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Medicaid Cuts
5:54 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Sen. Peterson says Louisiana health care "a joke"

State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson says Gov. Bobby Jindal's decision to refuse expansion of the state's Medicaid program under the recently upheld federal health care law is akin to him signing a death warrant for community hospitals.

Peterson, head of the Louisiana Democratic Party, spoke at the Press Club of Baton Rouge Monday on the Medicaid cuts and the governor's rejection of the federal health care overhaul in Louisiana. The state Department of Health and Hospitals said Friday it will have to cut $329 million from the public health care system run by LSU.

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Spirit Airlines
5:50 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Spirit Airlines to start service to New Orleans

Spirit Airlines is starting service to New Orleans, offering daily non-stop flights between Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

New Orleans International says the low-cost carrier plans to start the flights on Jan. 24 with either a 145-seat Airbus A319 or 178-seat Airbus A320.

The planned flight schedule calls for one round trip between New Orleans and Dallas daily.

Libraries
12:41 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Security software, other library purchases on hold in Terrebonne and Lafourche

Librarians in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes say the loss of $23,000 in technology money from the state is forcing them to put off plans for software upgrades, such as Internet security programs, and hardware purchases, such as electronic readers.

The Houma Courier reports that Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes lost $11,500 each from the State Aid to Public Libraries program, the same amount trimmed for Louisiana's other 62 parishes.

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Loyola Lecture Series
12:38 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Loyola announces Centennial Guest Series lineup

Loyola University New Orleans is celebrating its centennial throughout the year with a series of events featuring acclaimed guest speakers, authors and artists. The series is intended to provide an array of cultural, artistic, Catholic and intellectual perspectives.

The Centennial Guest Series was developed by Loyola President Kevin Wm. Wildes, and well-known political power couple, and New Orleans residents, Mary Matalin and James Carville.

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Latest News
12:11 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Salt water moving up Mississippi River

With the Mississippi River running at low levels, salt water is moving up from the Gulf of Mexico.

The Times-Picayune reports that denser, heavier saltwater flows upriver beneath fresh water flowing downstream when the river's flow drops below normal. The Army Corps of Engineers says salt water is not yet considered a threat to water supplies in the New Orleans area.

The Two-Way
12:08 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

U.S. Navy Vessel Fires At Speeding Boat Off Coast Of Dubai

Originally published on Mon July 16, 2012 4:16 pm

The U.S. Naval Forces Central Command said its Fifth Fleet based in Bahrain had opened fire on a speeding vessel off the coast of Dubai today.

In a press release, the Fifth Fleet said a small motor vessel disregarded warnings and approached the USNS Rappahannock. A security team about the Navy vessel "used a series of non-lethal, preplanned responses to warn the vessel before resorting to lethal force."

The team aboard the vessel fired using a .50-caliber machine gun.

The AP reports:

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Environment
12:03 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

DNR geologist: Gas may be bubbling from salt dome

ASSUMPTION PARISH — A top geologist at the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources says bubbling gas in bayous in Assumption Parish may be connected to a salt dome deep underground.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/LsftDK) that Madhurendu Kumar, director of DNR's geological oil and gas division, told residents last week that gas that has collected in pockets of a fault along the Napoleonville Dome could be being released naturally.

Ferries
11:46 am
Mon July 16, 2012

White Castle ferry may shut down permanently

The ferry that carries passengers across the Mississippi from White Castle to Carville ferry has been temporarily docked since June due to a mechanical malfunction, but state transportation officials say it will be shut down permanently by year's end to save $800,000 annually.

It is a plan that U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond hopes the state will reconsider. Richmond has asked Gov. Bobby Jindal to reconsider his proposal to shut down the White Castle and Reserve-Edgard ferries.

Latest News
11:43 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Two dead in latest New Orleans area shootings

Authorities are investigating the latest deadly shootings in the New Orleans area.

Sunday night, Jefferson Parish deputies received a call about a shooting at an intersection in Harvey. Responding deputies found the body of a 34-year-old man in a parking lot.

Around 1 a.m. Monday, in New Orleans' Central City neighborhood, police responded to a call about shots being fired. They found a 37-year-old man who had been shot multiple times. He died at the scene.

No arrests have been reported in either shooting.

Latest News
11:40 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Biloxi may ease horse ownership restrictions

The Biloxi City Council is being asked to make a zoning change that could allow more horses in the city.

Community Development Director Jerry Creel says the city's current land development ordinance requires horse owners to have property zoned for agriculture. And it requires at least three acres for ownership of one horse.

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