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Hurricane Katrina
12:29 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Engineer: Excavation caused Katrina collapse

An engineering expert has testified he believes excavation work performed by an Army Corps of Engineers contractor caused New Orleans' floodwalls to breach in two places during Hurricane Katrina.

Robert Bea, a retired University of California engineering professor, explained his position Monday during a trial of homeowners' claims against the corps and contractor Washington Group International Inc.

Bea is an expert witness for the plaintiffs.

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Higher Education
11:48 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Retiring UL leader: Cuts harm focus on performance

The retiring president of the University of Louisiana System says higher education's ongoing budget woes will make it harder to attract his replacement and were one of the reasons he decided to leave the job.

Randy Moffett's last day was Friday after four decades in higher education. He says the cuts complicated efforts of the state's largest university system to maintain a focus on increased performance.

Despite the problematic financial picture, Moffett says he's optimistic the UL System will attract a quality leader looking for a challenge.

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State Government
11:46 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Louisiana continues to shed state government jobs

A total of 173 state employees have been laid off in the first two months of the fiscal year that started July 1.

Lindsay Ruiz de Chavez, with the state Department of Civil Service, tells The Times-Picayune that the latest figures show that from July 1, 2008, to Aug. 31 of this year, 2,373 jobs have been abolished.

In the first two months of the present fiscal year, 448 job positions have been abolished, including positions that were vacant.

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6:00 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Mayor Landrieu Pledges Help for Haiti

Mayor Mitch Landrieu is in Haiti to offer support for ongoing recovery work there from the 2010 earthquake. The city has some advice for the island nation on what worked after Hurricane Katrina.

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Honors
6:06 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Hurricane Isaac rescuers nominated for award

Sen. Mary Landrieu has nominated a father and son credited with rescuing dozens of neighbors from Hurricane Isaac's floodwaters for an award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

The Louisiana Democrat said Friday that she nominated 53-year-old Jesse Shaffer III and his 25-year-old son, Jesse, for the Citizen Service Before Self Honors award because they showed "an extraordinary amount of courage, sacrifice and selfless service" during the storm.

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6:02 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Mandeville police to collect prescription drugs

The Mandeville Police Department will collect unwanted and unused prescription drugs as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Sept. 29.

The Times-Picayune reports drugs can be turned in at police headquarters, 1876 U.S. Highway 190, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Department spokesman Lt. Gerald Sticker said the Drug Enforcement Administration sponsors the take-back day.

Louisiana Seafood Festival
5:59 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Plans pending for Louisiana Seafood Fest

As Louisiana's commercial fishermen and seafood industry continue to recover from the 2010 Gulf oil spill, plans are under way for the 2012 Louisiana Seafood Festival.

At a news conference next week, those involved in the festival are to announce the festival dates, music headliners and other highlights.

C. Paul Phelps Correctional Center
5:41 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

DeQuincy state prison closing stuns workers

When the warden at the 942-bed state prison in DeQuincy called a late-afternoon meeting of top staff, workers thought it was a send-off for an assistant warden who was retiring that day.

The warden's secretary, Carol Lee Fruge, tells the American Press that was when warden Robert Henderson told staffers he had just learned the C. Paul Phelps Correctional Center would be closing.

Closing has been discussed before, but employees say there was no indication it might happen.

Dillard University
5:24 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Hip-hop and women topic of Dillard forum

Dillard University plans a panel discussion on the role of women in hip-hop culture.

Titled "Does Hip-Hop Hate Women? A Conversation About Sex, Love and Gender Politics in Today's Pop Culture, the program is conceived as a town-hall style meeting and is open to the public.

It will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Georges Auditorium of the Professional Schools Building.

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Constitution Day
5:19 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

SLU sets Constitution Day lecture

Ryan Rowberry, a former U.S. Supreme Court fellow, will be the featured lecturer as Southeastern Louisiana University marks Constitution Day on Thursday.

Rowberry is an assistant professor at the Georgia State University College of Law and associate director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth. His presentation, "The History, Structure, and Challenges of the U.S. Legal System," is set for 1 p.m. in Southeastern's Student Union Theatre.

It is free and open to the public.

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