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Ex-deputy re-arrested on porn charges

Friday, 27 March 2015 20:26 Written by
A St. Amant man who was out on $126,000 bail for child pornography and other charges was arrested again Thursday, the fourth time in a year and a half, after authorities found he had exchanged sexually oriented messages with a 13-year-old boy in Tennessee and had a photo of a naked young girl on his electronic devices. Todd Eric Tripp, a former Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputy, was communicating with the 13-year-old from Germantown,
Bill filed for better TOPS control
Friday, 27 March 2015 20:22 Written by
Senator Jack DonahueLegislation aimed at reining the costs of TOPS, the state’s popular college tuition-paying program, was filed Friday. But unlike previous years, when similar measures have gone down to defeat, state Sen. Jack Donahue is more optimistic, saying the legislation has the backing of the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, which founded the scholarship, and the Board of Regents, which oversees higher education institutions. “It doesn’t water the program down, but
Use of force brings charges against Missouri police officer
Friday, 27 March 2015 19:53 Written by
KANSAS CITY, Mo (Reuters) - A former Missouri police officer was indicted on federal civil rights violations and obstruction of justice charges involving his use of a stun gun and other force on a teenager, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday. Tim Runnels, who used to be an officer with the police department in the Kansas City suburb of Independence, Missouri, pleaded not guilty to the charges, court records show. Runnels stopped motorist Bryce…
A text is all it took
Friday, 27 March 2015 19:52 Written by
It started with a text message. After Jeff Ireland saw Ryan Pace was leaving New Orleans to become general manager of the Chicago Bears, he shot Saints GM Mickey Loomis a message that simply read, “Keep me in mind.” The seed was planted. A few weeks later, the former Miami Dolphins general manager was sitting down to eat a meal with Loomis. The two decided their priorities and views meshed well, and Ireland
Bonds to fix streets, parks
Friday, 27 March 2015 19:49 Written by
New Orleans soon will begin making repairs to more than two dozen parks and playgrounds and will spend more than $42 million on street improvements after the city this week sold the final $65 million of general-obligation bonds authorized by voters in 2004 as part of an overall $260 million bond program, Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s office announced Friday. The bonds will finance 46 projects in all. In addition to streets and parks, they
Senate leaders offer bill to control TOPS costs
Friday, 27 March 2015 19:49 Written by
Senator Jack DonahueLegislation aimed at reining the costs of TOPS, the state’s popular college tuition-paying program, was filed Friday. But unlike previous years, when similar measures have gone down to defeat, state Sen. Jack Donahue is more optimistic, saying the legislation has the backing of the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, which founded the scholarship, and the Board of Regents, which oversees higher education institutions. “It doesn’t water the program down, but
One text is all it took
Friday, 27 March 2015 19:47 Written by
It started with a text message. After Jeff Ireland saw Ryan Pace was leaving New Orleans to become general manager of the Chicago Bears, he shot Saints GM Mickey Loomis a message that simply read, “Keep me in mind.” The seed was planted. A few weeks later, the former Miami Dolphins general manager was sitting down to eat a meal with Loomis. The two decided their priorities and views meshed well, and Ireland
Louisiana gains 23,500 jobs
Friday, 27 March 2015 19:40 Written by
Louisiana’s mining and logging employment — the sector that includes oil and gas jobs — was down 6.2 percent in February from a year ago. Two other sectors — government and professional and business services — posted smaller declines. The state as a whole, however, still gained 23,500 nonfarm jobs to hit 1.98 million over the same 12 months, with eight other sectors posting increases. The 3,300-job loss in mining and logging left
A QUICK VISIT
Friday, 27 March 2015 19:40 Written by
City-parish government employees can now visit a doctor without ever leaving the office. Lafayette General Health and city-parish government launched a new telemedicine clinic this month, allowing local government’s roughly 2,200 employees to step into an exam room at city hall and connect with a doctor via the Internet. The physician and patient can chat and see each other through real-time video while an on-site nurse wields a digital otoscope, stethoscope or other
John Brown Sr. is appointed to Orleans Parish School Board
Friday, 27 March 2015 19:39 Written by
John Brown Sr., a retired New Orleans public school administrator, will be on the Orleans Parish School Board for the next seven months. The remaining six board members chose Brown on Friday (March 27) to represent the Lower 9th Ward

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