Officials say a body has been found in the Dutch Bayou in St. John the Baptist Parish Wednesday afternoon.

The St. John Coroner's Office has been called to the scene to collect the body that was found in the waterway.

The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office Marine Division confirms that it is assisting with the recovery effort.

Officials with The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries say the body was located in the Dutch Bayou near the Hope Canal.

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Gov. Bobby Jindal was hand-delivered a petition on Wednesday with the names of thousands of people who want the Common Core education reform to remain in place.

A group of parents, educators and students took the battle straight to the governor's door. They piled up the stack of a 6,000 signature petition, all to illustrate taking a stand to try to keep Common Core, the federal standardized education curriculum in Louisiana.

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Entergy said equipment failure on a major transmission line was to blame for the loss of electricity for about 30,000 customers in Baton Rouge on Wednesday.

All power was restored by about 10:30 p.m. after homes and businesses went dark from a sudden power outage around 8:30 p.m.

The outage affected parts of south Baton Rouge, chunks of the 70805 area, the area east of Siegen Lane, south of I-10, several sections east of Airline Highway and areas north of I-12.

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The chief sponsor of legislation that would revamp control over the southeast Louisiana levee boards challenged opponents Wednesday after making what he called concessions.

“They’re being unreasonable, and I want this body to see it,” state Sen. Robert Adley, R-Benton, said in an interview pointing to the Senate chamber.

Adley had just left the lectern from which he had announced amending his legislation in response to demands made by opponents.

He plans to ask for a vote by the full Senate next week after they have an opportunity to consider the changes to his Senate Bill 79.

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School Board opposes legislation
Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:32

LAFAYETTE — The Lafayette Parish School Board took a stand Wednesday against legislation that proposes changing the board’s election cycle and opens the door for potential changes to the board’s governance.

The board’s opposition to legislation filed by state Rep. Nancy Landry, R-Lafayette, came during a special meeting that had been called to discuss the bills.

During the meeting, board member Mark Allen Babineaux asked that the resolution be amended to also state the board’s opposition to a bill by state Rep.

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The New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board may have to find another candidate to serve as its next executive director — another headache for an agency that also is in the midst of replacing most of its board members and undertaking hundreds of millions of dollars in upgrades to the city’s aging water and sewer infrastructure.

Last year, the board offered the job to Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s deputy mayor for facilities and infrastructure, Cedric Grant. But before negotiating a contract, the board decided to get an opinion from the Louisiana Board of Ethics on whether Grant could make the jump from the Mayor’s Office without violating any rules.

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Taxing district eyed to boost city revenue
Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:15

Mayor Mitch Landrieu wants the Legislature to create a special economic development district along the New Orleans riverfront in which all tax revenue generated by new hotels and other development would go only to the city.

The effort is another attempt by Landrieu to cover a pension deficit and pay for federal consent decrees that Deputy Mayor Andy Kopplin said could cost the city up to $40 million a year.

The details of the plan have yet to be decided.

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Saints’ success puts games in primetime
Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:15

After qualifying to the postseason three times and appearing in the divisional round twice since winning Super Bowl XLIV a little more than four years ago, it was virtually a foregone conclusion that the New Orleans Saints would get their fair share of primetime games in 2014.

The NFL’s schedule makers did not disappoint, revealing Wednesday that they had given the Black and Gold at least five primetime games this season, which is more than usual.

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Listening to Saints coach Sean Payton speak Wednesday, it didn’t sound as if he was holding out for the unexpected: that Jimmy Graham, his All-Pro tight end, would show up for voluntary offseason workouts without his contract situation resolved.

The Saints also had not decided whether they’d exercise a fifth-year option on the contract of running back Mark Ingram like they had with Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Jordan two days earlier, ahead of a May 3 deadline for such transactions, Payton said before participating in the pro-am at TPC Louisiana on Wednesday.

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Saints slates comes up balanced
Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:15

Roger Goodell still hates the Saints.

Why else would they be playing play back-to-back games against a pair of tough, unfamiliar foes (Baltimore and Pittsburgh), the latter on the road, with both of them coming off their open dates?

But then again, maybe he doesn’t.

How much easier can it be, not facing a 2013 playoff team until Week 8?

Thus begins our annual parsing of the NFL schedule, which got a late release Wednesday, all the more to whet our appetites.

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