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2:59 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Nearly 4,000 May Get Damages In Chinese Drywall Suit

Homeowners in Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Virginia, Texas and Alabama are eligible to share damages awarded in a lawsuit against Chinese drywall manufacturer Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd.
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A federal judge has ruled that nearly 4,000 homeowners who say Chinese drywall ruined their homes are eligible to share any further damages he may award in lawsuits against a government-owned manufacturer that failed to show up in court.

Attorney Leonard Davis of New Orleans said Monday that notices were sent Friday to the homeowners in Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Virginia, Texas and Alabama.

U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon certified all plaintiffs in nine lawsuits last week as members of a class-action suit against Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd.

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7:44 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Former BP Engineer Awaiting Retrial Allowed Overseas Travel

A former BP engineer waiting for a retrial on charges stemming from the 2010 oil spill has been granted permission to travel abroad.

A federal judge says that Kurt Mix will be allowed to travel to China next month to attend his stepson's wedding, and visit with family.

Prosecutors have accused Mix of deleting text messages about the amount of oil hushing from the blown-out well.

He was convicted on one count in 2013 but won a new trial based on juror misconduct. He has pleaded not-guilty.

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4:48 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Jindal: End Flights From Ebola-Stricken Areas

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is urging the Obama Administration to block flights coming into the United States from Ebola-stricken countries.
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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is urging the Obama Administration to block flights coming into the United States from Ebola-stricken countries.

In a statement Friday, Jindal said, "Even countries in Africa have cut back on or stopped accepting flights from countries with Ebola outbreaks."

Jindal's comments come as the U.S. begins treating at least two people diagnosed with the virus after visits to West Africa.

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4:36 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Louisiana Receives $340 Million From BP For Coastal Restoration

Louisiana will receive $340 million dollars from oil giant BP for coastal restoration projects in the state. The payout was given final approval Friday by BP’s trustees.
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Louisiana will receive $340 million from oil giant BP for coastal restoration projects in the state.

The payout was given final approval today by BP’s trustees.

The oil company must pay for damages caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, under the rules of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment program.

Louisiana plans to use the money for “outer coast restoration,” including rebuilding barrier islands in the state.

Beach, dune, and marsh habitat creation projects are planned for four islands in the state, including Whiskey Island and Shell Island.

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7:37 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Delay Granted For Former BP Executive Accused of Obstruction Over Oil Spill

A former BP executive charged with obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has gotten a delay in his case.

David Rainey's court arraignment, originally set for this week, was re-scheduled for December 3 by a federal magistrate judge in New Orleans Thursday.

Rainey faces charges of obstruction of Congress and false statements. He currently is set for trial March 9. He has pleaded not guilty.

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4:26 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

New Metered Parking Rules For Drivers With Handicap Tags

The New Orleans City Council approved new rules for drivers with handicap tags or plates.
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After today, New Orleans drivers with handicap tags and license plates will be able to park in metered parking spaces for up to three hours without paying.

The City Council passed the new ordinance on Thursday.

Disability activists say they had been seeking to change the parking laws for many years, but never made progress until threatening to sue the city for violating the Americans With Disabilities Act, NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports.

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7:38 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Entergy Issuing Refunds, Asking For Merger

Some Entergy customers will be getting a small, one-time break on their bill.

The Louisiana Public Service Commission has approved a refund for customers of Entergy Louisiana and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana.

Those two companies are also asking the commission for permission to merge into a single utility.

Entergy Louisiana services New Orleans suburbs north to Monroe. Entergy Gulf States Louisiana services customers from Baton Rouge west to the Texas state line. They have about 900,000 customers combined.

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7:36 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Army Corps Nixes Public Hearing On Coal Terminal

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has decided against holding a public hearing on a coal export terminal in Plaquemines Parish.

Officials say there’s no new information that would affect its regulatory authority over the project.

RAM Terminal wants a permit to operate on 600 acres near Ironton.

Environmental groups say the terminal would spoil coastal restoration projects.

Grace Morris is senior organizer with Gulf Restoration Network. She says more environmental reviews are needed.

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5:16 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Louisiana Emergency Responders Prepare For The Possibility Of Ebola

Governor Bobby Jindal said in a statement that state agencies and emergency responders have been working for weeks to prepare public health workers to treat possible cases of Ebola in Louisiana.
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Governor Bobby Jindal met with emergency management officials Wednesday to discuss Louisiana’s preparedness for a possible Ebola outbreak.

On Tuesday, a man in Dallas became the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States.

The governor said in a statement that state agencies and emergency responders have been working for weeks to prepare public health workers to treat possible cases of Ebola.

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7:33 am
Wed October 1, 2014

New Orleans Joins HUD Complaint Against Bank of America

A New Orleans housing group is signing on to national complaints alleging the Bank of America is contributing to blight by letting foreclosed homes fall into disrepair.

The National Fair Housing Alliance says the bank is especially neglectful in African American and Latino neighborhoods.

James Perry of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center said 26 homes that B of A owns in New Orleans are in disrepair.

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