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Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery
1:49 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Landrieu: Nearly $8.4M for new veterans cemetery

Nearly $8.4 million in federal funds has been set aside for the establishment of the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Slidell.

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu says the money will cover the construction of a main entrance, an administration building, a maintenance facility, roads and other infrastructure for the cemetery which will cover 21 acres.

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Notes from New Orleans
4:01 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

The Birds & The Bees

Carrollton resident Claudia Garofalo has raised chickens and even honey bees in her Uptown neighborhood for years.

Most people have a dog or two, a couple of cats, even a parakeet. But how would you feel if your neighbors tended to chickens or other unconventional pets? On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin sits down to have an overdue conversation about the birds and the bees.

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NOPD Reform
1:59 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

City, feds fear delays in police reform case

The city of New Orleans and the federal government want to limit the role of various groups that hope to help shape federally enforced reforms in the scandal-plagued New Orleans Police Department.

An agreement was announced last month that would settle a Justice Department complaint against the city. But it requires approval of a federal judge, who is to hold a hearing on Aug. 29.

Latest News
6:00 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Study Shows New Orleans in Poverty Crisis

A new study says New Orleans is in a poverty crisis. The review, commissioned by the Greater New Orleans Foundation and conducted by the Greater New Orleans Comunity Data Center, finds financial trouble extending to the middle class.

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Budgeting For Outcomes
6:00 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Mayor Landrieu Hears Budget Ideas at Community Meetings

Mayor Landrieu says using a refurbished Charity Hospital as a new City Hall is a good idea.
Erin Krall WWNO

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has begun his annual round of community meetings to set budget priorities for the coming year. Some suggestions range from fixing streets to using the shuttered Charity Hospital as a new City Hall.

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Movie Makeup
1:04 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

SLU offers makeup for movies class

Southeastern Louisiana University's Division of Extended Studies is offering a non-credit course on makeup for filmmaking.

Available for high school students and adults interested in the film industry, the course will be taught by Tara Bennett, a freelance makeup artist with experience in makeup for photography, film, and theatrical stage.

The course is scheduled on the university's main Hammond campus on Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. from Sept. 12- Oct. 10. The cost is $125, which includes all materials needed, and one continuing education credit will be awarded.

Delhi Charter School
11:29 am
Wed August 8, 2012

ACLU: school lawyer looking at pregnancy policy

MONROE — A northeast Louisiana charter school that prevents pregnant female students from attending school and can force them to take a pregnancy test to continue attending school if administrators "suspect" a pregnancy has drawn the attention of the American Civil Liberties Union.

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ULL Student Union
11:36 am
Mon August 6, 2012

ULL student union project begins soon

The long-awaited renovations to University of Louisiana at Lafayette's student union are scheduled to begin in a few weeks.

By the time the semester starts Aug. 20, William Crist, campus facilities manager, tells The Advocate the only service open in the building will be the bookstore.

Crist says construction will start around Aug. 15 and the completion date as of right now is August of 2014.

Students gave their support to the update and expansion of the building about 10 years ago when they approved a $55 fee per semester dedicated to the renovation project.

Community
2:20 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Nicholls to offer '1st generation' scholarships

Nicholls State University will offer 24 scholarships this fall exclusively to students who are the first in their family to attend college.

The scholarships will range from $500 to $1,250 for qualifying students. The Daily Comet reports that money for Nicholls' First-Generation Endowed Undergraduate Scholarship Program will come from Board of Regents. There will be matching funds from Thibodaux-area contributors.

Community
1:46 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Xavier hosting 'The Big Read'

Xavier University in New Orleans, working with the New Orleans Public Library, has been awarded a grant to host "The Big Read."

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts that is designed to restore reading to the center of American culture.

Xavier was one of 76 not-for-profits to be recommended to host a Big Read project. In a news release, the university said The Big Read in New Orleans will focus on the novel "A Lesson Before Dying" by Ernest Gaines. Activities will take place Feb. 23 and March 23.

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