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French Quarter Home Invasion
12:16 pm
Sat July 21, 2012

Police: Photos helped ID alleged home invader

New Orleans police say photographs taken by neighbors as a man ran away after a home invasion in the French Quarter helped them make an arrest within a day.

Police say 31-year-old Ronnie Tolliver was booked earlier this week with home invasion, aggravated burglary and aggravated battery.

Investigators say Tolliver allegedly followed a man home about 1 p.m. on July 15, forced his way into the residence, then hit the man over the head with an unidentified object.

Higher Education
12:13 pm
Sat July 21, 2012

More criticism of ULL gay studies minor

Louisiana Family Forum President Gene Mills suggested Friday that the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is drifting "into sexual politics."

The school's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies minor, which began in the spring, drew the ire of the Louisiana Family Forum last week as going against "Louisiana values."

Mills' email says ULL President Joseph Savoie is "fooling with fire" by allowing homosexual activists to influence university decision making, The Advocate reports. He urges the program's elimination.

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Budget Cuts
12:09 pm
Sat July 21, 2012

Nicholls State, Southeastern lay off workers

Nicholls State University and the University of Southeastern Louisiana are laying off employees.

Louisiana State University, though, says it will cut its budget without firing employees.

The state's public colleges and universities are absorbing a fifth round of budget cuts since 2008. In the new budget, higher education was cut by $66 million, bringing total cuts since 2008 to $420 million.

Southeastern, in Hammond, says it will lay off 36 faculty and staff members and eliminate 80 vacant positions. The university says it's cutting $13 million overall.

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Jefferson Parish Schools
12:06 pm
Sat July 21, 2012

Jefferson Parish to offer individual contracts to teachers

Jefferson Parish public schools Superintendent James Meza said he plans to offer teachers individual employment contracts while negotiations on a union contract continue.

The Times-Picayune reports the individual contracts are not intended to replace a collective bargaining agreement with the Jefferson Federation of Teachers.

However, Meza said they would protect rights and benefits of the system's more than 3,000 teachers until a union contract can be signed.

House of Ruth
12:03 pm
Sat July 21, 2012

Ex-New Orleans cop pleads guilty in theft from nonprofit

A former New Orleans police detective has pleaded guilty to conspiring to steal funds from a nonprofit group that assists homeless families.

Federal prosecutors say 36-year-old Tiwana Alexander resigned from the department on the eve of her guilty plea Friday to a conspiracy charge.

Alexander faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Science & Health
6:28 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

DHH confirms four new cases of West Nile virus

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals says four new cases of West Nile virus bring this year's total to 14.

It says the new cases include the year's third nervous system infection — the infection's most dangerous form. That patient is in St. Tammany Parish; earlier neuroinvasive cases were reported in Rapides and Vernon parishes.

The other new cases were in Bossier and East and West Baton Rouge parishes. They include one patient with flu-like West Nile fever and two people without symptoms, found in blood donor screening.

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In Memoriam
6:25 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Fans gather to remember 'Uncle Lionel', New Orleans music icon

A burial service for a New Orleans music icon known simply as "Uncle Lionel" had to be postponed when a violent thunderstorm flooded the cemetery where he will be laid to rest.

But the foul weather didn't stop hundreds of fans, friends and neighbors from packing a theater for Lionel Batiste's funeral Friday, turning a somber ceremony into a fittingly raucous celebration of his life. The audience at the Mahalia Jackson Theater danced in the aisles and gave standing ovations to musicians paying tribute to Batiste.

Education
6:23 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Ethics board postpones decision on Orange-Jones

The state ethics board has deferred a decision on whether state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education member Kira Orange-Jones can keep her elected seat and her job as executive director of the New Orleans branch of Teach for America.

Alainna Giacone, spokeswoman for the ethics board, said Friday that Orange-Jones' attorney asked for the postponement until the panel's August meeting.

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ULL Football
6:20 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Special teams very special at ULL

BATON ROUGE (AP) — The most memorable play in Louisiana-Lafayette's thrilling New Orleans Bowl victory in December came on the game's final snap. But kicker Brett Baer's 50-yard game-winner wasn't the only big play against San Diego State provided by special teams.

During a presentation Thursday at the Louisiana High School Coaches Association's Coaches Clinic, ULL coach Mark Hudspeth reminded his audience that his team also left a pair of punts inside the opponent's 1-yard line, converted a fake punt and returned a punt 87 yards for a touchdown.

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Hotel Implosion
8:00 am
Fri July 20, 2012

State will move residents before Sunday implosion

State officials say they will send buses to the Iberville public housing development to move residents before Sunday's planned implosion of a former hotel near.

The Times-Picayune reports some residents worried that the implosion, planned for Sunday morning, would shower the development with dust.

Iberville's 400 households are not required to evacuate but "out of an abundance of caution," officials will move residents with respiratory issues from the complex Sunday morning, said Christina Stephens, spokeswoman for the state's Division of Administration.

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