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Retirement
11:26 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Bill to Boost Pension Cost Advances, Tied to Raise

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal to hike the amount rank-and-file state workers pay for retirement has advanced to the full House for debate, despite criticism a tie to pay raises could cost the state more than it benefits. It's unclear when the 2 percentage point increase in pension contributions would be levied on employees.

Louisiana Budget
11:23 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Rainy Day Fund Part of Ongoing Budget Negotiations

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An attempt to tap into Louisiana's "rainy day" fund to fill a $200 million deficit this year is mired in negotiations. Members of a bloc of conservative House Republicans say they won't support using the rainy day fund to fill the gap in the current year budget, unless the Senate goes along with limitations on the use of one-time money in next year's spending plans.

The Two-Way
10:34 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Bad News In New Orleans: 'Times-Picayune' Slashing Staff, Going To 3 Days

The highly respected journalists at New Orleans' Times-Picayune last night found out the hard way — from another news outlet — that they're about to face deep staff cuts and that the newspaper will soon only print three days a week.

The New York Times' Media Decoder broke the story Wednesday just before midnight ET.

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Reports
6:00 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Officials Release Comprehensive Illegal-Drug Report

Leaders in public health, law enforcement and community organizations have unveiled a report they say is a battle plan against drug use. The focus is on prevention and treatment.

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Thunderstorm Warning
3:19 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Dangerous thunderstorm moving into area

A major, slow-moving thunderstorm is moving into the New Orleans region, according to a bulletin just issued by the National Weather Service.

The storm system, currently about two miles to the northwest of the city and moving east at 10 miles per hour, is packing frequent lightning, dime-sized hailstones, and wind gusts near 40 miles per hour. Winds of that intensity can down tree limbs and blow unsecured objects around.

New Orleans-Super Bowl
9:36 am
Wed May 23, 2012

New Orleans' Super Bowl Hosts to Gain Sponsor

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Officials are expected to make a sponsorship announcement at a news conference tonight for the Super Bowl Host Committee Volunteer Services Program. The news conference was to include representatives from the New Orleans Saints and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation. 

State of the City Address
8:30 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Mayor's Speech Gets Good Grade

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s second State of the City address is getting high marks from one expert.

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State of the City Address
6:00 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Mayor Landrieu Delivers State of the City Address

Mayor Landrieu outlines his administration's accomplishments and goals in his second State of the City address.
Tyler A. Gamble Office of Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is asking for more help in fighting crime. He used much of his hour-long State of the City address to call on federal and state governments—and the community—to battle what he calls “the first order of business.”

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Food Research
2:32 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Psychology professor's research relates food to moral identities

Professor Kendall J. Eskine.
Loyola University

Exposure to organic foods can influence moral thinking and doing, according to a new study from Loyola University.

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State of the City
10:10 am
Tue May 22, 2012

New Orleans Mayor to Give State-of-the-City Speech

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, beginning his third year in office, is set to give his annual state-of-the-city address.

Tuesday afternoon's speech was scheduled to be delivered at the Mahalia Jackson Theater.

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