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Port Fourchon
2:09 pm
Sun September 16, 2012

La. Highway 1 vulnerable to storm surge

The two-lane stretch of Louisiana Highway 1 that cuts through the marshes of south Lafourche Parish is the only road to Port Fourchon, the oil and gas hub that serves 90 percent of deepwater petroleum operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

When the highway is closed because of high water, as it was for three days during Hurricane Isaac, the industry takes an economic hit.

But, as The Advocate reports, each new storm brings with it the fear that the highway may wash away.

Election 2012
2:05 pm
Sun September 16, 2012

Landry calls out Boustany over property tax ad

Republican Rep. Jeff Landry says a TV ad and campaign flyer circulated by his GOP opponent, Rep. Charles Boustany, are falsely claiming that Landry's businesses didn't pay their property taxes on time.

To prove his point, Landry's campaign on Friday circulated letters from the tax offices of the St. Landry and Lafayette parish sheriffs agreeing that the taxes on the properties at issue were paid "in full and in a timely manner."

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Politics
2:03 pm
Sun September 16, 2012

DOTD hires Faircloth for contract legal work

The Jindal administration has again sought the governor's former executive counsel to do legal work for the state, this time for the Department of Transportation and Development.

Jimmy Faircloth is representing the department in a lawsuit filed by a Shreveport-based health care firm over the route of a highway extension in Caddo Parish. Faircloth said Friday that he was contacted by DOTD last week to do the legal work.

DOTD spokeswoman Jodi Conachen said Faircloth will be paid $175 an hour for the three-year contract, with a cap of $150,000.

Economy
2:00 pm
Sun September 16, 2012

Isaac causes spike in initial jobless claims

Hurricane Isaac caused a spike in initial claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Sept. 8.

Figures released Friday show initial claims increased to 9,023 from 2,345. That's the most initial claims filed in one week since Hurricanes Gustav and Ike impacted Louisiana in September 2008, resulting in 10,264 first-time claims filed the week ending Sept. 27, 2008.

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The Two-Way
8:11 am
Sun September 16, 2012

Chicago Teachers To Meet About New Contract, Possibly End Strike

Striking Chicago teachers and their supporters attend a rally at Union Park Saturday in Chicago.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Sun September 16, 2012 9:37 pm

Update at 8:03 p.m.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he wills seek a court order to end the teachers strike, and that the strike is illegal under state law.

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State Government
2:38 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Attorney General: Jindal outsourcing plan needs legislative approval

The Louisiana attorney general's office says a Jindal administration plan to hire a private company to manage a state employee health insurance plan requires legislative approval.

In a legal opinion issued Friday, Assistant Attorney General Michael Vallan said the proposed contract between the Office of Group Benefits and Blue Cross/Blue Shield "is subject to review and final approval" by the legislative committees that have jurisdiction over similar matters.

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ULL Football
2:36 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Oklahoma State seeks rebound from rare blowout

For most of the players on Oklahoma State's team, the feeling of getting blown out in a college football game was unfamiliar until just last week.

The Cowboys (1-1) rode the highs of the best season in the program's history last season, winning the school's first Big 12 championship and a BCS bowl. So, when a road trip to Arizona in Week 2 resulted in a 21-point blowout, it was a brand new experience for most.

Business
2:34 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Judge asked to toss claims spill hurt BP brand

BP PLC has asked a federal judge to dismiss claims by its fuel dealers that the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico diminished the value of the BP brand and cost them business.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier didn't immediately rule Friday after hearing arguments on the company's request.

BP attorney Christopher Landau says claims that BP dealers lost money due to "consumer animosity" after the spill aren't covered by either the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 or general maritime law.

A lawyer for BP dealers argues other federal and state laws apply to their claims.

Bayou Corne Sinkhole
1:59 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Wells planned to learn more about sinkhole

Officials say drilling on two wells is expected to begin over the next week near the Assumption Parish community of Bayou Corne to learn more about the sinkhole that emerged there last month.

The Courier reports that officials believe a planned vent well will determine whether natural gas exists in a water aquifer used to create oil mud known as brine.

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Baton Rouge Zoo
1:55 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Baby giraffe dies at Baton Rouge Zoo

A female baby giraffe born earlier this week at the Baton Rouge Zoo has died.

Officials say the giraffe calf looked fairly healthy Wednesday, nursing as she stood with her mother in the grass.

When zookeepers checked on the giraffe Thursday morning, Assistant Director and General Curator Sam Winslow tells The Advocate the calf looked weak and died a short time later.

The cause of death is unknown and a necropsy will be performed. Winslow said the full necropsy results should back in two to three weeks.

The baby giraffe was the 19th born at the zoo.

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