14 state law changes on ballot

Friday, 24 October 2014 20:30
Fourteen proposed constitutional amendments go before voters on the Nov. 4 ballot dealing with topics ranging from state budget and health care policy to blighted property and creation of a new state department dealing with elderly affairs. Others would eliminate mandatory retirement at age 70 for judges; allow Orleans Parish voters to increase property taxes for fire and police; and implement a plan aimed at putting lots in the Hurricane Katrina-devastated Lower 9th Ward back…
Science Day gives students taste of campus life
Friday, 24 October 2014 20:30
LAFAYETTE — From dissecting cats and turning gummy bears into jet fuel, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Ray P. Authement College of Sciences hosted more than 500 high school students in its inaugural Science Day on Friday. Science-minded high school juniors and seniors from across the state converged on UL-Lafayette to learn more about the university’s College of Science as well as get a taste of the school’s campus life. “This event is an…
Iberville Parish sheriff says suspect dead after deputy-involved shooting
Friday, 24 October 2014 20:03
BAYOU PIGEON, LA (WAFB) - Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi has confirmed a suspect was shot and killed by a deputy with the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office. It happened in Bayou Pigeon around 5:30 p.m. Friday. Authorities have not released any names. More details will be released when they become available. Copyright 2014 WAFB. All rights reserved.
Southern University's band to perform for Saints halftime show
Friday, 24 October 2014 20:03
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WAFB) - The Southern University Marching band, also known as the “Human Jukebox”, will be performing at halftime of this Sunday's New Orleans Saints game. Southern University has one of the top rated bands among Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and the NCAA selected Southern's band as one of the best in the country in 2013. The game between the Green Bay Packers (5-2) and the New Orleans Saints (2-4) kicks off…
Louisiana shrimp catch in September largest since 2003
Friday, 24 October 2014 20:02
Louisiana shrimpers caught more shrimp in September than any other September since 2003, according to federal fisheries estimates released this week. Shrimpers caught 7.9 million pounds
Google executive's near-space leap breaks sound barrier, sets skydiving records
Friday, 24 October 2014 20:02
ROSWELL, N.M. -- Google executive Alan Eustace broke the sound barrier and set several skydiving records over the southern New Mexico desert early Friday after taking
Leading the charge
Friday, 24 October 2014 19:35
By his estimation, New Orleans Saints pass rusher Junior Galette’s life is almost perfect. His son, Jovais, recently turned 1. He bought a spacious home in the area mere days ago. At work, he’s applying pressure to quarterbacks on one out of every 7.8 of his rushes, resulting in — among other things — a team-leading four sacks. But the Saints are 2-4, and that losing record is stopping Galette from enjoying life to the…
Another new role for Pels’ Rivers
Friday, 24 October 2014 19:35
Entering his third NBA training camp, New Orleans Pelicans guard Austin Rivers appeared to have found himself in yet another role. As a rookie, he was slated for an apprenticeship as the team’s point guard of the future by playing in a backup role. But his struggles and Eric Gordon’s return from knee surgery had Rivers playing both guard spots, sometimes starting at shooting guard. Last season, he made progress but couldn’t beat out Brian…
Chiquita shareholders reject Fyffes merger
Friday, 24 October 2014 19:35
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Shareholders of Charlotte, North Carolina-based Chiquita Brands International spurned the company’s board of directors Friday, voting down a planned merger with Irish produce company Fyffes. That leaves Chiquita only days to decide whether to accept an all-cash bid by two Brazilian firms to buy Chiquita, which the board has rejected three times. At a brief shareholders meeting in Charlotte, Chiquita said it would continue negotiating with the Brazilian firms. The company’s board…
Peralta vetoes raises ordinance
Friday, 24 October 2014 19:35
St. Bernard Parish President David Peralta on Friday made good on his promise to veto a measure passed by the Parish Council this week that would have imposed a six-month freeze on salary raises for parish employees, thereby limiting the authority of the embattled first-term parish leader. Early indications were that the veto might stand. In a two-page letter outlining why he issued the veto, Peralta cited concerns that the ordinance violates state law and…
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