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Higher Education
3:16 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

LSUS feels continued pinch of state budget cuts

The budget has gotten so tight at LSU-Shreveport that three retired professors have offered to teach without pay so the university could save money.

The Shreveport Times reports that the LSU System approved about $1.9 million in cuts to LSUS this past Friday.

Since 2008, state funding has been cut more than 45 percent at LSUS, causing the university to reduce its staff by about 20 percent.

Flood Protection
3:07 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Levees to be raised in two northeast Louisiana parishes

Existing levees will be raised in two northeast Louisiana parishes starting in the next few weeks.

The levees held during the Mississippi River flood of 2011, but have settled gradually since being built in 1973.

Reynold Minsky is president of the 5th Louisiana Levee District board. He tells The News-Star of Monroe the changes will bring all of East Carroll Parish and most of Concordia Parish to 500-year flood protection levels.

Environment
2:54 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Deaf dolphin rescued near Grand Isle is going to Gulfport

A deaf dolphin found stranded in March near Grand Isle is heading for Gulfport, Miss.

Suzanne Smith, rescue coordinator at the Audubon Nature Institute, says the 2 ½-year-old dolphin will be taken Tuesday to the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies because he would be unable to survive in the wild.

She says deafness is probably the reason the 6 ½-foot-long marine mammal was stranded on a mudflat where researchers found him on March 6. He was deaf in the frequencies of dolphin sonar and was severely sunburned.

Hurricane Isaac
10:04 am
Tue September 11, 2012

11,000 in St. John seek FEMA help

About 11,000 St. John the Baptist Parish residents have asked FEMA to inspect their homes for flood damage from Hurricane Isaac.

Michael Byrne, a manager with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said Monday $13 million has been approved for residents affected by the flood as part of $45 million in aid approved statewide. Byrne says about 6,500 inspections have been completed.

Parish President Natalie Robottom tells The Times-Picayune she will ask the Parish Council Tuesday night to allow campers and mobile homes to be placed in front of homes under repair.

Music
9:45 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Loyola Montage lineup includes woodwind workshop, vocal competition and free concerts

Ignatius Faculty Sax Quartet.
Loyola University

The Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series at Loyola University New Orleans will feature two performances, a vocal competition and a woodwind workshop as part of a series of free music events in September.

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In Memoriam
4:05 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Jindal orders flags at half-staff for 9/11

In recognition of the anniversary of Sept. 11, Gov. Bobby Jindal has ordered flags at all state buildings to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset.

Jindal's executive order says the move Tuesday is "an expression of respect for Louisiana's fallen civilian and service members who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, and the days since to defend the United States of America."

The order, signed Monday, affects flags flown over the State Capitol and all public buildings and institutions of the state.

9th Ward Shooting
5:13 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Man mistakenly shot by wife in Lower 9th Ward

A 57-year-old man was shot and killed by his wife today in the Lower 9th Ward, according to a press release issued by the New Orleans Police Department.

Police say the man's wife mistook him for an intruder, and shot him once. The man, whose name is being withheld by authorities pending the notification of his family members, was transported to a local hospital where he died.

Arts & Culture
4:31 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Spike Lee's Red Hook Summer

Director Spike Lee on the set of his latest feature film.

Director Spike Lee is having an incredibly busy year. He's directing Mike Tyson's one-man show on Broadway, combing through the Michael Jackson archives to commemorate Bad, and he's just released a new feature film called Red Hook Summer.

Producer Thomas Walsh recently spoke with Spike Lee about the movie that's sure to get you talking.

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WWNO
4:18 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

WWNO And Three News Partners Win Knight Foundation Grant

The John S. and James L.

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Avondale Shipyard
3:46 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Delgado Community College gets $10M from Navy

The Navy has given Delgado Community College a $10 million grant to help enhance its advanced manufacturing programs at the Avondale shipyard in suburban New Orleans.

Avondale, owned by Huntington Ingalls Industries, is scheduled to close in 2013 after two Navy ships currently under construction there are launched. But officials say the skills being taught are applicable not only to shipbuilding but to other industries, too.

Delgado Chancellor Monty Sullivan says the investment will have a major effect on the economic future of New Orleans and the entire Gulf Coast.

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