' west bank will serve as a haven for antelope and bird species that aren't breeding as well as zookeepers would like, giving some of the animals a chance to roam in herds that zoos don't have space for.

Groundbreaking on the project begins Wednesday. New Orleans' Audubon Nature Institute and the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy are partners on the project.

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8:59 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

Deal Closed To Buy Land For Central City Retail Center

Developers have closed a $2.1 million deal to buy property that will be part of plans for a $24 million retail center in New Orleans' Central City neighborhood.

The New Orleans Advocate reports that a development group led by Covington-based Stirling Properties purchased the five parcels of land from the city and other owners on Dec. 23.

Politics
12:16 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Ideas Flourish To Spend Surplus And Tax Amnesty Money

After years of divvying up budget cuts, state lawmakers have a pleasant financial problem: They have to decide how to spend as much as $300 million in unallocated cash from Louisiana's treasury.

The dollars include a surplus from the last fiscal year and excess collections from a recent tax amnesty period that generated more than expected.

Disputes are already burgeoning about how to allocate the money. The state has a list of needs far surpassing available income.

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10:14 pm
Wed December 25, 2013

JPSO: 2 Men Shot Dozens Of Vehicle Windows

Sheriff's detectives have charged two men with shooting out windows of at least 166 vehicles in Jefferson Parish.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand says detectives on Tuesday arrested 19-year-old Christopher Flanagan and 20-year-old Dacotah Hamilton, both of Marrero, charging them with 42 counts of misdemeanor and felony criminal damage.

It's not clear if either man has a lawyer.

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BP Oil Spill
1:44 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

2 Top Officials Leave BP Oil Spill Claims Office

Two top officials of a fund that pays compensation in connection with the 2010 BP oil spill have resigned, just months after the two were accused of engaging in improper conduct.

Program head Patrick Juneau confirms that CEO David Odom and Chief Operating Officer Kirk Fisher have resigned.

"They desire to move on to other business opportunities," he said in an emailed statement.

The process of paying claims will not be interrupted by their departure, Juneau said. Attempts at reaching both Odom and Fisher by phone or by other contact information were unsuccessful.

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1:30 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Garbage Collection Takes Holiday Break In Jefferson Parish

Authorities in Jefferson Parish say there will be no curbside garbage collection Christmas or New Year's Day.

Residents whose garbage normally is picked up on Wednesdays will have collections on Saturday, Dec. 28, and Saturday, Jan. 4.

Curbside recycling collections will take place on Christmas and on New Year's Day.

The parish's four trash drop-off sites and the Jefferson Parish Landfill will be closed on Christmas and New Year's Day.

Education
10:54 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Judge Revisiting Challenge Of Teacher Tenure Law

A Baton Rouge judge is reconsidering his decision to throw out Gov. Bobby Jindal's revamp of teacher tenure and salary laws.

Judge Michael Caldwell had ruled the legislation was unconstitutional because it bundled together too many items spanning Louisiana's education laws. But the Louisiana Supreme Court vacated Caldwell's decision and asked him to re-evaluate his ruling.

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