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  • Five-day search for Lake Pontchartrain oilfield worker ends with body's discovery

    10/21/2017 1:16:33 PM PDT · by BBell · 10 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...
  • Cleco announces new S.T.A.R.T. program, creating 221 new jobs (Power company in Louisiana)

    09/27/2017 9:54:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    KALB-TV ^ | September 27, 2017 | Steven Maxwell
    On Wednesday morning, Cleco held a news conference announcing their new S.T.A.R.T program. They called it a $130 million customer service "upgrade." The project will create 221 new jobs and generate $1.5 million in state and local tax revenues. "It will allow our employees to work more efficiently," said Andre Guillory with Cleco. Alexandria Mayor Jacques Roy explained how projects like S.T.A.R.T. will pay for events such as the Alexandria Riverfete and Winterfete. "This is about localism," Roy said. "A very symbolic moment for Cleco and Alexandria." "Let's not forget Cleco exists here in our community," added Pineville Mayor Clarence...
  • Bossier (Louisiana) schools superintendent issues statement on National Anthem decorum

    09/27/2017 10:29:01 AM PDT · by abb · 15 replies
    KTBS-TV3 ^ | September 26, 2017 | Staff
    (BOSSIER PARISH, LA) - The head of Bossier Parish schools is speaking out on the controversial issue of National Anthem decorum. In light of the national dialogue taking place, Superintendent Scott Smith has released the following statement as a statement as it relates to the district's stance: Freedom is not free. Each day the men and women at Barksdale Air Force Base and in other branches of the military in Bossier Parish and throughout the nation don a uniform and put their lives at risk as they proudly serve and protect us with honor. The least Bossier Schools can do...
  • Lafayette beer company says it's pulling NFL, Saints branded items over anthem protests

    09/27/2017 9:05:55 AM PDT · by abb · 34 replies
    The (Baton Rouge, LA) Advocate ^ | September 27, 2017 | Staff
    Lafayette beer company says it's pulling NFL, Saints branded items over anthem protests Advocate staff report Sep 27, 2017 - 9:56 am (0) Another Louisiana company has said it will no longer promote the NFL or New Orleans Saints brand after league-wide protests during the national anthem last week. Schilling Distributing Company, based in Lafayette, said it plans to pull all of its Bud Light "point of sale" material featuring the league and team's logo. "With all the negative attention the NFL is receiving right now due to these protests, we do not feel it is appropriate to associate our...
  • Slidell krewe uninvites Saints players to serve as grand marshals after Sunday protest: Fox 8

    09/26/2017 9:27:32 PM PDT · by BBell · 6 replies
    http://www.nola.com/ ^ | 9/25/17 | Laura McKnight
    A Slidell-based Carnival krewe has uninvited a pair of New Orleans Saints players to serve as grand marshals for the krewe's 2018 parade after the players participated in a protest during the national anthem prior to Sunday's (Sept. 24) game, WVUE-Fox 8 reports. The Krewe of Poseidon took back invites to players Kenny Vaccaro and Alex Okafor, who had already agreed to serve as grand marshals, after they sat during the anthem in Charlotte, according to the news station. Vaccaro and Okafor were among 10 Saints and 150 professional football players around the National Football League who refused to stand...
  • Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser says he's boycotting NO Saints after recent protests during national anthem

    09/26/2017 4:19:30 PM PDT · by abb · 18 replies
    The (Baton Rouge, LA) Advocate ^ | September 26, 2017 | Elizabeth Crisp
    Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser says he is boycotting the New Orleans Saints after several players refused to stand during the national anthem on Sunday as part of a coordinated protest against social injustice and criticism from President Donald Trump about NFL activism. Nungesser, a Republican who is the state's chief tourism promoter, said that he views the protests as "un-American" and offensive to the military. "To know what that national anthem means to the veterans and their families ... If it hurts one of those families, it's not worth it," Nungesser said Tuesday by phone. He's currently in Germany promoting...
  • Slidell (LA) krewe uninvites Saints players to serve as grand marshals after Sunday protest: Fox 8

    09/26/2017 1:50:34 AM PDT · by abb · 11 replies
    The (New Orleans, LA) Times Picayune ^ | September 25, 2017 | Laura McKnight
    A Slidell-based Carnival krewe has uninvited a pair of New Orleans Saints players to serve as grand marshals for the krewe's 2018 parade after the players participated in a protest during the national anthem prior to Sunday's (Sept. 24) game, WVUE-Fox 8 reports. The Krewe of Poseidon took back invites to players Kenny Vaccaro and Alex Okafor, who had already agreed to serve as grand marshals, after they sat during the anthem in Charlotte, according to the news station. Vaccaro and Okafor were among 10 Saints and 150 professional football players around the National Football League who refused to stand...
  • Louisiana lawmakers: New Orleans Saints should lose state support after player protests

    09/25/2017 7:20:30 PM PDT · by BBell · 16 replies
    http://www.nola.com/ ^ | 9/25/17 | Julia O'Donoghue
    Offended by New Orleans Saints players who protested by sitting during the national anthem Sunday (Sept. 24), state House Rep. Kenny Havard, R-Jackson, called for Louisiana's government to pull state funding, tax breaks and other support from the professional football franchise. "Disrespecting our national anthem and flag in the name of social injustice is the highest form of hypocrisy," Havard said in a written statement Monday. State Rep. Valarie Hodges, R-Denham Springs, has also requested the Saints' state benefits be reviewed by the Legislature's Senate and House budget committees as a result of the players' protest. Hodges is a member...
  • Cultural Innovation District To Bloom Below Interstate 10

    09/14/2017 8:14:23 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    progrss ^ | September 10, 2017 | progrss Newsroom
    People in New Orleans, Louisiana, have been voicing their discontent about the intrusion of the Interstate 10, or I-10, Freeway in their lives ever since it was completed in 1990. After years of debating and studying, they are ready to repair the damage it has caused with what they are calling a Cultural Innovation District. The community will not remove the Interstate since the city cannot afford it, and in the end, the cost of removing it wouldn’t measure up to its value, according to studies conducted. As a result, the city and designers decided to meet halfway and resurrect...