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WRKF
9:47 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Louisiana Act 1: "Still Unconstitutional"

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 12:09 pm

The Jindal administration and the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, a union, got to take a second bite of 2012’s Act 1 when the state Supreme Court sent the issue of the law’s constitutionality back to district court for a re-hearing.

19th District Judge R. Michael Caldwell says the apple is still poisoned, ruling again that the measure, sometimes called the “teacher tenure law”, is unconstitutional.

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Education
10:54 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Judge Revisiting Challenge Of Teacher Tenure Law

A Baton Rouge judge is reconsidering his decision to throw out Gov. Bobby Jindal's revamp of teacher tenure and salary laws.

Judge Michael Caldwell had ruled the legislation was unconstitutional because it bundled together too many items spanning Louisiana's education laws. But the Louisiana Supreme Court vacated Caldwell's decision and asked him to re-evaluate his ruling.

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BP Oil Spill
10:05 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Trial Winds Down For Former BP Engineer

A federal trial is drawing to a close for a former BP drilling engineer charged with deleting text messages about the company's response to its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Jurors are scheduled to hear closing arguments Monday in Kurt Mix's trial on two counts of obstruction of justice. Mix didn't testify at his trial, which started two weeks ago.

Mix pleaded not guilty to charges he deliberately deleted text messages to and from a supervisor and a BP contractor to stymie a grand jury's probe of the spill.

Business
4:12 am
Tue December 10, 2013

BP Argues Companies Are Unfairly Cashing In On 2010 Spill

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010.
Gerald Herbert AP

Originally published on Tue December 10, 2013 11:56 am

Oil giant BP is challenging hundreds of millions of dollars in claims that were filed by businesses after the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The total price tag for BP's oil spill is huge — $42.5 billion. At issue here is a fraction of that — but still a lot of money. BP says $540 million has been awarded to businesses for losses that "are either nonexistent, exaggerated or have nothing to do with the Deepwater Horizon accident."

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Latest News
12:34 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Jury Hears From Ex-Cop Charged In Katrina Shooting

A former New Orleans police officer has testified at his retrial that he thought he saw a gun in the hand of the man he shot and fatally wounded outside a strip mall in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath.

David Warren's testimony Monday marks the second time he has tried to explain to a jury why he fired a shot at 31-year-old Henry Glover less than a week after the storm's landfall.

Warren says he feared for his life when he shot Glover, but prosecutors say Glover wasn't armed and didn't pose a threat.

BP Oil Spill
7:00 am
Mon November 4, 2013

BP Claims Settlement Heads To Appellate Court

BP says claims system is allowing fraud.

The BP oil spill claims agreement is heading back to a courtroom in New Orleans on Monday. The oil company says fraudulent claims are being paid.

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Latest News
6:00 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Former Mayor Nagin Loses Motion To Dismiss Corruption Indictment

Judge rejects argument of prosecutorial misconduct.

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has failed in his attempt to avoid trial on corruption charges. A federal judge refused to dismiss the 21-count indictment.

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Latest News
10:15 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Justice Department Appeals Danziger Ruling

Judge's ruling for new trial is being appealed.

The Justice Department is appealing a judge’s ruling that overturned convictions of five former New Orleans police officers convicted in a shooting during the chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina. That shooting of unarmed civilians left two dead and four wounded.

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Latest News
9:22 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Cruelty Charge Dropped Against Swamp Tour Guide

The Breaux Bridge swamp tour guide that a national animal rights group accused of cruelty to an alligator has been cleared of one charge but admitted to a misdemeanor violation of illegal possession of an alligator.

Chester Cedars, chief prosecutor in St. Martin Parish, tells The Advocate Bryan Champagne was fined $250 plus court costs for the possession charge.

The investigation of Champagne followed a YouTube video that showed him striking the head of an alligator with boat oar while members of a tour watched.

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BP Oil Spill
2:05 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Phase 2 Of BP Trial Focuses On Amount Of Spilled Oil

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig is seen burning in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010. A second phase of the BP trial, which started this week, looks at just how much oil spilled into the Gulf.
Gerald Herbert AP

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 11:48 am

In a New Orleans courtroom this week, BP and the federal government are arguing over how much oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon explosion in 2010.

Oil flowed from the out-of-control well for nearly three months. Just how much oil spilled will be key in determining the amount BP will have to pay in federal fines and penalties.

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