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6:18 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Trial delayed in post BCS video case

Trial in New Orleans has been delayed for an Alabama football fan arrested after a video was posted on the Internet that showed what prosecutors say was sexual battery committed on an unconscious LSU fan.

Hurricane Isaac last week left defense attorneys unable to prepare for the trial of 33-year-old Brian Downing of Smith's Station, Ala.

Defense lawyer Michael Kennedy said Isaac forced closure of attorneys' offices and that power failures left attorneys unable to review electronic evidence.

Tuesday's trial was delayed until Oct. 2.

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Hurricane Isaac
6:14 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

New Orleans substation outage affects thousands

As Entergy New Orleans works to restore power after Hurricane Isaac, an outage at a substation Tuesday is affecting nearly 11,000 customers in the city.

The outage happened about 3:30 p.m. and is affecting the Central Business District and the Mid-City and Uptown neighborhoods.

Before the failure, WWL-TV says Entergy reported the number of customers without power in Orleans Parish at about 5,000.

Entergy told WWL-AM they are trying to reroute power through another substation, but does not yet have an estimate of when the new outages will be restored.

Hurricane Isaac
6:12 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Thousands file flood insurance claims after Isaac

Officials say thousands of flood insurance claims are being filed in the wake of Hurricane Isaac, a slow-moving storm that brought drenching rain and tropical-storm force winds to parishes that don't typically experience flooding.

Commissioner of Insurance James Donelon said Tuesday only 31 percent of Louisiana residents have flood insurance but three parishes — St. Tammany, Plaquemines and St. John the Baptist — experienced an unusual amount of flooding after Isaac straddled the region for days, swamping homes with water up to four feet deep in some areas.

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Hurricane Isaac
6:10 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

St. Charles Parish added for FEMA individual aid

St. Charles Parish has been added to the list of Louisiana parishes with heavy damage from Hurricane Isaac approved by FEMA for individual assistance grants.

Gov. Bobby Jindal's office announced the addition Tuesday.

FEMA's approval of St. Charles Parish brings the number of parishes to 10 where residents and business owners can apply for grants for temporary housing and home repairs, and to cover uninsured property losses from the storm.

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Hornbeck Offshore Services
6:08 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Hornbeck to spend $230M on new boats, upgrades

Hornbeck Offshore Services Inc. will spend $180 million to build four vessels in anticipation of increased demand for oilfield supply vessels in the Gulf of Mexico and Latin America.

New Orleans CityBusiness reported Tuesday that the Covington-based company plans to exercise the first four of 48 options to build the supply vessels, which will be delivered in late 2014 and early 2015.

The plans are part of a building program the company launched in November. Hornbeck already has 16 new vessels under construction at U.S. shipyards.

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Johnson & Johnson
5:58 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

$258M jury verdict for state of Louisiana upheld

A $258 million judgment against health products maker Johnson & Johnson has been upheld by a state appeals court.

A three-judge panel of the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal upheld a St. Landry Parish jury's decision that the company owed the money to the state for defrauding the Medicaid program, by misleading Louisiana doctors about the possible side effects of one of its anti-psychotic medications.

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Hurricane Isaac
4:39 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Some St. Tammany boil-water advisories lifted

St. Tammany Parish officials say boil-water advisories have been lifted for 8 areas after tests showed no contamination of drinking water for customers of Tammany Utilities Water Systems.

Included are water systems for the following communities:

— Lake Hills (Lake Hills Village, Lake Hills Village Shopping Center).

— Madisonville (Madisonville Woods).

— St. Gertrude (St. Gertrude Heights).

— St. Joe (St. Joe Estates, Salvation Manor).

— Bedico Creek (Bedico Creek, Cedar Creek).

— Pineland Park (Pineland Park Estates subdivision).

Hurricane Isaac
4:36 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Cable TV service coming back on

Cox Communications, which provides cable television service in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas, says its crews are working 24-hour shifts to restore service.

The company said an estimated 98 percent of customers in Baton Rouge and 88 percent of customers in the New Orleans area had service on Tuesday morning.

Port of New Orleans
4:35 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

LaGrange to receive port award

Port of New Orleans President Gary LaGrange has been selected to receive the C. Alvin Bertel Award.

The presentation by the World Trade Center of New Orleans will take place during a luncheon Sept. 26 at the Westin Canal Place Hotel. The award is presented annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to ports in the New Orleans area.

More information on the award luncheon is available by calling 504-619-9834.

Hurricane Isaac
2:59 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Isaac damaged 13,000 Louisiana homes

State emergency officials say at least 13,000 homes in Louisiana were damaged by Hurricane Isaac.

The numbers are the first official damage estimates from the storm, which struck a week ago.

Christina Stephens, spokeswoman for the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, says the figures are "very preliminary," based on an initial assessment of communities with flooding and wind damage.

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