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Southern University Cutbacks
9:54 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Leaner Southern University After Financial Emergency

BATON ROUGE — Southern University administrators tell The Advocate the university is now in better shape to concentrate resources on successful programs such as engineering and nursing, and better equipped to guide students toward graduation. The university is emerging from an eight-month financial emergency period with fewer students, degree choices and faculty. 

Superbowl / Mardi Gras
9:49 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Super Bowl: Float, Route Change for Choctaw

The Super Bowl is costing a Mardi Gras parade krewe on New Orleans' west bank its usual floats and its usual route.

There won't be any Carnival parades during Super Bowl weekend. That's the weekend The Krewe of Choctaw usually rolls.

Krewe captain Chuck Favrot tells The Times-Picayune that Choctaw usually shares floats and themes with a Baton Rouge group, the Krewe of Jupiter. But moving Choctaw's parade puts both on the same day — Jan. 26.

Towboat Company Fined
9:45 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Houma Towboat Company Fined $525,000

HOUMA — The U.S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans says a Houma towboat company must pay $525,000 in fines and penalties after pleading guilty to violating federal environmental regulations.

The Courier reports that Cenac Towing violated the Clean Water Act between June 2008 and January 2010 by failing to collect samples of the raw sewage discharged by its former yard. 

Terrebonne Parish Health Unit
9:40 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Vote Could Mean Money for Terrebonne Health Unit

HOUMA — Terrebonne Parish voters will be asked this fall for permission to use taxpayer money to build a new Terrebonne Parish Health Unit. The Parish Council has unanimously agreed to add the measure to the Nov. 6 ballot. 

Latest News
4:00 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Congress Passes Restore Act Governing BP Oil Spill Fines

Legislation assigning 80 percent of BP’s Clean Water Act fines to Gulf Coast states most affected by its oil spill has been approved by Congress. The landmark legislation included in the Transportation Bill is expected to mean billions of dollars for Louisiana.

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Supreme Court Health Care Decision
10:14 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Jindal: GOP Must Push for Health Care Law Repeal

BATON ROUGE — Gov. Bobby Jindal says the GOP must push for a full repeal of President Barack Obama's health care law, after it was upheld by the Supreme Court. Louisiana's GOP governor has long opposed the health care overhaul, saying it will decrease the quality of health care and raise taxes. 

Former Revenue Secretary
10:08 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Jindal's Former Revenue Secretary Headed to California

BATON ROUGE — Gov. Bobby Jindal's former revenue secretary, who resigned after a dispute over a tax break interpretation, has a new job in California. Cynthia Bridges has been named executive director of the California State Board of Equalization, an elected body that administers sales and use taxes in that state. 

West Nile
10:02 am
Fri June 29, 2012

New Orleans Detects West Nile in Mosquitoes

New Orleans officials say West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitoes collected in the city.

No human West Nile cases have been reported in New Orleans so far this year, although one human case has been reported in St. Bernard Parish.

Most people infected do not get sick. However some develop flu-like symptoms and a few will develop serious illness.

Citizens Rates
9:58 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Citizens Board Agrees to 10 Percent Rate Cut

BATON ROUGE — The board governing Louisiana's property insurer of last resort has agreed to drop rates by 10 percent across a dozen south Louisiana parishes, with the rate cut retroactive to June 7, when the reduction was signed into law.

The $16 million annual rate cut is for customers of the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp.

Citizens customers won't likely see a change on their bills until November, after the process for changing rates is complete. They'll get rebates for any money they paid above what they should have.

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NBA Draft
9:52 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Davis Taken No. 1, Celebration on for Hornets

NEWARK, N.J. — The New Orleans Hornets have selected Kentucky forward Anthony Davis with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. Davis will begin his pro career in the same city where he ended it with a national title. The 6-foot-10 Davis averaged 14.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.7 blocks. 

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