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“We are not in a big rush,” said Terrebonne Coastal Restoration Director Nic Matherne.

Matherne said the parish will at least wait for the state to figure out if there will be any incentive programs for using the money on projects in the state’s master plan for coastal restoration and protection.

“At this time we are not eager to start considering projects because if the incentive program is a great deal in terms of a cost share, it seems like there would be a wise thing to do to stretch our dollars as far as they can go,” Matherne said.

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Mayor Kip Holden's office will sponsor a job fair Thursday.

It will be held at the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Just like another recent job fair sponsored by the city, the first job seekers will be veterans.

Veterans will have run of the job fair for the first two hours and then everyone else will be allowed to join.

Parking will be free at the casino's parking garage, which is located near the Sheraton Hotel.

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Study researcher Svante Pääbo examines a 45,000-year-old femur from a Siberian man that is helping scientists pinpoint when Neanderthals and modern humans interbred. (Bence Viola, MPI EVA)

The DNA from the 45,000-year-old bone of a man from Siberia is helping to pinpoint when modern humans and Neanderthals first interbred, researchers say.

Although modern humans are the only surviving human lineage, others once lived on Earth. The closest extinct relatives of modern humans were the Neanderthals, who lived in Europe and Asia until they went extinct about 40,000 years ago.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Depending on a player's personality, motivation can he generated in a lot of different ways. In the cases of LSU sophomores Jordan Mickey

Ursuline (28-9) and Academy of Our Lady (26-6) took to the court in all-pink apparel to honor Breast Cancer survivors.

The tribute was evident and the

  • A Ottawa police officer holds up a length of police tape for pedestrians leaving the downtown area following shooting incidents in Ottawa October 22, 2014. REUTERS/Blair Gable

  • A Ottawa police officer and service dog run up Metcalfe Street following shootings in downtown Ottawa October 22, 2014.

The Labor Department said Tuesday that unemployment rates rose in 8 states and were unchanged in 11 states. That is the smallest number of states to see an increase since April.

Employers added jobs in 39 states and cut jobs in 10. South Dakota's job count changed little. States can gain jobs but may not see their unemployment rates fall if more people start looking for work. People aren't counted as unemployed unless they are actively searching.

Common Core fight not over, officials say
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 21:52

Saying they hoped to generate enough grass-roots support to get rid of Common Core, three St. Tammany Parish legislators told a small crowd in Slidell on Wednesday night that they are committed to working to remove the controversial state standards from state classrooms.

State Sen. A.G. Crowe, of Slidell, and Reps. Kevin Pearson, of Slidell, and John Schroder, of Covington, all Republicans, said the standards represent an intrusion by the federal government into local control of schools.

Fired worker gets job back
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 21:52

The Kenner Civil Service Board has reinstated a city employee fired in May, finding that his dismissal — officially blamed on reckless driving — was in fact “arbitrary and … without reasonable cause.”

Joey Metzler, an electrical inspector with Kenner’s Code Enforcement Department who was fired on March 25, will be reinstated with back pay after a 4-1 ruling by the board this week.

Metzler’s attorney said the verdict validated his client’s contention that a single named complaint about his driving was merely a cover for political payback for his complaints about the department and his association with a frequent critic of Mayor Mike Yenni.

Colleges ask for $504 million
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 21:52

Louisiana’s colleges and universities will ask for about $504 million from the state in next year’s budget — well below what leaders say the higher education institutions should be getting from the state’s coffers, but a slight increase from this year’s funding.

On Wednesday, the state Board of Regents agreed to a preliminary budget request for fiscal 2015, but the request comes in at about $266 million below what the board would consider “fully funded.

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