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Veto Session
1:52 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Veto Session Letters Sent Tuesday to La. Lawmakers

BATON ROUGE — Notification letters are being sent to Louisiana's lawmakers, advising them about the planned July 14 veto session and how to scrap the meeting if they don't want to hold it.

The veto session was automatically set when Gov. Bobby Jindal rejected bills from the regular legislative session that ended this month. A veto session would allow lawmakers to decide if they want to override some of the governor's decisions.

Wetlands Reconstruction
1:48 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Mississippi Mud May Be Used To Stave Off Erosion

There's plenty of mud flowing down the Mississippi River and getting washed out into the Gulf of Mexico every day. Now, in a bid to save the threatened delta, the Army Corps of Engineers says it wants to take mud dredged from the shipping channels to build up fragile wetlands.

Saints Appeals
1:41 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Ex-Saint Hargrove Says It's Not His Voice in Clip

NEW YORK — Former Saints defensive end Anthony Hargrove says it's not his voice saying "Give me the money" in a video used by the NFL as evidence in its investigation of the New Orleans bounty program.

Hargrove spoke Tuesday outside NFL headquarters.

Hargrove, Will Smith, Scott Fujita and Jonathan Vilma each attended appeals hearings for their suspensions with Commissioner Roger Goodell at the league offices in Manhattan on Monday.

Latest News
6:00 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Rev. Fred Luter Becomes First African-American President of Southern Baptist Convention

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

The Southern Baptist Convention will be under the leadership of its first African-American president. The country’s largest Protestant denomination is hoping to diminish its troubling racist past.

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Saints Bounty Program-Appeals
12:19 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Goodell Hears Bounty Appeals as Players Complain They've been Treated Unfairly

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has gone public with some of its evidence against the four players suspended for their roles in the New Orleans Saints bounty program.

Among the things that the league revealed Monday: a prize of $35,000 for knocking Brett Favre out of the NFC championship game in January 2010.

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Southern Baptist Convention
12:09 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Southern Baptists' Historic Presidential Vote Near

The nation's largest Protestant denomination is set to take its biggest step yet toward resolving its troubled racial past.

On Tuesday, the Southern Baptist Convention plans to vote on whether to elect an African-American president for the first time in the denomination's 167-year history. The Rev. Fred Luter Jr. is so-far unopposed for the position.

Seventeen years ago, Luter was one of the authors of an SBC resolution that apologized to African-Americans for perpetuating racism and resolved to strive for racial reconciliation.

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Louisiana Budget
12:04 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Gov. Jindal Strips Dollars From Critic's Budget

BATON ROUGE — Treasurer John Kennedy, a critic of the Jindal administration's financial policies, has found his budget cut with Gov. Bobby Jindal's line-item veto.

In his veto message, Jindal said he's stripping more than $511,000 from Kennedy's budget next year to "streamline" the agency, to reflect spending patterns over the last three years and to strip money for four vacant jobs.

Kennedy's office will have a $12.2 million budget in the fiscal year that begins July 1, compared to $12.7 million this year, a 4 percent reduction, according to the treasurer's office.

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Education Changes
11:59 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Voucher Program Framework Approved by BESE Panel

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana's education board has agreed to a framework for a new statewide voucher program that will use tax dollars to send children to private schools. But that framework does not have accountability standards required by the Legislature and still being ironed out by the education department.

AAUP Censure
9:55 am
Mon June 18, 2012

University Professors Group Censures LSU

BATON ROUGE — The top national organization of university professors has censured Louisiana State University for alleged mistreatment of faculty. The group also censured Southeastern Louisiana and Northwestern State universities for allegedly using state budget cuts as excuses to fire some tenured faculty.

Katrina Pump Contract
9:48 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Corps Restarts Bidding for New Orleans Floodgates, Pumps

The Army Corps of Engineers has restarted bidding for a $700 million contract to design and build permanent storm surge closure and pump stations on three canals that end in Lake Pontchartrain. Levees on two of them broke after Hurricane Katrina, letting floodwaters into the city.

The projects represent the final major construction of the post-Katrina levee system.

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