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New Orleans Saints
10:55 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Saints Praise Colston's Consistency, Reliability

Marques Colston never goes out of his way to be noticed.

He became the New Orleans Saints' all-time leader in touchdowns this season with 56, yet does not have a touchdown dance. He seldom appears in commercials, and keeps media interviews to a minimum.

At Dallas last Sunday, Colston's 10 catches for 153 yards put him over the 1,000-yard mark for the sixth time in his seven seasons. Yet he has never been to a Pro Bowl, which disappoints teammates such as quarterback Drew Brees.

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10:52 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Work on New Terrebonne Complex to Begin in 2013

Construction on a new complex in Gray, La. that will house assorted Terrebonne government offices is scheduled to start sometime in 2013.

The Courier reports the complex would be home to a new juvenile detention center, emergency operations center and a Public Works yard that would supplement the yard on Grand Caillou Road.

The Public Facility Campus would cost about $15 million.

Parish government has already paid $1.9 million for the 30-acre site, money that came out of the general fund.

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Environment
10:48 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Charges Filed in Paper Mill Spill

The Justice Department has filed two criminal misdemeanor charges against Temple-Inland, the former owner of a paper mill in Bogalusa, for violating federal environmental laws.

The charges stem from a five-day spill of pollutants from the company's paper plant into the Pearl River in August 2011.

A bill of information filed in U.S. District Court in New Orleans on Dec. 20 says a "liquor" produced during the processing of pulpwood into paper pulp was discharged, resulting in the death of thousands of fish.

Environment
10:43 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Workers Finish Atchafalaya Basin Dredging Project

Workers have completed a dredging project designed to improve water quality in the Atchafalaya Basin.

The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday that the dredging work is designed to move freshwater from the Atchafalaya River into a swamp within the Attakapas Island Wildlife Management Area in St. Mary Parish.

DNR says the $184,000 project will improve water quality off the east bank of the river near Grand Lake.

The Atchafalaya Basin Technical Advisory Group approved the project.

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10:39 am
Thu December 27, 2012

416 LSU Patients Notified of Possible ID Theft

The LSU hospital system has notified 416 patients that their checking account numbers and other personal information has been stolen and may have been used to make counterfeit checks.

Spokesman Marvin McGraw says the information was found in the home of a former employee arrested in November.

He says the LSU Health Care Services Division began notifying patients in November, after learning about the thefts from state police.

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New Orleans Hornets
10:17 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Hornets End 11-game Losing Skid, 97-94 Over Magic

Robin Lopez had a season-high 29 points and Greivis Vasquez scored 27 points as the New Orleans Hornets snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 97-94 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.

Orlando had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds, but came up empty on a 3-point attempt by Nikola Vucevic.

The victory was the Hornets' first since Dec. 3 and their fourth straight regular-season win over the Magic.

Jameer Nelson had 28 points and 10 rebounds for Orlando and Vucevic added 19 points.

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History
1:54 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Presentation Recalls Battle of New Orleans

A program focused on the 198th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans is planned Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Old U.S. Mint in the French Quarter.

Tulane University graduate student Shelene Roumillat will focus on how during the 19th century the anniversary of the battle was a major holiday in New Orleans.

In the battle, fought Jan. 8, 1815 — weeks after a peace treaty ended the War of 1812 — a force of American troops, pirates and local residents routed a British Army at a plantation in St. Bernard Parish.

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12:39 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Hubig's Sues Fire Suppression Company

The Hubig's factory on the morning after the blaze.
Eileen Fleming WWNO

New Orleans pie maker Simon Hubig Company Inc., whose plant was destroyed in a blaze six months ago, has sued the Kenner company that created and maintained its fire suppression system.

The Times-Picayune reports the lawsuit, filed in New Orleans Civil District Court, alleges Fire & Safety Commodities' "system failed, causing the complete destruction of the Hubig's facility."

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12:36 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Obama Could Reshape 5th Circuit

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is widely viewed as one of the nation's most conservative federal appellate courts, but President Barack Obama could get a chance to change that perception.

Republican presidents nominated 10 of the 15 active judges serving on the New Orleans-based court. But six of those GOP-nominated judges are eligible for senior status or will be in the next four years, a change that would allow Obama's Democratic administration to nominate their replacements.

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12:03 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

B&Bs Get Break on Room Tax Penalties

The New Orleans City Council is giving a break to bed-and-breakfast owners who are late paying the room tax rate of 50 cents per day for each occupied room.

The Times-Picayune reports that the penalty has often been much more than the amount due.

The late penalty was at least $500. Council President Stacey Head told the council that the tax for a typical B&B averages less than $60 a month.

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