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7:17 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Cuba Policy Change Draws Praise And Anger

Changes proposed by President Obama to ease the Cuba trade embargo sparked strong reaction in New Orleans. Views came in favor — and strongly opposed — to resuming diplomatic relations.

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10:16 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Chicago-Based Video Game Developer Opening A Studio In The CBD

Chicago-based video game developer High Voltage Software is opening a studio in the Central Business District next month.
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Enticed to Louisiana by the state's generous tax incentives, a Chicago-based video game developer is opening a studio in the Central Business District next month.

High Voltage Software has had a hand in developing some classic video game titles — like Mortal Kombat, Toy Story, and Captain America.

The firm will lease a suite at Place St. Charles starting next month. Eventually, they plan to employ 80 people at annual salaries ranging from $50,000 to $120,000.

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7:27 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Biloxi Council: Mardi Gras Bead Tossing Should Be One-Way

The Biloxi City Council is considering an ordinance, based on a similar ordinance used in New Orleans, that would protect people riding on floats and marching in parades from throw-backs by spectators.
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The Biloxi City Council is considering an ordinance, based on a similar ordinance used in New Orleans, that would protect people riding on floats and marching in parades from throw-backs by spectators.

The Sun Herald reports a first reading of an ordinance came Tuesday without comment. Council President Kenny Glavan later said that he's had a couple of krewes ask for the protection.

The ordinance says people sometimes throw beads and other items back on the floats where participants are occupied, potentially injuring them.

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11:17 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Post-Katrina Resentment Revived By Court's Ruling On Public School Employees

It was an abrupt reversal of fortune that stirred lingering resentment and fresh tears more than nine years after Hurricane Katrina: Louisiana’s Supreme Court overturned rulings from two lower courts and tossed out a lawsuit that said roughly 7,500 New Orleans public school employees were wrongfully fired after levee failures during the 2005 storm led to inundation of the city.

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7:26 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Tulane Researching Post-Katrina Public Education Reforms

Tulane University has announced a comprehensive study on public education reform that’s taken hold in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The plan is to share what has been learned in the radically overhauled school system.

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7:21 am
Wed December 17, 2014

New Orleans School Superintendent Candidates Down To Two

The Orleans Parish School Board came one step closer to choosing a new superintendent last night. The board voted unanimously to bring back two of three possible candidates for another round of interviews.

Henderson Lewis Jr. is superintendent of East Feliciania Parish and a member of the St. Bernard Parish School Board. Debbra Lindo served as a superintendent in northern California.

The search for a new superintendent has lasted nearly two and a half years. Board member Ira Thomas says that search may be coming to a close.

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6:02 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Seattle Software Company Puts Down Roots In Louisiana

Seattle software testing company qalytics is opening an office at the Louisiana Technology Park in Baton Rouge.
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A Seattle technology company that tests software is opening operations in Baton Rouge, a move that will create about 35 permanent jobs with annual salaries of about $27,000.

Gov. Bobby Jindal made the announcement Tuesday about qalytics LLC.  The company says it will open an office in the Louisiana Technology Park in Baton Rouge.

Qalytics will specialize in quality assurance and publishing services for the digital media industry. The company says it will start hiring soon.

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4:59 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

85 Endangered Turtles Being Rehabbed On Gulf Coast

Scores of endangered turtles hurt by the unusual cold in Massachusetts have been brought to the Gulf Coast to be rehabilitated and eventually released into the wild.
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Scores of endangered turtles hurt by the unusual cold in Massachusetts have been brought to the Gulf Coast to be rehabilitated and eventually released into the wild.

Hundreds of cold-stunned young Kemp's ridley sea turtles have washed up on Massachusetts beaches since November. The condition, like human hypothermia, can be fatal.

The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans says it received 27 of the turtles on Monday. Institute for Marine Mammal Studies director Moby Solangi says 32 are in Gulfport.

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7:31 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Senator Vitter Gets Judiciary Committee Seat

Republican Louisiana Senator David Vitter says he has been appointed to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The assignment sets him in the middle of what likely will become major disagreements in the next Congress.

Those include fights over President Obama's nominee for the attorney general, and the president's immigration plan to help those living in the United States illegally.

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2:54 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Production Begins In New Orleans On Navy's Newest Hovercraft

Textron Systems New Orleans will build the Navy's newest, more efficient hovercraft.
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Textron Systems New Orleans held a ceremony on Monday to mark the start of production of the Navy's newest hovercraft: a landing craft designed to haul vehicles, heavy equipment, and supplies over water and beaches.

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