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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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University Medical Center
10:38 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Baton Rouge Firm Gets State Hospital Contract

Swedish developer Skanska and joint venture partner MAPP Construction, a Baton Rouge-based construction firm, have secured the second piece of the state contract for the new University Medical Center in New Orleans. Skanska said the second portion of the contract is for $130 million and Skanska's share is $118 million.

Gulf Oil Spill: Costner Lawsuit
10:33 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Baldwin: Didn't Invest in Oil Cleanup Devices

Actor Stephen Baldwin says nobody asked him to invest any money or join Kevin Costner in lobbying BP to use oil cleanup devices that the two actors were touting in the aftermath of the 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Baldwin testified Monday at a trial for his lawsuit against Costner over a multimillion-dollar business dispute involving the cleanup devices.

New Orleans Mosquitoes
10:28 am
Tue June 12, 2012

New Orleans Steps Up Mosquito Fight

New Orleans officials say the city's Mosquito and Termite Control Board has detected higher numbers of mosquitoes in the city.

That includes the variety known as the Southern house mosquito, identified as a carrier of West Nile virus.

The city said Monday in a news release that the board has responded by using insecticides targeting mosquito larvae and adults. Also, adult mosquitoes are being treated by fog trucks and by airplane.

Gopher Frog
10:24 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Feds to Set Critical Habitat for Endangered Frog

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is designating nearly 6,500 acres in Mississippi and Louisiana as critical habitat for the endangered Mississippi gopher frog — the only endangered or threatened frog in the Southeast. About 100 live in the wild, and nearly 900 in zoos.

Latest News
6:00 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Times-Picayune Staff Learning Extent of Job Cuts

Erin Krall WWNO

Times-Picayune employees will be in meetings today to learn if they’re losing their jobs. Leading advertisers are joining a campaign to fight the cutbacks.

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Beach Body
10:35 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Videos May Hold Clues in Strip Club Dancer's Death

A south Mississippi sheriff's investigator is hoping surveillance video from Bourbon Street in New Orleans will provide clues about the death of a strip club dancer whose dismembered body washed ashore on the Gulf Coast.

Authorities say 22-year-old Jaren Lockhart reported for work Tuesday night, left early Wednesday, and then disappeared. 

Harahan City Government
10:30 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Harahan Hiring Subject of Meeting

Justice Department investigators will hold a public meeting June 15 in Harahan to hear about hiring and promotion practices in the city's police and fire departments, Mayor Vinny Mosca said.

The Times-Picayune reports the session is set for 11 a.m. at City Hall.

The meeting comes two months after the Justice Department asked Harahan officials for data on employees hired, fired and promoted since 2006, broken down by race, sex and job classification.

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