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8:01 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Levee Board Meeting On Lawsuit To Force Wetlands Repair

The levee board suing 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies to force repairs of wetlands damaged over the years by production will be discussing the lawsuit Thursday.

It comes after Governor Bobby Jindal signed legislation that blocks the board from pursuing that plan.

He says the lawsuit runs counter to the state’s master plan for coastal restoration.

The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East will have a closed-door session to discuss the lawsuit.

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7:59 am
Thu June 19, 2014

GOP House Members Voting Today On Scalise For Whip

Steve Scalise.
Credit Gage Skidmore / Flickr

Republican Congressman Steve Scalise of Jefferson will be finding out later today if he’ll take over the number-three spot in House GOP leadership.

He’s asking his colleagues to elect him House Whip.

In that position, he’d be in charge of wrangling votes from fellow Republicans on legislation the party supports.

Two other Congressmen are running for the post — one from Illinois, the other from Indiana.

The shakeup comes after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his Virginia seat earlier this month to a Tea Party challenger.

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4:49 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

State Coastal Leaders Convene To Discuss Future Projects

Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority had its monthly meeting on Wednesday.
Louisiana GOHSEP Flickr

Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority had its monthly meeting on Wednesday. Officials discussed BP oil spill money, sediment diversions, sea level rise, and beach and dune restoration.

Laurie Cormier is the Coastal Zone manager in Southwestern Louisiana’s Calcasieu Parish. Cormier also sits on the CPRA. She says the focus in her region is the creation of breakwaters, which help protect against storm surge.

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WRKF
4:10 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Jindal Moves to Withdraw Louisiana from Common Core

Jindal addresses the press on Wednesday

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 6:47 pm

Governor Bobby Jindal announced Wednesday his intent to withdraw the state from the Common Core Educational Standards.  


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8:07 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Opponents Continue Fight Against St. Tammany Parish Fracking Proposal

While critics of a proposed hydraulic fracturing project in Mandeville appeared at a state hearing in Baton Rouge, a lawsuit was filed in a nearby courtroom to stop the plan.

The New Orleans Advocate is reporting that the state Department of Natural Resources is considering a permit requested by Helis Oil and Gas. The hearing focused on whether the 960-acre parcel north of Interstate 12 is large enough to handle the process known as fracking.

The St. Tammany Parish Council is filing a lawsuit claiming the project can’t be done on land zoned for residential use.

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8:02 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Sentencing Delayed Again For Former Mayor Nagin

C. Ray Nagin.
Credit Franklin Reyes / AP

There’s been another delay in the sentencing of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. The federal court is now scheduled to decide the case  July 9.

Former Mayor Nagin could be facing at least 20 years for the 20 guilty verdicts he received on corruption charges.

They include bribery, fraud and money laundering that occurred during his two terms in office. It’s the second delay in the sentencing.

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Features
7:59 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Audubon Zoo Welcomes Bonnie The Rhino

Bonnie the rhinoceros. A rhino's best-developed sense is her hearing.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

Bonnie the rhinoceros, a 15-year-old Southern White Rhino weighing more than two tons, is the latest new arrival at the Audubon Zoo.

Bonnie, who was born and raised at the Lion Country Safari in Florida, joins the one male and two female rhinos already living at the Zoo. Bonnie arrived in late April and has been acclimating herself to her new surroundings.

“The hope is she will breed with our male Saba and produce much needed new blood into the captive rhino population,” says Bill Smith, Audubon Zoo's Curator of Hoofstock.

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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

Credit Janet Wilson / WWNO

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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New Orleans Pelicans
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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