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7:30 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Oil Companies Told To Stay United

The Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association has been told that oil companies need to stick together to survive.

Gregory Hill is president and chief operating officer of the Hess Corporation. He told the association’s annual meeting in New Orleans that there is now uncertainty in the short-term cycle.

The New Orleans Advocate reports Hill says the Obama Administration’s plan to possibly offer areas on the Atlantic Coast for drilling doesn’t go far enough.

Hill outlined a glut in the world oil market that’s driven prices down 60 percent in six months.

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7:26 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Mayor Landrieu Set To Sign Smoking Ban

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu will be signing an ordinance today that will ban smoking in city bars and casinos.

Nola.com reports his signature means the ban will take effect in 90 days.

The law also includes electronic cigarettes. The City Council had been asked by several speakers at public hearings not to treat the vapor cigarettes the same as regular tobacco. But others argued there isn’t enough information yet about the health effects of e-cigarettes.

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3:01 am
Fri January 30, 2015

DHH Gets Earful on Abortion Clinic Rules

Medical students attend DHH hearing to speak against new abortion clinic rules

Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals held a public hearing Thursday, accepting comments on proposed regulations for licensing abortion clinics. No one spoke in favor of the new rules; instead, all the comments were in opposition.


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7:08 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Jindal Offering Budget-Cutting Options

Governor Bobby Jindal says his budget cut proposal for next year will be presented to lawmakers with a list of "options."

The state faces a $1.6 billion shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year. The Jindal administration is considering state financing cuts up to $400 million for public colleges, and $300 million to health care services.

Jindal's budget proposal is due to lawmakers at the end of next month.

Jindal says his budget proposal will be paired with "suggested solutions" that could reduce some cuts, but would require legislative approval.

Latest News
7:05 am
Thu January 29, 2015

State Police Extending New Orleans Duty

State troopers will be on duty in New Orleans through May.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the move to stay beyond Mardi Gras is designed to ease public concerns about crime in the city.

State troopers will back up the short-staffed New Orleans Police Department through special events.

Colonel Mike Edmonson says the assignment will be reviewed when it’s completed to decide if the extra troopers will stay.

He says record crowds are expected for the French Quarter Festival and Jazz Fest.

Carnival 2015
3:16 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Micro-Parade 'tit Rǝx Unveils 2015 Theme And Route

The Krewe of 'tit Rǝx — the Mardi Gras "microkrewe" made up of tiny, shoebox-sized floats — will roll through the Marigny on Feb. 7.

Pronounced TEET-Rex (as in "petite," the French word for "small"), the krewe will reprise their 2014 route, beginning at 5 p.m. behind the St. Roch Market on St. Claude Ave., then proceeding through the streets of the Marigny before arriving at the Allways Lounge for the organization's annual Ping Pong Ball.

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8:32 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Benson Wants Case Dismissed

Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by family members he recently removed as heirs of his NFL and NBA teams.

Benson’s lawyers filed an answer to the lawsuit yesterday in civil district court in New Orleans. He says he made a "deliberate, reasoned and difficult decision" to change his succession plan so that Gayle Benson, his wife of 10 years, inherits control of the teams.

Latest News
8:22 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Community Frustrated With Slow Speed Of NOPD Reforms

Frustration was the general message at a Central City meeting with residents and federal monitors reviewing reforms at the New Orleans Police Department. Most of the speakers say the process is too slow.

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3:01 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Candidates for Governor Talk Budget

Candidates for governor (L to R) Edwards, Dardenne, Vitter chat amiably before the forum

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 8:36 am

The $1.6-billion state budget deficit is going to be a major factor in the in the gubernatorial election this fall. All four announced candidates for governor appeared at a forum earlier this month, and offered their ideas on how to deal with the shortfall.


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7:29 am
Tue January 27, 2015

SMG Expects Superdome Contract Renewal

The company that manages the Superdome and Smoothie King Center is in line for a contract renewal through 2022.

A panel of lawmakers and other state official agreed yesterday to the five-year contract extension for the SMG company. The action also must win approval from lawmakers through mailed ballot.

Ron Forman is chairman of the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District. He says SMG is taking a $300,000 annual cut in fees, and will pay $5 million toward facility improvements under the new deal.

SMG has held the contract for nearly 40 years.

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