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Courts
3:46 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Katrina floodwall case heads to trial

The Army Corps of Engineers is back on trial, seven years after Hurricane Katrina's storm surge shredded New Orleans' flood protection system.

Starting Wednesday, a federal judge will hear testimony in a lawsuit by several homeowners who claim negligence by the corps and a contractor caused the failure of floodwalls protecting the Lower 9th Ward and neighboring St. Bernard Parish.

The corps says rain and storm surge overtopped floodwalls along the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal.

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NolaVie
12:55 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Urban Icons: Metairie's Muffler Man, battered and bruised by Isaac, down but not out

The Metairie Big Man after the storm.
Glen Abbott

He survived Hurricane Katrina and numerous tropical torments large and small.

But Isaac proved too much for Metairie’s Big Man statue, knocking him from the perch he’s occupied for more than 35 years near the corner of Clearview Parkway and West Napoleon Avenue, breaking off his head and one arm.

The two-story fiberglass “muffler man” has served as a landmark and company mascot for Clearview Auto Title & Notary since 1975, when business owner Sal Mortillaro purchased him for $400 from a New Orleans Midas Muffler shop.

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Shreveport Dog Park
12:36 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Caddo Parish Sheriff's painting to help fund dog park

Artwork painted by Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator will be featured at an upcoming event set to raise money to establish a dog park in Shreveport.

Prator's painting portrays Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover as a giant being tied down by dogs — a reworking of a scene from Gulliver's Travels.

Glover has so far resisted funding the park over other initiatives he has said should take priority.

According to Cynthia Keith, director of the Shreveport Dog Park Alliance, describes Prator's work as a political cartoon.

Bayou Lacombe Waste Transfer Station
12:34 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

St. Tammany changes zoning for transfer station

The St. Tammany Parish Council has approved a zoning change to allow a waste transfer station to be built on land along Interstate 12 just east of Bayou Lacombe.

The council's decision Monday night to change the zoning clears the way for IESI to build the station and to do so with the blessing of the Concerned Citizens of Lacombe. The group had been involved in a lawsuit against the parish and IESI to keep the station from being placed at the intersection of I-12 and Louisiana 434.

New Orleans Business Alliance
12:22 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

New Orleans business group gets $1 million grant

The New Orleans Business Alliance is receiving a $1 million Economic Development Administration grant to help fund the development and implementation of a strategic plan to boost business and job growth in the city.

The grant was announced Monday by acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank.

The Advocate reports the grant will be used by the Alliance to identify ways to support existing businesses and attract new ones to the region and to develop a strategic five-year economic development plan for the city of New Orleans.

Flood Protection
12:20 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Reversible diversion project proposed for Ascension, St. James Parishes

Ascension Parish government officials say a proposed Mississippi River diversion project in St. James Parish may be a way to blunt the kind of high storm surge seen after Hurricane Isaac.

The Advocate reports parish officials would like the diversion project planned near Romeville to be reversible as part of a broader flood protection plan in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin.

Under that concept, water would flow not only from the Mississippi into the Maurepas Swamp, but also from the swamp into the river in times of high water in the lake basin.

Houma Halloween Parade
12:14 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Houma center plans zombie flash mob dance for parade

Braaains. Daaance.

The South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center is looking for people who want to unleash their inner zombie for a flash mob dance in Houma's Halloween parade.

The Courier reports that would-be zombies will learn a simplified dance of the undead to Michael Jackson's "Thriller." They'll shamble and dance in Houma's Krewe Ga Rou Halloween Parade Oct. 26.

The parade is part of the first Rougarou Fest from 5-10 p.m. Oct. 26.

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Online:

http://www.slwdc.org/

Illegal Fish Sales
12:12 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

3-year probe of illegal fish sales ends in arrest

State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a Bridge City man for alleged commercial finfish violations, ending a three-year investigation into the illegal sale of red snapper.

Agents cited 26-year-old Yoan C. Hernandez on Sunday.

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Food Stamps
6:30 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Hours extended to apply for food assistance

State officials say hours have been extended in Orleans and Jefferson parishes for residents seeking disaster food assistance following Hurricane Isaac.

Suzy Sonnier, secretary of the Department of Children and Family Services, says both UNO's Lakefront Arena in Orleans Parish and the Alario Center in Jefferson Parish will process applications from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. Wednesday for those whose last name begins with A through M; on Thursday, applicants N through Z will be processed.

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Latest News
6:05 am
Wed September 12, 2012

America's Wetland Foundation Lobbies in DC for Coastal Restoration

Members of the America’s Wetland Foundation and a bipartisan group of Southern lawmakers are in Washington, D.C. today, making the case that coastal restoration along the Gulf of Mexico is a national issue.

America's Wetland Managing Director Val Marmillion says projects must be coordinated and strategic.

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