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12:50 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Auburn's alleged tree poisoner arrested in Hammond

An Alabama football fan awaiting trial for his alleged involvement in the poisoning of Auburn's beloved trees at Toomer's Corner has been arrested in Louisiana following a dispute over refund for a lawnmower.

The Hammond Daily Star reports 63-year-old Harvey Updyke Jr. wanted $150 for returning a lawnmower to Lowe's but the store manager told him he was due $110. The situation escalated Sept. 18 and police were called.

Media
12:45 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Advocate marks launch of New Orleans edition

The Advocate marked the launch of its daily New Orleans edition Monday, as the newspaper moves to fill in a pending void created by The Times-Picayune's decision to publish three days a week.

The Advocate reports it will distribute free copies of the edition across the city this week, then roll out home delivery and sales beginning Oct. 1. The goal is to distribute 10,000 copies across the greater New Orleans area, to 35 zip codes and 400 single copy locations. As of Friday, The Advocate's publisher, David Manship, said there are just over 2,000 subscribers in New Orleans.

Orleans Parish Prison
12:43 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

DOJ seeks to join lawsuit against Orleans prison

The U.S. Justice Department is asking to join a class action lawsuit that accuses Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman of overseeing a jail that routinely subjects prisoners to brutal, inhumane conditions.

The federal agency filed a request Monday in federal court, asking to be included as a plaintiff in the lawsuit filed in April by the Southern Poverty Law Center contending the jail's conditions violate the U.S. Constitution.

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Bayou Corne Sinkhole
12:34 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Officials say brine cavern successfully breached

Officials say an abandoned brine cavern in the Napoleonville salt dome has been successfully breached.

State Commissioner of Conservation James Welsh said Monday the investigatory well entered the cavern Saturday evening. Officials say they hope samples taken from inside the cavern will shed some light on the cause behind a massive sinkhole that erupted in Assumption Parish Aug. 3.

Officials say natural gas samples taken from inside the cavern will be tested for connections with gas bubbles that have been identified in other areas of the parish.

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Alternative Fuel Tax Credit
12:32 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Price tag for tax break expansion could top $7M

Louisiana paid as much as $7 million for a two-month expansion of a tax credit designed to encourage the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles.

The Department of Revenue issued a little-noticed rule in April governing the state's alternative fuel tax credit, which enlarged the list of qualifying vehicles.

Jindal scrapped the rule in June amid complaints it could wreck the state's budget, but it appears hundreds of people took advantage of the expanded list while it was on the books.

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Election 2012
12:27 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Gov. Jindal on the road much of this week

Gov. Bobby Jindal is traveling around the country much of this week for Republican causes.

The governor's office says Jindal headed to Atlanta on Monday and Tuesday for Republican Governors Association events.

On Wednesday, Jindal's office says the governor will be in Iowa for a campaign bus tour aimed at removing an Iowa Supreme Court justice who supported a 2009 court ruling that legalized same sex marriage in the state.

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Northshore
12:25 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Mandeville bicycle path nears completion

Officials say construction of a $1.8 million pedestrian and bike path along West Causeway Approach that will help connect the east and west sides of Mandeville should be completed in two to three weeks.

Mayor Donald Villere tells The Times-Picayune plans are in the works to improve traffic signals around North Causeway Boulevard and Monroe Street to make it easier for bikers and pedestrians to cross the busy intersection.

City officials say the signals will ease traffic flow and remove a major hurdle for people who opt not to use motorized vehicles.

Delgado Community College
12:23 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Delgado enrollment drops after 6 years of growth

After six years of post-Katrina growth, Delgado Community College reported an 11.4 percent drop in the number of full-time students who registered for the fall semester.

Even with this decline from its all-time-high total of 20,452 students last fall, Delgado remains the most populous local institution of higher education, with 18,115 students at eight locations around the New Orleans area.

Delgado spokesman Tony Cook tells The Times-Picayune that at least some of Delgado's decline is the result of a policy change.

The Two-Way
12:57 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Who Killed Messy Mya? High-Profile New Orleans Murder Trial Halted

Messy Mya.
YouTube

New Orleans is known for being different. The trial of the man accused in the 2010 murder of "social-media celebrity Anthony Barre, better known as Messy Mya," is adding to the city's reputation.

As The Times-Picayune reports, the trial was halted Monday after the district attorney's office "got wind of a YouTube video of the 7th Ward slaying and dropped the murder charge against Jason Baptiste Hamilton in an attempt to track down the footage."

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Aaron Broussard Trial
10:59 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Broussard pleads guilty in corruption case

Aaron Broussard, who rode a populist wave to power as president of Jefferson Parish, pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal corruption charges.

The pleas to conspiracy and theft charges resolve a case in which prosecutors charged Broussard abused his power as president of the New Orleans suburb.

He faces up to 15 years imprisonment. Sentencing was set for Feb. 25.

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