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  • Lane closures on I-10 high-rise bridge in New Orleans likely to continue after fire damage

    11/22/2017 11:10:01 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The New Orleans Advocate ^ | November 17, 2017 | Della Hasselle
    Commuters who take the Interstate 10 high-rise bridge over the Industrial Canal should be ready for continued delays, with two eastbound lanes shut down out of concern for the span's structural integrity, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development said Friday. Following a large tire fire Wednesday under the bridge on the east side of the canal, crews have shut down two of the three eastbound lanes on the bridge, and the work could continue into early next week. The westbound lanes are open. An overhead traffic camera operated by WWL-TV on Friday showed heavy traffic on the eastbound approach...
  • Report: (Louisiana) Governor's office staff member resigns amid sexual harassment allegations

    11/22/2017 6:36:13 PM PST · by abb · 15 replies
    The (Baton Rouge, LA) Advocate ^ | November 22, 2017 | Staff
    A key member of Gov. John Bel Edwards' staff has resigned due to allegations of sexual harassment, WBRZ reported. LaPolitics.com first reported that Deputy Chief of Staff Johnny Anderson resigned Wednesday after multiple sexual harassment allegations were made against him. Deputy Chief of Staff Richard Carbo said in a statement to WBRZ Wednesday evening that the governor's office was made aware of the allegations Tuesday and that the office holds a "zero tolerance" policy for sexual harassment. "We take these allegations very seriously," the statement read. "Upon commencement of the investigative process, Johnny Anderson resigned from the Governor's Office."
  • John Schroder is Louisiana's new treasurer

    11/18/2017 7:20:44 PM PST · by abb · 17 replies
    The (New Orleans, LA) Times Picayune ^ | November 18, 2017 | Julia O'Donoghue
    Former state Rep. John Schroder, R-Covington, will be Louisiana's next state treasurer, as he was headed for a lopsided victory over Derrick Edwards with votes being counted Saturday (Nov. 18). A House member for nine years, Schroder spent most of his legislative career focused on fiscal policy and was a member of the House Appropriations Committee, which writes the state budget. While in the statehouse, Schroder was a vocal critic of the budget practices of both Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, and former Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican, for not forcing the state to "live within its means" when...
  • Flap over federal grant latest in tense city-state relationship on I-49 project in Lafayette

    11/16/2017 8:00:53 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Acadiana Advocate ^ | October 21, 2017 | Ben Myers
    What to do with the rundown, dangerous and divisive Evangeline Thruway is a critical open question facing state transportation officials planning an elevated interstate connection through the heart of Lafayette. The Department of Transportation and Development is considering two options: keep the basic structure in place as a frontage road, or reinvent a portion of the roadway as a pedestrian-friendly “Grand Boulevard.” The thruway cordoned neighborhoods to the east when it was built in 1963, and the boulevard idea aims to reconnect those neighborhoods to downtown commerce. State officials and their consultants said a decision will come within a year....
  • IT services company says New Orleans project will create 2,000 direct jobs (Louisiana)

    11/14/2017 8:55:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 13, 2017 | Stephanie Kelly
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - An information technology services company formed this year from a merger involving Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co (HPE.N) on Monday announced plans to establish a digital services center in New Orleans, bringing 2,000 new jobs to the city. Virginia-based DXC Technology Co (DXC.N) will develop the center to create digital services for its global clients, which total nearly 6,000 across 70 countries, the company said in a statement. DXC was formed in April by a merger between CSC and Hewlett’s Enterprise Services business. To secure the project, Louisiana offered DXC an $18.7 million incentive package in performance-based...
  • Republicans Say Moore’s More Trouble Than a Senate Seat’s Worth

    11/10/2017 12:25:53 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 103 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | November 10, 2017 | by JONATHAN ALLEN
    WASHINGTON — Roy Moore could do more damage to the GOP brand than an Alabama Senate seat is worth. NBC News has not confirmed that (sic) allegations; the woman didn't file a police report or bring a civil suit. Moore, now 70, called the charges "completely false" in a statement released by his campaign Thursday. It's a "no-win situation through and through" for the GOP, said Doug Heye, a former Senate and House Republican aide. "He's not worth it," Heye said. The question of how to handle Moore has both political and moral components, said Republicans who spoke to NBC...
  • Disabled Navy vet refuses to receive award from Saints over national anthem protests

    11/03/2017 12:07:39 PM PDT · by topher · 11 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 3-Nov-2017 | By Ryan Gaydos
    A disabled Navy veteran said he declined to accept an award at a New Orleans Saints game due to the controversy over players protesting during the national anthem. The Saints organization was going to honor retired Cmdr. John Wells, the executive director of Military Veterans Advocacy, with the Peoples Health Champion award during last week’s game in New Orleans, according to The Advocate. On Wednesday he told the organization he was unable to accept the award at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome because of the anthem protests. Saints players have been seen kneeling before the anthem and some continue to do so...
  • Court: Governor can't protect LGBT rights via order

    11/01/2017 12:52:53 PM PDT · by topher · 5 replies
    KATC TV News ^ | 1-Nov-2017
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards lost his latest legal battle Wednesday over his executive order aimed at protecting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in state government. A three-judge panel of Louisiana's 1st Circuit Court of Appeal upheld a lower court's December decision that the Democratic governor's executive order was an unconstitutional attempt to expand state law. The unanimous appellate ruling was a victory for the Republican state attorney general, Jeff Landry, who had issued an opinion saying the order violated the state constitution. Landry had refused to approve various state agency...
  • Five-day search for Lake Pontchartrain oilfield worker ends with body's discovery

    10/21/2017 1:16:33 PM PDT · by BBell · 12 replies
    http://www.nola.com/ ^ | 10/20/17 | Drew Broach
    The five-day search for Timothy Morrison, an oilfield worker who disappeared when a storage platform exploded while his crew was cleaning it in Lake Pontchartrain, ended Friday afternoon (Oct. 20) with the discovery of his body about three miles west of the structure. A Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office helicopter spotted the body on the shoreline near the Jefferson-St. Charles Parish border just after 1 p.m., and authorities recovered it for an autopsy, Jefferson Sheriff Joe Lopinto said. Morrison was one of eight men who were cleaning the Clovelly Oil Co. platform about 1 and 1/2 miles northwest of Kenner's Williams...
  • Asked to leave, man returns to Ponchatoula bar with samurai sword

    10/17/2017 4:49:25 PM PDT · by BBell · 33 replies
    http://www.nola.com/ ^ | 10/16/17 | Bob Warren
    Ponchatoula police arrested a man Sunday morning for bringing a samurai sword in a bar after he had been asked to leave the premises, authorities said. Shawn Verret was inside the Stray Cats bar when he got into an argument and was asked by bar personnel to leave the premises, the Ponchatoula Police Department said in a news release. Police said Verret re-entered the bar around 2 a.m. with a mask on top of his head and samurai sword in his hands. He was asked again to leave and police were notified. Police arrived a short time later and found...
  • #BREAKING: Oil Rig Explodes in Louisiana

    10/15/2017 7:22:03 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 17 replies
    alboenews.net ^ | October 15, 2017 | Al Boe
    KENNER, LOUISIANA (ALBOENEWS) — An oil rig has exploded in Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana, according to local media. The incident occurred on Sunday evening and has caused multiple injuries.
  • Police to arrest 10 people in LSU fraternity pledge's death

    10/11/2017 1:24:02 PM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    AP ^ | October 11, 2017 | Michael Kunzelman
    Ten people will be arrested on hazing charges in the death of a Louisiana State University fraternity pledge after a night of drinking, LSU officials said Wednesday. One of the 10 suspects, Matthew Alexander Naquin, also faces a negligent homicide charge in the death last month of 18-year-old Maxwell Gruver, a freshman from Roswell, Georgia, LSU said in a statement.
  • Champion projects 200 jobs at new Vernon plant (Louisiana)

    10/09/2017 9:10:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Leesville Daily Leader ^ | October 9, 2017 | Jim Butler
    The Vernon Parish Police Jury on Monday approved Champion Home Builders for participation in the parish’s ad valorem tax exemptions under the industrial tax exemption program, clearing the way for a $1.3 million plant to build manufactured homes in Leesville. Jury President Jim Tuck said Champion plans to create 200 new direct jobs at the plant in Northside Industrial Park. “I am very proud for the City of Leesville, as well as the surrounding communities,” Leesville Mayor Rick Allen said. “The jobs that this company will provide are desperately needed. We have worked to lease the Industrial Park, not to...
  • Breaux Bridge student hospitalized Wednesday; her parents speak out

    10/06/2017 10:30:42 PM PDT · by topher · 77 replies
    KLFY.com ^ | 6-Oct-2017 | By Caroline Marcello
    [Intro by Topher: a High School cheerleader (small female) was put in ICU by football player. She was defending Autistic student from football player. Football player hit her multiple times. With that, read the article] Correct title: Breaux Bridge student hospitalized Wednesday; her parents speak out [Article takes 6 paragraphs to tell you what I told you in my Intro] BREAUX BRIDGE (LA.) KLFY- The St. Martin Parish the Sheriff’s Department and the St, Martin Paris School Board are officially investigating an incident that left one Breaux Bridge high student hospitalized. Regan Boudreaux, a junior at Breaux Bridge high loved...
  • Tropical Storm Nate aims at New Orleans amid worries about drainage system

    10/06/2017 8:33:46 PM PDT · by topher · 27 replies
    Chicago Tribune/AP ^ | 6-Oct-2017 | Stacey Plaisance and Kevin McGill
    When Tropical Storm Nate formed and forecasts put New Orleans in its projected path for this weekend, one big question loomed for residents and business owners: Will the pumps work? "That's now a thought in everybody who lives in New Orleans," said Devin Shearman, a manager at Katie's restaurant and lounge, which flooded during an unexpected rainstorm Aug. 5. It was one of two flash floods this past summer that led to revelations about personnel and equipment problems at the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board, the agency that runs the pumping system that drains the city. Some pumps weren't...
  • Tropical Storm Nate Likely To Form From System In Caribbean (Florida Panhandle?)

    10/04/2017 11:27:37 AM PDT · by blam · 51 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10-4-2017 | Travis Fedschun
    After a brief pause in tropical activity, another system formed Wednesday in the Caribbean and will likely become Tropical Storm Nate, according to the National Hurricane Center. Tropical Depression 16 is located about 210 miles south-southeast of Cabo Gracias a Dios on the border of Nicaragua and Honduras, the weather service said in its 11 a.m. ET advisory. The system has sustained winds of about 35 mph, moving northwest at 7 mph, and "is expected to become a tropical storm later today or tonight." Meteorologist Adam Klotz has more Video NOAA predicts most active hurricane season since 2010 "On the...
  • Tropical Storm Nate Forms in the Caribbean Sea and Is Forecast to Hit Gulf Coast as Hurricane This W

    Tropical Storm Nate has formed in the western Caribbean Sea and is increasingly likely to pose a threat to parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast as a strong tropical storm or a low-end hurricane this weekend, after tracking over Nicaragua and Honduras today. It is now likely that Nate will make landfall along the northern Gulf Coast, somewhere between Louisiana and Florida, Sunday. It remains too soon to tell where exactly this landfall will occur. The uncertainty in Nate's forecast track is higher than normal. Most guidance also suggests this landfall will most likely be as a low-end hurricane. However,...
  • Schilling taking down NFL signs

    10/01/2017 5:25:05 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 67 replies
    KATC ^ | Sept 26, 2017
    Schilling Distributing Company has decided to remove Bud Light signs that feature the NFL and the Saints from stores that get their beer from Schilling. The company issued the following statement today: Schilling Distributing Company has made the decision to pull all Bud Light point-of-sale material featuring the NFL and New Orleans Saints marks following last weekend's National Anthem protests. Schilling has been locally Veteran-Owned through three generations since 1950, and it strongly supports our Nation's flag and law enforcement. Schilling believes that while everyone has a right to peacefully protest, doing so at the expense of our National Anthem...
  • Poll: Majority in Louisiana says NFL players should be fined or fired after anthem protests

    09/28/2017 11:07:44 AM PDT · by abb · 12 replies
    The (Baton Rouge, LA) Advocate ^ | September 28, 2017 | Staff
    A new poll has found that more than half of Louisiana voters surveyed think some form of punishment should befall NFL players who protest during the national anthem. Of the 525 registered voters surveyed in a poll sponsored by the University of New Orleans, 30.2 percent said players should be fired, while an additional 26.6 percent said they should be fined. The remaining 43.2 percent answered that neither of those things should happen. The sentiment comes following a week of leaguewide protests that saw one or more players on 18 different teams kneel during the anthem. The protests have been...
  • Fearing fights, Central High removes national anthem from pep rally only to put it back after outcry

    09/28/2017 10:00:53 AM PDT · by abb · 17 replies
    The (Baton Rouge, LA) Advocate ^ | September 28, 2017 | Charles Lussier
    Worried about potential fights breaking out if students protested, Central High School earlier this week decided not to have students sing the national anthem Friday afternoon at a school pep rally, but after a parental outcry the school will play the song after all. “We’ve learned a very valuable lesson,” said Sandy Davis, assistant superintendent of Central public schools. Parents in the suburban, politically conservative Baton Rouge school district took to social media Wednesday and Thursday to complain about the school’s decision not to sing “The Star Spangled Banner” at the pep rally, prompting the reversal Thursday morning. The initial...