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Arts & Culture
7:55 am
Thu December 20, 2012

New State Museum Leader Set to Begin in January

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne has chosen a Baton Rouge native to lead the Louisiana State Museum system as assistant secretary in the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.

Mark Tullos will begin the job Jan. 21, overseeing 11 museum sites around the state, including the Cabildo in New Orleans and the Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge.

Dardenne's office announced the hiring Monday.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Groundbreaking Set For New Orleans East Hospital

Full-service hospital planned for New Orlean East.

A groundbreaking will be held at 2 p.m., marking the start of a new full-service hospital for New Orleans East. It’s a major step forward in Hurricane Katrina recovery.

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New Orleans Hornets
3:35 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Warriors Hold Off Hornets 103-96

David Lee had 26 points and nine rebounds, Klay Thompson finished with 19 points and the Golden State Warriors brought their surprising road run home with a 103-96 victory over the struggling New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday night.

After going 6-1 on the season's longest road stretch, the Warriors built a 14-point lead in the second quarter and held off the Hornets late. Golden State (17-8) is off to its best start since the 1991-92 season, when the team began 21-8.

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3:32 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

New Orleans Man to Get 30 Years in Prison for 5 Killings

A plea deal calls for a New Orleans man to be sentenced to 30 years in prison for his role in five killings in 2007, including the fatal shooting of an off-duty police officer.

Steven Earl Hardrick is scheduled to plead guilty Thursday to five of the 17 counts he faced in a March indictment. A court filing Wednesday discloses the terms of his plea agreement with federal prosecutors.

Some of the victims' family members have told prosecutors they believe the agreement on the sentence is too lenient.

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2:56 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

City to Roll Out Tourism Pitch

The New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp. is planning a 2013 national campaign built around the theme "Follow Your NOLA."

The Times-Picayune reports the pitch will roll out in its Super Bowl visitors' guide, distributed to travelers coming to New Orleans for the NFL's championship game on Feb. 3 at the Superdome.

The campaign will expand in April with advertising targeted in cities within easy flying or short driving distances.

Higher Education
2:55 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

ULM's Small Business Center Gets $2.5M Grant

The University of Louisiana at Monroe has received $2.5 million to fund operations at the Louisiana Small Business Development Center. The funds come from the U.S. Small Business Administration and Louisiana Economic Development.

The News-Star reports the ULM center is a nationally accredited program that provides business consulting to new and existing entrepreneurs for 11 parishes in northeast Louisiana and statewide.

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2:53 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Police Report 2 Killed in Truck Wreck

Authorities say two people died and a third was injured when an 18-wheeler in which they were riding ran off Interstate 12 near Lacombe, struck a tree and caught fire.

State police tell The Times-Picayune the injured person was taken to the Interim LSU Public Hospital in New Orleans with serious injuries.

Identities of the victims were not immediately released.

The tractor-trailer rig ran off the highway's eastbound lanes near the Lacombe exit in St. Tammany Parish.

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2:50 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Judge Refuses to Toss Suit Over La. Sex Registry

A federal judge has refused to dismiss a class-action lawsuit that seeks to have roughly 400 people who were convicted of soliciting oral or anal sex for money under Louisiana's "crime against nature by solicitation" law removed from the state's sex offender registry.

U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman ruled Wednesday after hearing arguments by a lawyer representing Louisiana Attorney General James "Buddy" Caldwell's office and a plaintiffs' attorney.

Caldwell's office had argued that a recent change in state law leaves the potential class members without any valid claims.

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2:48 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Cleanup Continues at La. Explosive Company

Authorities say it could take up to three weeks to finish storing military propellant at an explosives recycling company that caused the evacuation of a Louisiana town.

The town of Doyline was evacuated earlier this month after authorities said they found 6 million pounds of the material improperly stored at Explo Systems Inc.

Explo contracts with the military to demilitarize explosives and other materials. The company rents space at a National Guard base in north Louisiana.

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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.

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