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    WHAT'S ON THE POLICE CHIEF'S CELL PHONE? The mystery surrounding former Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White's cell phone just took another turn, with the release of the police report relating to its disappearance to the local news media.  White, who has said he did not have a city-parish cell phone, then said he had one but it was lost or stolen, finally turned it over to his attorney last week.  You can read more about who the chief was talking to and what police say the phone was being used for at the link below.  

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BOSTON (AP) - Voters thronged to the polls in Massachusetts Tuesday in a special election Republicans hope will be a national game-changer, slowing down President Barack Obama's agenda and loosening the Democratic grip on the U.S. Senate.

As dawn broke in the frosty Northeast, the GOP publicly relished the possibility that a previously obscure state senator, Scott Brown, could wrest the election from Democrat Martha Coakley, considered the overwhelming favorite until just a few days ago.

STEVE LeBLANC - AP Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Nasty terms get thrown around in political campaigns: crook, liar, career politician. But in the New Orleans mayor's race, "career politician" may no longer be an epithet.

Political novice Ray Nagin was voted into office eight years ago under the banner of the businessman with the plan to set the corrupt city straight. He hung on to win re-election a few months after Hurricane Katrina hit. But after four years of uneven recovery, continued violent crime and the indictment of one of his top appointees, Nagin's image has suffered. And, say local politicos, voters may be looking for a skilled political hand to make things right when they go to the polls on Feb. 6.

Advocate Capitol News Bureau

Despite some reservations, fourth-graders who fail a key state test usually required for promotion are about to get relief.

The examination, which is given to public school students in March, is the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program, known to students and parents as LEAP.

Results of the test fall into five categories: advanced, mastery, basic, approaching basic and unsatisfactory.

Monday, 18 January 2010


BOSTON (AP) - Democrats and Republicans ramped up election eve get-out-the-vote efforts Monday in their close battle for a Massachusetts Senate seat that could decide the fate of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and the rest of his agenda.

Obama needs newly embattled Martha Coakley to win Tuesday's special election for the late Edward M. Kennedy's Senate seat and deny Republicans the ability to block his initiatives with a 41st filibuster-sustaining GOP vote.

BETH FOUHY and GLEN JOHNSON - AP Associated Press

Washington (CNN) - Getting aid to Haiti right away to save lives is the first goal of the fund-raising initiative headed by George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, the two former U.S. presidents say.

In a pre-recorded interview broadcast Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," Bush and Clinton said the new fund created by President Barack Obama also seeks to ensure that money keeps coming in after the news media moves on from last week's devastating earthquake.

"For me, success is helping save lives in the short term, and then we can worry about the long-term after the situation has been stabilized," Bush said.
Friday, 15 January 2010



PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The distance between life and death narrowed in this flattened city on Thursday, with survival two days after the huge earthquake struck depending increasingly on the luck of being freed from under rubble, on treating the thousands of wounded and on speeding the halting flow of emergency food and water.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Race ball bounces both ways

USA Today

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, already looking at a tough re-election bid in Nevada, is now facing Republican calls to step down after reports that in 2008, he said he thought that Barack Obama could win the presidency because he was "light-skinned" and did not use a "Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."

"It's an old mind-set when you're using language in 2008 that harkens back to the 1950s and '60s," Michael Steele, Republican National Committee chairman, said on Fox News Sunday.

By Richard Rainey, The Times-Picayune

Steve Theriot, the former state legislative auditor, will take over as Jefferson Parish's interim president on Wednesday, the Parish Council announced at a noon news conference.

"He's got experience in rooting out conflicts in government," Councilman Chris Roberts said.

Advocate, Capitol News Bureau

Gov. Bobby Jindal said his administration would implement two-thirds of the recommendations of a cost-cutting panel.

He said the administration is working to shrink manager-employee ratios, put more information on the Internet, privatize pharmacy services at veterans homes and cut the number of state vehicles.

However, the governor said in an interview that he is not in favor of all of the Commission on Streamlining Government’s suggestions.


Monday, 11 January 2010

Inmates to pay for health care

Advocate, Florida parishes bureau

LIVINGSTON — Inmates in the Livingston Parish Detention Center would have to pay full price for their own doctor and dental services under a proposal by Parish President Mike Grimmer.

Last year the parish incurred $370,000 in medical expenses for prisoners, Grimmer said.

The proposal would not apply to indigent defendants, and is permissible under Louisiana law, said Blayne Honeycutt, attorney for the Livingston Parish Council, which would have to approve the proposal before it becomes a parish ordinance.


By: Mary Foster
Associated Press Writer

Hours after Louisiana conducted its first execution in eight years, a state judge on Friday dismissed a request to halt all executions in the state until the Department of Corrections changes its procedures.

Attorneys from the Capital Post-Conviction Project of Louisiana, acting for condemned killer Nathaniel Code, maintained that Louisiana's guidelines for execution by a three-drug lethal injection are not specific enough.

State District Judge R. Michael Caldwell agreed with attorneys from the attorney general's office, however, and dismissed the matter, ruling that the question should have been presented under a different set of laws designed to answer prisoner complaints.


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