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Assumption Parish Sinkhole
1:31 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Assumption residents to get briefing on sinkhole

PIERRE PART — People living near a large sinkhole that swallowed trees and forced evacuations will be briefed Tuesday by officials.

A community meeting has been set for 6:30 p.m. at the St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church Hall in Pierre Part.

The parish police jury also has set up a blog to keep people informed. The blog is at: www.assumptionla.wordpress.com.

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Low River Threatens Drinking Water
11:22 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Salt water moves up Miss. River, Army Corps reacts

The Army Corps of Engineers says it will construct an underwater sill in the Mississippi River to stop salt water from threatening drinking water supplies in the New Orleans area.

The move is needed because water levels in the drought-stricken Mississippi have gotten so low that the river is nearly at sea level and this is allowing salt water from the Gulf of Mexico to move far inland.

At the latest check on Monday, salt water was on the outskirts of New Orleans.

Southern University
11:19 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Greg LaFleur claims breach of SU contract

An attorney claims Southern University breached the contract of then-Athletic Director Greg LaFleur when it announced, three days after his arrest on a misdemeanor prostitution charge, that LaFleur had been fired.

A Houston jury acquitted LaFleur on the charge earlier this year.

LaFleur was arrested April 3, 2011, and on April 6, 2011, Southern announced that he had been terminated.

LaFleur attorney Scott Wilson argued Monday to state District Judge Todd Hernandez that Southern breached LaFleur's contract because the university had no cause to fire him.

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Business & Technology
11:17 am
Tue August 7, 2012

H&E Equipment plans debt sell

BATON ROUGE — H&E Equipment Services Inc., a Baton Rouge-based construction machinery provider, plans to sell $480 million in debt to investors.

The company says H&E will use the proceeds to retire existing debt and pay a special, one-time cash dividend of $246 million, or roughly $7 per share.

The Advocate reports the company's board of directors must approve the dividend, its amount and the date it will be paid.

Farm Radio
11:14 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Farm Bureau and La. Radio Network agrinews merge

The Louisiana Farm Bureau Radio Network is merging with the Louisiana Radio Network's agrinews division.

The Advocate reports that the Louisiana Farm Bureau Agrinews Radio Network will have a combined 42 affiliates in Louisiana and Mississippi.

LRN launched the Louisiana Agrinews Network in 1976, offering several daily agriculture reports for the state's farmers and produced in cooperation with the Farm Bureau. In 1998 the Farm Bureau began the Louisiana Farm Bureau Radio Network with 22 affiliates statewide.

NOPD Consent Decree
11:11 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Police group seeks to have say in NOPD reforms

The Fraternal Order of Police wants to have a say in an agreement New Orleans has reached with the Justice Department to overhaul the city's troubled police department.

WVUE-TV reports that the group has asked U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan to allow it to intervene in the matter before the judge signs off on the agreement.

The TV station reports that the FOP has complained in the past that it was left out of the negotiations and that officers need more details about what will be expected of them.

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Environment
11:04 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Officials say diesel found in liquefied swampland

State officials say preliminary slurry water samples pulled from the acre of swampland that liquefied into muck over the weekend indicate the presence of small amounts of diesel hydrocarbons.

The pond of muck, located in Assumption Parish, first appeared Friday night and grew quickly, bending a 36-inch natural gas pipeline buried 16 feet in the ground as the muck expanded. About 150 homes and several businesses were ordered to evacuate after Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency for the parish when the slurry area appeared to be expanding.

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Arts & Culture
3:24 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Summer Exhibitions at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

White Linen Night may be over for another year, but the new exhibits at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art will be open to the public through the end of September. For more information on the museum, or on any of the exhibits, visit the Ogden’s website.

Louisiana Contemporary, presented by Regions Bank 

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Business & Technology
11:56 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Stirling will manage Taylor Energy Building

Stirling Properties has been awarded a contract to manage the Taylor Energy Building on Lee Circle. The 30,000-square-foot building is owned by the Taylor Foundation.

Terms were not disclosed in the announcement on Monday.

Latest News
11:54 am
Mon August 6, 2012

State auditor takes second look at Jefferson Parish health clinics

The Louisiana Legislative Auditor says a second review of financial records at Jefferson Community Healthcare Centers has uncovered illegal use of public money and transactions involving former Jefferson Parish Councilman Byron Lee and his family.

The auditor found that more than $200,000 in clinic funds was transferred the personal bank account of former chief financial officer Ebony Williams and that $135,000 in public money was used for unearned benefits as well as political donations, a for-profit business investment and a Christmas party.

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