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Airport Security
12:28 pm
Sat September 29, 2012

Hornets VP Detained At Airport With Loaded Gun

A New Orleans Hornets executive was detained by police at Newark Airport after Transportation Security Administration agents discovered a loaded handgun in his luggage, the New York Post is reporting.

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Arts & Culture
5:08 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Beauty is Embarassing for Wayne White

A new documentary is being screened at the Zeitgeist Multidisciplinary Arts Center called Beauty is Embarrassing. The movie is about artist Wayne White, an artist who's recently found success as a contemporary painter. White recently spoke about his journey from his rural homeland to the fine art galleries of Los Angeles.

Hurricane Katrina
5:00 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Federal Judge OKs FEMA Trailer Settlement

A federal judge in New Orleans has signed off on a $37.5 million settlement involving companies that provided trailers to thousands left homeless from Gulf Coast hurricanes seven years ago. Some residents claim the trailers contained chemicals that made them sick.

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Latest News
6:00 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Alfre Woodard Teaching Acting At Batiste Academy

Actress Alfre Woodard meets with students at the Batiste Cultural Arts Academy in New Orleans. Woodard has "adopted" the school as part of the Turnaround Arts program.
Erin Krall WWNO

Students at the Batiste Cultural Arts Academy in New Orleans are being taught by a special teacher this week. Actress Alfre Woodard is giving lessons on her craft.

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Oil Platform Fire
5:00 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Coast Guard Investigating Oil Platform Fire

The Coast Guard is investigating an oil platform that caught fire 35 miles off the Louisiana coast. Three people on the rig in the Gulf of Mexico have been safely evacuated.

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Hurricane Isaac
4:41 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Isaac causes property taxes to decline in St. John

Damage from Hurricane Isaac will cost St. John the Baptist Parish about $2 million in property tax revenue.

The Times-Picayune reports Assessor Whitney Joseph Jr. told the parish council the value of the parish's tax roll will drop by approximately $14 million from previous estimates.

However, because of expiring industrial tax exemptions, Joseph says parish taxing bodies will still net about $6 million more than in 2011.

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Extortion
4:15 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

FBI investigates 2 St. Landry school board members

The FBI says it is investigating two St. Landry Parish School Board members.

While FBI spokesman Kyle Hanrahan wouldn't provide details of the investigation, The Advocate reports the sheriff's office released a report Tuesday about an FBI agent looking into allegations that John Miller and Quincy Richard were allegedly trying to extort money in exchange for their votes for a new school superintendent.

The report was apparently written to officially detail why FBI agent Jeff Goins visited the parish.

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Coastal Forest Conservation Initiative
4:11 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Deadline nears for conservation program

Landowners interested in selling property to help Louisiana and federal coastal forest conservation efforts have until Friday to apply for part of the $7.4 million available in the second round of applications.

Bren Haase, deputy chief of planning with the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, tells The Advocate the Coastal Forest Conservation Initiative's goal is to protect coastal forest areas not only for the habitat they provide but also for their ability to hamper storm surge from tropical storms.

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St. Joseph Abbey
4:07 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Fire damages abbey in St. Tammany

The state fire marshal say a fire broke out early Wednesday morning in the dormitory of the St. Joseph Abbey in St. Tammany Parish where 65 people were sleeping.

Fire Marshal Butch Browning said one person suffered smoke inhalation. Otherwise, he said everyone safely evacuated the building after alarms went off.

The abbey, founded in 1889, is about 50 miles north of New Orleans across Lake Pontchartrain.

Hurricane Isaac
4:00 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

School board members recommend Isaac repairs

Tangipahoa Parish School Board members have recommended $220,000 in repairs to school buildings damaged by Hurricane Isaac.

The Advocate reports Loranger High School's gym and the main building at Chesbrough Elementary in Kentwood both require new roofs, at projected costs of $145,000 and $74,000, respectively.

The repairs to Loranger High's gym roof will have to be approved by U.S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle, who oversees the parish's 47-year-old desegregation case. A standing order in the suit requires court approval for all non-priority repair costs over $125,000.

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