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Louisiana Supreme Court
2:24 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

La. justice's lawyers seek $380K in fees, expenses

Lawyers for Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Bernette Johnson are seeking more than $380,000 in attorneys' fees and expenses for work on her lawsuit over her bid to become the court's first black chief justice.

In a court filing Wednesday, Johnson's attorneys argue the amount they are seeking from the state of Louisiana is reasonable. U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan didn't immediately rule on the request.

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Hurricane Isaac
2:21 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Disaster food aid sites to open in Felicianas

Residents in East Feliciana and West Feliciana parishes who were affected by Hurricane Isaac have seven days, beginning Thursday, to apply for disaster food benefits.

State officials say they're opening sites at the East Feliciana Early Learning Center in Clinton and the Independence Community Center in St. Francisville, each day, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Bayou Corne Sinkhole
2:19 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Exploratory well into sinkhole almost complete

Officials say they are one step closer to figuring out the cause behind the massive sinkhole that has been plaguing Assumption Parish for over a month.

State Commissioner of Conservation James Welsh said Wednesday that Texas Brine Co., the company that owns the brine cavern believed to be at fault, will be breaching the cavern Thursday afternoon.

Latest News
2:17 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

New Orleans to join White House anti-violence initiative

A White House initiative designed to prevent youth violence has been expanded to include New Orleans and three other cities.

The Justice Department announced Wednesday that New Orleans, Philadelphia, Minneapolis and Camden, N.J., have been selected to participate in the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention.

They will join six other cities — Boston; Chicago; Detroit; Memphis, Tenn.; Salinas, Calif.; and San Jose, Calif. — already involved in the initiative launched in 2010.

The 10 cities are scheduled to hold a national summit in Washington next spring.

Higher Education
2:00 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

LIVE: Catholic Education: Gifts and Challenges in 2012 and Beyond

Gregory Aymond, the Archbishop of New Orleans.
Loyola University

Watch live as The Most Rev. Gregory Michael Aymond, Archbishop of New Orleans, kicks off the Presidential Centennial Guest Series at Loyola University New Orleans with his talk, “Catholic Education: Gifts and Challenges in 2012 and Beyond.”

The talk, which begins Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m., will stream live in its entirety below.

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Education
11:54 am
Thu September 20, 2012

ACT scores up in Recovery School District schools

The state agency that runs most New Orleans public schools is reporting a small improvement in scores for students taking the ACT college entrance exam.

The average composite score on the ACT for students in the Recovery School District's New Orleans schools rose four-tenths of a point from 16.4 to 16.8 from 2011 to 2012.

Statewide, the average composite score was 20.3, up from 20.2.

While the state score is higher, the Recovery District notes that the increase was larger for the New Orleans schools.

Community
11:51 am
Thu September 20, 2012

$1M donated to help homeless vets

The Department of Veterans Affairs is giving $1 million to a nonprofit that helps homeless veterans in northeast Louisiana.

The funds will go to the Wellspring Alliance for Families Inc., a group based in Monroe that provides housing for homeless veterans.

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., says the money comes from a VA program that seeks to help veterans who are in the most need of aid — such as women with children, those from American-Indian tribes and those with drug addiction and mental health problems.

Baton Rouge Community College
11:49 am
Thu September 20, 2012

New auto technology training center planned for Baton Rouge

Gov. Bobby Jindal is backing nearly $14 million in state construction spending to build a new automobile technology training center at Baton Rouge Community College.

The center will educate students seeking careers in the auto industry, part of a local community effort to bolster skills training in the area.

The governor announced Wednesday that he'll ask the Bond Commission to back the funding through the state's construction budget, the final step to fund the project.

Construction on the training center is expected to begin in 2014.

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BP Oil Spill
10:53 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Some catches in Gulf above some pre-spill levels

Gulf of Mexico fishing boats hauled in far more menhaden last year than in 2010. Catches of some other important species were above pre-spill levels in some Gulf Coast states. But a federal official says it's too early to rule out long-term effects from the spill.

A national report released Wednesday says the Gulf's menhaden catch last year was nearly 66 percent above that in 2010. Other species also showed increases.

Roy Crabtree of NOAA Fisheries says that's guardedly good news. But he says it's probably too soon to tell whether the spill killed eggs and immature fish.

Aaron Broussard Trial
10:51 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Ex-Jefferson Parish attorney faces reduced charge

Federal prosecutors have filed a reduced charge against former Jefferson Parish attorney Thomas Wilkinson in a corruption case that also has resulted in charges against former parish president Aaron Broussard.

Wilkinson faced more serious charges, including conspiracy to commit bribery, before a court filing Wednesday replaced them with a new charge of conspiracy to commit misprision of a felony.

The new charge is contained in a bill of information, which typically signals a plea deal has been reached. Wilkinson's attorney didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.

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