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BP Oil Spill
7:00 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

More BP Oil Washes Ashore As Trial Date Set In Federal Court

A soiled Grand Isle beach weeks after the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Jason Saul WWNO

BP oil discovered on Mississippi barrier islands.

Oil continues to wash up on Gulf of Mexico shorelines from BP’s underwater well explosion almost four years ago. The find comes as a key trial date is set in federal court in New Orleans.

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Environment
3:48 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Environmental Groups Sue Plaquemines Coal Terminal For Violating Clean Water Act

Coal and petroleum waste leak into the Mississippi River from the United Bulk Terminal facility in Plaquemines Parish on Feb. 18. A consortium of environmental groups sued the facility Tuesday morning.
Credit Scott Eustis / Healthygulf.org and SouthWings.org

A lawsuit filed Tuesday morning by a coalition of environmental groups says the United Bulk Terminal, a coal export plant in Plaquemines Parish, is polluting the Mississippi River and threatening communities, and wetlands, nearby.

With a number of new coal plants scheduled to come online in the next few years, the lawsuit seeks to bring the plant into compliance with the law, and up to the standards of other states.

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WRKF
3:02 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Getting That Settlement Paid Could Take an Act of the Legislature

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 6:44 am

Each session, lawmakers file appropriations bills, trying to get the state to pay what courts have ruled is owed to plaintiffs.

This session, one of the 26 “Appropriations/Judgment” bills is authored by Crowley Representative Jack Montoucet, on behalf of the Louisiana Probation and Parole Officers Association. The amount due that group is $3,722,315.00.

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Latest News
12:05 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Death Row Inmate Released From Angola

The entrance to Angola Prison, where Glenn Ford spent decades on death row for a crime he did not commit.
msppmoore Flickr

Glenn Ford released from Angola Prison.

A Louisiana man has been released from death row after serving almost 30 years behind bars. New information shows he was not involved in the murder of a Shreveport jeweler in 1983.

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BP Oil Spill
7:00 am
Tue March 4, 2014

BP Loses Appeal Of Payment Process

A Grand Isle beach soiled with oil after the BP spill.
Jason Saul WWNO

Federal appeals panel backs lower court ruling.

BP has lost an appeal of how much it has to pay in damages caused by its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A split decision by a three-judge panel could restart a payment process that has been on hold while the appeal was pending.

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Latest News
1:08 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Cooling Plan In Store For Louisiana Death Row

The entrance to Angola Prison, where death row inmates are housed.
msppmoore Flickr

The state corrections department says the only way it can lower heat levels on Louisiana's death row to a federal judge's requirements is by installing air conditioning.

U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson ruled in December that death row gets so hot it violates U.S. constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment. He demanded a plan to cool the cells so the heat index never goes above 88 degrees.

Windows and fans are currently the primary sources of ventilation on death row.

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Latest News
10:59 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Nagin Sentencing Set For June

Former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin.
Franklin Reyes AP

Former Mayor Ray Nagin set to return to court.

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin will be on home detention for several weeks. The federal court set June 11 for his sentencing for public corruption.

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Latest News
6:15 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Former Mayor Ray Nagin Guilty Of Corruption

Former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin leaving the federal courthouse today after a jury found him guilty of 20 counts of corruption.
Credit Clint Durrett / WDSU.com

Guilty on 20 of 21 counts of corruption.

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has become the first mayor in the city’s history to be convicted of corruption. A jury of six men and six women found him guilty of 20 of 21 charges of bribery, money laundering and tax evasion.

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Latest News
4:25 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Former New Orleans Mayor Found Guilty On 20 Counts

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 12:43 pm

A federal jury has convicted former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin on charges that he accepted bribes, free trips and other gratuities from contractors in exchange for helping them secure millions of dollars in city work while he was in office.

The jury today convicted Nagin of 20 of 21 counts against him.

Nagin was indicted in January 2013 on charges he accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and truckloads of free granite for his family business in exchange for promoting the interests of a local businessman.

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Latest News
1:17 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Found Guilty Of Corruption

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin enters court for his corruption trial in New Orleans last month. He was charged with accepting bribes, free trips and other gratuities from contractors in exchange for helping them secure millions of dollars in city work.
Gerald Herbert AP

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 6:35 am

A federal jury has found Ray Nagin guilty of bribery and fraud. The former New Orleans mayor, 57, was accused of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks, in an indictment that included 21 counts. He was found guilty on 20 of those counts.

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