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Feds reject criminal probe of shooting

Friday, 18 April 2014 20:32
More than three months after Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office decided not to file state charges against an FBI agent who fatally shot a man in eastern New Orleans last summer, the U.S. Department of Justice has arrived at the same decision, a spokeswoman said Friday. The DOJ’s Civil Rights Division “reviewed the information collected by the FBI regarding the shooting and declined to open a criminal investigation,” spokeswoman Dena Iverson said. She…
BR to celebrate Earth Day April 27
Friday, 18 April 2014 20:16
Getting a realistic estimate of just how many people attend the annual Earth Day in Baton Rouge is tough, as people stream into downtown from all directions and at all times. But organizers know one thing about this year’s event on April 27: “It’s going to be bigger and better than ever,” said Louisiana Earth Day board member Brenda Nixon. Hundreds of volunteers help make the event a success every year, she said. Education exhibits…
Chief deputy clerk faces charges of ethics violation
Friday, 18 April 2014 20:16
Former St. Bernard Parish Chief Deputy Clerk of Court Lena Nunez stands accused of violating state ethics law by allegedly allowing her brother, a lawyer, to postpone paying more than $200,000 in court filing fees. Nunez also “participated in the shredding and destruction of the billing records regarding her brother Sidney Torres’ non-payment of advanced filing costs,” according to the charging document filed by the Louisiana Board of Ethics. The Ethics Board accused Nunez of…
Louisianians with jobs top 2 million — a record high
Friday, 18 April 2014 20:16
More than 2 million Louisianians have a job, an all-time high. That number hit a new peak for the sixth month in a row in March, as the state’s unemployment rate held steady from February at 4.5 percent. That tied for the seventh-lowest rate in the nation. A separate survey shows payrolls grew slightly from February to March, but remained below the record levels of late 2013. Both sets of figures — adjusted to cancel…
Apple's iPad in trouble?
Friday, 18 April 2014 20:00
NEW YORK -- Less than two years ago, Apple's (ticker: AAPL) iPad absolutely dominated the tablet space. As of mid-2012, Apple still claimed nearly 70% of the tablet market, while Android tablet manufacturers were struggling to make any headway. Furthermore, the iPad Mini's fall 2012 arrival was an open secret by then. As a result, tablet market analysts expected Apple to further solidify its dominance of the tablet market over time. However, the opposite has…
Meachem is back in the mix at receiver
Friday, 18 April 2014 19:31
The Saints are bringing wide receiver Robert Meachem back for another season. The eight-year veteran, the team’s first-round draft pick in 2007, signed a one-year contract, the Saints announced Friday. Terms were not released, but Meachem likely will receive the veteran’s minimum of $855,000. Meachem rejoined the Saints just before the start of last season after being released by San Diego, with which he had signed a four-year contract in 2012. Seeing mostly backup duty,…
‘We were a walking community’
Friday, 18 April 2014 19:31
Outgoing New Orleans City Council President Jackie Clarkson has asked the Regional Planning Commission to study what it would take to put a streetcar line along General de Gaulle Drive in Algiers. Clarkson, whose term as an at-large councilwoman ends May 5, submitted a resolution for introduction at the May 13 meeting of the RPC, a six-parish agency that coordinates transportation, regional planning, community development and other area initiatives. “I wanted to leave office doing…
Historic Baton Rouge golf course will re-open
Friday, 18 April 2014 19:30
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Stan McDaniel and his friends gathered at the former Oaks at Sherwood Friday afternoon like they do every week. The gatherings that once centered on a round of golf are now limited to sitting on couches and chairs. "We golf everyday about this time. When the course shut down we continued to hang out here you know because nobody else wants to be with us," said Tom Tubersing. Ryan Dornier…
LSU advances to Super Six for second straight season
Friday, 18 April 2014 19:30
From LSU Sports BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – For the second straight season and the fourth time in school history, the LSU gymnastics team punched its ticket to the NCAA Super Six after a third-place finish in semifinal I Friday afternoon at BJCC Arena. LSU (23-7) advanced to the Super Six by scoring a 197.100, extending the school-record streak to 12 straight meets with at least a 197 score. The Tigers will start the Super Six on…
Legislation takes Lafayette Parish water battle to new level
Friday, 18 April 2014 19:02
Decades later, Scott Mayor Purvis Morrison couldn’t tell you which private water system supplied the water at his starter home in Lafayette Parish. He just remembers he couldn’t wash clothes there. The faucets spat out rust. The home’s water supply stained clothing in the washing machine. “It’s a quality of life issue,” said Morrison, who as mayor still fields complaints about the water in his original two-street subdivision. Some residents of unincorporated parts of Lafayette…