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7:40 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Group Says Shrimp Often Mislabeled

An advocacy group says consumers can't be sure what kind of shrimp they're buying just by looking at the label or menu in supermarkets, grocers and restaurants across the nation.

Oceana did a DNA-based survey of shrimp sold at outlets in New York City; Washington, D.C.; Portland, Oregon; and various spots around the Gulf of Mexico.

The group says it found about 30 percent of 143 shrimp products it obtained from more than 100 vendors were not what the label said.

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7:36 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Question Of Clout Triggers Spiritied Exchange In Final Senate Race Debate

The three main candidates for US Senate squared off in the final debate before the November 4 election. A spirited exchange was triggered over the question of clout.

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5:41 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Refurbished Tomb Of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau To Be Unveiled On Halloween

Before getting a new look, the tomb of Marie Laveau in St Louis Cemetery No. 1 was a target for vandals.
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The final resting place of New Orleans Voodoo queen Marie Laveau has been restored to its original state. The refinished tomb in Cemetery No. 1 will be unveiled this Friday, on Halloween.

According to, Bayou Preservation was hired in August by the Archdiocese of New Orleans and Save Our Cemeteries to return the monument to its 200-year-old original state. The restoration cost $10,000.

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5:15 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Tammany Trace Celebrates 20 Years With A Two-Day Festival

Twentieth anniversary celebrations for the Tammany Trace recreation path begin Saturday morning in Covington.
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The Tammany Trace — the popular paved cycling and hiking path that follows a narrow, asphalt ribbon through St. Tammany Parish — will celebrate its 20th anniversary this weekend with a two-day festival.

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7:51 am
Wed October 29, 2014

State Sues Corps Of Engineers Over MRGO

Louisiana coastal restoration officials are suing a federal agency over the cost of fixing damage blamed on a now-closed south Louisiana waterway.

The federal court lawsuit was filed Tuesday in New Orleans by the Coastal Restoration and Protection Authority. It notes that the man-made Mississippi River Gulf Outlet is widely blamed for contributing to flooding during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It says federal law ordering the closure of the channel also requires the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to restore wetlands damaged by years of poor maintenance of the waterway.

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7:59 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Judge Backs St. Tammany Lawsuit To Block Fracking

A state district judge in Baton Rouge has refused to block a lawsuit filed by St. Tammany Parish officials working to stop a proposed oil drilling and fracking project.

Parish officials filed the lawsuit in June. They argue that the well is proposed for an area zoned residential, and that the parish has the authority to ban hydraulic fracturing.

The state Department of Natural Resources' Office of Conservation wants the suit thrown out.

But the judge told attorneys yesterday that the case has enough merit to be heard.

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7:06 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Study: BP Spill Left An Oily 'Bathtub Ring' On The Sea Floor

A new study by David Valentine, the chief scientist on the federal damage assessment research ships, estimates that about 10 million gallons of oil coagulated on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico around the damaged Deepwater Horizons oil rig.
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New research shows that the BP oil spill left an oily “bathub ring” on the sea floor that’s about the size of Rhode Island.

The study by David Valentine, the chief scientist on the federal damage assessment research ships, estimates that about 10 million gallons of oil coagulated on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico around the damaged Deepwater Horizons oil rig. Valentine said the spill left other splotches containing even more oil.

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7:48 am
Mon October 27, 2014

UNO Grades Its Programs

A University of New Orleans faculty group has graded the 80 degree programs offered at the school.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the programs are judged on criteria including student demand, graduation rate and tuition revenue.

Those getting top marks include undergraduate programs in biological sciences, psychology, mechanical engineering, and hotel, restaurant and tourism administration.

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7:45 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Chiquita Finds Downtown New Orleans Property

Chiquita has chosen a site near downtown New Orleans to ripen the bananas it ships in from Central America.

Port President and CEO Gary LaGrange tells New Orleans CityBusiness that the company will lease private property on Earhart Boulevard near South Claiborne Avenue. 

The company’s search was thought to involve only port-owned property. According to port officials, the produce company required about 40,000 square feet of space.

Chiquita has continued handling the ripening process at the Port of Gulfport in Mississippi.

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7:57 am
Fri October 24, 2014

New Orleans Man Monitored For Ebola Exposure

A New Orleans man is being monitored for Ebola.

The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta notified state health officials about the man, who just returned from a country affected by Ebola.

The New Orleans Advocate reports that state officials say the man has no symptoms, but will be staying home through November 5.

He is being observed under the same conditions as an LSU employee who returned to Baton Rouge earlier this month, after training Liberian police officers on Ebola safety procedures.