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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.

Theft Prevention
10:35 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Retail Theft Prevention Conference Set for New Orleans

 

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The National Retail Federation holds a conference in New Orleans next week that will focus on preventing shoplifting and other crimes.

The annual "Loss Prevention Conference and Expo" is scheduled for June 20. The NRF says the conference will bring more than 2,700 senior retail loss prevention executives and their business partners to the city.

A federation news release Wednesday said topics will include federal and state legislation and new technologies being used to combat crime, fraud and shoplifting. 

Latest News
6:00 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Times-Picayune Staff Continues Working While Efforts Focus On Finding New Owner

Now that Times-Picayune journalists have learned that half the newsroom staff is being cut, they now have to return from being the news to reporting the news. One is coping by trying to do the job at hand — one day at a time.

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Katrina Bridge Shootings
1:20 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Judge Seeks Records Related to Leaks Probe

A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Justice Department to turn over any documents that show they tried to determine whether somebody leaked confidential information about its probe of deadly police shootings on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina. The judge is planning a hearing Wednesday on the matter.

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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