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Latest News
1:48 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Lafourche councilman accuses colleague of assault

One Lafourche Parish councilman has filed an assault complaint against another after an argument during a meeting continued outside.

Lafourche sheriff's Capt. Roy Gros tells The Daily Comet that since nobody else was present and the councilmen's accounts differ, no arrest was made pending further review.

Councilman Jerry Lafont told the newspaper that Councilman John Arnold shoved him Tuesday night.

Arnold said he just put his arm up to keep Lafont out of his face.

Higher Education
1:44 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Ex-Rep. Bob Livingston donates papers to Tulane

Former U.S. Rep. Bob Livingston, who spent 22 years in Congress, has donated his congressional papers to the Louisiana Research Collection at Tulane University, his alma mater.

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Election 2012
1:24 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Jindal traveling to Iowa to stump for Romney

Gov. Bobby Jindal is heading to Iowa to tout Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Jindal spokesman Kyle Plotkin said the Louisiana governor will travel to Iowa on Thursday for the Romney campaign events.

The appearances are certain to continue speculation that Jindal is a contender to be Romney's pick for a running mate.

Jindal will be one of several Romney surrogates on the campaign trail this week while the former Massachusetts governor is traveling through England, Israel and Poland.

Latest News
6:00 am
Thu July 26, 2012

President Obama Opens National Urban League Convention

President Obama kicked off the 2012 National Urban League conference in New Orleans.
Erin Krall WWNO

President Obama attended two private fundraisers in New Orleans before addressing the start of the National Urban League meeting at the Convention Center. He reassured his most ardent supporters that his policies haven’t changed, and asked for continued support.

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LSU Hospitals
6:08 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Jindal says LSU hospitals will protect services despite cuts

Gov. Bobby Jindal says he's confident LSU's network of public hospitals and clinics will protect health care services, despite cuts that strip a quarter of the system's funding.

Lawmakers have said they don't understand how the university-run health care system can shrink its budget by $329 million this year without shutting facilities that take care of the poor and uninsured.

But Jindal on Tuesday told reporters that "LSU is well on their way to presenting a plan that's going to protect critical services."

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Education
5:55 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

BESE approves accountability plan for vouchers

Louisiana's top education board has backed accountability standards suggested by Superintendent of Education John White for the private schools that will get taxpayer-subsidized students through the voucher program.

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 9-2 Tuesday for the criteria.

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Healthcare Cuts
8:58 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Lawmakers criticize few details in state health cuts

Louisiana lawmakers are bristling about getting few details and no ability to decide the $523 million in budget cuts Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has made to health care programs.

Several complained the governor's staff wasn't explaining the gravity of the slashing and the implications on the LSU network of public hospitals and clinics that care for the poor and uninsured.

The cuts are tied to a drop in Louisiana's federal Medicaid funding that was passed in congressional legislation after the state's 2012-13 budget was already crafted.

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Southeast Louisiana Hospital
12:22 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Mandeville psychiatric hospital prepares to close

Almost 60 years since it opened, the Southeast Louisiana Hospital — a psychiatric facility that gained national notoriety in 1959 when then-Gov. Earl Long was briefly committed there — is preparing to close down its daily operations.

The Times-Picayune reports that the hospital's closing is part of an $859 million cut to the state's federal Medicaid program.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals hopes to send all 176 beds occupied at the hospital to other public and private hospitals in the state.

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DWI Tracking
4:00 pm
Sun July 22, 2012

Idea of creating DWI tracking system revived

The idea of creating a statewide DWI tracking system is gaining steam again.

The Advocate reports that the 2004 death of an ambitious Louisiana project called the Integrated Criminal Justice Information System dashed hopes for a statewide DWI tracking system that was to be tied to it.

But interest in reviving that program may be growing.

The state Legislature recently requested that the mothballed Integrated Criminal Justice Information System policy board reconvene and report its progress to state lawmakers during the 2013 regular session.

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Jefferson Performing Arts Center
12:52 pm
Sun July 22, 2012

Credit line blocked for JPAS project

Rep. Cameron Henry has blocked the use of almost $10 million in lines of credit intended for the Jefferson Performing Arts Center, saying he wants Jefferson Parish officials to explain why the project costs have skyrocketed.

The Times-Picayune reports the Metairie Republican asked the state Bond Commission for a 30-day delay in reauthorization of the line of credit.

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