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Project-Based Opportunity Program
4:25 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

State taking applications for Katrina business loan program

The state of Louisiana is accepting applications for a program offering low-interest loans of up to $5 million to businesses affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.

The state Office of Community Development said in a statement Wednesday that the loans are designed to address "unmet business recovery needs" and stimulate economy recovery.

Funding for 11 projects already has been approved through the "Project-Based Opportunity Program."

The loans are funded by federal grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Business & Technology
4:23 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Entergy, Cleco customers can expect some refunds soon

Officials say customers at two Louisiana-based energy companies will be receiving refunds as credits on their energy bills this summer.

Members of the state's Public Service Commission voted to let Pineville-based electricity provider Cleco Corp. put a refund on its customers' September bills.

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Latest News
4:21 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Deputy accused of crashing patrol car while drunk

A Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputy has resigned after allegedly crashing his patrol car while drunk.

Col. John Fortunato, a department spokesman, tells The Times-Picayune (http://bit.ly/OmyXsI) that 27-year-old Christopher Hyer resigned July 12.

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4:20 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Rapper 'BG' gets prison in firearms case

A New Orleans rapper who pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a firearm and conspiring to obstruct justice has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Christopher Dorsey, known as "BG," also was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan to three years of supervised release following his prison term.

The 28-year-old pleaded guilty in December to being a felon in possession of a firearm in 2009. Prosecutors say Dorsey had three felony drug convictions between 1998 and 2003.

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Politics
4:15 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Jindal heads to Ohio to stump for Mitt Romney

Gov. Bobby Jindal traveled to Ohio to campaign for Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney, as speculation continues that the Louisiana governor is a possible vice presidential pick.

Jindal's office said the governor headed Tuesday to Columbus for the presidential campaign event and to attend a fundraiser for Republican state treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel.

Jindal was scheduled to return to Baton Rouge the same day as the events.

Latest News
4:14 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Man allegedly DWI on a Wal-Mart scooter

Houma police say a 24-year-old man is accused of driving a shopping scooter while drunk.

Police say Thomas J. Phillip's breath tested at more than double the amount considered legal proof of intoxication under Louisiana law when he was pulled over Sunday.

Police say they got a call about a motorized scooter pulling a wheelchair, and found Phillip on the scooter and a friend of his in the wheelchair. They say Phillip was arrested after allegedly telling police he'd been at a Wal-Mart store and decided to take the scooter for a joyride.

Environment
4:12 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

New report ties cold Gulf water, dolphin deaths

Researchers say snowmelt that chilled coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico may have contributed to baby dolphin deaths in the winter of 2011.

A new research paper says 86 baby dolphins are known to have been aborted or died shortly after birth during the period.

Researcher Ruth Carmichael of Alabama's Dauphin Island Sea Lab says she can't say definitively that colder water caused the deaths. However, she says it may have been a deadly contributing factor.

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School Vouchers
4:10 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Lawyer defending voucher program to get up to $50K

The attorney general's office will pay up to $50,000 to Gov. Bobby Jindal's former executive counsel to defend the governor's signature education revamp in court.

Amanda Larkins, spokeswoman for Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, said Tuesday that the contract with lawyer Jimmy Faircloth hasn't been completed. But she described its terms, saying Faircloth is being paid $195 an hour, with a cap of $50,000.

Larkins said the contract runs through the current budget year, which will end June 30.

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Latest News
4:06 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Toll payment lane on La. 1 bridge boosts payments

The chief financial officer of the Department of Transportation and Development says a troubled toll bridge in coastal south Louisiana has increased its collections by adding a payment lane on site.

But DOTD Undersecretary Michael Bridges acknowledged the change last month also has encountered problems, including equipment failure, long lines and driver confusion.

The comments came Wednesday at a state transportation panel hearing about the bridge on La. Highway 1 in Leeville, which is just west of Grand Isle.

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6:00 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Two Seats Now Open in New Orleans Council Special Election After Johnson's Plea

The New Orleans City Council will have two open seats on the November 6 ballot. The second vacancy comes after District E Councilman Jon Johnson’s guilty plea to federal corruption charges.

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