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7:44 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Loyola Law Center Eyes Cutbacks

Seven professors at the Loyola University Law Center are considering offers to retire.

The school is offering the deals as an incentive to cut costs.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the professors are all older than 65 and tenured faculty members.

They have until today to decide whether they will retire June 30 and get paid a bonus of roughly a year’s salary in return. The total that would be saved if all decide to take the buyout is just over $1 million a year.

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7:42 am
Mon December 22, 2014

NOPD Downgrades Number Of Untested Rape Kits

New Orleans police now say that only about half of more than 400 untested rape kits may need testing.

Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said over the weekend that the department is storing 220 of 429 kits. Most of the stored kits are from people who got tested by medical personnel but declined to press charges.

The untested rape kits were disclosed during a New Orleans City Council hearing last week on failings in the department's handling of rape and child abuse cases.

New Orleans Saints
4:26 pm
Sun December 21, 2014

Saints Drop Series, Season, In Loss To Atlanta

The New Orleans Saints were eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday afternoon in a 30-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

It was their second loss to the Falcons this year.

The Saints needed the win, or a Carolina loss to the Cleveland Browns, to keep their playoff hopes alive. They got neither.

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New Orleans Pelicans
8:30 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

Portland Trail Blazers Burn New Orleans Pelicans, 114-88

Looking for Santa? Sorry.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

The Portland Trail Blazers didn’t look like a team who had played a triple-overtime game the night before.

The Blazers played a three-hour-seven-minute contest in San Antonio, got on a plane, came into the Smoothie King Center, and trounced the New Orleans Pelicans, 114-88.

Pelicans players missed layups. They missed jump shots. They missed slam dunks. They missed free throws. They gave Portland every fast break, slow break, medium break…

The Pelicans just looked broke.

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Sports
2:59 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

UL-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns Win Fourth Straight New Orleans Bowl

Lafayette Head Coach Mark Hudspeth accepted his fourth straight New Orleans Bowl trophy with a salute to the tens of thousands of Cajuns fans in the Superdome on Saturday.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns won their fourth straight R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl on Saturday, beating the Nevada Wolf Pack 16-3.

Winning in the New Orleans Bowl has become an annual tradition for the Cajuns, who inspire tens of thousands of their fans to come along, making it essentially a home game for UL.

Lafayette is now the first team ever to win the same bowl game in four straight seasons. Eight other teams have three consecutive wins in the same bowl.

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Latest News
5:04 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

UNO Romance Langauge Program Closure Has Been Postponed

The closure of the master's program in romance languages at the University of New Orleans has been postponed, NOLA.com reports.

At a meeting of the University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors last week, faculty and staff in the foreign languages department questioned the low enrollment numbers used in a report about restructuring the programs.

Red River Radio
9:59 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Health study: Arkansas and Louisiana lack defenses against 'superbugs'

Arkansas and Louisiana are ill-prepared to detect, diagnose and respond to threats like Ebola and outbreaks of infectious diseases, according to a report released Thursday by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The report, “Outbreaks: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases,” found that Arkansas scored the lowest of all, two out of 10 on key indicators related to preventing and responding to antibiotic-resistant “superbugs.”

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7:32 am
Fri December 19, 2014

More Trouble At NOPD Sex Crimes Unit

The embattled New Orleans Police Department sex crimes unit is facing more criticism.

The unit commander tells a city council committee that more than 400 rape kits remain untested.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the announcement comes from Commander Paul Noel. He had been praised in the past for clearing a backlog of 800 kits gathering dust in the evidence room.

But he left that job in 2011. He says the backlog has grown in his absence.

The unit was slammed last month in an Inspector General’s report that found hundreds of cases were not investigated.

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7:29 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Lawmakers Line Up Behind Jindal's Budget Plan

Governor Bobby Jindal is getting lawmakers’ support for his plan to use patchwork financing and modest cuts to close a $170 million budget deficit.

The House and Senate budget committees backed the proposal without objection yesterday. It comes only days before the budget had to be rebalanced to avoid a special session.

Minor changes were made to Jindal’s plan submitted last month. Financing sources were swapped. Agriculture department job cuts were scrapped. A cut to road maintenance work was eliminated.

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WRKF
6:07 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Environmental Groups Draw Recommendations from Louisiana's Coastal Master Plan

What to do with all the billions in Clean Water Act fines to be paid by BP and its contractors for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill?

Officially, it’s up to the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, made up of governors from the five affected states and heads of several federal agencies, to decide.

A coalition of environmental groups has come up with their own ideas for how the first millions can best be spent to restore the coast.


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