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Bayou Corne Sinkhole
11:01 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Texas Brine officials say 40 days for answers

Officials at a Houston-based brine company told residents of a rural Louisiana town that it will be at least 40 days before they get definitive answers about an enormous sinkhole that opened up in Assumption Parish.

Mark Cartwright, president of Texas Brine Co., said Friday the company spent the last week "intensely focused" on an emergency response as they try to figure out the cause behind a sinkhole near Bayou Corne.

Latest News
2:33 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Police: Katrina hero plotted ex-wife's murder

A Syrian-born man who became the hero-rescuer in Dave Eggers' best-selling nonfiction "Zeitoun" book, which chronicled the eerie aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the nightmarish side of the American justice system, has been accused of plotting to murder his ex-wife, her son and another man.

Abdulrahman Zeitoun, 54, faces charges of offering $20,000 to a fellow jail inmate in exchange for the killings. Zeitoun also faces a domestic abuse battery charge after he allegedly beat his wife, Kathy Zeitoun, on a New Orleans street.

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Unemployment
2:32 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Louisiana 1st-time jobless claims increase

First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Aug. 4 increased from the previous week's total.

The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims increased to 3,216 from the previous week's total of 2,988.

For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 4,033 initial claims.

The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, decreased to 3,240 from the previous week's total of 3,426.

Environment
2:28 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

UNO to lead study of shellfish along Gulf Coast

University of New Orleans researchers are getting federal money to study shrimp and crab populations over the 120 miles of coast between Lake Borgne in Louisiana to Mobile Bay in Alabama.

On Thursday, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced funding the $1.2 million five-year study of blue crabs, brown shrimp and white shrimp.

Researchers will track the abundance and distribution of the shellfish with the aim of understanding fluctuations in their populations and to see how they recover from disasters.

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LaPlace Counterfeiting
2:25 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

LaPlace man indicted for making fake money

A federal grand jury has indicted a 40-year-old LaPlace man with one count of making counterfeit U.S. currency.

According to the indictment handed up Thursday, Michael Sly at some point before April 17, 2009, made and counterfeited obligations of the United States in the form of three $100 Federal Reserve Notes.

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten's office says if convicted, Sly faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

New Orleans Media
6:00 am
Fri August 10, 2012

New Orleans Examining News Outlets as Times-Picayune Cutbacks Approach

Erin Krall WWNO

As the Times-Picayune cutbacks are looming, other media organizations are examining what comes next for news in New Orleans. Several ideas are in play.

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DWI Checkpoint
4:25 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

NOPD to conduct Marigny DWI checkpoint tonight

The New Orleans Police Department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in the Faubourg Marigny area tonight, according to a department press release.

The checkpoint, manned by the NOPD's Traffic Division, will begin at approximately 9:00 p.m. tonight, and last until about 5:00 a.m. Friday morning, said department spokesperson Hilal Williams. Motorists are advised to have proper documentation, including proof of insurance and a valid driver's license, and should experience minimal delays.

Mickey Shunick
1:13 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Face expert examining remains found Tuesday night

Officials at the Lafayette Parish Coroner's office say the body believed to be Mickey Shunick is in such an advanced stage of decay they had to send it to face identification expert at Louisiana State University.

Keith Talamo, chief medicolegal investigator at the coroner's office, said Wednesday Mary Manhein at the LSU FACES Laboratory will be handling the investigation of the body. Police found it buried at a cemetery about 100 yards off of La. Highway 10.

Talamo said it will be 24-48 hours before they will be able to identify the remains.

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Oil Refinery
1:02 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Allen Parish agrees to property lease for refinery

OBERLIN — The Allen Parish Police Jury has agreed to lease more of the former Arizona Chemical property in Oakdale to a Texas-based company for a $100 million refinery.

The company, Virtual Engineering Operations, plans to a build refinery to process 20,000 barrels a day of crude to produce diesel fuel for farmers, jet fuel and heating oil.

The American Press reports the company hopes to increase its production to 40,000 barrels a day in the future with construction of a pipeline.

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Education
12:57 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Terrebonne school board drops pay raise for superintendent

The Terrebonne Parish School Board has dropped a proposal to give Superintendent Philip Martin a pay raise.

The Courier reports Board President L.P. Bordelon said Martin asked the board to pull the motion Tuesday night.

The school board's executive committee had recommended increasing Martin's base salary from $134,500 to $155,000. No board member made a motion to adopt that recommendation, so the proposal failed without coming to a vote.

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