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Election 2012
3:44 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Congressmen sign up for races as qualifying opens

All of Louisiana's incumbent congressmen signed up for their re-election bids on the opening day of qualifying.

The most heated congressional race is expected between two Republican incumbents forced into the same district. Reps. Charles Boustany of Lafayette and Jeff Landry of New Iberia are battling for a reconfigured 3rd District because Louisiana's population didn't grow enough to hold on to seven congressional seats.

Candidates must file paperwork and pay their fees by Friday if they want to run in the Nov. 6 election.

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Mississippi River Saltwater Intrusion
3:41 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

River closed as crews start work on sill

The Mississippi River has been closed temporarily as contractors placed a pipeline in the Mississippi River to build an underwater barrier that the Army Corps of Engineers says will stop the advance of salt water threatening drinking water in the New Orleans area.

Due to low water levels in the Mississippi River, salt water has been moving far upriver and was at the outskirts of New Orleans by Wednesday, reaching 89 miles north of the mouth of the Mississippi.

Louisiana Legislature
3:06 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Interim legislative fiscal officer chosen

Lawmakers have chosen a one-time legislative staffer to be the Louisiana Legislature's top budget adviser.

John Carpenter was named Wednesday to be interim legislative fiscal officer by a joint House and Senate budget committee, while legislative leaders seek applications from contenders to fill the position permanently.

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NOPD Reform
1:59 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

City, feds fear delays in police reform case

The city of New Orleans and the federal government want to limit the role of various groups that hope to help shape federally enforced reforms in the scandal-plagued New Orleans Police Department.

An agreement was announced last month that would settle a Justice Department complaint against the city. But it requires approval of a federal judge, who is to hold a hearing on Aug. 29.

Chimp Haven
11:57 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Chimp Haven announces: It's a girl!

KEITHVILLE, La. — Officials at the national sanctuary for retired research chimpanzees say a 42-year-old female whose unexpected pregnancy was discovered in February has given birth to a healthy girl.

Ginger's pregnancy was discovered after another female in her group gave birth on Valentine's Day. Both were surprise pregnancies: every male must get a vasectomy before coming to Chimp Haven, where 125 chimps live in small groups.

Since then, every male has been given a newer, more complex vasectomy. And every female is on birth control.

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UNO Budget Cuts
6:35 am
Wed August 15, 2012

UNO's $12M budget cut includes 53 faculty, staff

The University of New Orleans is cutting $12 million from its budget through a combination of early retirements and the elimination of vacant positions to offset reductions by the state.

UNO said Tuesday that about 25 faculty members and 28 staff members will be offered "incentivized retirements," and the university will eliminate 30 vacant faculty positions, five terminal faculty contracts, 26 graduate assistants and 16 non-classified staff.

UNO President Peter Fos says the moves will save the university $3.3 million.

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Latest News
6:00 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Study Shows New Orleans in Poverty Crisis

A new study says New Orleans is in a poverty crisis. The review, commissioned by the Greater New Orleans Foundation and conducted by the Greater New Orleans Comunity Data Center, finds financial trouble extending to the middle class.

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Gambling Regulator
4:05 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Strider to be director of state gaming division

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has named a new director for the division of his office that oversees legal gambling in the state.

A news release from Caldwell's office says Clifford R. Strider III is a 1979 graduate of the law school at LSU and has 33 years of experience in litigation and supervision.

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BP Oil Spill
4:04 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Landrieu presses Coast Guard on BP spill cleanup

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is asking the Coast Guard to force BP PLC to clean up oil and equipment used in the response buried in the waters and mud along the coast.

In a letter, Landrieu asked the Coast Guard to figure out where oil remains along the coast — both in remote marshes and under the water along the coast — and to make sure large mats of buried oil from the 2010 BP spill are removed.

State officials say there are methods for removing the mats of oil but the Coast Guard has not said whether it will require BP to remove them.

Politics
6:51 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Sign-up period for Nov. 6 election runs this week

It's decision-time for anyone still on the fence about jumping into a race for Louisiana's Nov. 6 election.

Candidates must file paperwork this week if they want to run for office. Qualifying starts Wednesday morning and runs through Friday at 5 p.m.

Top of the ballot around the state will be Louisiana's six U.S. House seats, including one race between two Republican incumbents — Charles Boustany and Jeff Landry — who were forced into the same district when the state lost a congressional seat because of population adjustments.

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