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Louisiana Republican Dispute
9:35 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Louisiana GOP Divided Over National Convention Delegates

BATON ROUGE — The divvying up of the state Republican Party's delegates to the national convention has melted down into a dispute between party leaders lining up behind presumed nominee Mitt Romney and supporters of libertarian Ron Paul.

If the two sides can't work out their differences, national party officials might be called on to decide which delegates from Louisiana can go to Florida in August. 

Construction Budget
9:23 am
Thu June 7, 2012

State Construction Budget Filled With Pet Projects

BATON ROUGE — With the state strapped for cash, Louisiana lawmakers have turned to the state's construction budget for their pet projects.

In coordination with Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration, the House and Senate piled in millions of dollars for local parks, sewage and water projects, economic development initiatives and more — $120 million more than the state can afford to spend on construction projects.

New Orleans City Council
6:00 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Former State Senator Temporarily Fills New Orleans City Council Seat

City Council President Jackie Clarkson, left, joins Mayor Mitch Landrieu, right, in welcoming former State Senator Diana Bajoie as an interim member of the New Orleans City Council.
Tyler A. Gamble Office of Mayor Mitch Landrieu

Former State Senator Diana Bajoie is the newest member of the New Orleans City Council. Mayor Mitch Landrieu appointed the longtime legislator to represent District B for the next six months.

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Tulane Stadium
10:06 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Stadium Flap to Play Out at Tulane Forum

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A debate in New Orleans over whether Tulane University should be allowed to build a new football stadium is about to play out on campus.

Tulane has set a Wednesday night forum on the issue.

The university has played football at the domed stadium downtown for decades but Tulane now wants to bring football back to campus. It is an issue that has divided neighbors of the proposed site in uptown New Orleans. And it will be playing out in the coming weeks in court as well as before the New Orleans planning commission and the City Council. 

Saints-Moves
10:00 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Saints Add CB Elbert Mack, Waive DT Mitch King

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints and veteran cornerback Elbert Mack have agreed to a one-year contract. General manager Mickey Loomis, who announced the acquisition of Mack on Tuesday when the Saints opened minicamp. He says the club also has waived defensive tackle Mitch King. 

College Budget Cuts
9:56 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Louisiana Colleges Hit with New Rounds of Budget Cuts

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana's colleges are bracing for the newest rounds of budget cuts, with higher education hit with a $25 million cut in the final month of this fiscal year and another $66 million in slashing for the upcoming budget year.

The reductions are lower than lawmakers considered before they wrapped up their work. But they fall on top of years of reductions that campus leaders say are chasing away administration leaders, faculty and students.

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Oil Spill Fines
9:51 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Lawmakers Dedicate Oil Spill Fines to Louisiana Coast

BATON ROUGE — Fine and penalty money the state receives because of the Gulf Coast oil spill will be earmarked to Louisiana's coastal protection fund, under a bill that received final legislative passage.

The measure by Jeanerette Rep. Simone Champagne deals with money that could be received by the state for violations of federal pollution standards, a figure that could total billions of dollars. The coastal protection fund, where the money would be placed, is used for coastal restoration projects and hurricane protection efforts.

Video Poker
9:43 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Gov. Jindal Vetoes Bills to Change Video Poker Law

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal has vetoed a package of bills that would have tweaked the state's video poker laws. The conservative Louisiana Family Forum asked him to scrap the bills, which were designed to deregulate gambling operations in the state. 

Gretna Councilman Extortion
9:39 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Ex-Gretna Councilman's Convictions Upheld

A federal appeals court has upheld a former Gretna city councilman's convictions and prison sentence for taking money in exchange for his support of zoning variances. A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Jonathan Bolar's argument that a jury didn't hear enough evidence to support his extortion convictions. 

New Orleans Mission
5:46 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

New Orleans Mission to close for summer

The New Orleans Mission, a massive homeless shelter, is closing its doors for the summer.

Officials from the mission say the closure is due to lack of funding. Friday will be its last night open. Officials hope to reopen the facility, which employs nine full-time workers, by Sept 15.

WWL-TV reports the mission houses between 160 to 180 people per night, and serves roughly 12,000 meals — breakfast, lunch and dinner — each month, along with seeing up to 80 homeless visitors daily.

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