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Politics
12:23 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

Metairie Lawmaker's Resignation Effective Jan. 1

Jefferson Parish Rep. Tony Ligi has turned in his resignation letter, to take effect at the start of the new year.

Ligi, a Republican from Metairie, is leaving the state House because he is taking a new position as executive director and chief legal counsel for the Jefferson Business Council.

He told lawmakers Friday that his resignation will be effective Jan. 1, though he also told them he'll still be watching activities at the state Capitol.

House Speaker Chuck Kleckley hasn't yet set a date for a special election to fill the vacant House seat.

Crime
12:21 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

Police: Men Use Tow Truck to Steal Cars From Homes

A New Orleans resident has helped police catch two men suspected of using a tow truck to steal cars from homes.

Dawn Dedeaux tells WWL-TV that she caught two men trying to steal her van from a house near the Fair Grounds Race Course. Dedeaux collected enough information that New Orleans police were able to arrest two men who allegedly were towing cars and selling them for scrap in Belle Chasse.

Keith Lanne, 45, and Ruel Smith, 32, both of Gretna, were arrested on multiple counts of theft and conspiracy.

Courts
12:17 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

Judge Orders New Trial Over Missing Records

A man convicted of murdering a teenager in New Orleans 27 years ago will get a new trial because the old trial transcript was never filed with a state appeals court.

The Times-Picayune reports that state District Judge Frank Marullo, who presided over Michael Baptiste's original conviction in 1985, ordered a new trial in July.

Baptiste, now 50, was convicted for killing 18-year-old Emile August in a public housing complex while working as a hit man for a drug dealer. Marullo sentenced him to life in prison.

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Louisiana Public Broadcasting
12:15 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

Goudeau Leads Broadcast Board

Chris Goudeau of Opelousas has been elected chairman of the Louisiana Educational Television Authority Board.

The group is the governing board for Louisiana Public Broadcasting.

Goudeau is executive director for the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana. He replaces Glen Kinsey of Shreveport, who served as chairman for the past two years.

Other new officers include Gwen "Gigi" Carter of New Orleans, vice chairwoman; Paul Sawyer of Baton Rouge, treasurer; Kathy Kliebert of Baton Rouge, secretary.

Jefferson Parish Housing Authority
12:13 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

Jefferson Parish President Attempts to Purge Housing Board

Jefferson Parish President John Young has ordered six members of the parish housing authority board from their posts.

Young sent one-sentence letters Friday to board chairman Patrick Pierson and members Hunley Dufour Jr., William Boada Sr., Terrell Harris, Mary Snowden and Simone Scanio. Each letter accuses them of neglecting their duties.

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BP Oil Spill
12:09 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

Judge to Discuss Trial Delay for BP Rig Employees

A federal judge has scheduled a status conference to discuss a request to postpone the trial of two BP rig supervisors charged with manslaughter in the April 2010 deaths of 11 workers on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.

U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. didn't immediately rule on Tuesday's request for a trial delay by attorneys for BP well site leaders Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine. Instead, Duval is scheduled to discuss the matter with defense attorneys and prosecutors during a telephone call Monday.

New Orleans Hornets
11:41 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Timberwolves Eclipse Rivers’ Career Night, 113-102

The Minnesota Timberwolves beat the New Orleans Hornets under the rim tonight, 113-102, their dominance in the paint overshadowing the Hornets’ 53 percent shooting and a career performance by guard Austin Rivers.

Nikola Pekovic led Minnesota with a career high 31 points, all but one of his shots from in the key. Pekovic bullied the Hornets defense into allowing him to shoot 14-18 from the field, and the rest of the Timberwolves followed suit, with 70 of their points scored from down-low. Minnesota also scored 24 second-chance points as they out-rebounded the Hornets 40-30.

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DWI Checkpoint
12:32 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

New Orleans DWI Checkpoint Tonight

New Orleans police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint "in Orleans Parish" tonight, the department said in a press release.

The NOPD Traffic Division will begin the checkpoint at approximately 9 p.m., and conclude it at approximately 5 a.m. Saturday morning, said Officer Frank Robertson, III. Drivers are advised they will experience minimal delays, and are reminded to have proper documentation on them, including proof of insurance and a driver's license.

The NOPD is required to issue notifications regarding sobriety checkpoints by the Louisiana Supreme Court.

New Orleans Saints
9:30 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Saints-Bucs Sunday Preview

The New Orleans Saints return home this week for a Sunday afternoon matchup in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome against division rivals Tampa Bay.

It’s been a rollercoaster season for the Buccaneers and the Saints as both two clubs come into this weekend’s matchup clinging to very slim playoff hopes.

The two teams met earlier this season in Tampa, where the Saints escaped with a wild 35-28 victory in a game that featured a dramatic goal-line stand by the Saints’ defense and a game-tying touchdown by the Bucs waved off due to a penalty on the last play of the game.

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Features
9:00 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Discovery of Human Remains Delays Iberville Redevelopment

Charmaine Williams goes for a walk with her grandchildren and daughter in the Iberville public housing development. Archaeologists have confirmed that part of the housing complex sits on an old cemetery, likely once part of St. Louis No. 1.
Scott Threlkeld The Advocate

The Housing Authority of New Orleans received a Federal grant last year to redevelop the Iberville Housing Development, the city’s last traditional public housing complex, on the edge of the French Quarter. The plan was to keep about a third of the buildings, demolish the rest, and build new, mixed-income housing.

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