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Southern Baptists
10:25 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Southern Baptists: Gay Rights Not Civil Rights

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A day after electing their first African-American president , Southern Baptists have passed a resolution opposing the idea that same-sex marriage is a civil rights issue. Thousands of delegates meeting in New Orleans were nearly unanimous on that stance Wednesday.

Vehicle Tax Break
10:21 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Vehicle Tax Break Expansion Could Cost State $1M

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana will pay as much as $1 million to cover the costs of a tax credit expansion that has been rescinded by Gov. Bobby Jindal. The revenue department issued a little-noticed rule in April governing the state's alternative fuel tax credit, which expanded the list of qualifying vehicles.

Indigent Defense
10:18 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Lawmakers Increase Funding for Indigent Defense

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An increasingly dire financial situation for public defense around Louisiana has prompted state lawmakers to funnel more cash toward indigent defense. The most proactive bill will increase criminal court fees by $10 in most district courts to help shoulder the costs of indigent defense.

Biden
10:14 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Biden: Romney Out of Touch With 'Ordinary' People

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden tells a gathering of black journalists that Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney's economic platform shows he is out of touch with the nation's middle class. Biden made the remarks last night at a National Association of Black Journalists convention in New Orleans.

Congress-Bounties
10:07 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Senator Sees Goodell, Calls Off Bounty Hearing Planned in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — A ranking U.S. senator is calling off a proposed hearing on bounties in professional sports. Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin says he's satisfied with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's response to the issue, including the creation of an anonymous hotline for players to report bounty activity.

Inside the Arts
9:22 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Sunset Boulevard Opens Tonight!

Elizabeth Argus, Kasey Marino and Bob Edes,Jr.
Tulane's Summer Lyric Theater

Summer Lyric Theater at Tulane University celebrates with Hollywood glamor, as it opens its 45th season with the premier of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony Award-winning musical Sunset Boulevard.

We go Inside the Arts for a sneak peek.

Education
6:30 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Judge Rules New Orleans School Employees Wrongfully Terminated After Hurricane Katrina

A judge in New Orleans has ruled in favor of school employees fired after Hurricane Katrina. The decision could pave the way for thousands more workers in a class-action lawsuit.

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Latest News
6:00 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Central Gulf Draws Billions in Lease Bids

The oil and gas industry remains confident of the supplies available in the central Gulf of Mexico. The first oil and gas lease sale in that sector since the BP oil spill generated billions of dollars in bids.

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Gulf Oil & Gas Lease Sale
2:02 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Gulf Oil and Gas Leases Go On Sale

The federal government is set to sell off oil and natural gas leases in the central Gulf of Mexico off the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

The sale, taking place in the Superdome, starts at 9 a.m. CDT and ends at noon, when the U.S. Department of the Interior is expected to announce the results.

The government is offering 7,434 tracts covering about 38 million acres. As of Tuesday, 593 bids were submitted by 48 companies for 454 tracts.

The blocks are located from three to about 230 miles offshore.

Henry Glover Trial
1:58 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Court to Review Cops' Convictions in Katrina Case

A federal appeals court has scheduled a hearing for the case against three former New Orleans police officers convicted of charges stemming from a man's fatal shooting and burning of his body in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath.

A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear arguments on both sides of the case on July 11.

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