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3:49 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Man Killed Crossing Airline Highway

State police say a 45-year-old pedestrian was killed on Airline Highway in Kenner.

Troopers say Chris Robertson of Kenner was attempting to cross the road around 9 p.m. Monday when he was struck by an SUV.

Robertson was taken to a New Orleans hospital where he later died from his injuries.

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1:28 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Marine Killer's Girlfriend Gets 2 Years in Prison

The girlfriend of a Houston man accused of fatally stabbing a decorated Marine wearing his dress blues in the French Quarter has been sentenced to 26 months in prison.

The Times-Picayune reports 23-year-old Helaina Amrine pleaded guilty this summer to obstruction of justice and accessory after the fact, for helping destroy evidence of the crime.

On Monday, state District Judge Ben Willard offered her credit for the two years she has already served, so Amrine will be eligible for release in a matter of weeks.

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1:26 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

New Orleans Likely to Cap Emergency Overtime Pay

The New Orleans Civil Service Commission is considering new rules that would limit extra pay for city officials during hurricanes and other emergencies. It's a move that comes after a dozen of Mayor Mitch Landrieu's top lieutenants accrued more than $10,000 apiece in emergency bonuses during Hurricane Isaac.

Robert Hagmann, personnel administrator for the Department of Civil Service, made a preliminary recommendation to the commission on Monday to eliminate overtime pay for city officials earning more than $100,000 a year.

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1:23 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Man Killed in Harvey Shooting

Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies are investigating a fatal shooting in Harvey.

Deputies say 48-year-old Troy Hensley, of Harvey, was shot to death Monday evening.

Officers heard gunshots and found Hensley death in a parking area. Several spent bullet casings were found at the scene.

Detectives have yet to determine a motive or suspects in the case.

Assumption Parish Sinkhole
1:20 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

La. Levies More Fines Against Texas Brine

The Louisiana Office of Conservation has levied an additional $160,000 fine against Texas Brine Co. LLC.

Commissioner James Welsh says the fine levied Monday is for continued failure to comply with his directives for an 8-acre sinkhole and oil and methane releases in northern Assumption Parish.

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12:48 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Ex-ATC Official's Trial Postponed

The criminal trial of Murphy J. Painter, former commissioner of the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, has been postponed until April 22.

The Advocate reports Painter's trial was scheduled to begin Monday, but U.S. District Judge James J. Brady granted a request for a delay.

Painter faces federal charges of computer fraud, aggravated identity theft and making false statements to federal investigators.

Education
12:44 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Jefferson School Board to Vote on Redistricting Map

The Jefferson Parish School Board will adopt a redistricting map this week that will then be sent to the Department of Justice for approval.

After reviewing competing proposals from board members, school board president Mark Jacobs tells The Advocate a decision was made to hire an outside firm to help the board present a map that ensured all districts were within the legal requirements.

Glenn Koepp of Redistricting LLC was brought on to design and recommend a new map.

Shrimp Season
12:10 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

La. Announces End of Shrimp Season in Some Areas

Louisiana's fall shrimp season is closing in most state inside waters.

Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham said last week that the season would close for most inside waters at sunset Tuesday to let white shrimp grow larger and more valuable.

On Monday, he set closing Dec. 30 in parts of Lake Pelto and Terrebonne and Timbalier bays where the fall inshore season had been briefly extended.

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Science & Health
11:55 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Loyola Biology Lab Regenerates Limb Joints

Loyola University professor Rosalie Anderson, along with biology major Jeffrey Coote, work to regenerate chicken embryo elbow joints in the lab.
Loyola University

In a biology lab at Loyola University New Orleans, something miraculous happened — something no scientist had seen before. Biology professor Rosalie Anderson and her undergraduate students cut a tiny hole to remove just the elbow joint of a chicken embryo’s wing. Eighteen hours later, a new joint amazingly grew back.

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11:31 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Bullet Hits School Bus, Flying Glass Scrapes Girl

New Orleans police say that when a man was shot in the Tremé neighborhood, a stray bullet hit a school bus where flying glass injured a girl.

Officer Frank Robinson says the man was shot in the hip and leg Monday afternoon. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Officials at O. Perry Walker Senior High School say one student was taken to a hospital as a precaution. A statement released Monday evening says she was released after treatment for a small abrasion from a chip of glass.

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