GULF OIL SPILL-CLEAN UP
BP: Shore clean-up after Gulf oil spill ends in La
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Just days before the fourth anniversary of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill, the Coast Guard has moved cleanup of Louisiana's coast to a new phase, allowing BP to end its "active" efforts in the area.
Earlier Tuesday, the Coast Guard issued a directive transitioning the cleanup to a phase in which Coast Guard teams, BP cleanup crews and equipment will be pre-positioned to respond to new reports of oil as needed.
BP said in a news release that the Coast Guard's directive ended patrols of the final three miles of affected shoreline in Louisiana. The move completes a cleanup operation that ended in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi last June.
BP executive Laura Folse says BP has spent more than $14 billion on response since the accident happened.
3 rescued from ship taking on water in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard says it rescued three crew members aboard a towing vessel taking on water and reportedly grounded in Lake Pontchartrain (PON'-chuh-train).
Coast Guard Sector New Orleans' command center received a report Tuesday that the UTV Todd Michael was grounded on rocks near the Lakefront Airport with three people aboard. The agency says it launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, which hoisted two people from the ship, and a response boat crew, which removed one person on a barge attached to the towing vessel.
All three men were transported to hospitals. The Coast Guard did not provide details of injuries, and crew members' conditions were not immediately known.
Sharper challenges his no-bail status in Arizona
PHOENIX (AP) - A judge in Phoenix will hold a hearing Wednesday in which lawyers for former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper will challenge the evidence used to keep him in jail without bail on sexual-assault charges in Arizona.
Sharper is charged with drugging and sexually assaulting two women in November in Tempe.
The hearing marks the latest development in several ongoing sexual-assault investigations involving the 38-year-old Sharper in Louisiana, California, Florida, Arizona and Nevada.
He was previously released from jail in a rape case in California on $1 million bail, but he was denied bond in Arizona.
Sharper will not attend Wednesday's hearing.
He hasn't yet entered a plea in Arizona, though one of his attorneys says Sharper will deny those allegations.
State Supreme Court rejects appeal in baby's death
HOUMA, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Supreme Court rejected an appeal from a Chauvin man serving life in Angola Prison after he was convicted of killing a 10-month-old boy in 2007.
The Courier reports William Henderson had requested an appeal from the Supreme Court after the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals rejected his request for post-conviction relief last year. Henderson is serving life in prison after a jury found him guilty in 2012 of smothering Kaleb Nelton to death.
In his appeal, Henderson claimed the court had erred during the cross examination proceedings, by selecting a racially biased jury and in preventing a cross examination of the trampoline witness who he claimed would have perjured herself.
The court also rejected five other claims.
2 eggs offer hope for endangered whooping cranes
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Two eggs sitting on a nest of marsh grass and sticks in a crawfish pond offer a hope in a project to bring back the endangered whooping crane to south Louisiana.
State wildlife and fisheries biologist Sam Zimorski officials hope that chicks will be hatching there next week.
It's been 75 years since a whooping crane egg was documented in the state, and the birds had disappeared from the Louisiana landscape by 1950, the victim of habitat loss and hunting.
The Advocate reports Tuesday's announcement of the new eggs was made in Lafayette at the North American Crane Workshop meeting, a gathering of scientists and conservationists interested in crane issues.
Sorrento still with police chief and department
SORRENTO, La. (AP) - Efforts to revitalize the Sorrento Police Department seem to be stagnating while the police chief's position sits vacant and the days pass without anyone actively seeking liability insurance for the department.
Mayor Mike Lambert told The Advocate Tuesday that the governor's office is having a difficult time finding a replacement to serve out the rest of former Police Chief Earl Theriot Jr.'s three year-term.
Theriot resigned in February and pleaded guilty to lying to an FBI agent about inappropriate sexual contact with an intoxicated woman the chief had picked up after a call on Nov. 1.
Lambert says the governor's office has released little information about the search, even declining to share with him the names of people they have considered to fill the vacancy.
Tangipahoa man fatally shot by sheriff's deputies
HAMMOND, La. (AP) - State police say a Tangipahoa Parish deputies shot and killed a man near Hammond in what started as a report of a domestic disturbance.
Trooper Greg Marchand says 48-year-old Michael C. Nichols Jr. was found holding a knife and standing over his injured 70-year-old mother, Barbara J. Nichols, inside a home Tuesday afternoon when deputies arrived at the scene.
Marchand says state police detectives are investigating the shooting.
He says troopers will turn its findings over to the Tangipahoa Parish District Attorney's Office.
School meal prices could rise in Lafayette Parish
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - School meals could increase by 25 cents to help cover the rising costs of food and other expenses to staff Lafayette Parish school cafeterias.
The proposed increase would raise full-price lunch costs for elementary students from $1.50 to $1.75 and for middle and high school students from $1.75 to $2. Lunch for visiting adults would increase from $3.50 to $3.75. Breakfast prices also would increase by 25 cents to $1.50 for students.
School system Chief Financial Officer Billy Guidry tells The Advocate the increases would only apply to those who don't qualify for federal meal payment assistance.
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