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4:02 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

First West Nile Death Of The Year Reported In Caddo Parish

Caddo Parish reports the first death in Louisiana this year from the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus.
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Louisiana health officials say a Caddo Parish resident has died from the West Nile virus.

The individual who died was between 60 and 74 years old. Martha Whyte, public health chief in northwest Louisiana, told the Shreveport Times she could not provide other information, citing confidentiality rules.

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3:53 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

In Plaquemines, $5.9 Million Of Katrina Loan Forgiven

The federal government has canceled $5.9 million in disaster loans given to Plaquemines Parish after Hurricane Katrina.
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The federal government has canceled $5.9 million in disaster loans given to Plaquemines Parish after Hurricane Katrina.

Parish President Billy Nungesser says the action was taken by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Nungesser says the parish now must repay the remaining $3 million of $8.9 million in special community disaster loans it received after the 2005 storm.

Nungesser says he plans to try to get the remaining amount forgiven.

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7:56 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Insight: Common Core Dispute Probes Policymaking Through Procurement

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 4:55 pm

Competing lawsuits were filed over the Common Core state standards in Louisiana this week, and specifically over the contracts for testing related to those standards.

Melinda Deslatte, capitol correspondent for the Associated Press, has been following the back and forth.


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7:12 am
Fri July 25, 2014

New Orleans Zoning Revisions Near Completion

The Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance process winding down.

New Orleans is nearing the end of a four-year process to update the master plan for zoning. The new comprehensive plan will update one that has been in place for more than 40 years.

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8:11 am
Thu July 24, 2014

New Footage Of Sunken WWII Vessels In Gulf

A side-scan sonar image of the German U-boat U-166 in 2001, on the Gulf floor approximately 50 miles southeast of New Orleans.
Credit National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Scientists are getting a crystal-clear look at two historic vessels almost a mile deep in the Gulf of Mexico.

Pictures were taken from a pair of mini-subs tethered to explorer Robert Ballard’s vessel — the Nautilus.

They show small holes in a lifeboat that may have gone down with a passenger ship sunk in 1942 by a Nazi submarine. Or, it may have been scuttled after passengers and crew were rescued.

Interpretations differ.

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8:08 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Bollinger Shipyards Gets Major Coast Guard Contract

Detail of the Coast Guard's Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter, produced at Bollinger Shipyards.
Credit U.S. Coast Guard

Bollinger Shipyards has been awarded a $255 million contract to build six more Fast Response Cutters for the U.S. Coast Guard.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the funding brings the total number of the boats under contract with Lockport-based Bollinger to 30.

The contract's total value so far is more than $1.3 billion.

Democratic U-S Senator Mary Landrieu says the latest funding is part almost $9 billion in discretionary funding allocated to the Coast Guard in the Department of Homeland Security's budget for fiscal year 2014.

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5:38 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Vote on 'Fairness Ordinance' Will Have to Wait

Barrington Neil, who spoke of experiencing discrimination for being in an interracial marriage, listens to the hearing on the "Fairness Ordinance" at the Baton Rouge Metro Council meeting, July 23, 2014.

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 7:56 am

The Baton Rouge Metro Council heard hours of public comment Wednesday on an anti-discrimination ordinance. But the meeting time expired before the council could vote. 


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6:18 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

New Orleans Youth Call For A Citywide Day Of Action

The nonprofit Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools holds an annual press conference to address young people's issues. This year, it is accompanied by a citywide day of action.
Karen Marshall Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools

The nonprofit Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools has held a youth-led press conference every summer since 2006. Middle- and high-school students talk about their concerns and priorities for the city.  The group's mission is training young people to be thoughtful and capable leaders by transforming the education system.

Thursday, for the first time, the students of Rethink will call for a citywide youth day of action. 

Karen Marshall is the group’s Executive Director.

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4:34 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

NOPD To Conduct Thursday Night Sobriety Checkpoint

Credit Janet Wilson / WWNO

The New Orleans Police Department's Traffic Unit will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Thursday night, beginning at approximately 9 p.m. on July 24.

The checkpoint will last until approximately 5 a.m. Friday, department spokeswoman Hilal Williams said in a press release. Motorists are advised to have proper documentation with them, including proof of insurance and a driver's license.

Drivers who encounter the checkpoint should experience minimal delays, according to Williams.

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8:06 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Street Repair Plan Springs From 'Fix Our Streets' Movement

Lakeview Civic Improvement Association President Ann LeBlanc.

Hundreds of people attended a meeting in Lakeview last night to find a way to repair the city’s crumbling streets. The discussion drew residents from neighborhoods across the city.

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