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Insurance
8:00 am
Sat December 22, 2012

La. Insurance Dept. Offers Online Rate Comparisons

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says his department's new online system will make it easier for Louisiana residents to shop for the best insurance rates in their cities.

You can't get quotes for your house and car. The auto insurance guide compares quotes for a 2004, 2007 or 2010 Toyota Camry driven by people of different ages, with different driving records. The homeowners' guide compares premiums for a brick house that's less than one year old or 5, 15 or 25 years old, at varying coverage levels.

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4:52 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Memorial Planned for Sandy Hook Victims

A memorial service is planned Saturday at Riverdale High School for victims of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

Jefferson Parish school officials say a willow tree will be planted at the school in ceremonies set for 11 a.m.

Student sentiments about the tragedy, written down on paper, will be attached to green and white balloons and released into the air. The colors are those of Sandy Hook Elementary.

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4:47 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

2 Wal-Mart Employees Arrested in iPad Theft Scheme

The grocery manager and another employee at a Wal-Mart store in Marrero have been arrested in an alleged scheme to steal Apple iPads from the store.

The Times-Picayune reports that manager Kenneth Rancifer, 33, of Harvey, and Robert Brown, 51, of New Orleans, were arrested Tuesday and booked with theft of property worth more than $1,500, according to Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office arrest reports.

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College Football
2:03 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Preview: Tomorrow's R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns will face the East Carolina Pirates Saturday at 11 a.m. in the 12th annual R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

ECU is playing in its first New Orleans Bowl, while ULL is making its second consecutive appearance.

Both teams are familiar with the venue, as ULL defeated San Diego State in a 32-30 thriller in last season’s New Orleans Bowl, and ECU defeated Tulane 28-23 at the Superdome just last month.

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Mardi Gras 2013
1:27 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Krewe De Jeanne d'Arc 2013 Royal Court

Gretchen Neuenhaus, René Bajeux and Betsie Gambel.
Krewe De Jeanne d'Arc

The Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc announced their 2013 royal court yesterday at the French Market.

Gretchen Neuenhaus, a junior at Mount Carmel Academy, will portray Maid of Honor Joan of Arc, René Bajeux will portray King Charles VII and Betsie Gambel, president of Gambel Communications, will serve as Queen Yolande of Aragon. Gambel is the krewe's first queen.

The krewe parades each year on Jan. 6, which is Joan of Arc's birthday as well as the Feast of the Epiphany, the official start of the Carnival season.

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12:37 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Official: Restaurant Inspections Will Improve

Louisiana's Office of Public Health is going statewide with a plan that officials say cut past-due restaurant and retail food inspections by at least one-third during a nine-parish pilot that began in February.

Assistant Secretary J.T. Lane said Thursday that he's making other changes to fix problems noted in a highly critical state audit released last month.

The audit said his office gave permits to restaurants that failed to correct violations and didn't meet its own standards — such as inspecting restaurants four times a year.

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12:35 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Commission OKs $400M Superdome Bond Restructuring

The State Bond Commission has approved a $400 million restructuring of a troubled bond deal that helped rebuild and upgrade the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina.

The Times-Picayune reports that it includes paying off the $238 million in bonds the state bought in 2008 to get the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District out of debt, and fees to resolve litigation with Merrill Lynch.

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12:22 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

LISTEN LIVE: Obama to Announce Kerry as Secretary of State Nominee

NPR News will provide live, anchored coverage of President Obama's announcement of John Kerry as his nominee to be the next Secretary of State.

Melissa Block will host, joined by White House Correspondent Scott Horsley, Congressional Correspondent David Welna and Diplomatic Correspondent Michale Kelemen.

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11:54 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Woman Accused of Mentoring Teen Prostitute

A 25-year-old Metairie woman has been arrested and accused her of teaching a minor how to be a Bourbon Street prostitute.

The Times-Picayune reports Emilie "Bunny" Cook was booked at the New Orleans jail on a charge of trafficking of children for sex purposes.

State Police say Cook arranged prostitution work for herself and a 16-year-old girl in November in the 300 block of Bourbon, a tourist-heavy area of the French Quarter.

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11:49 am
Fri December 21, 2012

State Hospice Cuts Worse Than Previously Announced

Louisiana's health department is acknowledging that planned cuts in the state's Medicaid program will eliminate hospice care for all Medicaid recipients beginning in February.

Hospice care aims to make dying people more comfortable in their final months of life. In announcing reductions to hospice care funding last week, officials with Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration said hospice care at nursing homes would not be eliminated.

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