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Education Lawsuit
12:41 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

New Lawsuit Planned Against Jindal Voucher Program

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A teacher union says it is about to file a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal's voucher program.

Leaders of the Louisiana Association of Educators say they will lodge their challenge against the education changes Friday in Baton Rouge district court. They object to the use of the state's public school financing formula to pay for tuition to private and parochial schools.

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Teachers
12:37 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Lawyer: School Board Should Appeal Katrina Case

The Orleans Parish School Board's attorney says the board should appeal a ruling that thousands of New Orleans teachers and other school workers were wrongfully fired after Hurricane Katrina shut down the city and scattered its people in 2005.

William Aaron said Thursday he will recommend that the board take state Civil District Judge Ethel Simms Julien's decision to the state 4th Circuit Court of Appeal.

Education
6:30 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Judge Rules New Orleans School Employees Wrongfully Terminated After Hurricane Katrina

A judge in New Orleans has ruled in favor of school employees fired after Hurricane Katrina. The decision could pave the way for thousands more workers in a class-action lawsuit.

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Henry Glover Trial
1:58 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Court to Review Cops' Convictions in Katrina Case

A federal appeals court has scheduled a hearing for the case against three former New Orleans police officers convicted of charges stemming from a man's fatal shooting and burning of his body in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath.

A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear arguments on both sides of the case on July 11.

Gulf Oil Spill: Costner Lawsuit
11:22 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Jury Sides with Costner in BP Spill Lawsuit

Kevin Costner says his reputation was at stake as he defended himself against accusations that he cheated fellow actor Stephen Baldwin out of millions of dollars in a lucrative BP contract for oil-cleaning machines after the 2010 spill.

Baldwin and a friend were seeking $17 million in damages, saying they could have made at least that much in the deal. A federal jury sided with Costner and gave them nothing. 

Danziger Bridge Shootings
10:50 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Judge: Katrina Case's Leaks are "Serious Business"

A federal judge says he is determined to identify the source of leaked information about the Justice Department's probe of a deadly New Orleans bridge shooting following Hurricane Katrina. Attorneys for five former officers convicted of charges arising from the shootings claim media leaks blocked a fair trial. 

Katrina Bridge Shootings
1:20 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Judge Seeks Records Related to Leaks Probe

A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Justice Department to turn over any documents that show they tried to determine whether somebody leaked confidential information about its probe of deadly police shootings on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina. The judge is planning a hearing Wednesday on the matter.

Latest News
6:00 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Trial Winding Down Over Kevin Costner's Oil Clean-up Device

Star-powered testimony has wrapped up in federal court in New Orleans. Actors Kevin Costner and Stephen Baldwin are facing off over profits from a device aimed at cleaning up the BP oil spill.

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Gulf Oil Spill: Costner Lawsuit
10:33 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Baldwin: Didn't Invest in Oil Cleanup Devices

Actor Stephen Baldwin says nobody asked him to invest any money or join Kevin Costner in lobbying BP to use oil cleanup devices that the two actors were touting in the aftermath of the 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Baldwin testified Monday at a trial for his lawsuit against Costner over a multimillion-dollar business dispute involving the cleanup devices.

Education
8:04 pm
Sat June 9, 2012

Second teacher union will sue over Jindal's plan

BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana Association of Educators says it too will file suit to throw out a set of sweeping education changes pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal and passed by lawmakers in the just-ended legislative session.

Directors of the teachers union voted Saturday to file suit over changes to the state's elementary and secondary school funding formula that will pay for a statewide voucher program, online schools, college tuition scholarships and an expansion of charter schools.

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