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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.

SUNO Library
9:44 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Renovation for SUNO's Katrina-Destroyed Library

Nearly seven years after Hurricane Katrina's wind and water wrecked the library at Southern University at New Orleans, restoration of the three-story structure is to begin.

The library has been operating out of temporary quarters in the Multipurpose Building.

The Times-Picayune reports that a ceremony in front of the library building will launch the $4.3 million project.

SUNO spokesman David Grubb said the architecture firm for the restoration is Jerry Campbell & Associates of Baton Rouge. Work is expected to be complete by next summer.

French Quarter Shooting
9:40 am
Mon June 18, 2012

1 Man Killed in French Quarter Shooting

New Orleans police says they are questioning a suspect in an early morning shooting in the French Quarter that left one man dead. The shooting happened at 3:30 a.m. in the 300 block of North Peters Street.

Saints-Bounties-Hargrove
9:31 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Hargrove Agent: NFL's Bounty Probe About Semantics

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The agent for suspended defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove says the NFL has used semantics, but not hard evidence, as the basis for punishing Saints players in its bounty investigation. In a statement, agent Phil Williams questions whether the NFL made Hargrove a central figure in its investigation because his past drug suspensions made him an "easy target."

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6:00 am
Mon June 18, 2012

New Orleans Pastor Set To Be First African-American President of Southern Baptist Convention

The Rev. Fred Luter of the Franklin Avenue Baptist Church
Heather Pendergraft Southern Baptist Convention

The pastor of the Franklin Avenue Baptist Church is poised this week to become the first African-American president of the Southern Baptist Convention. His career as a church pastor was not something he imagined as a child.

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Gulf Oil Spill: Costner Lawsuit
11:22 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Jury Sides with Costner in BP Spill Lawsuit

Kevin Costner says his reputation was at stake as he defended himself against accusations that he cheated fellow actor Stephen Baldwin out of millions of dollars in a lucrative BP contract for oil-cleaning machines after the 2010 spill.

Baldwin and a friend were seeking $17 million in damages, saying they could have made at least that much in the deal. A federal jury sided with Costner and gave them nothing. 

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6:00 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Petitions Delivered To Federal Court For Keeping Corexit Maker in BP Lawsuit

A federal judge in New Orleans will accept materials through a deadline next week on whether Nalco, the maker of chemical dispersants used in the BP oil spill, can remain in litigation. Hundreds of signatures have been submitted to keep the chemical maker included. 

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Textron: Afghan Army
10:54 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Textron Gets 4th Vehicle Order from Afghan Army

Textron Marine & Land Systems has gotten an order for 71 mobile strike force vehicles for the Afghanistan National Army. The company says the order has a cost cap of about $79 milllion and brings the total for Afghanistan to nearly 500 vehicles. 

Danziger Bridge Shootings
10:50 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Judge: Katrina Case's Leaks are "Serious Business"

A federal judge says he is determined to identify the source of leaked information about the Justice Department's probe of a deadly New Orleans bridge shooting following Hurricane Katrina. Attorneys for five former officers convicted of charges arising from the shootings claim media leaks blocked a fair trial. 

DWI Laws
10:41 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Louisiana Lawmakers Crack Down on Drunken Drivers

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Lawmakers seeking to curtail drunken driving backed a string of proposals that toughen penalties, give law enforcement officers more methods to test for driver impairment and crack down on repeat offenders.

Six bills addressing intoxicated drivers have been signed by Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Drunken car accidents are especially predominant in Louisiana. According to data from Louisiana State University, almost 300 people died in alcohol-related crashes last year.

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