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Hurricane Isaac
1:05 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

State offices closed in Plaquemines, St. John

State offices in Plaquemines and St. John the Baptist parishes will remain closed because of clean-up required after Hurricane Isaac.

Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater said state offices in other parishes will be open.

Hurricane Isaac
1:02 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Disaster food stamp aid began today

Emergency food stamp aid is available starting today for residents in nine parishes damaged by Hurricane Isaac.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the disaster food stamp program for Ascension, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines St. Bernard, St. John the Baptist and St. Tammany parishes.

The program will provide aid to households who don't normally get food stamps but need help buying groceries after Isaac.

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Hurricane Isaac
12:54 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Final evacuees sheltered by state return home

State officials say the last evacuees that were being housed in state-run shelters have returned to their home communities.

Officials say the final 48 evacuees from the mega-shelter in Alexandria and the last five evacuees from the Jewella shelter in Shreveport returned home Tuesday or to shelters closer to their communities. Most were from St. John the Baptist and Plaquemines parishes.

Arts & Culture
11:24 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis and Philippe Entremont highlight Montage 2012-13 season

Yo-Yo Ma will hold a cello masterclass on Oct. 27 at 10 a.m.
Loyola University

The Montage Fine and Performing Arts 2012-13 season at Loyola University New Orleans kicks off this month with more than 100 events, including classical and jazz music concerts, opera, theatre and ballet productions, and visual arts exhibits.

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Education
11:18 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Civil rights experts gather to prepare local lawyers on transforming city

As the city of New Orleans finds itself in the midst of new initiatives aimed at reforming corruption and improving morale in the New Orleans Police Department, top civil rights lawyers and judges from throughout the region will gather at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law to demonstrate the best practices and information on filing civil rights class actions in federal court.

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Alligator Hunting
10:29 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Alligator season now open

Alligator hunters are now free to pursue their quarry across the state, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

The 2012 Wild Alligator Harvest Season opened in the state's West Zone today, following the East Zone opening this past Saturday. However, due to the impact of Hurricane Isaac, hunters in some areas may have to wait until floodwaters recede and power is restored, the state said.

Alligator hunters are advised to verify their buyers have opened before actually taking any alligators, and to use extreme caution when hunting in flooded areas.

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Hurricane Isaac
6:00 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Testing Under Way To Determine If Oil Surfacing After Isaac Stems From BP Spill

The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is closing off 13 miles of waters off Port Fouchon after a tar mat and tar balls surfaced. The Coast Guard is not yet ready to say it’s oil from the BP spill two years ago.

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Hurricane Isaac
7:10 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Coast Guard Investigating Pollution Reports From Hurricane Isaac

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating reports of pollution caused by Hurricane Isaac along the Gulf Coast. Cases range from oiled wildlife to overturned railcars containing hazardous chemicals.

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Election 2012
6:24 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

DNC Live Chat — Day One

Join Frank James, with help from Elise Hu, as they host an online chat featuring Neal Carruth live at the Democratic National Convention. They'll be joined by special guests, and will take comments and questions from our audience throughout the evening.

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