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Sex Offenders
9:48 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Legislature Targets Sex Offenders With New Bills

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal's legislative package takes strong measures against convicted sex offenders. A handful of bills targeting sex offenders are making steady progress through the Legislature, including the state's attempt to keep sex criminals from social networking websites. 

Saints Moves
9:37 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Saints Shift Executive Staff

Rita Benson LeBlanc will become vice chairman of the board of the New Orleans Saints and Dennis Lauscha will take over as president of the team.

Owner Tom Benson has announced Sunday that LeBlanc, his granddaughter, will expand her duties to include more management responsibilities in various Benson interests outside of the team. 

Katrina: Historic Levees
11:37 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Recognizing Katrina Breaches is a Tangled Process

NEW ORLEANS — The head of an advocacy group in New Orleans is expressing frustration with delays in the effort to get recognition for sites where levee breaches led to catastrophic flooding after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The Army Corps of Engineers has jurisdiction over one of the sites and has the right to say whether it believes the sites belong on the National Register of Historic Places. But the corps has held back on giving its view, saying the matter involves facts that are still at issue in lawsuits.

Louisiana Budget
11:33 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Conservative Lawmakers Fail to Block Budget Bill

BATON ROUGE, La. — A bloc of conservative Republicans in the House couldn't stall a budget bill that taps into one-time dollars to help piece together spending plans year after year.

The House voted 63-38 Thursday to send the bill to the Senate, raising questions about whether the coalition was fracturing and would be unable to hold together in negotiating a final version of next year's $25 billion operating budget with the Senate.

Orleans Schools
11:29 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Orleans School Board Names Interim Superintendent

The Orleans Parish School Board has appointed an interim superintendent.

Stan Smith served as the chief financial officer for the board since 2006. The board said Thursday that Smith will step in for Superintendent Darryl Kilbert, who officially retires June 30. 

Jefferson Schools
11:25 am
Fri May 18, 2012

7 Schools Closing in Jefferson Parish

GRETNA, La. (AP) — School administrators in Jefferson Parish say more than 2,500 students will be directly affected by the decision this week to close seven public school campuses.

Those students will shift among 27 campuses, The Times-Picayune reports.

The decision means next week, with the conclusion of the 2011-12 school year, the seven Jefferson schools will adjourn for the last time.

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Gulf Shipwreck
11:21 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Shipwreck Discovered Off Gulf of Mexico

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Gin bottles, cannons, muskets and ceramic dinnerware, some 200 years old, have been discovered at a shipwreck site in little-chartered waters off the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

Bounties-Vilma Lawsuit
11:18 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Saints' Vilma Sues Roger Goodell for Defamation

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Suspended Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma has filed a defamation lawsuit against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The lawsuit claims Goodell has made false statements about Vilma while discussing the NFL's bounty investigation of the New Orleans Saints. Goodell has also suspended Vilma for the entire season. 

Costco-New Orleans
10:13 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Costco to Build Store in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Costco Wholesale Corp. will build its first Louisiana store in New Orleans.

The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/JRh3Mb) the big-box warehouse store will be in the Carrollton area off the city just off Interstate 10.

Costco intends to invest more than $40 million in a membership-only facility on the site of the former Carrollton Shopping Center across from Xavier University.

Bridge Closure
10:07 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Huey P. Long Bridge Closed this Weekend

JEFFERSON, La. (AP) — The Huey P. Long Bridge will close at midnight Friday and is not expected to reopen until midnight on Sunday.

State transportation officials said the shutdown is necessary for removal of old lanes on the bridge, which is being reconstructed.

Drivers can use the Crescent City Connection or the Interstate 310 Bridge at Luling as alternate crossings of the Mississippi River.

Widening of the bridge is expected to be completed in 2013. 

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