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8:04 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Former Education Chief Pastorek Returning To New Orleans

Former state education superintendent Paul Pastorek is returning to New Orleans.

He tells the Associated Press that he’s leaving his corporate job in Washington, DC, and will be working once again in education policy.

Pastorek says he’s establishing a company that will offer advice to those working in education.

He’s stepped down as the chief administrative officer of Airbus Group.

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8:01 am
Tue June 17, 2014

New Orleans Police Department Easing Hiring Policy

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Requirements are changing to join the New Orleans Police Department.

The New Orleans Advocate is reporting the Civil Service Commission has relaxed the department’s drug policy. Applicants no longer have to declare a life that’s been free of past illegal drug use.

The change coincides with a shift adopted by the FBI about seven years ago.

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas says the rule change reflects that some otherwise qualified applicants may have used some illegal drugs in the past.

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3:30 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

Pelicans Will Open NBA Summer League

The New Orleans Pelicans will open the 2014 NBA Summer League, matched up against the Development League Select team on July 11.

The Pelicans will then play the L.A. Lakers on Sunday, July 13, and the San Antonio Spurs at 3:30 p.m. on July 14.

The 11-day Summer League will take place on the campus of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. The annual event features many of the top young prospects just entering the league, or D-League stars looking for their big break into the NBA.

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6:18 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

UNO Will Discontinue Some Degree Programs

A working group made up of of the deans of the five academic colleges and other university leaders will evaluate the university's 84 degree programs to decide which to keep and which to cut.
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The University of New Orleans announced Friday that it will begin assessing all of the school’s degree programs to determine which programs should be dropped in an effort to streamline resources and cut costs, the Advocate reports.

UNO currently has 84 degree programs. A working group made up of of the deans of the five academic colleges and other university leaders will evaluate the programs to decide which to keep and which to cut.

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6:05 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Another Roadblock For Uber's Expansion Into New Orleans

The Uber smartphone service provides an alternative to traditional taxi and limousine services in over 70 cities. The New Orleans City Council has introduced an ordinance forcing the service to charge minimum fares of $25-$35.
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The smartphone-based car service Uber has encountered a barrier to its expansion into New Orleans in the form of high minimum fare requirements, the New Orleans CityBusiness reports.

The city council introduced legislation last week that would establish a minimum fare of at least $25 for an Uber sedan ride. Uber officials were expecting a minimum fare requirement of about $10 to $15 dollars. A $25 minimum fare would be one of the more expensive minimums in more than 70 cities where the service operates.

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9:13 am
Fri June 13, 2014

New Trial Granted For Former BP Engineer

Archive photo of the Hale Boggs Federal Courthouse in New Orleans.
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A federal judge in New Orleans is ordering a new trial for a former BP engineer convicted of deleting text messages related to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

It stems from comments the jury forewoman overheard in a courthouse elevator.

BP engineer Kurt Mix was convicted in December of deleting messages he exchanged with his supervisor. Prosecutors allege he was trying to obstruct a grand jury investigation. Defense attorneys interviewed jurors after the verdict.

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7:24 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Business And Political Leaders Gather For Flood Insurance Meeting

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Business and political leaders are meeting in New Orleans Friday to discuss ways of providing affordable flood insurance.

FEMA Administrator David Miller will be explaining how it's assembling maps that are used for setting flood insurance premiums.

The meeting was arranged by GNO, Inc. The business development group led a drive to revamp legislation that could have resulted in some premiums rising from less than $1,000 to tens of thousands of dollars.

GNO, Inc. President Michael Hecht says it may be time to review the overall process for getting flood insurance.

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6:21 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Insight: Super PACs Have Arrived in Louisiana Politics

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 6:46 pm

 

The race for Senate is just starting to heat up. Sen. Mary Landrieu’s campaign started running a new TV ad recently.

Congressman Bill Cassidy, who is challenging Landrieu for her seat, released his first ad this week. 


Each cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to air. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Jeremy Alford, publisher of LaPolitics.com, wrote this week about how the floodgates for campaign fundraising are opening up in Louisiana. 

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4:23 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Payday Loan Reform Advocates Appeal to Federal Government

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 6:48 pm

Efforts to get payday loan reform in Louisiana failed in the state legislature during the recently concluded session. The advocacy group Together Louisiana has since sent a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau asking for safeguards to be enacted nationally.

Together Louisiana wants the bureau to implement new rules that would prohibit issuing payday loans to borrowers already in debt or unable to afford repayment, and increase the reporting requirements on payday loan transactions.

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12:58 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Admitting Privilege Rules for Louisiana Abortion Providers Signed into Law

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 6:55 pm

Doctors providing abortions in Louisiana will need admitting privileges at a nearby hospital according to a law signed by Gov. Bobby Jindal Thursday. 

Supporters of Louisiana’s new law say it’s aimed at protecting a woman in the event something goes wrong with an abortion.  

Advocates for access say the requirements could lead to the closure of all the clinics providing abortions in Louisiana, except for two in north Louisiana whose doctors already have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. 

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