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Coast Guard Rescue
10:16 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Coast Guard rescues five from Southwest Pass

VENICE — The Coast Guard says it rescued five boaters from a 26-foot pleasure craft that was taking on water near the Southwest Pass jetties.

Petty Officer Jonathan Lally says that after emergency signals from a satellite GPS system early Sunday, the Coast Guard found the owner's cell phone number, called him, and sent out a helicopter and boat.

He says a helicopter crew remained until a Coast Guard boat arrived to take the boaters to Cypress Cove Marina in Venice.

Election 2012
10:14 am
Mon August 13, 2012

National GOP nixes Ron Paul claim to Louisiana delegates

The national Republican Party is supporting the Louisiana state party over supporters of Ron Paul in a dispute over the delegation to represent the state at the national convention in Tampa.

The Times-Picayune reports that the Republican National Committee's Committee on Contests affirmed state party chairman Roger Villere's conduct of the state convention in Shreveport. It released its decision late Friday in Washington, D.C.

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Latest News
10:12 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Mother, daughter accused in fire death

New Orleans police accuse a 53-year-old woman and her daughter of plotting to burn a 57-year-old woman to death.

Police say they arrested Alice Wright last week on a charge of second-degree murder, and have a warrant to arrest 23-year-old Tytesha Wright once she is out of a burn unit in Baton Rouge.

They're accused in the death of Cynthia Houston, who died in her home Aug. 3 from fourth-degree burns and smoke inhalation.

Police say Tytesha Wright helped care for Houston, who had medical problems.

Latest News
1:14 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

Groups unsure about state drug plan changes

Louisiana's health agency must save $56 million on drugs for Medicaid patients to help balance the state budget, but doesn't yet have a final plan for doing that.

A top aide to health Secretary Bruce Greenstein say the changes will take effect Oct. 1, and emergency rules will be published in September.

Legislators, pharmacy interests and others tell The Advocate they are concerned about the lack of transparency and what they call a rush to make changes that need caution to avoid damaging health care. Consumer groups worry about restricted drug access.

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NOPD Academy
1:12 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

New Orleans academy graduates new cops

The New Orleans Police Department Training Academy graduated 28 recruits on Thursday, the first class subject to higher standards before being accepted as recruits.

The Times-Picayune reports applicants who completed the 23-week academy program were required to have at least 60 hours of college credit or the equivalent of two years of military service.

Movie Makeup
1:04 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

SLU offers makeup for movies class

Southeastern Louisiana University's Division of Extended Studies is offering a non-credit course on makeup for filmmaking.

Available for high school students and adults interested in the film industry, the course will be taught by Tara Bennett, a freelance makeup artist with experience in makeup for photography, film, and theatrical stage.

The course is scheduled on the university's main Hammond campus on Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. from Sept. 12- Oct. 10. The cost is $125, which includes all materials needed, and one continuing education credit will be awarded.

Higher Education
1:01 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

Registration set at Nunez College

Registration begins Wednesday at Nunez Community College in St. Bernard Parish. Fall-term classes are scheduled to start on Aug. 20.

More registration information is available by calling 504-278-6467 or online at www.nunez.edu.

Assumption Parish Sinkhole
12:59 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

Company to pad fund to aid residents near sinkhole

A Houston-based brine company has agreed to make a "significant contribution" to a fund for residents ordered to evacuate their homes after a sinkhole formed in Assumption Parish that may be connected to one of the company's salt caverns.

The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said Saturday that Texas Brine Co. LLC's original permit for the cavern requires the operator to provide assistance to residents in areas deemed to be at immediate potential risk. The permit requirement arises in the event of a sinkhole and evacuation.

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Wildfire
12:56 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

Lightning sparks wildfire on Sabine refuge

Lightning from a thunderstorm has sparked a wildfire in southwest Louisiana on the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge.

The blaze is located within Management Unit 1 or waterfowl hunt unit E, located in the north-central portion of the refuge. The area is bordered on the east by Back Ridge canal, the south by Central canal, the west by Beach canal and the north by open water.

Politics
12:08 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

Jindal: Ryan 'has the courage of his convictions'

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who had been considered a possible running mate for Mitt Romney, praised the Republican presidential candidate's choice of Paul Ryan for the GOP ticket.

In a statement issued Saturday, Jindal called Ryan a "good friend and one of the smartest guys I served with in Congress. He has the courage of his convictions, which is what our nation needs."

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