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Job Training Audit
1:12 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Audit: Job-Training Program Overspends

BATON ROUGE — A new report from the Legislative Auditor's Office says a state job-training and employment program spent between $3 million and $5 million more on transportation than it should have compared to practices used in other states. Authorities say the program, known as STEP, also failed to meet its goals for getting welfare recipients back to work.

Louisiana Budget
1:07 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

House GOP Leader Criticizes Legislature for Budget

BATON ROUGE — A leader of conservative state House Republicans calls it "shameful" that the GOP-controlled Legislature passed a $25.6 billion budget that contained piecemeal, one-time funding. Rep. Brett Geymann is one of three dozen lawmakers so-called "fiscal hawks" who pushed for reduced spending.

The Times-Picayune
6:00 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Longtime Times-Picayune Journalists Included In Staff Cuts

Erin Krall

New Orleans is set to become the largest metro area in America without a daily newspaper. The award-winning Times-Picayune is laying off half its news staff.

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Latest News
6:00 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Trial Winding Down Over Kevin Costner's Oil Clean-up Device

Star-powered testimony has wrapped up in federal court in New Orleans. Actors Kevin Costner and Stephen Baldwin are facing off over profits from a device aimed at cleaning up the BP oil spill.

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The Times-Picayune
12:44 am
Wed June 13, 2012

City news organizations respond to Times-Picayune layoffs

News of the widespread layoffs at The Times-Picayune, the city’s only daily newspaper and a mainstay of morning routine for generations of New Orleanians, continued to reverberate throughout the city’s media establishment late Tuesday.

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Latest News
4:00 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Times-Picayune Cuts Newsroom Staff By 50 percent

Erin Krall

Half of the news department at the Times-Picayune is being cut. Some employees are being offered a spot in the digital Nola.com operation.

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OPSO Paid Details
3:36 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Sheriff’s Office wants to hire outside manager for paid details

Tom Gogola The Lens

Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman confirmed Friday that he is working to outsource the management of the lucrative off-duty private security details available to his deputies.

In a written statement, Gusman said that “the Sheriff’s Office is reviewing a plan that involves a third party to assist with the handling of detail assignments,” but nothing has been decided.

Gusman said that his office is “working to update many of our policies and reporting rules to increase the efficiency and accountability of the paid detail program.”

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Developing: The Times-Picayune
3:34 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Times-Picayune Announces Layoffs; Nearly 50% of Newsroom Cut

Erin Krall WWNO

Layoffs began at The Times-Picayune today, as the newspaper shifts from a seven-day-a-week printed product to an online news organization.

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Saints Arbitration
10:50 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Arbitrator Upholds Goodell in Hargrove Suspension

NEW YORK — An arbitrator has ruled Monday that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has the authority to discipline former Saints defensive end Anthony Hargrove for the New Orleans bounties program.

Hargrove, Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma and DE Will Smith, and linebacker Scott Fujita, now with Cleveland, appealed their suspensions and will appear before Goodell next Monday.

State Constitution Changes
10:42 am
Tue June 12, 2012

9 Constitutional Amendments on November Ballot

BATON ROUGE — Voters will face a list of questions in the fall election, constitutional changes proposed by lawmakers for them to consider, including provisions about gun rights and pension revocation.

Nine proposals to amend the Louisiana Constitution will be on the Nov. 6 ballot after the action of the legislative session.

In the most attention-grabbing item, voters will decide whether to toughen the state's constitutional protections for weapon owners and whether to remove a provision that gives the Legislature explicit authority to limit concealed handguns.

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