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Coastal Erosion
12:41 am
Sun May 13, 2012

Machines to aid in tracking erosion

Nicholls State University in Thibodaux is taking a new perspective on tracking coastal erosion and the health of Louisiana's barrier islands more closely.

The islands are an important habitant for migratory birds and a front-line protection against hurricanes, but the islands have undergone heavy erosion as the state's coast has faded into the Gulf of Mexico.

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Tax Fraud
12:39 am
Sun May 13, 2012

37 months for convicted tax preparer

The U.S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans says a LaPlace man has been sentenced to 37 months in prison after being convicted on charges including tax evasion and obstruction of justice.

Prosecutors said 60-year-old James W. Nelson was in the business of preparing and filing tax returns. His business had multiple offices in the New Orleans area. However, they said Nelson, or his employees, prepared and filed false income tax returns for his customers. The U.S. Attorney's news release Friday said Nelson also failed to pay taxes on some of his own income.

Bank Theft
12:36 am
Sun May 13, 2012

New Orleans woman accused of stealing from bank

A 50-year-old New Orleans woman has been charged with bank theft for allegedly embezzling thousands of dollars from her employer.

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten said Friday that Karen Sork was charged in a one-count Bill of Information. According to the document, Sork worked at a Whitney Bank branch and stole about $56,299 from the bank. Authorities say the money was used for her personal use and benefit.

National Kids to Parks Day
12:33 am
Sun May 13, 2012

Kids to Parks Day at 14 La. parks, historic sites

Civil War-era children's games, a hike to learn which wild plants are edible and animal tracking for kids are among activities planned at Louisiana state parks and historic sites for the second National Kids to Parks Day.

Fourteen state parks and historic sites around Louisiana plan kids' activities on May 19.

It's promoted as a nationwide day of outdoor play, encouraging families to explore the outdoors and their nearby parks.

The National Park Service and the National Park Trust started the event last year.

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12:27 am
Sun May 13, 2012

Wife of ex-congressman's brother dies

The sister-in-law of former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson has died after suffering a severe head injury at her home.

John Gagliano, investigator for the Orleans Parish Coroner's Office, says Sandra Peters Jefferson died early Saturday at the Interim LSU Public Hospital. She was hospitalized there Friday with an unspecified head trauma.

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Louisiana Budget
11:57 am
Fri May 11, 2012

House Returns Friday To Try Again On $25B Budget

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana House is set to try again on Friday to reach a compromise over next year's budget, a day after deadlocking on the $25 billion in spending plans. Conservative Republicans and the Jindal administration are at odds over whether to use $270 million in one-time cash — or to make deeper cuts to state agencies. 

A Studio in the Woods
9:17 am
Fri May 11, 2012

FORESTival Celebrates Art and Nature in Lower Coast Algiers

It’s time for the festival in the forest, known as FORESTival. Music, art and nature come alive in the 3rd annual celebration at A Studio in the Woodsan artist retreat in Lower Coast Algiers.

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Reports
6:00 am
Fri May 11, 2012

President Clinton Speaks to New Orleans High School Graduates

President Bill Clinton gave the keynote address to the 37 graduating seniors in the College Track Class of 2012.
Erin Krall

Former President Bill Clinton was the keynote speaker at the first New Orleans high school graduation ceremony for 37 students in an Urban League after-school education initiative. Special attention given during high school will continue throughout the students’ college years.

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Louisiana Budget
11:43 am
Thu May 10, 2012

House Plans to Debate $25B Budget for Next Year

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana House expects to spend much of the day Thursday debating next year's $25 billion budget.

The spending plans would pay for agency operating expenses and programs in the new fiscal year that begins July 1.

At issue among conservative lawmakers is how much one-time money they want to patch into the budget, versus how deeply they want to cut. On the chopping block and most vulnerable to further reductions are health care services and public college programs.

Retirement
11:16 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Senate Shelves Debate on Jindal Retirement Bills

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Senate has again delayed debate on Gov. Bobby Jindal's bill to charge rank-and-file state workers more and make them wait longer for their pension benefits, amid questions about whether they have enough votes to pass.

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