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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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9:52 am
Fri December 21, 2012

LISTEN LIVE: NRA Press Conference

Listen to a live feed of the NRA's first press conference since last week's Newtown shootings, starting at 10 a.m.

This is an unhosted raw audio feed, so it may not start or end as scheduled.

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Weather
4:13 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Storms Giving Way to Colder Weather

Utility companies reported thousands of power outages scattered around Louisiana as a cold front brought morning storms and colder temperatures to the state.

Entergy electric power companies reported more than 17,000 without power Thursday morning. Cleco in central Louisiana had more than 6,000 without power as of 9 a.m.

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4:11 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

New Vehicle Tax Break Regulations Take Effect

Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is moving ahead with new regulations that spell out limits for the state's alternative fuel vehicle tax credit.

The final rule governing the tax credit program is being published Thursday and will take effect this week.

The alternative fuel vehicle tax break's cost has grown much larger than estimated and had become a headache for the Republican governor because of differing interpretations about eligibility.

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Environment
2:10 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

28 Endangered Whooping Cranes Now Wild in La.

Twenty-eight endangered whooping cranes now live in the wild in southwest Louisiana.

The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says 14 youngsters brought to Gueydan on Nov. 29 were released Monday. They join 14 adults — two released in early 2011 and 12 released late last year in the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area in Vermilion Parish.

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2:07 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

City to Seek Proposals for WTC Building

In an attempt to put of the city's most valuable pieces of real estate back into commerce, New Orleans officials are preparing to solicit proposals for redeveloping the World Trade Center site at the foot of Canal Street.

The Times-Picayune reports the proposals can call for either demolishing or renovating the vacant office tower.

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2:05 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

'Ancient Aliens' Host Throws Maya Apocalypse Party

The host of a program on the History Channel is planning on having a bash to celebrate what some call the Maya apocalypse.

Giorgio Tsoukalos is the host of the History Channel's "Ancient Aliens" program. He is one of the leading proponents of the theory that alien astronauts sparked ancient myths, but he doesn't think the world is going to end Friday.

He is hosting a party with bands, food trucks, lights and a mock spaceship that will descend on to a stage at midnight Friday.

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2:04 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

2 Die in Fiery Tractor-Trailer Wreck on I-12

State police say two people died and a third was critically burned when a tractor-trailer ran off of Interstate 12, hit some trees, jack-knifed and was engulfed in flames. All three were trapped in the cab.

Trooper Nick Manale says the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office is working to identify the dead.

Manale says witnesses rescued one passenger after the 2010 Freightliner drifted off the road about 11 a.m. Wednesday west of the exit to Lacombe. But he says intense flames kept them from reaching two other adults.

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1:57 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Clippers Beat Hornets 93-77 For 11th Straight Win

Blake Griffin scored 18 points and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the New Orleans Hornets 93-77 on Wednesday night for their franchise record-tying 11th consecutive victory.

Jamal Crawford added 17 points, DeAndre Jordan scored 12, and Chris Paul had 10 points and 12 assists, surpassing 5,000 in his career for the Clippers, whose 19-6 record is tied with New York for second-best in the NBA.

They tied the franchise record set by the 1974-75 Buffalo Bills.

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