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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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4:05 am
Fri July 20, 2012

New Orleans man gets prison for attempted bank robbery

A New Orleans man has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for trying to rob a bank.

U.S. District Judge Jane Triche-Milazzo also on Thursday sentenced 50-year-old Calvin Johnson to three years of supervised release after his 52-month prison term.

Johnson pleaded guilty in April to attempted robbery of a Capital One bank branch on Canal Street in New Orleans on Oct. 18, 2011.

Prosecutors say Johnson tried to hand a note demanding money to a teller who refused to accept it. He fled the bank without receiving any money.

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4:00 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Two arrested in Bouef River fish shockings

Two Louisiana men have been arrested by wildlife agents for allegedly shocking fish on the Bouef River.

Authorities said Tyler Gilmore, 22, of Fort Necessity, and Derek Guillot, 30, of Winnsboro, were cited July 2 for taking fish using illegal methods after they were found with a shocking device.

Wildlife and Fisheries Sgt. Albert Tarver said Guillot and Gilmore were found in Boeuf River with 13 catfish believed taken with the device.

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7:15 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

LSU chief: No decisions on where to make cuts

LSU System President William Jenkins says decisions haven't been made about how to strip $329 million from the university's hospital system. He offered no assurances to lawmakers that hospitals and clinics wouldn't be faced with closure.

A leader of Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration warned Thursday that hospital cuts could be worse if state income estimates don't improve to fill the remaining gap in the Medicaid budget.

Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein told House members any additional cuts would "fall primarily on the LSU hospitals."

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6:06 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Judge: Websites are misleading oil spill claimants

A federal judge presiding over a proposed class-action settlement of BP oil spill claims says two websites can mislead visitors into believing they are filing official claims.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier on Thursday ordered the operator of the sites — bpclaims.org and deepwaterhorizonsettlementclaims.com — to post disclaimers at the top of every page on the sites that they aren't the court-authorized site.

The site where residents can submit claims is deepwaterhorizonsettlements.com.

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Business & Technology
6:04 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Tidewater sees growth in Africa market

Executives of offshore oil and gas fleet provider Tidewater Inc. told shareholders Thursday that prospects are bright the company's African market.

The Times-Picayune reports more than 90 percent of New Orleans-based Tidewater's fleet of oil and gas service vessels operates abroad. The largest concentration is in waters off sub-Saharan Africa, where Tidewater stations 132 vessels, about half its fleet.

Chief Operating Officer Jeff Gorski told shareholders attending the company's annual meeting that Africa is expected to continue to be a leading market.

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6:01 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

'Exterminator' pleads not guilty to drug charges

William "Billy" Bretherton, star of the A&E reality TV show "Billy the Exterminator," has pleaded not guilty to drug charges in his home state of Louisiana.

Bretherton and his wife, Mary, were arrested in June on drug possession charges in Bossier Parish when they surrendered to police on a warrant charging them with one count each of possession of synthetic marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Business
4:53 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Earnings up for Pool Corp. in second quarter

Pool Corp., the Covington-based distributor of swimming pool and backyard supplies, reported improvement in its second-quarter net income on Thursday.

The company said net income for the quarter was $65 million, or $1.34 a share. In the same period a year ago, the company reported net income of $59 million, or $1.19 a share.

Revenue rose to $757.2 million from $706 million in the same quarter a year ago.

Budget Cuts
4:51 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

State lawmakers hold hearing on health care cuts

Lawmakers want more details about $523 million in health care cuts made by Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration. The reductions fall largely on the LSU-run public hospital system.

House Speaker Chuck Kleckley called a Thursday meeting of the House budget and health care committees for presentations from LSU officials and from Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein, who made the decisions on funding cuts.

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Casino Revenue
4:50 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Louisiana casinos take in $203 million in June

Louisiana's state-licensed casinos took in nearly $203 million from gamblers in June, a 3 percent growth in winnings over their take a year earlier and a slight dip from the previous month.

The figures, compiled by the state police, were presented Thursday to the Louisiana Gaming Control Board.

Across the state, the mix of riverboat, land-based and race track casinos brought in nearly $6 million more than the $197 million they collected in June 2011.

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