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Tropical Storm Debby
7:49 pm
Sun June 24, 2012

Threat from Debby decreases for Louisiana

National Hurricane Center

Forecasters dropped storm warnings for southeastern Louisiana Sunday afternoon and said the threat from Tropical Storm Debby had decreased.

National Hurricane Center forecasters backed away from an earlier projection that Debby might strike southeast Louisiana as a Category 1 hurricane. Instead they said they didn't expect it to turn west from its northward path that has it aimed at Florida and Alabama.

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Breaking: Tropical Storm Debby
7:51 pm
Sat June 23, 2012

Tropical Storm Debby forms in the Gulf

Coastal Watches/Warnings and 5-Day Forecast Cone for Storm Center.
National Hurricane Center

Tropical Storm Debby has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and forecasters say it will bring rain to the Gulf coast from southern Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle.

Forecasters said Saturday the storm has maximum sustained winds of 50 mph. A tropical storm warning has been issued for part of the Louisiana coast.

The storm is moving north at 6 mph. The center of Debby is expected to be moving over the northern Gulf during the next few days.

Education Lawsuit
12:41 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

New Lawsuit Planned Against Jindal Voucher Program

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A teacher union says it is about to file a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal's voucher program.

Leaders of the Louisiana Association of Educators say they will lodge their challenge against the education changes Friday in Baton Rouge district court. They object to the use of the state's public school financing formula to pay for tuition to private and parochial schools.

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Teachers
12:37 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Lawyer: School Board Should Appeal Katrina Case

The Orleans Parish School Board's attorney says the board should appeal a ruling that thousands of New Orleans teachers and other school workers were wrongfully fired after Hurricane Katrina shut down the city and scattered its people in 2005.

William Aaron said Thursday he will recommend that the board take state Civil District Judge Ethel Simms Julien's decision to the state 4th Circuit Court of Appeal.

Air Guard Deployment
11:35 am
Fri June 22, 2012

A Farewell For the 'Bayou Militia'

BELLE CHASSE — The Louisiana National Guard says members of the group known as the "Bayou Militia" have bid farewell to families and friends during a deployment ceremony held at the Naval Air Station in Belle Chasse.

Thursday's ceremony was for about 250 members of the Louisiana Air National Guard's 159th Fighter Wing. The Guard gave few details about their mission, saying they are deploying in support of overseas operations in southwest Asia. 

Dead Zone Forecast
11:31 am
Fri June 22, 2012

2 Very Different Forecasts for Gulf Dead Zone

Scientists from Louisiana and Michigan have very different predictions for the size of this year's "dead zone" of low-oxygen in the Gulf of Mexico. It will be the smallest in nearly a quarter century at just under 1,200 square miles — or five times that size. 

Port Expansions
11:28 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Report: Southeast, Gulf Need Deeper Port Harbors

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A federal agency says Gulf and Southeast U.S. ports will need big help getting ready to trade with supersized cargo ships expected to arrive through an expanded Panama Canal. The Army Corps of Engineers says deepening harbors to accommodate the giant ships could require up to $5 billion. 

Bounty Appeals
11:22 am
Fri June 22, 2012

NFL Denies Witness Retractions in Bounty Probe

The NFL is denying accusations that it covered up retractions made by key witnesses in its bounty investigation, or that Commissioner Roger Goodell has placed gag orders on Saints employees and others who could help punished players clear their names.

Lawyer Peter Ginsberg, who represents suspended Saints player Jonathan Vilma, made the accusations when punished players appeared earlier this week for an appeal hearing, a full transcript of which has been obtained by The Associated Press.

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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.

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