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The latest Unemployment Insurance claims files from the Louisiana Workforce Commission. Initial UI claims for the week ending Nov. 5, 2011, increased to 3,678 from 3,435 for the week ending Oct. 29, 2011. Continued UI weeks claimed for the week ending Nov. 5, 2011, decreased to 40,182 from the previous week's total of 40,503.
One of the key faces of the BP oil spill and one of the persons who has caught the anger of many in Louisiana upset with the deep water oil moratorium, is being replaced. Below is a press release from the Department of Interior:
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today named Rear Admiral James A. Watson IV as the Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). BSEE was one of the two agencies to succeed the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) on Oct. 1, 2011. Admiral Watson will begin as BSEE Director on December 1, 2011, and will succeed Michael R. Bromwich.
Governor Bobby Jindal pulled no punches as he released the following statement today on the United States Supreme Court’s decision to review President Obama’a healthcare law. The Supreme Court will hear the lawsuit brought by 26 states, including the State of Louisiana.
Falcons coach Mike Smith is taking the heat -- and plenty of it --in Atlanta after the fourth-down play he called against the Saints.
Thanks to the Falcons media relations department, here's what Smith had to say after the Saints defeated the Falcons 26-23 in overtime:
He could have been a hero. Could have been called a gutsy genius,. if the high-risk play had worked and if the Atlanta Falcons would have later gobbled a significant amount of real estate to go on to score.
Instead, his call to go for fourth and inches failed, resulting in a big-time loss against super-rival New Orleans Saints.
LSU is the unanimous No. 1 in the AP poll although they did not play like the top-ranked team in the country on Saturday. However, they played well enough by scoring four touchdowns in the second half to put away six-touchdown underdog Western Kentucky 42-9 on Saturday night in Tiger Stadium
The New Orleans Saints ‘s weapons could be limited today due to injuries as the team faces its primary rival, the Atlanta Falcons.
Both are competing for the number one spot in the South division as the league moves towards playoffs.
No. 1 LSU (9-0, 6-0 SEC) has put the 9-6 victory over Alabama behind it and will host Western Kentucky (5-4, 5-1 Sun Belt) in Tiger Stadium today at 6 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU.
"We've transitioned from last week's game to this one," said Miles. "Our practices have been very good, very fast- paced. And there's an enjoyment to prepare for a very quality team."
Jimmy Graham's stock continues to rise.
The Saints second-year tight end has used his basketball background to successfully transition it to the NFL. The sky is the limit for Graham, who is enjoying a Pro Bowl season.