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Aborted fetus tissue used by facility to power Oregon homes; commission orders it to stop

The Marion County board of commissioners says the board is taking immediate action to prohibit human tissue from future deliveries.
 

Prince Charles' brother-in-law has fatal fall in NYC; copters drop chlorine 'barrel bombs' in Syria (10 Things to Know for Thursday)

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

NOPD officer accused of domestic battery, Fox 8 reports

Officer Marcel Albert has been reportedly suspended without pay and is expected to turn himself in on Thursday in connection to a domestic battery charge.

Bobby Jindal writes about his opposition to Common Core in USA TODAY

Gov. Bobby Jindal tried to clarify why he has come to oppose Common Core -- after previously being a supporter of the academic standards -- in an opinion piece for USA TODAY on Wednesday night. Since the governor originally backed...

Louisiana Senate passes bill to report demographic data on TOPS

Despite Sen. Dan Claitor's concern that doing so would steer a path away from the merit-based system of issuing TOPS, the Louisiana Senate passed a bill Wednesday to require reporting of demographic data on program recipients. Rep. Dale Erdey, R-Livingston,...

Nagin faces foreclosure on Dallas townhouse

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin faces foreclosure on his townhouse in a Dallas suburb, WWL-TV reported Wednesday (April 23) evening. According to the report, public records show that Nagin and his wife's home in the Bellas Casa subdivision in...

Adley alters levee board bill

A lawmaker is backpedaling slightly on his bill to give the governor more authority to remove New Orleans-area levee board members.

Bill to cap payday loans advancing in the Senate

Senators have advanced a proposal that would limit the number of payday loans a borrower can take out annually.

Bill no longer lets Louisiana lawmakers carry guns in Capitol, gets Senate's nod

Legislation dubbed the "John Wayne bill" passed the Louisiana Senate Wednesday (April 23), but only in a pared down version that excludes the measure that earned it its cowboy reputation. The bill originally drew attention for allowing lawmakers to pack...

Pre-fishing bar argument between co-workers leads to attack, death threats

A alcohol-fueled argument mars a fishing trip in Algiers, after leading to death threats and arrest warrants against a coworker and another man.

Louisiana House members reject restrictions on their Tulane scholarship program

The Louisiana House of Representatives voted 44-53 against imposing mild restrictions on its own ability to award full scholarships to Tulane University, despite accusations of nepotism and favoritism within the program. Some lawmakers argued that they didn't need a law...

First arrest made in connection with murdered Reserve couple, more suspects sought

Federal authorities have made the first arrest in connection with the double-homicide of Kenneth and Lakeitha Joseph, the Reserve couple whose bound and drowned bodies were recovered last month from the Intracoastal Waterway, three law enforcement sources confirmed Wednesday.Convicted felon...

OneApp: Which New Orleans public schools still have room?

Almost 20 of 70-plus schools have no seats left.

Louisiana Senate to consider equal pay proposal

A bill that would prohibit private businesses in Louisiana from unintentionally paying women less than men for doing the same job will pass to the full Senate.

Top New Orleans public school choices in OneApp are Edna Karr, Baby Ben

Eighty percent of students get one of top three choices, and 90 percent of students entering key transition grades.

Holy Cross developers offer '11th-hour compromise,' but residents aren't interested

The company behind a planned mixed-use development on the site of the old Holy Cross School in the Lower 9th Ward has offered an "11th-hour compromise," but the new plan would still sacrifice the character of the historic neighborhood in...

Police arrest suspect in last month's Hayne Boulevard killing

Wade Reed, 19, turned himself in and was booked on charges of 1st degree murder, attempted 1st degree murder and aggravated burglary for a March 26 shooting that left one dead and another wounded.

Marathon to seek permits for multibillion-dollar Garyville upgrades

Marathon Petroleum Corp. is set to file permit applications for a planned multibillion-dollar upgrade to its Garyville refinery in late April, a key step in bringing the project closer to reality. Marathon expects to make a final decision on the project in early 2015.

Luling man sentenced to 15 years in prison on child pornography charges

A Luling man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday for child pornography. Chad Michael Hotard, 28, was convicted on two counts of production and one count of distribution of digital images of a minor engaged in sexually explicit acts.U.S. District...

Churchill Downs Inc. posts a loss despite record revenues; Fair Grounds revenues down

Churchill Downs Inc., the Louisville, Ky.-based owner of the New Orleans Fair Grounds, took in record revenues in the first quarter of this year with an injection from a recently acquired casino in Maine and growing online wagering. But after...

Louisiana House votes to adopt federal REAL ID regulatons for driver's licenses

The Louisiana House of Representatives voted 79-22 to adopt a driver's license that complies with the federal regulations known as REAL ID, amidst fears that Louisiana residents might have difficulties boarding a plane in a couple of years with the...

Louisiana GOP files ethics complaint against Harry Reid for 'official' attacks on Koch brothers

WASHINGTON -- The Louisiana Republican Party Wednesday filed a complaint with the Senate Ethics Committee that accuses Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of using his official office for partisan attacks.The complaint says that the Nevada Democrat used his official Senate...

Texas nursing home resident killed 2 roommates with armrest of his wheelchair, police say

Guillermo Correa, 56, was in custody after being formally charged following the Tuesday evening incident at the Lexington Place Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

City of New Orleans announces Jazz Fest parking and vendor restrictions

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is renowned for attracting bands from all over the world, but for anyone who has attended the seven day event, it is immediately apparent that it also draws people from across the city...

U.S. Census rethinks questions about flush toilets, Pew Research Center reports

The Pew Research Foundation's FactTank blog reported Tuesday that the U.S. Census Bureau is rethinking some of the questions on its American Community Survey. In recent years, the article notes, recipients of the survey have complained to members of Congress that...

Mary Landrieu, John Fleming and Cedric Richmond comment on defeat of Medicaid expansion bill

Louisiana's delegates in Washington, D.C. weighed in on a Louisiana Senate committee's decision to shelve a bill that would open the door for Medicaid expansion. The Health and Welfare Committee voted along party lines, 6-2, to kill the Senate Bill...

Americans for Prosperity back with another negative Mary Landrieu ad

WASHINGTON -- The latest negative ad by Americans for Prosperity against Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., features a Marine veteran who says he lost his previous health coverage because of the Affordable Care Act."I did two tours in Iraq," the veteran...

Man in Central City shot by assailant in wheelchair

A man in a wheelchair responded to a drive-by inquiry by firing a gun, leaving the inquisitor with wounds to his chest, should and back.

New Orleans man's jailhouse apology bolsters rape case in Jefferson Parish

Brandon Moore, 29, of New Orleans, is charged with forcible rape.

Covington police will wear hats supporting child abuse prevention this week

For the next few days, Covington police officers will wear blue baseball hats embroidered with the letters "C-A-P" - short for child abuse prevention - in yellow. The department has partnered with the Exchange Club of West St. Tammany, and...

Bill seeks more public notification of proposed fracking in parishes where practice is new

Oil and gas companies that want to perform fracking in a parish where it has never occurred would have to advertise their intentions in newspapers and notify the parish governing body, municipalities and legislators under a bill approved Wednesday (April...

Elected schools superintendent bill fails to pass House: Snapshot

At-a-Glance: The Louisiana House of Representatives killed a piece of legislation by a vote of 56-41 that would have taken steps to make Louisiana's Superintendent of Education an elected position. The office, held by John White, has been an appointed...

Harahan sewer work to occur on Wednesday, April 30

As part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers "pump to the river" project in Harahan, workers will temporarily divert a city sewer line around the drainage construction project. The work is not expected to disrupt service unless a...

City Council to consider crackdown on loud music from cars on Mandeville lakefront

An ordinance aimed at quieting loud music and engine noise emanating from vehicles on the Mandeville lakefront will go before the City Council for a vote Thursday night. If approved, the new law would apply to vehicles noise standards similar...

Madisonville man pleads guilty to juvenile sex crimes

A Madisonville man accused of sexually abusing two 5- and 6-year-old girls was sentenced to 50 years in prison after he pleaded guilty Tuesday (April 22) to sexual battery charges in a Covington courtroom, according to a spokesman for District...

Effort to put more elected members on Louisiana school board fails

A bill to replace appointed members on the Louisiana Board Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) with statewide elected members failed 6-2 to get out of the House Committee on House and Governmental Affairs. Lake Charles Rep. Brett Geymann, who is...

What's your take: Should parents be charged for their children's detentions?

A report in The Lens stirs up a flurry of reactions about charging for Saturday detention.

Boy shot in the head in LaPlace, St. John Parish Sheriff's deputies are searching for suspect

St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's investigators are searching for a suspect after an unidentified 17-year-old boy was found shot in the head Tuesday night(April 22) in the Cambridge subdivision in LaPlace. Authorities say multiple gunshots were reported at 8:39 p.m....

Pvt. Bradley Manning, convicted of leaking documents, is now Chelsea Manning

A Kansas judge granted the imprisoned soldier's request to change his name.

NOPD sergeant arrested on child pornography charges, sources say

A veteran NOPD sergeant was arrested Wednesday (April 23) on child pornography charges, according to law enforcement sources. Sgt. Bradley Wax, 54, was booked into the St. Tammany Parish jail Wednesday afternoon, said sheriff's spokesman Capt. George Bonnett. He didn't...

East bank levee authority attorneys launch 'Sunshine Squad" web site to oppose legislation aimed at killing authority's wetlands damages lawsuit

Attorneys representing the east bank levee authority in a wetlands damages lawsuit against energy companies have launched a web site aimed at responding to what they term "myths" raised by state Sen. Robert Adley, R-Benton, and others who support legislation...

As a medicaid expansion bill gets debated by state lawmakers, local organizations head to state capitol

Today, the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare will debate about a bill that would expand medicaid services across the state. The local non-profit organization, A Community Voice, has sent members in the state capitol hoping to have their voice heard on the healthcare issue.

What's on the Jefferson Parish ballot on May 3?

Jefferson Parish voters will consider seven property tax renewals on the May 3 ballot. The millages, first approved in 2004, provide for a variety of services, including some that state law requires, such as funding for the district attorney's office....

JPSO investigating shooting in Bridge City

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting in Bridge City Wednesday afternoon (April 22) that left one man injured. The shooting occurred about 3 p.m. in the 900 block of Beechgrove Boulevard, according to authorities. The man was taken...

Mayor Mitch Landrieu pushing for New Orleans riverfront taxing district, The Lens reports

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is requesting state lawmakers approve a special sales tax district for new developments along the downtown east bank Mississippi River, the nonprofit news site The Lens reports. Landrieu turned to state Sen. Rick Gallot, D-Ruston,...

Medicaid expansion debate ongoing in Louisiana Senate committee

Testimony in favor of state Sen. Ben Nevers' bill to let Louisiana voters decide to provide health insurance for those living at or below the federal poverty line concluded Wednesday (April 23) after more than three hours. The bill, which...

St. Tammany Republican Committee calls for removal of Common Core

The Republican Parish Executive Committee of St. Tammany has passed a resolution calling on Gov. Bobby Jindal and the state Legislature to remove Common Core standards and curriculum and the specialized testing students undergo as part of the initiative. The...

Loyola program takes law school to high school

Twice a week this spring, a group of second- and third-year Loyola University law students headed to class - not on their home campus but at high schools across New Orleans. They were going as teachers, telling high-schoolers about the...

Resolved: MSNBC has lost its marbles: James Varney/Thursday chat

Through a quirky click of the remote the other night I wound up on MSNBC. It was a show hosted by the freshly scrubbed and effervescent Chris Hayes.And it was completely insane.Not in some foolish policy way; in an unhinged,...

Jefferson Parish code enforcement sweep yields 38 citations

A recent sweep in Jefferson Parish Council District 3 by the Property Maintenance Zoning/Quality of Life department yielded 38 citations for a variety of offenses, including high grass, trash and broken cars, according to a parish press release. Five vehicles...

Jefferson Parish code enforcement sweep yields 38 citations

A recent sweep in Jefferson Parish Council District 3 by the Property Maintenance Zoning/Quality of Life department yielded 38 citations for a variety of offenses, including high grass, trash and broken cars, according to a parish press release. Five vehicles...
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