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Hurricane Isaac
4:18 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

After Isaac exposes oil, BP aims to dig it out

BP PLC says it wants to aggressively clean up buried oil exposed on Louisiana's beaches by Hurricane Isaac's churning waves.

The company wants to dig deep into beaches and remove oil buried since a BP well blew out on April 20, 2010, leading to the nation's largest offshore spill.

But digging deep can bring its own problems — it can be harmful to creatures that live on beaches or feed on them and it also may lead to erosion by loosening up sand. Erosion is a constant worry in Louisiana because the state is losing land at an alarming rate.

Medicare Fraud
4:16 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Woman gets prison in Medicare fraud plot

A woman who worked as a patient recruiter for several Louisiana medical equipment companies has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for her role in a Medicare fraud scheme.

U.S. District Judge James Brady in Baton Rouge also on Tuesday ordered 47-year-old Karen Rayburn to pay nearly $3.2 million in restitution.

Rayburn, of Baton Rouge, pleaded guilty in January to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

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Politics
3:55 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Schedler travels overseas for servicemen vote

Officials say Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler is on an overseas educational trip to instruct servicemen and women on absentee voting.

Schedler spokesman Sailor Jackson said Tuesday the secretary has been to Kuwait and Qatar as part of the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act. Jackson said Schedler left Saturday.

Schedler said the trip allows him to assist servicemen with voting in Louisiana while they are serving overseas.

Covington
3:53 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Covington council names acting mayor

The Covington City Council has appointed Council President Sam O'Keefe as acting mayor while Mayor Mike Cooper continues his recovery from emergency surgery.

Cooper underwent colon surgery Aug. 28. While successful, officials say he continues to recover at the hospital. He hopes to be discharged soon and to return to work at City Hall quickly.

Tuesday's appointment will last until Cooper is able to resume his duties.

Hurricane Isaac
3:49 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

La. crops: Preliminary Isaac damage estimate $100M

LSU AgCenter economist Kurt Guidry says good weather over the next several weeks could do a lot to reduce a preliminary estimate of $100 million in crop damage from Hurricane Isaac.

He says the preliminary figure is less than damage from last year's drought.

Some farmers lost all of some crops. Guidry says about 250 acres of vegetables were reported as a total loss, and losses were high on another 50 acres or so. But 7,000 to 8,000 acres of vegetables were unharmed.

Collections
3:47 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

State looks to hire private agency to collect debts

Gov. Bobby Jindal's chief budget aide says he wants to hire a private company to advise him on the best way to collect more than $1 billion owed to state government.

Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater tells The Advocate the unpaid bills include medical services, college tuition installment payments, environmental quality monitoring and other expenses.

With state government struggling to pay its own bills during the economic downturn, state officials are pressing the governor to get aggressive about the debts.

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Courts
3:46 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Katrina floodwall case heads to trial

The Army Corps of Engineers is back on trial, seven years after Hurricane Katrina's storm surge shredded New Orleans' flood protection system.

Starting Wednesday, a federal judge will hear testimony in a lawsuit by several homeowners who claim negligence by the corps and a contractor caused the failure of floodwalls protecting the Lower 9th Ward and neighboring St. Bernard Parish.

The corps says rain and storm surge overtopped floodwalls along the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal.

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NolaVie
12:55 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Urban Icons: Metairie's Muffler Man, battered and bruised by Isaac, down but not out

The Metairie Big Man after the storm.
Glen Abbott

He survived Hurricane Katrina and numerous tropical torments large and small.

But Isaac proved too much for Metairie’s Big Man statue, knocking him from the perch he’s occupied for more than 35 years near the corner of Clearview Parkway and West Napoleon Avenue, breaking off his head and one arm.

The two-story fiberglass “muffler man” has served as a landmark and company mascot for Clearview Auto Title & Notary since 1975, when business owner Sal Mortillaro purchased him for $400 from a New Orleans Midas Muffler shop.

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Shreveport Dog Park
12:36 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Caddo Parish Sheriff's painting to help fund dog park

Artwork painted by Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator will be featured at an upcoming event set to raise money to establish a dog park in Shreveport.

Prator's painting portrays Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover as a giant being tied down by dogs — a reworking of a scene from Gulliver's Travels.

Glover has so far resisted funding the park over other initiatives he has said should take priority.

According to Cynthia Keith, director of the Shreveport Dog Park Alliance, describes Prator's work as a political cartoon.

Bayou Lacombe Waste Transfer Station
12:34 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

St. Tammany changes zoning for transfer station

The St. Tammany Parish Council has approved a zoning change to allow a waste transfer station to be built on land along Interstate 12 just east of Bayou Lacombe.

The council's decision Monday night to change the zoning clears the way for IESI to build the station and to do so with the blessing of the Concerned Citizens of Lacombe. The group had been involved in a lawsuit against the parish and IESI to keep the station from being placed at the intersection of I-12 and Louisiana 434.

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