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Hurricane Isaac
2:46 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Isaac leaves behind dead fish in bayous

Thousands of dead fish are littering bayous in Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes, casualties of oxygen depletion caused by Hurricane Isaac.

The Courier reports the kills, common after hurricanes disturb organic matter in local waterways, are not expected to pose a threat to drinking water supplies.

National Guard
2:36 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

La. National Guard official promoted

Brig. Gen. Barry D. Keeling has been promoted to the Louisiana National Guard's director of the joint staff.

Keeling was promoted to the position during a ceremony Thursday at Camp Beauregard.

Maj. Gen. Glenn H Curtis, the Louisiana guard's adjutant general, praised Keeling for his dedication to duty. Curtis says Keeling was relentless during the Guard's response to Hurricane Isaac.

Education
2:34 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

State education program upends public school model

Louisiana's education department is soliciting ideas from nontraditional places, seeking to offer students new academic courses, skills training and work-based apprenticeships outside of public school classrooms.

The new "Course Choice" program will begin in fall 2013, after state education leaders choose from among the many applications from contracting groups, online course providers and colleges seeking state tax dollars to teach public school students.

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Hill Farm Field Day
2:33 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Beef, forestry focus of field day

LSU AgCenter faculty will offer information ranging from beef cattle management to pruning timber at the Hill Farm Field Day set Oct. 9.

Activities begin with registration at 9 a.m., said LSU AgCenter forestry professor Michael Blazier.

Topics to be discussed by LSU AgCenter research and extension faculty during the general station field tour include forage management, beef cattle research, the poultry demonstration house project and planting and thinning strategies for loblolly pine, Blazier said.

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Louisiana Supreme Court
1:09 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

State appeals ruling in La. Chief justice spat

The State of Louisiana is appealing a judge's ruling that Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Bernette Johnson has the seniority that entitles her to become the court's next chief justice.

Friday's court filing by a lawyer representing Gov. Bobby Jindal's office asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan's ruling. Morgan sided with Johnson's bid to become the state's first black chief justice and succeed Justice Catherine Kimball when she retires in 2013.

Johnson had sued to block her colleagues from deciding the matter.

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LSU Sports
12:44 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

LSU athletics dept. to donate $36M to academics

The LSU Athletics Department has agreed to give $36 million over five years to the flagship campus, to help bolster academic programs that have been hit with continued budget cuts.

The university's governing board, the Board of Supervisors, approved the unique, profit-sharing arrangement Friday.

Athletics Director Joe Alleva says he knows of no similar arrangement at other colleges around the country.

LSU Hospitals
12:42 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

LSU looking for private health care partnerships

The new head of the LSU health care system says he might rework the cuts his predecessor made across the public hospitals and enact deeper slashing at some facilities, as the university-run health network braces for continued drops in funding.

Frank Opelka's comments Friday came as the LSU Board of Supervisors authorized the start of a search for private investors and health care companies who might be interested in running some of the university's hospitals.

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Hurricane Isaac
12:38 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Isaac hits Louisiana crabbers hard

A Slidell crab processor says his business is suffering because Hurricane Isaac knocked many crabbers out of action.

Gary Bauer says sunken boats, damaged docks and a lack of electricity and ice are among the problems crabbers face. An assessment Friday by the state's seafood promotion board says crab harvests suffered significant disruption due to Isaac. Disruption for shrimp and finfish was described as moderate while oyster production will be limited until October.

Music
12:24 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Internationally-renowned Tokyo String Quartet to stage farewell performance at Loyola

The Tokyo String Quartet.
Loyola University

The Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series at Loyola University New Orleans is presenting a special farewell performance of the critically-acclaimed Tokyo String Quartet. The concert will take place on Friday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex on the corner of St. Charles Avenue and Calhoun Street.

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Education
12:19 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Critically-acclaimed author presents lecture on Obamacare

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law is presenting a free lecture about lessons learned from the “Obamacare” briefs filed in the United States Supreme Court. The lecture takes place on Friday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. in the College of Law, Room 308, and is open to the public.

Hosted by Ross Guberman, a critically-acclaimed author and president of Legal Writing Pro, LLC, the lecture will focus on the writing techniques used in the briefs filed in the decision.

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