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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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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.

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