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7:30 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Students Missing Out On Millions In Financial Aid

Almost half of Louisiana students are missing out on millions of dollars of federal financial aid that could help them get skills training or college degrees after high school.

Education Superintendent John White said yesterday that only 44 percent of Louisiana's public high school seniors fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

That application is used to determine if students are eligible for Pell grants, work study programs and other types of aid.

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7:27 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Deputy Indicted For Allegedly Failing To Stop Jail Fight

A grand jury has indicted an Orleans Parish sheriff's deputy in connection with a stabbing inside Orleans Parish Prison.

The Sheriff's Office said 42-year-old John Dupart was charged with counts of malfeasance in office and principal to aggravated battery. The Sheriff's Office says Dupart did not follow procedures, which resulted in an altercation at the jail.

Dupart is not accused of taking part in any violent act himself. His attorney says the allegation is that Dupart didn't stop a fight.

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7:30 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Possible Settlement Reached Over Disability Lawsuit With New Orleans Schools

A tentative agreement has been reached in a 2010 federal lawsuit that claimed New Orleans schools failed to fulfill obligations to students with a variety of disabilities — including autism, hyperactivity and bipolar disorder.

U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey said in an order made public yesterday that an "agreement in principle" had been reached in the lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center on behalf of 10 students.

Settlement efforts had been going on for months.

Attorneys involved declined comment because the agreement is not yet final.

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7:25 am
Thu December 11, 2014

IG Finds Progress And Problems At NOPD Evidence Room

The New Orleans Police Department evidence room has tightened controls since $200,000 went missing five years ago.

But an Inspector General’s report finds some evidence in criminal cases remains at "high risk of theft or misplacement."

The 29-page report found the evidence room is plagued by a lack of documentation, poor record-keeping and vague guidelines.

It says staff members fail to conduct inventories each year and whenever a key-holder position changes. The report says that violates best practices and NOPD policy. 

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4:58 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Parts Of Slidell Under A Boil Water Advisory

The city of Slidell issued a boil water advisory this afternoon after a water main burst on Bayou Liberty Road. The boil advisory effects the following streets and areas:

Bayou Liberty (300 Block)
Camellia Drive
West Camellia Drive
Palm Lake Subdivision
Palm Drive
Palm Circle
South Palm
Oleander North Palm
Oak Lane
Little Place
Bayou View
Grand View
Lookout Court
Jennifer Lane
Island Drive
Middle Brook Drive
Bywater Drive
Bonfouca Drive
Canulette Road
Brentwood Court

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3:15 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

MobileQubes Aims To Solve The Problem Of The 'Dead' Cell Phone

New Orleans-based company MobileQubes offers portable phone chargers in high traffic areas around the city.
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It’s a problem almost everyone has had — being far away from home with a cell phone battery that is dead or dying. A new company based in New Orleans, MobileQubes, is offering a solution.

Sean Carrigan got the idea to manufacture portable phone and tablet charging devices about two years ago. He was in a New Orleans restaurant after a long day of multitasking on his smartphone, and his battery was almost dead.

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8:03 am
Tue December 9, 2014

St. Tammany Flood Board Holding First Meeting

A new levee board created to build flood protection projects in St. Tammany Parish is meeting for the first time today.

The nine commissioners of the St. Tammany Levee, Drainage and Conservation District will meet in Mandeville.

Nola.com/The Times-Picayune reports the board is made up of gubernatorial appointees from communities throughout the parish.

The board was set up by the Legislature this year. It will work as other levee boards do in Louisiana — looking after the parish's flood control needs. As a political subdivision of the state, it has taxing authority.

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7:56 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Cassidy To Meet With McConnell Over Committee Assignments

Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy is returning to Washington to begin preparations for his transition to the Senate.

Cassidy has a meeting later Tuesday with incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. They are expected to discuss upcoming committee assignments.

He knows he's getting on the energy committee. That's a promise McConnell made to Cassidy to help undercut Democratic incumbent Senator Mary Landrieu touting her committee position as essential to Louisiana.

Cassidy posted a 12-point victory in Saturday's runoff over Landrieu. 

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7:43 am
Mon December 8, 2014

St. Bernard Parish Voters Reject Multiple Financial Ballot Measures

Voters in St. Bernard Parish rejected several tax measures to pay for a number of public services.

It’s seen a sign of growing frustration over the cost of rebuilding their parish since Hurricane Katrina.

Nola.com/The Times-Picayune reports that most tax renewals pass in most elections. But the rejection of several financial matters in Saturday’s election could show the discontent in a parish that’s much smaller post-Katrina.

Voters also recently rejected a proposed new tax for their parish hospital.

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8:20 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Republicans Outspending Landrieu In Senate Runoff

Louisiana Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu is heading into tomorrow’s runoff against Republican congressman Bill Cassidy with almost no financial help from outside allies.

In all, 97 cents of every political dollar spent outside the two campaigns since November 5 has been to help Cassidy.

Landrieu's backers all but walked away from her after she failed to capture the majority of the vote in last month’s primary. Under Louisiana law, that put her into a runoff with Cassidy.

Since then, Republicans have spent heavily to boost the three-term House member.

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