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3:01 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Chiquita Banana To Return To New Orleans

Louisiana and the Port of New Orleans offered Chiquita more than $5 million in incentives to move from the Port of Gulfport, Mississippi. Chiquita moved from New Orleans to Miss. in the 1970s after more than 70 years in New Orleans.
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Chiquita Brands International Inc. is returning to New Orleans after nearly 40 years, bringing up to 350 new jobs.

Gov. Bobby Jindal and Chiquita official Mario Pacheco say the company is moving from the Port of Gulfport, Mississippi, where it relocated in the 1970s after more than 70 years in New Orleans. Louisiana and the port offered more than $5 million in incentives.

The officials say Chiquita is expected to begin shipping through New Orleans in early 2015. The move will leave the Port of Gulfport without one of its four principal tenants.

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2:44 am
Wed May 14, 2014

New Orleans Police Hope To 'Win The City Back,' One Kid At A Time

New Orleans police investigate a shooting in February. Though the city's murder rate is down for a second straight year, it's still high compared with other cities.
Michael DeMocker The Times-Picayune/Landov

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 8:25 am

New Orleans is making progress toward losing the "murder capital" label. For a second straight year, homicides declined in the city, in keeping with a nationwide trend.

For African-Americans in the city, though, the numbers are less comforting. Of the nearly 350 killings in the past two years, 91 percent of the victims have been black. It's a cycle that's worrisome to the city's African-American community — and law enforcement.

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5:23 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Helis Oil & Gas Agrees To A Phased Approach To Fracking In St. Tammany

St. Tammany Parish officials announced plans Tuesday afternoon for a scaled-back approach to fracking with Helis Oil & Gas.
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Helis Oil & Gas Company has agreed to a phased approach to its project in St. Tammany, starting only with a conventional vertical well, the Times-Picayune reports.

St. Tammany Parish officials announced the scaled-back plans Tuesday afternoon.

The proposal calls for Helis to drill down 13,000 feet vertically, and to analyze the findings over three to four months.  

The company has agreed to proceed with hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, only if commercially-viable quantities of oil are found to be present.

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5:10 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Civil Rights Complaints Target New Orleans Charter Schools

New Orleans charter schools are named in a federal civil rights complaint as being discriminatory against students of color.
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A coalition of groups opposed to charter schools says it is filing federal civil rights complaints claiming discrimination by officials running school systems in New Orleans, Chicago and Newark, New Jersey.

Copies of the complaints were released today by the Journey for Justice Alliance. They say black students in the three cities suffer because of the closure of traditional public schools or the conversion of them into charter schools — run by independent organizations under charters approved by state or local education officials.

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3:47 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

A State Tax Holiday For Buying Emergency Supplies

Louisiana offers a state tax holiday for residents who are buying emergency supplies in preparation for storm season, which begins June 1st.
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On May 24 and 25, purchases of flashlights, batteries, portable generators and other emergency supplies are free from Louisiana's 4 percent state sales tax.

The Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday gives residents a chance to prepare for storm season, which begins June 1.

The sales tax holiday applies to the first $1,500 of the purchase price of each item, according to Revenue Secretary Tim Barfield.

Eligible items include: flashlights and candles, portable radios, batteries, and food storage coolers.

Local taxes on these items still apply.

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3:34 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Jindal To Use $74M In Savings Ideas Next Year

Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration outlined plans to shrink spending across state government by $74 million dollars in the upcoming budget year.
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Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration outlined plans to shrink spending across state government by $74 million dollars in the upcoming budget year that begins July 1.

Ideas include: Thinner asphalt for some paving projects, fewer toll-free numbers across state agencies, allowing pregnant women on Medicaid to use midwives instead of traditional, more expensive delivery rooms, and expanded rehabilitation programs for inmates.

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7:00 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Report: New Orleans A National Leader In Infrastructure Jobs

New Orleans ranked 14th on a list of 100 metropolitan areas with strong infrastructure economies.
Credit Erin Krall / WWNO

Brookings Institution study reviewed several industries under a new "infrastructure" designation.

A report released Friday by the Brookings Institution shows New Orleans as having one of the leading workforces in infrastructure business in the nation. The jobs that fall under that new category are paying high wages and are expected to last for several years.

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5:05 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

City Council Clears The Way For Controversial Holy Cross Development

Supporters and opponents of the Holy Cross development packed City Hall chambers on Thursday. The council voted to approve the zoning changes that will allow the development to proceed.
Janaya Williams WWNO

Cheers and jeers erupted in city council chambers Thursday afternoon as the council voted “yes” to allowing a hotly contested zoning change that will clear the way for a developer, Perez APC, to build a five-story mixed-use residential property on the former site of the Holy Cross School in the Lower 9th Ward.

Neighborhood residents who fought to force the developer to build within current zoning laws left the meeting disappointed and angry. But supporters of the development, like Eric O’Neal Sr., said they were elated that the project would finally be allowed to move forward.

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7:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Holy Cross Project Heads To New Orleans City Council

Holy Cross residents plan to fight a proposed mixed-use development.

A controversial development proposed for the Holy Cross neighborhood in the Lower 9th Ward heads to the New Orleans City Council later today. Neighbors are fighting a 13-acre development they say threatens riverfront neighborhoods throughout the city.

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5:10 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Bill To Boost Teacher Retirement Age Nearing Final Passage

The Senate backs a bill that would require public school teachers and most new state employees to wait 2 years longer to retire.
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Public school teachers and most new state employees would have to wait longer to retire, under a proposal that received the unanimous backing of the state Senate Wednesday.

Current law generally allows that non-hazardous employees in the Louisiana State Employees' Retirement System, the Teachers' Retirement System of Louisiana and the Louisiana School Employees' Retirement System can retire at age 60 with 5 years of service.

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