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School Voucher Program
3:39 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Voucher schools include some teaching creationism

Taxpayer dollars in Louisiana's new voucher program will be paying to send children to schools that teach creationism and question evolution, challenging the lessons central to public school science classrooms.

Several religious schools that will be educating taxpayer-subsidized students tout their creationist views. Some schools question whether the universe is more than a few thousand years old, openly defying reams of scientific evidence to the contrary.

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Taxicab Reforms
3:13 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Cab drivers attempt to stop taxicab reforms

New Orleans cab drivers say new city rules aimed at improving taxi service are too expensive, and they were given too little time to prepare for them. City and tourism officials say the changes are needed to improve an outdated fleet.

The rules include requirements that cabs be less than 11 years old, able to take credit cards, and have cameras and GPS units.

Dirty License Plates
3:09 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

State police watching for dirty license plates

Louisiana state police and local law enforcement agencies are telling motorists to clean off their dirty license plates.

State police say in a news release the motorists caught with their license plates obscured in any way, including by dirt, mud or frames that cover part of the plate, could be ticketed.

Louisiana law requires vehicle license plates be clearly displayed, as well as illuminated at night by license plate lights.

Business & Technology
3:07 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Tech forum planned in New Orleans

The Louisiana Technology Council is planning a forum for chief executive officers and chief information officers on Aug. 24. The events will take place from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Loews Hotel in New Orleans.

Among speakers will be Frank DeArmas, vice president and CIO of Johnson & Johnson.

Admission is by fee. More details are available by calling 304-2910.

Wildlife Impact Meeting
3:06 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Corps holds meeting on levee work

The Army Corps of Engineers plans a public meeting Tuesday on measures it is taking to mitigate the impact of wildlife habitat as construction continues on a levee and flood protection system in Plaquemines, Jefferson and St. Charles parishes.

The presentation and discussion are set for 6:30 p.m. at the Ernest Tassin Senior Center on Fourth Street in Westwego.

Latest News
4:00 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Hubig's Factory Destroyed in Fire

The Hubig's factory after the blaze.
Eileen Fleming WWNO

A taste of New Orleans has gone up in smoke. The Hubig’s pie factory was destroyed in a five-alarm fire.

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Hubig's Pie Factory Fire
1:11 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Fire destroys Hubig's Pies factory in New Orleans

A five-alarm fire has destroyed a factory which had made hand-sized fried pies since 1922 and singed nearby houses, but nobody was injured.

Fire Superintendent Charles Parent tells WWL-TV that the factory is a total loss but firefighters limited damage to nearby houses to their exteriors.

He says the blaze began in the fryer room. Parent says the only employee on duty reported seeing smoke there and got out safely.

The Simon Hubig Pie Co. factory was the only one in a Texas-based chain to survive the Great Depression.

City Council
1:06 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

New Orleans City Council fills Johnson's seat

The New Orleans City Council has appointed attorney Ernest "Freddie" Charbonnet as the interim replacement for the District E seat vacated last week when Jon Johnson abruptly resigned after pleading guilty to federal corruption charges.

Charbonnet is a former assistant city attorney now in private practice. The Times-Picayune reports that he received votes from the council's four white members Thursday. Its two black members voted against the appointment.

Politics
1:05 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

House fiscal conservatives set up PAC for efforts

A group of fiscal conservatives in the Louisiana House has set up a political action committee as part of continuing efforts to revamp the state's budget.

More than two dozen House members are involved with the group, calling itself the Budget Reform Campaign.

The effort, led by Lake Charles Rep. Brett Geymann, is designed to push for changes in the way Louisiana spends its money. Lawmakers in the group object to the use of patchwork, one-time funding to pay for ongoing programs and services and have criticized Gov. Bobby Jindal for the budgeting tactic.

Environment
1:04 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

LDWF sets drawdown for Lake Bistineau

In an effort to control aquatic vegetation, the water control structure on Lake Bistineau near Minden will be opened Aug. 8 for a lake drawdown.

As a result of mild winter temperatures, experts say giant salvinia has expanded beyond the control capacity of herbicide applications and salvinia weevils. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries survey estimates show giant salvinia coverage to be in excess of 2,000 acres.

The lake will be lowered seven feet below pool stage and will remain there until Jan. 31, 2013.

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