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BP Oil Spill
6:00 am
Fri November 16, 2012

BP Settles Criminal Case With Justice Department

Attorney General Eric Holder discusses BP settlement being apportioned to Gulf States.

The Justice Department says the fines from record-setting criminal penalties settled with BP over its oil spill will mostly stay in the Gulf Coast. Because Louisiana took the brunt of the damage, it will take most of the money.

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Features
5:49 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

State Public Service Commission Considers Lowering "Sinful" Prison Phone Rates

Louisiana prisons receive kickbacks from collect phone calls made by prisoners to their families.
Eve Abrams WWNO

When a prisoner calls home to talk to his mother, son, or daughter, that call costs his family about 15 times more than it would if the same number were dialed outside the prison walls.  These costs vary from one jail to the next, but every Louisiana prison receives a hefty kickback from the collect phone calls inmates make simply to stay in touch with their friends and families.

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BP Oil Spill
1:00 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Four More BP Employees Will Be Charged In Oil Spill

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 4:12 pm

Two sources tell NPR that four more BP employees will be charged in relation to the BP oil spill, which dumped more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

The individuals facing manslaughter charges are former BP well managers Donald Vidrine and Robert Kaluza. Another high ranking official, David Rainey, the former head of Gulf of Mexico exploration, will be charged with downplaying the spill to lawmakers. One more lower ranking BP employee will face insider trading charges.

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A Blog Supreme
11:24 am
Thu November 15, 2012

In Memoriam: Bob French, New Orleans Drummer And Bandleader

Bob French sits at his drum set prior to performing at the New Orleans club d.b.a. in 2007.
Morris Schaefer Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 5:12 pm

Bob French, an iconic New Orleans drummer who led the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band for decades, died Monday, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. He was 74.

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BP Oil Spill
11:08 am
Thu November 15, 2012

BP's $4 Billion Criminal Penalty: Who Gets The Money?

July 2010: Two pelicans sit on booms protecting Queen Bess Island, La., from oil that spilled after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in April.
Chris Graythen Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 1:37 pm

(We updated this post with more details at 2:25 p.m. ET. Scroll down to see them.)

Now that BP has pleaded guilty and agreed to pay $4 billion in criminal penalties for misconducted related to the 2010 Gulf Oil spill, there's a logical question:

Where does the money go?

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New Orleans Hornets
9:36 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Outscored 2 To 1 In The Second Quarter, Hornets Fall To Rockets, 100-96

The Hornets lost to the Rockets at the Toyota Center in Houston, 100-96, after trying to rally from a dismal second quarter performance.

James Harden led the Rockets’ scoring with 30 points. The Rockets had two players record double-doubles: Omer Asik supplied 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Chandler Parsons 13 points and 10 rebounds.

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BP Oil Spill
7:20 am
Thu November 15, 2012

BP Pleads Guilty, Will Pay $4 Billion In Criminal Penalties For Gulf Oil Spill

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burned on April 21, 2010.
U.S. Coast Guard Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 5:32 pm

Update at 11:30 a.m. ET: Oil giant BP has agreed to plead guilty to criminal misconduct related to the 2010 Gulf Oil spill and will pay a record $4 billion in criminal penalties, the company just confirmed. And it will pay $525 million in civil penalties in a resolution with the Securities and Exchanges Commission. BP will make the payments over six years.

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Arts & Culture
9:00 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Loyola Ballet Celebrates Centennial With Classic And Contemporary Works

Loyola University

The Loyola Ballet launches its new season with a mixed repertory concert featuring excerpts from Yuri Grigorovich’s acclaimed Russian ballet, “The Stone Flower,” Nov. 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. Directed by Laura Zambrano, the performance will take place in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex, on Loyola University's main campus.

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Latest News
6:00 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Fair Grounds Announces Infield Festival

Officials announce the Infield Festival at the Fair Grounds.

For that lull in activity in New Orleans between Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest, a new event will debut next year. The Fair Grounds will be opening up the infield to mark the 100th anniversary of the Louisiana Derby.

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Interview
2:00 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Todd Simmons And "The Barber Of Seville"

WWNO's Farrar Hudkins talks with Todd Simmons, Executive Director of the New Orleans Opera Association, about the company's production of Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" this weekend.

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