Jefferson Parish

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2:00 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Appeal Planned In Jefferson Parish Katrina Flooding Lawsuit

Attorneys who brought a class-action lawsuit against Jefferson Parish say they will appeal a 9-3 jury verdict that found the parish was negligent in its emergency response planning but that the negligence didn't cause the flooding suffered by tens of thousands of Jefferson property owners during Hurricane Katrina.

Attorney Richard Martin tells The New Orleans Advocate the plaintiffs' legal team is still working out the details and may even go back to Judge John Peytavin's court with a post-trial motion first.

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10:15 am
Wed January 15, 2014

12 Seated In Jefferson Parish Katrina Flooding Case; 4 More Needed

Seven more jurors have been chosen to hear a class-action lawsuit against Jefferson Parish and its former president, Aaron Broussard, for Hurricane Katrina flooding.

The Times-Picayune reports Tuesday's action brings to 12 the number of people empaneled to hear evidence in the case.

Attorneys will return Wednesday for a third day of questioning prospective jurors in an attempt to select four more people who say they can be fair and impartial.

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1:30 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Garbage Collection Takes Holiday Break In Jefferson Parish

Authorities in Jefferson Parish say there will be no curbside garbage collection Christmas or New Year's Day.

Residents whose garbage normally is picked up on Wednesdays will have collections on Saturday, Dec. 28, and Saturday, Jan. 4.

Curbside recycling collections will take place on Christmas and on New Year's Day.

The parish's four trash drop-off sites and the Jefferson Parish Landfill will be closed on Christmas and New Year's Day.

Education
1:30 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Young Audiences Opening Its First Charter School

Roscoe Reddix uses art in classroom instruction.
Credit Young Audiences

There are art programs in schools. And there are schools devoted solely to art. A new charter school in Jefferson Parish is getting ready for a unique approach to education that uses art in traditional subjects.

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3:28 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Jefferson Council Calls Meeting on Housing Board

The Jefferson Parish Council will decide the fate of five commissioners who oversee the parish's embattled housing authority in March.

The Advocate reports Council Chairman Chris Roberts announced a special meeting March 1. Parish President John Young has asked the council to replace the housing authority board.

Mardi Gras 2013
2:11 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Krewe of Zeus Cancels Parade?

WWL-TV has reported that the Krewe of Zeus has canceled its Lundi Gras parade.

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9:26 pm
Sun January 13, 2013

Harvey Man Convicted of Molesting Young Girls

A Harvey man who served as deacon at a New Orleans church has been convicted of sexually abusing girls as young as 4 years old.

Jefferson Parish prosecutors say his victims include a woman when she was a child and her two daughters more than decade later.

The Times-Picayune reports 58-year-old Michael Videau faces mandatory life in prison when he is sentenced next month.

A jury deliberated almost four hours Thursday before convicting Videau of seven counts, involving five victims.

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4:40 pm
Sat January 5, 2013

I-10 Lanes to Close in Jefferson Parish

Work to reset concrete barrier walls along Interstate 10 in Jefferson Parish will cause periodic lane closures Sunday and Monday.

State transportation officials say the highway's left eastbound lane between the Veterans Memorial Boulevard and Clearview Parkway exits will be closed on Sunday at 9:30 p.m. and remain closed until 2 a.m. on Monday.

The highway's westbound left lane between the Clearview Parkway and Transcontinental Drive exits will be closed from 12-5:30 a.m. on Monday.

Education
12:44 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Jefferson School Board to Vote on Redistricting Map

The Jefferson Parish School Board will adopt a redistricting map this week that will then be sent to the Department of Justice for approval.

After reviewing competing proposals from board members, school board president Mark Jacobs tells The Advocate a decision was made to hire an outside firm to help the board present a map that ensured all districts were within the legal requirements.

Glenn Koepp of Redistricting LLC was brought on to design and recommend a new map.

Politics
12:23 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

Metairie Lawmaker's Resignation Effective Jan. 1

Jefferson Parish Rep. Tony Ligi has turned in his resignation letter, to take effect at the start of the new year.

Ligi, a Republican from Metairie, is leaving the state House because he is taking a new position as executive director and chief legal counsel for the Jefferson Business Council.

He told lawmakers Friday that his resignation will be effective Jan. 1, though he also told them he'll still be watching activities at the state Capitol.

House Speaker Chuck Kleckley hasn't yet set a date for a special election to fill the vacant House seat.

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