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Aaron Broussard
10:46 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Broussard wants corruption trial out of Orleans

Former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard has asked a federal judge to move his corruption trial out of New Orleans, saying extensive media coverage could prejudice jurors.

The Times-Picayune reports that prosecutors have not responded to the request filed the motion Aug. 31. Trial is scheduled Oct. 1 before U.S. District Judge Hayden Head Jr.

Broussard was parish president from 2004 to 2010. A 27-count indictment charges him and former parish attorney Tom Wilkinson with conspiracy, bribery, wire fraud and theft. Both have pleaded innocent.

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Hurricane Isaac
10:41 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Isaac seepage closes New Orleans Museum of Art

The New Orleans Museum of Art says it is closed because water from soil saturated by Hurricane Isaac is seeping into the basement, administrative offices and other areas.

Seepage into the basement of the century-old building was a major hurdle in its recovery from Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The Times-Picayune reports that events in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden are continuing. The sculpture garden re-opened Sept. 1.

Hurricane Isaac
10:32 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Federal tax deadline pushed back because of Isaac

Individuals who filed for an extension on their 2011 federal income tax returns will get a little extra time to make their filing, thanks to Hurricane Isaac.

The Internal Revenue Service said Wednesday that it will push the deadline for filing extended returns back to Jan. 11, 2013. The deadline had been Oct. 15.

The extended deadlines are being applied to storm-impacted parishes and counties in Louisiana and Mississippi.

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Hurricane Isaac
10:30 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Louisiana gets $3.5M for highway debris removal

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Louisiana a $3.5 million grant to help remove debris from highways and repair roads affected by Hurricane Isaac.

U.S. Sens. Mary Landrieu and David Vitter announced the grant Wednesday. The money is from DOT's Emergency Relief Grant Program.

Landrieu called the funding "a critical step in the recovery process."

Vitter says the money will "begin the process to rebuild or repair" the state's highway infrastructure.

Bollinger Shipyards
5:16 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Bollinger delivers 55K-barrel tank barge

Bollinger Marine Fabricators, LLC has delivered a newly designed and constructed 55,000 barrel tank barge to Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc.

Bollinger, based in Amelia, said Wednesday that the B. No. 250 tank barge delivered to Bouchard, based in Melville, N.Y., is a manned ocean service, clean oil barge measuring 317-feet, six inches long. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Education
5:14 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Voucher student numbers to be tallied by next week

A count of how many Louisiana students are enrolled in private and parochial schools through the taxpayer-funded voucher program will be available next week.

Barry Landry, a spokesman for the Department of Education, says schools participating in the program have until Sunday to report their enrollment numbers of voucher students. Landry says the department will release the figures after the numbers are verified.

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Media
5:12 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

The Advocate gears up for New Orleans edition

The publisher of Baton Rouge's daily newspaper says it is gearing up for a move into the New Orleans market.

Beginning Oct. 1, The Advocate plans to begin delivery of a new New Orleans edition of the paper. The move comes shortly after a decision by The Times-Picayune, which is owned by Advance Publications Inc., to convert the 175-year-old New Orleans daily to a 24-hour digital news operation with a print edition only on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

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Entergy
5:09 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Leonard to retire as Entergy chair, CEO

J. Wayne Leonard will retire Jan. 31 as chairman and chief executive officer of Entergy Corp., the parent company of major electric providers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

The corporation also announced Wednesday that Leo Denault, currently executive vice president and chief financial officer, will succeed Leonard.

Andrew Marsh, currently vice president for system planning, will succeed Denault.

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Bayou Corne Sinkhole
5:06 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Isaac has little impact on Bayou Corne sinkhole

Despite the tropical storm force winds and rains heavy enough to force a mandatory evacuation of all residents in Assumption Parish, officials say Hurricane Isaac had no impact on a sinkhole near Bayou Corne.

But after the storm trudged past the parish, three new bubbling gas sites were discovered Tuesday in Bayou Corne, Grand Bayou and Triche Canal. Representatives from the state Department of Environmental Quality are currently testing the air and water at the three new sites and they say preliminary tests indicate no abnormal readings.

Harvey Murder
5:03 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Marrero man booked in funeral home worker's death

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office says a 29-year-old man has been booked with second-degree murder in the death of a funeral home employee whose decomposing body was found in the apartment where he lived in the funeral home.

The sheriff's office says Alfred R. Scott of Marrero was arrested Wednesday and booked in the stabbing death of 51-year-old Noah Stoute.

Stoute was a caretaker and embalmer at Mothe Funeral Home in Harvey. His body was found Tuesday, but he apparently was killed Aug. 28, as Hurricane Isaac was approaching.

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