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US: Louisiana (News/Activism)

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  • WSJ: Say, Bobby Jindal’s education reform works pretty well, huh?

    01/31/2012 3:00:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/31/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    What a great time for the Wall Street Journal to bring up this topic. After all, the Republican candidates in the nomination battle have focused their arguments on actual competition-based reform and results, right? Oh, wait … we’ve been too busy discussing 1997, 2003, and the finer points of class-warfare attacks on private enterprise and consulting. That may be the reason for the WSJ’s attention: Louisiana is already one of 12 states (including Washington, D.C.) that offer school vouchers, but its program benefits fewer than 2,000 students in New Orleans. Governor Jindal would extend eligibility to any low-income student whose...
  • And Now, The Perp Walk

    01/20/2012 6:55:26 AM PST · by LSUfan · 13 replies
    The Hayride ^ | 19 January 2012 | Oscar
    ’Bama fan in video accused of sexual battery now in NOPD custody The Crimson Tide fan accused of committing sexual battery on a passed out LSU fan is now in the custody of the New Orleans Police Department...
  • New Records Obtained by Judicial Watch Show Obama White House Coordination with Department of Jus...

    01/19/2012 11:02:26 AM PST · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 19, 2012
    Complete title: New Records Obtained by Judicial Watch Show Obama White House Coordination with Department of Justice on Voting Rights Enforcement ACORN Partner Project Vote Working with Officials from White House and DOJ to Use National Voting Rights Act to Increase Registration of Voters on Public Assistance Interest Group Urges Justice Official to “make some headway” with Attorney General Holder (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch, the organization that investigates and fights government corruption, announced today that it has received additional documents about meetings held between Estelle Rogers, Director of Advocacy for the ACORN-affiliated organization Project Vote, and officials from the...
  • Judicial Watch Files Amicus Curiae Brief with Supreme Court Challenging U.S. Census Policy of...

    01/17/2012 3:20:26 PM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 17, 2012
    Complete title: Judicial Watch Files Amicus Curiae Brief with Supreme Court Challenging U.S. Census Policy of Counting Illegal Aliens When Apportioning Seats in Congress Judicial Watch Brief Supports Lawsuit Filed by State of Louisiana which Lost a Seat in the House of Representatives due to Census Bureau’s Unlawful Policy (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch, the organization that investigates and fights government corruption, announced today that it filed an amicus curiae brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the State of Louisiana challenging a current federal policy in which “unlawfully present aliens” were counted in the 2010 Census (...
  • Medicare fraud strike force nabs La. company

    01/17/2012 6:16:33 AM PST · by Miami Vice · 5 replies
    Legal News Line ^ | 1-16-12 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) says an investigation by the Medicare Strike Force involving the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the FBI and the Louisiana State Attorney General's Office, resulted in two Baton Rouge residents pleading guilty for their role in a $21 million Medicare fraud plot. Henry Jones, the owner of four durable medical equipment (DME) companies, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge James J. Brady in the Middle District of Louisiana ...
  • Gulf Coast working to fill a fuel void in Northeast

    01/09/2012 6:08:47 AM PST · by thackney · 27 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 9, 2012 | Simone Sebastian
    Northeastern states are slated to lose half of their regional capacity for fuel production by midyear as financial woes push refineries there to idle, a trend likely to increase the region’s dependency on Gulf Coast supply. A Houston-to-New York pipeline is making major expansions to accommodate growing demand to transport gasoline and other fuels up north from the Gulf Coast to fill the potential supply void. The Gulf already supplies about half of the Northeast’s demand for petroleum products, said Mindi Farber-Deanda, head of the liquid fuels market team for the U.S. Energy Information Administration. But the shutdown of production...
  • Lafayette moving toward natural gas

    12/27/2011 4:56:54 AM PST · by thackney · 12 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 27, 2011 | Associated Press
    Two public fueling stations for natural gas-powered vehicles are set to open next year as part of initiatives that include new buses and converting at least 40 city-parish vehicles to run on the fuel. The efforts come in a wider push by government and industry to develop natural gas as an alternative vehicle fuel that is touted as a cleaner burning and cheaper than gasoline. The city-parish is planning to open one fueling station at the public works facility on East University Avenue by next fall. The Advocate reports a second station is under construction by Apache Corporation, a Houston-based...
  • Girl Scouts troops disband after chapter says it will allow transgendered 7-year-old

    12/23/2011 5:30:26 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 73 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Dec. 22, 2011 | Rheana Murray
    Leaders of three troops of Girl Scouts quit their posts and disbanded the troops after the organization’s Colorado chapter said it would allow a transgendered 7-year-old to join. The troop leaders, all affiliated with a Christian school in Louisiana, resigned in protest of the Colorado chapter’s decision to allow participation from any child who identifies as a girl, The Christian Post reported. Controversy erupted when Felisha Archuleta tried to enroll her son, Bobby Montoya, who identifies as a girl, in a Girl Scouts troop in Denver. When a local troop leader refused, saying Bobby wasn’t allowed to join because he...
  • Handicap Scooter Bumper Car Competition At Walmart Ends In 2:30 AM Arrest Of Drunken Louisiana Guy

    12/22/2011 9:43:33 AM PST · by Gamecock · 27 replies · 1+ views
    The Smoking Gun ^ | December 19, 2011
    An early morning game of drunken bumper cars--using Walmart handicap scooters--was broken up Saturday morning by Louisiana cops who arrested a 22-year-old man who copped to driving to the store while intoxicated. Officers with the West Monroe Police Department arrived at the Walmart around 2:30 AM in response to a call about a disturbance. Store management told cops that a group of intoxicated suspects were “playing ‘bumper cars’ with the handicap scooters in the store,” according to a probable cause affidavit. A police sergeant contacted Christopher Butler, who appeared “very intoxicated.” Butler, pictured at right, admitted driving his 2004 Ford...
  • Texas oil company fined $12M for violations in Louisiana

    12/21/2011 5:18:15 AM PST · by Miami Vice · 9 replies · 2+ views
    Legal News Line ^ | 12-20-11 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    Houston-based Pelican Refining Co. has been fined $12 million for felony violations of the Clean Air Act at its Louisiana refinery. A federal judge in Lafayette, La., imposed the fine - the largest ever in Louisiana for violations of the act - after the company pleaded guilty in October. The violations were ...
  • Lawmaker wants military patrols after child's murder

    12/20/2011 3:22:44 PM PST · by Just4Him · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/19/2011 | Antoinette Campbell
    (CNN) -- A Louisiana lawmaker wants the National Guard to patrol the streets of New Orleans after a toddler who was four days shy of her second birthday was shot and killed in a drive-by. "She was out here as a innocent bystander. She's dead now," said Rufus Ruck, the child's cousin. Keira Holmes Gordon was gunned down in a double shooting at the B. W. Cooper Housing development on Sunday. She was one of two people hit when gunmen from two separate cars opened fire on a man who was standing nearby. According to police, the man ran into...
  • Dem (aka 'bipartisan') Keystone support creates tougher fight for Reid, Obama

    12/16/2011 9:20:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/16/11 | Alexander Bolton
    Dem Keystone support creates tougher fight for Reid, ObamaBy Alexander Bolton - 12/16/11 04:08 PM ET Republicans want to jam Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on the Keystone oil sands pipeline and the Democratic leader will have a tough time resisting, given support within his caucus for the project. GOP leaders have made clear to Reid that they will not approve an extension of the payroll tax holiday unless it includes language to speed up construction of the pipeline. Senate Republicans estimate as many as 14 Senate Democrats support the project. Labor unions have also voiced strong backing, complicating...
  • Jon Huntsman jumps into 3d in New Hampshire; Gingrich gains some on Romney

    12/15/2011 4:43:57 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    IBD Editorial ^ | December 15, 2011 | Andrew Malcom
    These days if you don't like the polls, wait a few minutes. Another will be along shortly. Speaking of which, here's a new one this morning that could presage the start of a significant move by one candidate (or not), as well as some fresh insights into the thinking of those New Hampshire voters who'll hold the nation's first Republican primary early next month. Suffolk University is out with a new survey showing Newt Gingrich gaining and Mitt Romney slipping there, which we already knew. What it also shows though is Jon Huntsman making a push into third place with...
  • Protesters head to Mayor Landrieu's house (Occupy NOLA's List of Demands)

    12/12/2011 7:35:25 PM PST · by chemicalman · 5 replies
    Fox 8 Live.com ^ | 12/11 6:08 pm | Allison Braxton
    The Occupy Nola movement left their camp at Duncan Plaza Sunday, but only for a brief moment. Protesters brought their fight to the home of the city's top man, Mayor Mitch Landrieu. This comes after the New Orleans Police Department cleared out their camp earlier in the week. Today, they stood outside of Mayor Landrieu's home with a list of demands. They want charges of a Delgado College student who was arrested at the camp dropped immediately. Plus, protesters want their rights to be respected by Chief Ronal Serpas. But the demands don't end there. The movement is fighting to...
  • Occupy NOLA sweep a success, Mayor Mitch Landrieu says

    12/06/2011 11:23:50 AM PST · by BBell · 15 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | December 06, 2011 | Brendan McCarthy
    Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other city leaders deemed the sweep of Duncan Plaza and eviction of protestors a success Tuesday morning, just hours after New Orleans police disbanded the high-profile encampment. In a move that had been forecast for days, dozens of officers fanned out across the public square in an early morning operation, forcing out more than a hundred people, some of whom were homeless, and others who identified with the "Occupy NOLA" movement.Landrieu, speaking at a City Hall news conference, said he thought the police sweep was "well-timed and well-organized." One person was arrested, while dozens of others...
  • How About A Special Tribute To Aaron Broussard Today?

    12/06/2011 9:23:04 AM PST · by LSUfan · 4 replies
    The Hayride ^ | 6 Dec 11 | MacAoidh
    Late last week we were preoccupied with LSU and other things, so we didn’t get an opportunity to be more timely in showing our appreciation for disgraced former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard, whose trail of tears likely leads to the federal pen after getting indicted on 33 counts of payroll fraud Thursday. It’s satisfying to see, as Broussard’s time in office made him almost surely the single most disgustingly corrupt public official in the state. He first showed up as a bright green blob on our radar after Katrina, when he concocted a flamingly dishonest story about dead old...
  • BP says Halliburton destroyed critical cement test results

    12/05/2011 6:42:19 PM PST · by trumandogz · 29 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 12.5.11 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy i
    BP on Monday accused Halliburton of destroying potentially damaging internal test results that showed that the cement it used to secure the Macondo well that blew out in the Gulf of Mexico last year was unstable.
  • Landrieu tells Occupy NOLA protesters:'Now would be a great time to go ahead and get on up and go'

    12/02/2011 8:25:30 PM PST · by BBell · 18 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | December 02, 2011 | Danny Monteverde
    New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Friday afternoon said Occupy NOLA protestors who have camped out in Duncan Plaza across from City Hall for the last two months must immediately begin to clear the park. "I am asking them to leave right now," Landrieu said. "Any time after this may see enforcement."While acknowledging the protestors' rights to freedom of speech, Landrieu said it is against the law to be in the park between 10:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. and to have tents, kitchen equipment and electrical utilities in the park. "I am giving notice on behalf of the city of...
  • ConocoPhillips Seeking to Sell Louisiana Refinery (COP)

    12/01/2011 5:21:28 AM PST · by thackney · 10 replies
    Finacial News Network ^ | 11/30/2011 | FNNO Staff
    ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) is looking to sell its Alliance refinery in Belle Chasse, Louisiana, according to Bloomberg, which cited two unnamed sources. The plant may be sold for $700 million-$1 billion excluding inventory, Sam Margolin, a refining analyst for Global Hunter Securities LLC, said. ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) has potential upside of 9.9% based on a current price of $70.81 and an average consensus analyst price target of $77.8. ConocoPhillips is currently below its 200-day moving average (MA) of $72.03 and should find support at its 50-day MA of $68.05. In the last five trading sessions, the 50-day MA has remained constant while...
  • 8 years for rapper Lil Boosie in drug smuggle plot

    11/29/2011 2:56:56 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 11/29/11 | The Associated Press
    BATON ROUGE, La.—A Baton Rouge rapper known as "Lil Boosie" has been sentenced to eight years in prison following his guilty plea to drug charges. The 29-year-old rapper's real name is Torrence Hatch. He pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring to smuggle codeine, marijuana and ecstasy into two state prisons. They were the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola and Dixon Correctional Institute in Jackson, La. Assistant District Attorney Dana Cummings says Hatch was serving a prison term for a separate conviction for marijuana possession when he smuggled the drugs with help from a prison guard.