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Shipping
9:09 am
Fri September 21, 2012

German shipping company adds Port of New Orleans to Latin American service

A German shipping company has added the Port of New Orleans to a weekly service connecting the city with several Latin American countries.

The port said Thursday that Hamburg Sud will provide the container service through a space charter agreement with Hapag-Lloyd.

The new service will connect New Orleans to ports in the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico and Brazil.

Port president and CEO Gary LaGrange said in a statement that the new service gives customers better access and more frequent service to Latin American markets.

Crime
8:57 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Metairie man linked to fatal overdose gets prison

A Metairie man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for drug convictions stemming from a 21-year-old man's fatal heroin overdose in 2008.

Federal prosecutors say 32-year-old Matthew Olvany was the source of the heroin that Zachary James Mosier ingested on the day he died.

Olvany, who was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon, pleaded guilty in January 2010 to drug charges.

City Budget
8:54 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Isaac delays Landrieu's budget presentation

Hurricane Isaac has caused a delay in New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's annual presentation of a proposed city budget.

The mayor's office said Thursday that Landrieu has signed an executive order allowing for a budget presentation two weeks later than the administration has done in the previous two years.

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Westlake Vinyls Co.
8:51 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Vinyl chloride maker hit with OSHA fines

A chemical company that makes vinyl chloride has been slapped with fines for safety and health violations.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration said on Thursday that it cited the Westlake Vinyls Co. for 10 safety and health violations. The fines total $67,000. The company can contest.

Jack Turner, the acting director for OSHA in Baton Rouge, said Westlake Vinyls "exposed its employees to avoidable workplace hazards that can cause serious injury and possible death."

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Veterans
8:48 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Fort Polk ceremony honors POWs & MIAs

The POW/MIA flag is flying at Fort Polk.

The Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk have a Friday morning ceremony to honor prisoners of war and service members missing in action. It culminates with a motorcycle ride led by the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association.

Since 1979, the third Friday in September has been a national day to recognize U.S. service members who were held prisoner or remain missing, and their families.

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Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
8:20 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Meet James Boyd, the LPO's new Managing Director

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra kicks off their 22nd season this Saturday night, September 22nd, with their Night of Nights concert with conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto, and feature artist Joaquin Achúcarro on piano.

WWNO's Paul Maassen spoke with James William Boyd, the LPO's new Interim Managing Director, about the upcoming season and how he became involved with the LPO.

Learn more about this performance and the entire LPO season at LPOmusic.org

Travel
6:00 am
Fri September 21, 2012

State Department Official In New Orleans With Advice For Safe Travel Overseas

A State Department official is in New Orleans with advice on traveling safely while out of the county. Audiences will include University of New Orleans students and delegates at the AARP convention.

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DWI Checkpoint
7:15 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Orleans DWI Checkpoint on Friday

The New Orleans Police Department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Friday, September 21, the department said in a press release.

The checkpoint, manned by the NOPD's Traffic Division, will take place in an undisclosed area somewhere in Orleans Parish beginning at approximately 9 p.m., and will last until about 5 a.m. Saturday morning, the department said.

Motorists should experience minimal delays, according to NOPD, and should have proper documentation if requested, including proof of insurance and a driver's license.

LSU Bomb Threat
5:09 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

LSU bomb threat suspect indicted by grand jury

Officials say the suspect believed to be behind the bomb threat that led to the evacuation of the LSU campus earlier this week has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

U.S. Attorney Don Cazayoux said Thursday William Bouvay, 42, is charged with one count of willfully conveying false information concerning the attempt to destroy property by means of explosives.

If convicted, the Baton Rouge resident faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.

Sex Trafficking
5:04 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Man convicted in New Orleans of child sex trafficking

A Florida man has been convicted by a federal jury in New Orleans of child sex trafficking charges.

Thirty-year-old Benson December Coriolant, of Orlando, Fla., faces a maximum sentence of life in prison following his convictions Thursday.

Prosecutors say Coriolant recruited a 14-year-old girl to work for him as a prostitute in Florida and Louisiana. He allegedly plied her with alcohol and drugs to control her behavior.

Coriolant is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 20.

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