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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.
Credit U.S. General Services Administration

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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Politics
10:49 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Congressman Scalise Running For House Whip

Congressman Steve Scalise.
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Republican Congressman Steve Scalise of Jefferson is seeking the number three leadership position in the House majority reorganization.

The New Orleans Advocate reports Scalise will be running for the post of House majority whip.

It comes as Republicans handle the fall-out of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor losing his Virginia seat to tea party candidate David Brat.

Scalise has served in the House since 2008. He’s facing opposition for the whip job from an Ohio congressman.

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10:37 am
Thu June 12, 2014

City Drops Charity Hospital Renovation

The old Charity Hospital has been shuttered since Hurricane Katrina.
Credit Erin Krall / WWNO

The plan to renovate Charity Hospital appears to be dead.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the soaring construction estimate along with a lack of state money caused him to abandon the concept.

He says the city can’t afford the project.

In a statement, the mayor said he could not “in good faith” ask the city to assume a $200 million debt when that money could be used for long-overdue street repairs.

He says he will now invest FEMA and capital funding into City Hall and the Civil District Court buildings to make them more efficient and safe.

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7:35 am
Wed June 11, 2014

UNO Receives Grant To Improve Device Protecting Sea Turtles

The University of New Orleans has been awarded an 18-month $200,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to improve a device used aboard shrimp boats intended to protect sea turtles.
Credit University of New Orleans

The University of New Orleans has been awarded an 18-month $200,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to protect sea turtles.

The project is aimed at improving a device used on shrimp boats.

That device is called an “excluder.”

It allows a captured sea turtle to escape when it’s caught up in a net.

Since 1978, all sea turtles in U.S. coastal waters have been classified as either threatened or endangered.

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