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  • Bobby Jindal throws support behind Marco Rubio

    02/05/2016 6:13:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 120 replies
    CNN ^ | 02/05/2016 | By Eugene Scott and Lauren Selsky
    CNN --Former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Friday endorsed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio for president."Marco can unify our party. His optimistic message is bringing voters from across the party lines, from across different demographic groups," Jindal told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren. "He can unify our party. He can win this election in November." "I think he's a principled conservative. I think he is the right guy to lead us forward," he added.Jindal, who also was a candidate for president until he dropped his campaign in November, also said he was impressed by Rubio's foreign policy."Marco's been consistent about strengthening...
  • In 'Houdini handcuff' shooting death, DA won't file charges

    02/05/2016 4:17:23 PM PST · by BBell · 22 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 2/5/16 | Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    In a case that critics derided as a "Houdini handcuff" suicide, prosecutors have decided not to press criminal charges in the death of Victor White III, a 22-year old man who authorities said shot himself to death while handcuffed in the back of a New Iberia police car. The office of Louisiana's 16th Judicial District attorney, Bo Duhé, said Friday (Feb. 5) that the investigation by State Police and the FBI indicated no "sufficient credible evidence" to bring criminal charges against anyone involved in the case. The death of White drew national scrutiny because of its unusual circumstances and inconsistencies,...
  • Gov. John Bel Edwards orders state to drop anti-Common Core lawsuit

    02/05/2016 9:22:44 AM PST · by amorphous · 10 replies
    The Advocate ^ | 4 Feb 2016 | Will Sentell
    Gov. John Bel Edwards directed the state Thursday to drop a federal lawsuit challenging Common Core that was pushed by former Gov. Bobby Jindal. Edwards also ordered the termination of a $475,000 state contract to handle the legal challenge held by the law firm of Alexandria attorney Jimmy Faircloth, a former Jindal aide. The governor, in a prepared statement, said newly enacted federal legislation makes moot issues raised in the lawsuit. It does not benefit students to continue to use time and resources to pursue litigation that no longer has any bearing on classrooms in Louisiana, Edwards said in the...
  • Mary Landrieu's son arrested on cruelty to juveniles charge after 2-year-old taken to hospital

    02/04/2016 8:43:16 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies
    WAFB ^ | Feb 03, 2016 | WAFB Staff
    BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Former Senator Mary Landrieu's son was arrested Sunday after his 2-year-old son was brought into a Baton Rouge hospital with bruises. Frank Conner Snellings, 23, was arrested and charged with cruelty to juveniles. According to a report by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, the child's mother took the 2-year-old to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital, where the medical staff notified law enforcement of the possible child abuse case.
  • The Jinx’s Robert Durst Pleads Guilty to Gun Charges; Susan Berman Murder Case to Move Forward

    02/03/2016 10:13:17 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 2/3 | Dee Lockett
    As expected, The Jinx's Robert Durst has pled guilty to gun charges, the New York Times reports. The real-estate magnate appeared in New Orleans federal court on Wednesday to plead guilty to illegally possessing a .38-caliber revolver that the FBI found in his hotel room during his arrest in March 2015 for the murder of his friend Susan Berman. That arrest took place the day before the airing of The Jinx's season finale, in which Durst, 72, was famously caught saying, 'Killed them all, of course' on a live mic. As part of his plea bargain, Durst will be sentenced...
  • 4 cases over a couple of days where concealed handgun permit holders stopped violent crime

    02/02/2016 4:31:39 PM PST · by richardb72 · 12 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | February 2, 2016 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    Temple Terrace, Florida (WFLA) February 1, 2016: . . . around 11 p.m. on Sunday night. investigators say two men approached 38-year-old Luis Enrique Alonso in front of his home as he was unloading groceries. The suspects grabbed Alonso, and one of the suspects pointed a silver handgun at him. Alonso grabbed the suspect’s gun and a brief struggle ensued. Police say Alonso then drew his own firearm and exchanged gunfire with the suspects. . . . Dauphin County, Pennsylvania (ABC Channel 27), February 1, 2016: . . . It happened Saturday around 4 p.m.
  • Child catches Confederate flag Mardi Gras beads at Sunday parade

    02/02/2016 2:14:13 PM PST · by BBell · 73 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 2/1/16 | Doug MacCash, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    Andre Perry, a New Orleans education consultant, said he was shocked on Sunday (Jan. 31) afternoon when he noticed that his 5-year-old son had caught a necklace of Mardi Gras beads studded with plastic Confederate flags, thrown from a float in the Krewe of Carrollton parade. "When I noticed what he caught," Perry wrote in a text message, "I took them away from him." Perry, who is African-American, said that he later did his best to help his son understand the implications of the symbol. He also posted a photo of the beads on his social media account, which attracted...
  • Louisiana Governor Edwards: No campaign promises have been broken

    02/01/2016 6:34:29 AM PST · by rrstar96 · 28 replies
    WWL.com ^ | January 31, 2016 | WWL.com
    Governor John Bel Edwards argues against those who say he is breaking a campaign promise by proposing to raise taxes to address Louisiana's massive budget shortfall. Edwards says the proposals he's made are different than talked about during the election, because the facts are different. He also says these proposals are not what he wanted, but necessary. "It is time to stop living in a fantasy land, it's time to stop pretending that things are better than they are. You're going to see honest budgeting, you're going to see responsible budgeting from me." Edwards says during his campaign the state's...
  • La. state treasurer enters U.S. Senate race

    01/29/2016 3:08:14 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 4 replies
    Houma Today ^ | January 26, 2016 | MELINDA DESLATTE
    The treasurer joins two announced Republican candidates, U.S. Reps. Charles Boustany and John Fleming. At least one other GOP contender, retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness, has filed his federal election paperwork for the race and is scheduled to make his announcement Wednesday. Maness ran unsuccessfully for the Senate last year. Several other Republicans are also eyeing the race.
  • Louisiana Judge Overturns Pro-Life Law That Could Close Abortion Clinics Not Protecting Women

    01/28/2016 10:19:52 PM PST · by kathsua · 16 replies
    Life News ^ | Jan 27, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    A Louisiana judge sided with abortion advocates Tuesday and ruled against a state law that would ensure abortion clinics are meeting basic health and safety requirements. Baton Rouge District Judge John deGravelles blocked the law from taking effect and declared it “unconstitutional” in a Tuesday ruling, ABC News reports. DeGravelles scheduled a conference Friday to consider whether the injunction should be made permanent, according to the report. The pro-life law would protect women by ensuring that abortionists have admitting privileges at a local hospital, that informed consent protections apply to all abortions, and that facilities that perform more than five...
  • JPSO deputy shooting suspect said he thought he was being robbed: records

    01/27/2016 1:46:22 PM PST · by BBell · 2 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 1/27/16 | Emily Lane, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    An admitted crack dealer accused of shooting a Jefferson Parish deputy during a federal drug raid Tuesday (Jan. 26) told investigators he thought he was being robbed when he fired his gun several times at police through his bedroom door, according to court records. Jarvis Hardy, 26, was booked Wednesday (Jan. 27) on federal charges of attempted murder and attempted murder of a federal officer, related to the shooting of deputy Stephen Arnold, a federal criminal complaint says. Arnold, a federally deputized member of a local Drug Enforcement Agency Task Force, was leading the entry team into Hardy's house in...
  • Federal judge allows New Orleans to proceed with Confederate monument removal

    A federal court ruling issued Tuesday (Jan. 26) has killed an attempt by supporters of four Confederate monuments in New Orleans to prevent Mayor Mitch Landrieu from taking them down. The lawsuit from the Monumental Task Committee, Louisiana Landmarks Society, Foundation for Historical Louisiana and Beauregard Camp No. 130 challenged whether the city had the legal standing to remove the monuments, among other points. The City Council voted 6-1 last month, at the mayor's request, to declare as public nuisances monuments to Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, P.G.T. Beauregard and the Battle of Liberty Place, allowing the city to remove...
  • Federal Judge shoots down injunction to prevent removal of New Orleans Confederate Monuments

    01/26/2016 2:33:34 PM PST · by Rebeleye · 29 replies
    New Orleans Advocate ^ | 26 January 2016 | Ramon Antonio Vargas
    A federal judge in New Orleans on Tuesday denied a request for an injunction to stop the city from removing four monuments related to the Confederacy. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled that the New Orleans City Council's 6-1 vote in December to take down monuments to Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, P.G.T Beauregard and a white militia group that led a rebellion against the state's integrated, Reconstruction-era government did not break the law or violate the plaintiffs’ constitutional rights.
  • Contractor Hired To Remove Louisiana Confederate Monuments Finds His Lambo Burned To The Ground

    01/21/2016 1:45:12 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 111 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 01/19/2016 | Jason Torchinsky
    Just a few days ago, David Mahler had his contracting company quit the agreements with the state of Louisiana to remove Confederate monuments, citing death threats and threatening calls to his home. It seems like quitting wasn’t enough for some disturbed people, as his Lamborghini was found burned to the ground this morning.TV station WDSU reports there’s almost nothing left of the $200,000 Lamborghini Huracan, just four, tire-less wheels surrounding a pile of ash and some surprisingly durable seat frames.Someone who saw the streamers-in-the-wind liveried Huracan at a Baton Rouge Cars and Coffee recently posted this before-and-after image:Yikes. While there...
  • Navy buys biofuel for $16 a gallon

    12/11/2011 4:28:39 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 36 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 11,2011 | J.E. DYER
    Teaming up with the Department of Agriculture (which has a cheery Rotary Club ring to it), the Navy has purchased 450,000 gallons of biofuel for about $16 a gallon, or about 4 times the price of its standard marine fuel, JP-5, which has been going for under $4 a gallon. You wont be surprised to learn that a member of Obamas presidential transition team, T. J. Glauthier, is a strategic advisor at Solazyme, the California company that is selling a portion of the biofuel to the Navy. Glauthier worked shock, shock on the energy-sector portion of the 2009...
  • Hydrogen for refineries is increasingly provided by industrial suppliers

    01/20/2016 9:53:27 AM PST · by thackney · 12 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | JANUARY 20, 2016 | Energy Information Administration
    Refineries use hydrogen to lower the sulfur content of diesel fuel. Refinery demand for hydrogen has increased as demand for diesel fuel has risen both domestically and internationally, and as sulfur-content regulations have become more stringent. EIA data show that much of the growth in hydrogen use at refineries is being met through hydrogen purchased from merchant suppliers rather than from increased hydrogen production on-site at the refinery. The increased use of purchased hydrogen has implications for the refining industry's use of natural gas as a feedstock. There are two forms of hydrogen production: on-purpose hydrogen production using steam methane...
  • Obama: When Reagan Was Governor of California, the Smog Was So Bad It Was Like Beijing Now

    01/18/2016 7:25:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 104 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 18, 2016 | 1:35 PM EST | (CNSNews.com Staff)
    Speaking at a town hall meeting in Baton Rouge, La., last week, President Barack Obama told the audience that when Ronald Reagan was governor of California the smog sometimes got so bad that "people just wouldn't go outside." "And if you had asthma or some respiratory disease, you might die," said Obama. "I remember as recently as 1979, when I first started college--I started college in Los Angeles--when I went running, the first week I was there, after about five minutes I'd start feeling a burning in my chest," said the president. "And it was just me sucking in soot...
  • Cruz for President Announces Endorsement of Reverend CL Bryant

    01/18/2016 2:22:40 PM PST · by Isara · 7 replies
    Cruz News ^ | January 18, 2016
    Bryant: Cruz is the "right choice" on Martin Luther King, Jr. DayHOUSTON, Texas – Presidential candidate Ted Cruz today announced the endorsement of Reverend CL Bryant, an African-American Baptist minister, author, radio host, and Crystal Dove award-winning filmmaker."I believe the greatest responsibility placed upon the free people of America, is the duty to make the right choices when selecting our leaders," Reverend Bryant said. "I have prayerfully considered and listened to all candidates who would be this nation’s next Commander-in-Chief. I have no doubt that Ted Cruz has the faith, strength, and content of character to reestablish our nation as...
  • Michael Moore wants Obama to visit Flint, Attorney General to arrest Snyder

    01/16/2016 3:27:23 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 36 replies
    WJLA.com ^ | 1/16/16 | NBC25 Newsroom
    FLINT - Filmmaker and Davison native Michael Moore spoke before a fired-up crowd in downtown Flint today about the water crisis. In his speech he asked that President Barack Obama visit Flint, when the president is at the North American International Auto Show next week. Moore said that Obama needs to come to Flint before it becomes the president's version of Katrina, conjuring images of when President Bush flew over, but initially did not go to, New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina stuck the city.
  • Ecologically Correct: It’s Academic

    01/14/2016 12:19:20 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 14, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    It's interesting that although liberals are the ones who most like to talk about protecting the environment, conservatives are the ones most likely to do yard work. "There is a conflict between the politics of freedom and environmental activism," Jana Maria Giles said at the Modern Language Association (MLA) meeting in Austin, Texas last week. Giles, who teaches at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, made clear which side of the divide she is on. Last year, she wrote an article entitled "Dog-paddling Against the Tide: Integrating Ecocriticism into a New Graduate English Course in a Southern Public Regional University."...
  • Video: Phil Robertson locks down the south for Ted Cruz

    01/14/2016 8:51:00 AM PST · by Isara · 77 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 13, 2016 | Allahpundit
    If you think Cruz’s success irritated Mike Huckabee before, wait until he sees this play for southern authenticity. Where does a damned Canadian get off hunting duck with the Robertsons? Huckabee on Cruz's eligibility: "It's an issue that should give everybody a little concern. It's got to be dealt with."— daveweigel (@daveweigel) January 13, 2016 Hard to watch this and not wonder if Cruz’s dig at Trump for embodying “New York values” wasn’t more carefully scripted than it seemed. It’s also further evidence after that spot about lawyers and journalists crossing the Rio Grande that Team Cruz has settled on...
  • AWESOME: Phil Robertson endorses Ted Cruz like only he can in NEW VIDEO

    01/13/2016 12:53:32 PM PST · by demshateGod · 40 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | Jan 13, 2016 | The Right Scoop
    "Normally I don’t care much for candidate endorsements unless they are pretty significant, and I think this one qualifies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0i-9D92bzu8 Now that is an endorsement I can get behind. I hope they air that in all the early states because it makes for a fantastic ad."
  • Phil Robertson Endorses Ted Cruz for President

    01/13/2016 12:22:34 PM PST · by Isara · 100 replies
    Cruz News ^ | January 13, 2016
    Duck Commander says Cruz is "the man for the job"HOUSTON, Texas - Today, the Cruz for President campaign announced the endorsement of Phil Robertson, a professional hunter, businessman, Christian minister, and reality television star on the popular television series Duck Dynasty. Robertson believes Ted Cruz is the man for the job.Cruz Commander (Video)“My qualifications for President of the United States are rather narrow: Is he or she Godly, does he or she love us, can he or she do the job, and finally would they kill a duck and put him in a pot and make him a good duck...
  • CHENIERE'S SABINE PASS PREPARES FOR IMMINENT LNG EXPORT

    01/12/2016 5:47:42 AM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Platts ^ | -11 Jan 2016 | Platts
    he US moved one step closer to becoming a global natural gas exporter on Monday as the 160,000 cu m Energy Atlantic LNG carrier began its final approach to Cheniere Energy's Sabine Pass export facility, Platts trade flow software, cFlow showed Monday. While US LNG exports from Kenai, Alaska, began as early as 1969, Cheniere's newly minted export facility will be the first to send gas produced from the Lower-48 states to consumers across the globe. Much of the newly available US gas comes from hydraulic fracking that has lifted monthly production by more than 66% over the last decade...
  • Campaign rally planned Monday in Baton Rouge for Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz

    01/08/2016 10:52:18 AM PST · by justlittleoleme · 5 replies
    The Republic ^ | Published: 1/8/16 4:07 am EST - Updated: 1/8/16 4:07 am EST | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    BATON ROUGE, Louisiana -- Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is heading to Louisiana next week for a campaign rally. Cruz, a U.S. senator from Texas, will speak at a Monday afternoon rally at a Baton Rouge hotel, on the same day Louisiana's new governor, Democrat John Bel Edwards, is sworn into office. Bob Reid, with the Tea Party of Louisiana, circulated the Cruz rally information in an email Thursday that encouraged people to share the details with others. Louisiana's presidential primary is scheduled March 5
  • Les Miles says he's banning players from bars

    01/08/2016 10:38:57 AM PST · by Snickering Hound · 5 replies
    The Advocate ^ | 1-5-2016 | ross dellenger and chandler rome
    After an LSU football player was stabbed at a Tigerland bar early Tuesday, head coach Les Miles ordered the entire team to stay out of nightclubs. LSU tight end Dillon Gordon was stabbed multiple times about 12:45 a.m. Tuesday at Reggie’s bar, prompting LSU coach Les Miles to say later that day he plans to ban players from venturing to bars. “I’m cutting it off,” Miles said at Tuesday’s news conference. “It’s just not worth it. The reason you go out is because you want social interaction. Social interaction can take place at home, at class, can take place at...
  • Cruz, Rubio Presidential Eligibility Challenged In FL, VT, and MD!

    01/07/2016 1:51:32 PM PST · by Mariner · 231 replies
    The Marshall Report ^ | January 7th, 2016 | Dianne Marshall
    Well, so far complaints involving the ineligibility for Cruz, Rubio and Jindal to run for president have been filed in three states. Florida, Vermont, and MD. It appears all these people have to do is show proof of the eligibility requirements to run for president as stated in the constitution. So far none have, however Jindal has dropped out so it is moot for him. (Citizenship is not the same as the naturalization requirements for citizenship to run for President as stated in the constitution.) For some odd reason, Cruz has had his birth records sealed. He’ll have to answer...
  • Court rejects appeal of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin

    01/07/2016 10:32:44 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 7, 2016 12:32 PM EST
    A federal appeals court has rejected an appeal by former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin, who was convicted in 2014 on corruption charges. The 5th Circuit's U.S. Court of Appeals in a decision filed Thursday upheld Nagin's conviction Nagin, a Democrat who served from 2002 to 2010, was convicted on charges of wire fraud, bribery, money laundering and filing false tax returns. ...
  • $1.2B bet on a dry hole along Louisiana coast led to ‘Jim Bob’ Moffett’s fallout at Freeport

    01/05/2016 1:24:36 PM PST · by thackney · 20 replies
    Baton Rouge Business Report ^ | DECEMBER 30, 2015 | DAILY REPORT STAFF
    Freeport-McMoRan Inc. co-founder James "Jim Bob" Moffett's last big gamble as head of the world's largest copper miner was a $1.2 billion wrong-way bet six miles beneath the Louisiana coastline. Bloomberg reports Moffett, a legendary wildcatter and geologist whose credits include the gigantic Grasberg copper deposit in Indonesia, is stepping down as chairman and director at Freeport as the minerals, oil and gas producer turns to cutbacks and cash preservation amid a deepening commodities meltdown. The 77-year-old Moffett in 2007 staked much of the company's future on an obscure cluster of gas-soaked rocks, hidden beneath coastal Louisiana oil fields, that...
  • Western Illinois University Predicts a Bernie Sanders Victory in 2016

    11/15/2015 5:33:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | 11/03/2015 | By Colleen Connolly
    The results are in for one Illinois university's famous mock presidential election, but the clear winner may surprise some. Western Illinois University's mock election predicted a landslide victory for Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, with running mate Martin O'Malley, in 2016. The predicted Sanders-O'Malley ticket garnered 404 electoral votes to Jeb Bush-Marco Rubio's 114 votes. In the popular vote, Sanders earned 741 votes (49 percent) to Bush's 577 (38 percent). The famously accurate mock election correctly predicted the outcomes of the 2008 and 2012 elections, and the university claims it's the "largest and most elaborate mock presidential simulation in the nation."...
  • Was it wrong for Jeb Bush to nickname someone Hurricane Katrina?

    12/31/2015 5:09:37 PM PST · by BBell · 49 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | Kevin Litten, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush's decision to nickname a South Carolina politician "Hurricane Katrina" is being criticized for what political observers say is insensitive to the victims of the 2005 disaster, CNN reports. According to the cable network, Bush was trying to make a joke about South Carolina state Sen. Katrina Shealy, who's been the only woman in the state Senate for the past three years. But in giving her the nickname, Bush conjured up memories of his brother, former President George W. Bush, and what many called his inept handling of Hurricane Katrina's aftermath that killed more than 1,800...
  • Slidell Police arrest suspect within minutes of gas station robbery

    12/29/2015 5:35:00 PM PST · by BBell · 2 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 12/29/15 | Ben Myers, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    Slidell Police on Monday (Dec. 28) arrested a suspect within minutes of an armed robbery at the Redfish gas station in the 3600 block of Pontchartrain Drive. Police say 32-year-old Elias Mendez tried to rob the gas station with a knife around 6:45 p.m. A clerk called 911 while the owner fought Mendez,
  • 2 teens accused in Harvey double shooting that killed girl

    12/25/2015 3:11:20 PM PST · by BBell · 30 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | Ken Daley, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    Jefferson Parish authorities are booking two teen gunmen in connection with a double shooting Tuesday night in Harvey that left a 15-year-old girl dead and one of the suspects wounded. After three days of sifting through evidence and conflicting accounts of the event that claimed Shamairie Joseph's life as she watched television with a toddler on her lap, Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office investigators said Thursday (Dec. 24) they understood what transpired. The girl was slain by a stray bullet, they said, unleashed when the two armed teens tried settling a dispute by squeezing triggers.-snip-Fortunato said investigators recovered 19 shell casings...
  • No FAFSA, No Diploma in Louisiana

    12/24/2015 12:01:22 PM PST · by Revel · 35 replies
    USnews ^ | 12-22-15 | Lauren Camera
    In order to graduate from high school in Louisiana, students will soon be required to apply for federal financial aid for college. The state's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved the new graduation prerequisite earlier this month, and the new policy will go into effect beginning with the class of 2018.
  • How Bobby Jindal Wrecked Louisiana [A retrospective]

    12/22/2015 2:49:54 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 02/15/2015 | Rod Dreher
    I keep telling my friends in the national media that if you think Bobby Jindal has a chance in hell of becoming president, send a reporter down to spend a few days in Louisiana, seeing what condition he’s leaving his state in. In today’s NYT, Campbell Robertson tells the country about the current mess. Excerpts: "Since I've been in Louisiana I've never seen a budget cycle as desperate as this one," said Robert Travis Scott, the president of the Public Affairs Research Council, a nonpartisan group based in Baton Rouge.Louisiana's budget shortfall is projected to reach $1.6 billion next...
  • John Bel Edwards, the new Louisiana governor to undo welfare reform

    12/22/2015 2:06:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/22/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Hope and change is coming to Louisiana after the defeat of David Vitter last month. John Bel Edwards swept to victory by a double digit margin and let everyone know that he was going to start changing up the game. Now, well before he’s even taken the oath of office, Edwards is prepping for some of his first big reforms in the financially troubled state. One of the top items on his docket is getting rid of the work requirement for able bodied food stamp recipients. (WDSU News) Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards intends to remove work requirements that Gov....
  • The Latest: Woman bombed in bed feels for man arrested

    12/22/2015 8:08:20 AM PST · by simpson96 · 20 replies
    The latest on a bombing at a northwest Louisiana horse farm (all times local):5:20 p.m.A north Louisiana woman whose bedroom was bombed says she's horrified by the action but feels sorry for the arrested man.Tracy Hewlett owns Holly Hill Farm Equestrian Center with her husband. Their maintenance worker, Douglas Holley, faces charges in the Saturday blast. On Monday, Hewlett said Holley must be mentally ill, and she wishes he'd found help. Instead, Hewlett says, he's ruined his own life.She says other employees have told them about odd things Hewlett says against the government and about witchcraft.Hewlett described how the bomb...
  • Edwards says he'll remove work requirements for food stamps

    12/21/2015 2:39:19 PM PST · by justlittleoleme · 36 replies
    Lake Charles American Press ^ | December 21, 2015 | Melinda DeSlatte
    Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards intends to remove work requirements that Gov. Bobby Jindal has enacted for more than 60,000 food stamp recipients. Edwards sent a letter Monday to the U.S. Department of Agriculture saying he will seek a federal waiver of the work requirements. The governor-elect says Louisiana's unemployment rate qualifies it to skip the work mandate. He's asking the USDA and the state social services department to stop any interruption of benefits until Edwards can reapply for the waiver that Jindal allowed to expire. The work requirements are supposed to kick in Jan. 1 for adults aged 18 to...
  • 4 Smart microcars tipped over in San Francisco

    04/07/2014 7:59:52 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 113 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 7, 2014 | Kale Williams
    San Francisco police are investigating an unusual crime spree after four people who live in and around Bernal Heights awakened Monday morning to find their Smart microcars had been rolled over by groups of vandals.
  • World's first 3-D printed car takes test drive [Eventual Doom of UAW?]

    09/16/2014 6:56:45 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 70 replies
    WYFF-TV ^ | 9/16/14 | Sean Lewis
    In a matter of two days, history was made at Chicago's McCormick Place, as the world's first 3-D printed electric car -- named Strati, Italian for "layers"-- took its first test drive. "Less than 50 parts are in this car," said Jay Rogers from Local Motors.
  • Three-wheel vehicles eligible for federal funds

    10/19/2009 5:59:36 PM PDT · by kingattax · 14 replies · 728+ views
    CNET News ^ | October 19, 2009 | Martin LaMonica
    Congress has approved a measure that will allow makers of three-wheel cars to receive funding for fuel-efficient auto technologies, according to published reports. The bill, which still needs to be signed into law, could be a boost to companies developing alternative car designs, notably Aptera Motors and Elio Motors. Both companies have argued that their three-wheel cars deserve federal funding meant to promote more efficient vehicles. The legislation, passed late last week, would overturn an Energy Department rule that limited funding to four-wheel vehicles meeting emissions and fuel-economy benchmarks, Automotive News reported on Friday. The new guidelines will now allow...
  • New Orleans council votes to remove Confederate monuments

    12/17/2015 12:28:29 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 17, 2015 2:51 PM EST | Cain Burdeau
    The New Orleans City Council has voted in favor of removing prominent Confederate monuments along some of its busiest streets - a sweeping move by a city seeking to break with its Confederate past. The council's 6-1 vote on Thursday afternoon allows the city to remove four monuments, including a towering statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that has stood at the center of a traffic circle for 131 years. The decision came after months of impassioned debate. Now, the city faces possible lawsuits seeking to keep the monuments where they are. ...
  • Louisiana: Governor-elect Edwards selects RINO Dardenne to lead state government (quid pro quo)

    12/08/2015 6:12:26 AM PST · by rrstar96 · 8 replies
    Nola.com ^ | December 7, 2015 | Julia O'Donoghue
    Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards is expected to name Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne as his top state government administrator and chief budget officer Monday afternoon (Dec. 7), according to three sources -- two who are close to Dardenne and another who is a leader in state government. The move could be interpreted as Edwards' first substantial commitment to a bipartisan cabinet. Edwards, a Democrat, has picked Dardenne, a Republican who ran against him in the gubernatorial primary, for arguably the most important and high-profile job in the state government next to his own. As Louisiana's commissioner of administration, Dardenne will be...
  • Nobody is talking about Bunny Friend Park, and that’s a problem

    12/05/2015 7:35:31 PM PST · by Bratch · 15 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 5, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    I’m sure you’re all familiar with the tale by now and it’s depressing. A mass shooting in one of the country’s great cities. Cable news legal experts would refer to it as “highly unusual” because it involved more than one shooter. It was a crowded area with many innocent people in the potential line of fire. Ambulances lined up to tend to the casualties. So we all know what I’m talking about, right? No… it’s not the San Bernardino shooting. It was the shooting in Bunny Friend Park in New Orleans and it happened on November 22nd. The description from the...
  • Nobody is talking about Bunny Friend Park, and that's a problem

    12/05/2015 1:05:53 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December 5, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    I’m sure you’re all familiar with the tale by now and it’s depressing. A mass shooting in one of the country’s great cities. Cable news legal experts would refer to it as “highly unusual” because it involved more than one shooter. It was a crowded area with many innocent people in the potential line of fire. Ambulances lined up to tend to the casualties. So we all know what I’m talking about, right? No… it’s not the San Bernardino shooting. It was the shooting in Bunny Friend Park in New Orleans and it happened on November 22nd. The description from...
  • John Bel Edwards will issue executive order protecting LGBT state employees

    12/01/2015 3:03:19 PM PST · by abb · 41 replies
    The (New Orleans) Times Picayune ^ | December 1, 2015 | Julia O'Donoghue
    Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards plans to issue an executive order to protect the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community from firing, discrimination and harassment as state employees and government contractors. Edwards' directive would cover state workers and government contractors in agencies and departments he oversees. But executive orders don't necessarily bind parts of state government outside the governor's control, such as the judiciary. The Edwards' transition team did not provide a timeline for when the order might be issued, but the Democrat will be sworn into office Jan. 11. The governor-elect told NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune directly a few weeks...
  • Syrian Refugees Have Been Resettled In 36 States, Most In CA,TX, MI

    12/01/2015 1:05:08 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/01/15 | Caroline May
    Since the start of the Syria's civil war in the spring of 2011, the U.S. has admitted 2,311 Syrian refugees and resettled them in 36 different states. According to data from the State Department's Refugee Processing Center the top three destinations for Syrian refugees since the beginning of the conflict are California, Texas, and Michigan. From March 15, 2011 through December 1, 2015, California received the most (261) Syrian refugees, Texas received the second most with 242, and Michigan has received the third most with 217. Other states that have received Syrian refugees since March 2011 include: Arizona (182), Illinois...
  • Shell Chemical has more plans for Gulf Coast growth, Geismar GM says

    12/01/2015 12:39:57 PM PST · by thackney · 2 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 1, 2015 | Jordan Blum
    The general manager for a Royal Dutch Shell petrochemical plant in Louisiana said the company is committed to expanding its business along the Gulf Coast, with demand in Asia and the United States projected to continue growing. Houston-based Shell Chemical said Monday that the company will expand the petrochemical complex in Geismar, Louisiana to produce more chemicals used in plastics, industrial oils and drilling fluids as part of a $717 million investment. "It's a pretty big deal in our chemicals business. Our view is this project will be very profitable for Shell," Gesimar General Manager Rhoman Hardy said in an...
  • In Marrero murder-suicide, 'picture-perfect' family of 4 dead

    11/29/2015 3:47:48 PM PST · by BBell · 19 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 11/29/15 | Danielle Dreilinger, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    Few imagined such a crime could happen -- a triple murder and suicide -- in a middle-class Marrero neighborhood so thick with law enforcement officers that residents call it Cop Land. It's the kind of place where everyone waves hello but no one gets in each other's business.When family gathered outside the yellow crime-scene tape Sunday (Nov. 29) in the Oak Forest subdivision, they comforted the sobbing teenager who had returned from a hunting trip to find her mother and stepfather dead in their living room at 4805 Brandi St. What she hadn't seen, when she ran out to call...
  • Where Is Liberal Rage Over Mass Shooting In New Orleans?

    11/25/2015 10:34:22 AM PST · by absentee · 14 replies
    RedState ^ | 11/24/15 | Caleb Howe
    This is news from Louisiana on Sunday. Seventeen people were shot but survived when gunfire erupted on on a playground where a block party was going in New Orleans. If you did not hear about it, do not be surprised. It was barely news. It is amazing to think that there was not a huge media blitz, that there were not the standard outrageous, grandstanding tweets, or the ridiculous parade of pseudo-experts on CNN and MSNBC to spend hours talking about gun control. The endless blog posts, the overwrought editorials. None of those. And why is that? Here is a...