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Tiger Truck Stop
10:44 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Appeals Court Hears Truck Stop Tiger Case

Tony the Tiger.
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An attorney for a truck stop owner told a Louisiana appeals court that an animal rights group and several individuals had no legal right to file suit in 2010 challenging a Grosse Tete truck stop's state permit to house a 550-pound tiger at the facility.

But a lawyer representing the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the other plaintiffs countered that Tony poses a threat to the "safety and welfare of the citizens" and that those very citizens, as taxpayers, had the right to contest the permit.

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Latest News
10:35 am
Wed February 20, 2013

New Retrial Dates Set for Ex-Cops in Katrina Case

A federal judge has rescheduled the retrials of two former New Orleans police officers charged in the fatal shooting of a man whose body was burned in a car in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath.

A retrial is scheduled to start Aug. 26 for David Warren, who shot and killed 31-year-old Henry Glover outside a strip mall less than a week after the 2005 storm.

A retrial for Travis McCabe, who is charged with writing a false report on Glover's shooting, is set to start Sept. 23.

BP Oil Spill
11:00 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Judge OKs Transocean's $1 Billion Civil Settlement Over Gulf Oil Spill

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 11:10 am

A federal judge in New Orleans has approved a $1 billion civil settlement over its role in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill where 11 men died in April of 2010, the AP reports.

As we reported back in January, federal authorities blamed Transocean "for acting negligently when the rig's crew proceeded with maneuvers to the deep-sea well in the face of clear danger signals that oil and natural gas were flowing."

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BP Oil Spill
10:23 am
Tue February 19, 2013

BP Ready for Trial in Civil Case

BP says it has failed to reach a settlement in advance of next week's civil trial on the Deepwater Horizon accident and is ready to defend itself vigorously against allegations of gross negligence in the U.S.'s biggest environmental disaster.

Rupert Bondy, the group's general counsel, said in a statement Tuesday that settlement demands were "not based on reality or the merits of the case."

Billions are at stake in the Feb. 25 trial in New Orleans to determine BP's civil liability. BP already agreed to a $4.5 billion settlement of federal criminal charges.

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Latest News
3:05 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

LSU Ex-Staffer Says She Was Fired For Report

An LSU faculty member claims she was fired after reporting what she called the School of Art's theft of more than $75,000 from students.

In Margaret Herster's lawsuit filed in state District Court, the digital art instructor says the art program illegally charged students course fees that hadn't first been approved by the Legislature as required by law.

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1:51 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Lawsuit Claims L'Auberge Casino Owner Stopped Payments

A Texas company that built the frame for L'Auberge Baton Rouge has sued the casino's parent company and two executives for $1.9 million.

In a lawsuit filed in Livingston, Texas, Postel Industries Inc. claims money budgeted by Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. to pay Postel was kept or used for other purposes. The lawsuit names as defendants the company along with Chief Executive Officer Anthony Sanfilippo and Senior Vice President of Construction Kirk England.

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WRKF
3:03 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Bernette Johnson Sworn in as La. Supreme Court Chief

Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 2:08 pm

Her honor Bernette J. Johnson was sworn in as Louisiana's first African American chief justice Friday morning. Johnson was only able to take her seat after two civil rights lawsuits.

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Latest News
12:41 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Jori Lirette's Father Tells Doctors Beheaded Son Wasn't Real

Experts testify that a man accused of beheading his disabled 7-year-old son and leaving the head in his yard really thinks the boy was a robot or a ventriloquist's dummy.

The Daily Comet reports that a psychiatrist and a psychologist testifying for Jeremiah Wright have told state District Judge John LeBlanc Tuesday that they don't think Wright is faking a delusion about Jori Lirette.

Testimony continues Wednesday and Thursday in the sanity hearing for Wright, who is charged with first-degree murder of Lirette.

Latest News
7:00 am
Wed January 30, 2013

BP Facing Billions More In Fines Over Oil Spill

Huge civil penalties looming for BP.

BP has agreed to a $4 billion settlement of a criminal case filed by the Justice Department over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A pending civil case could cost tens of billions of dollars more in penalties.

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BP Oil Spill
4:04 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Judge OKs BP Criminal Settlement

Federal court judge approves settlement of BP's criminal case.

A federal judge in New Orleans has approved a settlement of criminal charges filed against BP over its 2010 oil spill. The oil company will pay $4 billion and admit to manslaughter in the accident that killed 11 workers.

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