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Politics
1:38 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Louisiana boards and commissions near 500

Despite efforts to shrink the number of Louisiana's governing boards and commissions, the total of such panels is higher now than when Gov. Bobby Jindal took office in 2008.

That's according to a review by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor's office released this week.

The auditor's report says as of June 2012, the state had 492 boards and commissions created by law or executive order. That compares to 484 such panels in 2008. The high point was in 2004, when 513 boards and commissions were on the books.

Child Abuse
1:37 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Cops: Dad used girl, 5, as shield from mom's knife

Kenner police say a 5-year-old girl's back was gashed and both of her ankles cut when her father used her as a shield from her mother's knife attack. According to the arrest report, the wound in her back needed 22 staples, and her ankles needed a total of 11 stitches — seven in the left and four in the right.

The Times-Picayune reports 25-year-old Kenisha Caples and 44-year-old Maurice Sparkman were arrested Sunday, a day after their fight.

Arts & Culture
9:00 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Loyola to celebrate New Orleans brass brand tradition

Loyola University's main campus at dusk.
Loyola University New Orleans

The Center for the Study of New Orleans at Loyola University will celebrate the Crescent City’s rich musical heritage with the second annual NolaLoyola “Beats of the Streets: The Brass Brand Tradition in New Orleans,” on Friday, Sept. 28. The full day of events is free and open to the public.

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Latest News
8:31 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Body of Mandeville man found in lake

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office has retrieved the body of a Mandeville man from Lake Pontchartrain.

Capt. George Bonnett, the sheriff's spokesman, says the coroner's office identified the victim as 59-year-old Charles Ellis. Deputies pulled the man's body from the lake Saturday afternoon. Bonnett says Ellis is believed to have been swimming in the area near the Mandeville harbor.

Toxicology tests are pending. An exact cause of death remains under investigation.

Bonnett said Monday that there were no obvious signs of foul play.

Police DWI Arrest
8:28 am
Tue August 21, 2012

New Orleans police officer booked with DWI

A New Orleans Police officer has been suspended following his weekend arrest for suspicion of drunk driving.

Harahan Police arrested 57-year-old Eddie Polite early Sunday after spotting him driving the wrong way down a one-way street with no headlights.

Police chief Mac Dickinson told The Times-Picayune Polite was taken into custody after he refused to take a field sobriety or Breathalyzer test. Dickinson says investigators later obtained a warrant to draw Polite's blood. Results are pending.

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Blight
6:00 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Report: New Orleans Blight Continues At High Level

A new study shows there's a diminishing amount of blight in New Orleans. But the overall level is stubbornly high.

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The Two-Way
4:27 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Low Waters Close 11-Mile Stretch Of Mississippi River

A tow pushes a barge past a sandbar on the Mississippi River near the confluence with the Missouri River north of St. Louis., on Friday. Many sandbars normally under water on the two rivers are now exposed as the drought has caused river levels to drop.
Jim Salter AP

An 11-mile stretch of the Mississippi River was closed today because of low waters levels.

The AP reports:

"Coast Guard spokesman Ryan Tippets told The Associated Press on Monday that the stretch of river near Greenville, Miss., has been closed intermittently since Aug. 11, when a vessel ran aground.

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Latest News
6:00 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Suspects In Deputies' Shooting Linked To Domestic Terrorism

Several suspects arrested after two Louisiana sheriff’s deputies were shot and killed and two others wounded are believed to be part of a group on the FBI’s domestic terrorism watch list. The group was heavily armed.

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The Two-Way
11:33 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Two Deputies Killed, Two Wounded In Louisiana Shootings

Three days after the shooting death of a constable in College Station, Texas, there's word that two sheriff's deputies in Louisiana's St. John the Baptist Parish were killed this morning and another two were wounded in what appear to be connected shootings.

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Politics
10:48 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Jindal to speak at Republican national convention

Gov. Bobby Jindal has been given a speaking slot at Republicans' national convention later this month.

The Republican National Committee announced Jindal, once considered a possible vice presidential contender, on a list of six speakers unveiled Thursday. The list included others passed over for the running mate job, like Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio.

The convention will be held Aug. 27-30 in Tampa, Fla.

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