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Hurricane Isaac
10:13 am
Fri September 7, 2012

$3.6M grant will fund cleanup hiring

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded a $3.6 million grant to the Louisiana Workforce Commission that will fund temporary jobs for cleanup efforts following Hurricane Isaac.

The grant, announced Thursday, will affect hiring in Ascension, Assumption, East Feliciana, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Point Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge and, West Feliciana parishes.

Carnival 2013
9:58 am
Fri September 7, 2012

With Super Bowl coming, parades moved up a weekend

The first big parade weekend of the 2013 Carnival season is being moved up a weekend to avoid parades rolling during the Super Bowl.

The Super Bowl is scheduled to be played on Feb. 3 in New Orleans — right when the Carnival season starts getting into high gear.

The Times-Picayune reports that the City Council unanimously approved the change Thursday.

Bank Robbery
9:39 am
Fri September 7, 2012

New Orleans man gets prison for armed bank robbery

A New Orleans man who pleaded guilty to robbing a bank at gunpoint has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman on Wednesday sentenced 30-year-old Khadafi Chico Degruy to 85 months in prison and ordered him to pay more than $9,500 in restitution to First Bank & Trust.

Degruy pleaded guilty in May to robbing one of the bank's branches, in the Algiers neighborhood of New Orleans.

New Orleans Museum of Art
9:37 am
Fri September 7, 2012

New Orleans Museum of Art to reopen Tuesday

The New Orleans Museum of Art will reopen Tuesday at 10 a.m.

Director Susan Taylor says the opening will be free of charge. Wednesdays are always free, thanks to the Helis Foundation, so Taylor says the museum will begin charging regular admission on Thursday.

The museum was closed because water from soil saturated by Hurricane Isaac is seeping into the basement, administrative offices and other areas.

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LSU System
9:20 am
Fri September 7, 2012

LSU System's top lawyer resigns amid upheaval

The LSU System's top lawyer is resigning from the job, amid a continued shake-up of the leadership of the flagship university system and its health care network.

Ray Lamonica announced Thursday that he was quitting his position as general counsel, effective Friday. He will return to teaching at the university law school.

Lamonica, a former U.S. attorney, gave no reason for leaving in the announcement and didn't respond to a request for comment.

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Hurricane Isaac
6:00 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Environmental Groups Call For Change After Isaac Pollution Reports From Energy Industry

Damage to oil refineries and other facilies is tracked alongside Hurricane Isaac's path.
Louisiana Bucket Brigade

Three environmental groups say more than 90 reports of pollution triggered by Hurricane Isaac is evidence the energy industry needs greater oversight. They say depending on industry to monitor itself isn’t working.

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Health Sciences
11:13 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Louisiana med center awarded $20 million research grant

Officials say a $20 million federal grant has been awarded to a clinical and translational science center in Louisiana to help facilitate collaborative and biomedical research.

The Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science Center will be using the five-year grant to fund infrastructure and chronic disease research across academic institutions in the state. William Cefalu, principal investigator at the center, said the infrastructure will help expand clinical trials among the eight academic, research and health care institutions that make up the science center.

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Hurricane Isaac
11:09 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Tests confirm oil came from BP spill

Laboratory tests show that globs of oil found on two Louisiana beaches after Hurricane Isaac came from the 2010 BP spill.

Tests run by Louisiana State University for state wildlife officials confirmed that oil found on Elmer's Island and Grand Isle matched the biological fingerprint of the hundreds of millions of gallons of oil that spewed from BP's Macondo well.

On Wednesday, BP said oil from its spill had been exposed by Isaac's waves and that the company would work to clean it up.

Hurricane Isaac
10:51 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Isaac's cost to state government tops $100M

Gov. Bobby Jindal's office says Louisiana state agencies have spent more than $100 million preparing for and responding to Hurricane Isaac.

The latest tally released Wednesday was $116 million, and that cost was expected to continue rising. That includes the price tags for mobilizing the National Guard, setting up and supplying shelters, bringing food and water to damaged parishes and paying state employee for storm response.

Hurricane Isaac
10:49 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Storm damage could force assessors to adjust

The state Tax Commission says this year's tax assessments may be reduced for property damaged by Hurricane Isaac.

The Courier reports that the process of asking tax assessors for a review varies among parishes.

For example, St. Tammany Parish Assessor Patricia Schwarz Core said she wants property owners to contact her office now, and she is making review forms available online.

But in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes, the assessors' offices want residents and businesses to wait until after this year's tax notifications are mailed out before asking for a review.

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