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5:04 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

New Restrictions On Bluefin Tuna Fishing In The Gulf

New restrictions are being placed on fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic coast to protect the prized Bluefin tuna species from overfishing.
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New restrictions are being placed on fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic coast to protect the prized Bluefin tuna species from overfishing.

On Monday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the rules, which affect commercial fishing vessels and take effect in January.

Under the new rules, fishermen will be barred from the practice of using miles-long fishing lines in areas of the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of North Carolina during certain sensitive periods for Bluefin tuna.

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5:01 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Mayor Landrieu Says Race Relations Will Be One Focus Of City's 300th Anniversary Celebrations

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu plans to make racism and race relations constant touchstones as New Orleans prepares to celebrate its 300th anniversary in 2018.
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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu plans to make racism and race relations constant touchstones as New Orleans prepares to celebrate its 300th anniversary in 2018, NOLA.com reports.

Landrieu announced a commission composed of eight planning committees will help plan the 2018 celebration of the founding of New Orleans. One of the eight committees will be called the "racial reconciliation" committee.

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4:45 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

New Orleans Shoppers Encouraged To Spend Locally On Cyber Monday

In New Orleans this year, there’s a push to make Cyber Monday more profitable for local businesses.
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Percentage-wise, New Orleans has more local businesses than most other American cities. In fact, the city has the fifth-best ratio of local to non-local businesses in the country.

So in New Orleans this year, there’s a push to make Cyber Monday more profitable for local businesses.

Mark Strella is the program manager for Stay Local, a group whose mission is to raise visibility for locally owned, independent businesses. He says when people shop online with big box retailers, very little of that money trickles down to  New Orleans.

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2:27 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Vessel Fire Off Grand Isle Prompts Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue

The Coast Guard medevaced four people from a vessel fire 35 miles southwest of Grand Isle, La.
Credit U.S. Coast Guard

Four people were airlifted to regional hospitals by the Coast Guard this morning after a supply ship fire, according to a statement released by Coast Guard Sector New Orleans.

The Coast Guard says they received a report of a vessel fire from the offshore supply ship Dustin Santos at approximately 7 a.m. Monday morning.

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7:48 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Jefferson Parish Reviewing Desegregation Compliance

The Jefferson Parish public school system's desegregation task force will hold public meetings Monday and Tuesday.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports the meetings are being held to get public input on the system's compliance with its federal desegregation agreement. The deal requires racial diversity and equal school choices on both sides of the Mississippi River.

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7:46 am
Mon December 1, 2014

New Orleans March Marks Ferguson Grand Jury Ruling

Protesters stage a "die-in" for 4 1/2 minutes to mark the 4 1/2 hours the body of Michael Brown remained on the street in Ferguson, MO.
Credit Mallory Falk / WWNO

Over 300 people gathered at Lee Circle on Sunday for a peaceful demonstration in solidarity with Ferguson, Missouri. The event marked the grand jury's decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown.

The demonstration was organized by Black Youth Project, a group of young activists working to end the criminalization of black youth.

Organizer Naima Savage:

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7:58 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Protests Continue Over Ferguson Decision

About 100 people marched through parts of New Orleans Tuesday night to protest the Ferguson, Missouri grand jury decision.

Nola.com/The Times-Picayune reports no one was arrested.

The crowd marched from Lafayette Square though Uptown. Police blocked protesters from stopping traffic on Interstate 10.

Officers blocked access to on-ramps.

In Baton Rouge, the Advocate reports about 200 people protested at the LSU campus — without incident.

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7:55 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Second Audit Supports Accuracy Of BP Claims Process

A second audit into BP damage claims over its Gulf oil spill says the process is correct 99.5 percent of the time.

Nola.com reports the third-party audit was released by claims administrator Patrick Juneau.

It was requested by BP after the first report found last year that the program was running properly.

And a separate court-ordered check found only isolated claims of fraud.

No comment yet from BP.

The oil company has been battling to remove Juneau as claims administrator. It says settlements are tainted by fraud and mistakes.

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7:24 am
Tue November 25, 2014

NOPD To Investigate Inmate Death

New Orleans police will lead the investigation into the death of an inmate at the Orleans Parish jail.

NOPD spokesman Tyler Gamble says state police could play a supporting role in the investigation.

The New Orleans Advocate reports Sheriff Marlin Gusman spoke with police Superintendent Michael Harrison yesterday, and agreed the NOPD will take the lead.

The case centers on the death of inmate Willie Lee.

Coroner Jeffrey Rouse determined Lee died in March of a heart attack after a fight. He classified the death as a homicide.

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7:22 am
Tue November 25, 2014

New Orleans Has Peaceful Protest Over Ferguson Decision

More than 50 people gathered in New Orleans to protest the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri.

It was peaceful and there were no arrests.

Nola.com/The Times-Picayune reports more than 50 people protested the decision not to indict the police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

The New Orleans group entered the police station on Rampart Street, and then moved on to the entrance to Armstrong Park.

Plans are reportedly being made for upcoming protests.

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