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Environment
1:45 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Work on Buras High School Reef Begins

A Plaquemines Parish high school destroyed by Hurricane Katrina is being turned into an artificial reef in Breton Sound.

Concrete, bricks and mortar from the school are being spread over six to eight acres off California Point for what will be called Buras High School Reef.

Hurricanes and coastal erosion have wiped out many of the area's historically popular fishing holes. Tim Osborne of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says this reef should be very resistant to erosion and weather, serving generations of anglers.

Bridge Tolls
1:43 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Bridge Toll Suit Contests 18-Vote Margin

An opponent of tolls on the Mississippi River bridge into New Orleans has sued for a recount of the vote extending the tolls for 20 years.

The Times-Picayune reports that Attorney G. Patrick Hand III of Gretna filed the suit Tuesday in state court in East Baton Rouge Parish for Michael Teachworth, director of Stop the Tolls.

Teachworth says in a news release that the suit alleges that Orleans Parish's handling, timing and transmittal of early voting and mail-in ballots was highly suspect.

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1:41 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

25-Year-Old Accused of Killing 4-Year-Old Nephew

Beauregard Parish Sheriff Ricky Moses says a 25-year-old DeRidder man is accused of stabbing his 4-year-old nephew to death.

Chief Deputy Joe Toler says John W. Hatfield III was booked late Tuesday on a charge of first-degree murder.

The sheriff says in a news release that Hatfield was arrested without incident at the home where the child was stabbed in the chest Tuesday afternoon.

He says the boy was flown to a hospital but was dead when he arrived.

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7:00 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Port of New Orleans Unaffected By Low Mississippi River Levels

Credit Erin Krall / WWNO

The Port of New Orleans is keeping a close eye on Mississippi River drought conditions to the north. So far, the port is conducting business as usual.

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Music
2:50 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Country Singer Sammy Kershaw's Cajun Christmas

Sammy Kershaw's new album of Cajun holiday songs is called A Sammy Klaus Christmas.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 4:44 am

If the sheer variety of holiday music that pops up each winter is any indication, there's no genre that can't handle a little Christmas spirit. This year, Louisiana country singer Sammy Kershaw decided to test that theory with the sounds of the bayou. His new album of Cajun-infused holiday songs is called A Sammy Klaus Christmas.

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Devon Walker
5:33 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Tulane: Devon Walker to Spend Holidays at Home

Tulane says injured safety Devon Walker cannot get around on his own but will be home for the holidays.

A statement released Monday by Tulane says "Devon is not yet mobile" but works daily to get better.

Walker says he's happy to be going home to see family and friends. He says he knows his fight is just beginning, and asks people to pray for his recovery.

Walker's spine was fractured on a tackle Sept. 8 at Tulsa.

He is at an undisclosed rehabilitation facility. New Orleans Saints players and coaches visited him there on Nov. 29, his 22nd birthday.

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5:30 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Split Ruling Issued in Teacher Tenure Lawsuit

A judge has tossed out part of an education revamp pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal as unconstitutional, but has upheld the centerpiece provisions that changed teacher tenure and salary laws.

Judge Michael Caldwell ruled Tuesday that the section of the legislation dealing with the authority of local school boards violated the state constitution because it didn't fit into the stated objective of the bill.

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5:27 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Man Charged in 5 Killings to Plead Guilty

A New Orleans man charged with having a role in five killings, including the fatal shooting of an off-duty police officer, has agreed to plead guilty in the case.

Robert Toale, one of Steven Earl Hardrick's attorneys, said his client has a plea agreement with prosecutors but wouldn't elaborate on specifics of the plea. Hardrick is scheduled to plead guilty on Thursday.

In October 2007, Hardrick and others allegedly broke into the home of New Orleans Police Detective Thelonius Dukes and demanded money and cocaine before shooting him. Dukes died later.

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Science & Health
5:10 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Research Chimps Get Permanent Retirement Home

Chimpanzees check out a termite mound at the Chimp Haven sanctuary in Louisiana.
Chimp Haven

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 12:27 pm

More than 100 chimps retired from medical research are about to get a new home.

Most of the primates who have been living at the New Iberia Research Center will soon make their permanent residence at the Chimp Haven sanctuary, the National Institutes of Health said Wednesday.

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Assumption Parish Sinkhole
3:55 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Sinkhole Prompts Study for Alternative Road

State highway officials say they'll start a six-month study early next year into the feasibility of an alternative route around an eight-acre sinkhole in northern Assumption Parish.

The Advocate says the study is the initial step the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development takes to consider a proposed highway.

DOTD spokesman Dustin Annison says the study will determine if "the route could be built in the affected area in the event that Louisiana 70 is compromised."

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