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3:19 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Contractor dies cleaning Plaquemines debris

A 50-year-old contractor from Mississippi died in Plaquemines Parish after the bulldozer he was working in slipped into a debris covered pond.

Parish officials say the man from Wiggins was pronounced dead at a local hospital Tuesday. WWL-TV reports the accident happened just off La. Highway 23 near Point Celeste.

The victim's name has not been released.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

Hurricane Isaac
3:17 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Central schools approve makeup plan

The school days for most Central, La. students will be extended by several minutes, and other adjustments are planned to make up for the four days of school lost when Hurricane Isaac blew through Louisiana in late August.

The Advocate reports the Central Community School Board on Monday agreed on how to make up the 1,500 minutes of lost instruction due to the hurricane.

In an explanatory letter to the board, Superintendent Michael Faulk said Central schools had different issues and legal requirements and, as a result, will have different makeup schedules.

Hurricane Isaac
3:15 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Morgan City disaster center to close Friday

St. Mary Parish residents affected by Hurricane Isaac have just a few days left to visit the State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Morgan City.

The center, located at 728 Myrtle Street, will close at 6 p.m. Friday.

Recovery centers have opened in several affected parishes to help homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained uninsured or underinsured losses to their property as a result of the storm.

Legislators Back to School Program
3:10 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Lawmakers start heading back to school this week

Louisiana lawmakers are heading into classrooms starting this week, as part of the national Legislators Back to School Program.

Started in 1999, the program encourages lawmakers to spend a day visiting classrooms to tell students what it's like to be an elected official. The program is an initiative of the National Conference of State Legislators.

The Times-Picayune reports that lawmakers will begin stopping by classrooms this week and continue to participate in the program throughout the year.

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Latest News
3:08 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

NOAA: Dolphin found in Louisiana was shot to death

The federal government says somebody shot and killed a bottlenose dolphin found dead over the weekend on Elmer's Island — and there's a reward for information about whoever did it.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person or people who shot the dolphin.

Its body was found Saturday on the island, which is next to Grand Isle.

Bayou Corne Sinkhole
3:03 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Texas Brine blames tremors for cavern failure

Officials say tremors recorded in Assumption Parish since late May could be why a brine cavern encased within the Napoleonville salt dome failed and caused a massive sinkhole.

Texas Brine Co. spokesman Sonny Cranch said Tuesday a tool used to measure the depth of the cavern bottomed out 1,300 feet higher than anticipated. Cranch said the presence of this material indicates the cavern failed.

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Books
2:59 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Poverty Informs J.K. Rowling's New Novel For Adults

Author J.K. Rowling arrives at the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, in Leicester Square in central London.
Matt Crossick PA Photos/Landov

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 11:00 am

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J.K. Rowling has a new novel. She's moved away from Harry Potter, the boy wizard whose stories prompted millions of kids to obsess over books big enough to serve as doorstops. Having concluded that series, she's written a novel for grown-ups called The Casual Vacancy, a story of troubled teenagers and their even more troubled parents.

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Hurricane Isaac
12:56 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

FEMA individual aid after Isaac hits $88 million

Nearly 26,000 people have received individual assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Hurricane Isaac, aid totaling $88 million.

FEMA spokesman Ray Perez provided the latest figures Monday.

The tallies are likely to rise, as the federal agency continues to review applications for assistance from the storm, which made landfall Aug. 28 and caused significant flooding in southeast Louisiana.

More than 187,000 people have registered for FEMA help.

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LSU Hospitals
12:53 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

New plan for LSU health cuts could come next week

The new chief of the LSU health care system says he's hoping to detail plans for new and reworked cuts across the public hospitals to the university's governing board next week.

Frank Opelka, LSU's executive vice president for health care and medical education redesign, is reviewing the cut decisions made by his predecessor, who was ousted from the job.

The university-run health network is bracing for continued budget cuts. The Jindal administration has stripped a quarter of the health system's funding in response to a drop in federal Medicaid financing.

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Hurricane Katrina
12:51 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Appeals court tosses landmark Katrina ruling

A federal appeals court has reversed itself and thrown out a judge's landmark ruling that the Army Corps of Engineers is liable for billions of dollars in damage that property owners blame on its maintenance of a New Orleans shipping channel.

The same three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that sided with plaintiffs earlier this year withdrew that decision Monday and ruled in the federal government's favor.

The panel's new opinion says the corps is completely insulated from liability by a provision of the Federal Tort Claims Act.

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