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  • Sorrento council settles EEOC claim

    October 3, 2012 8:04 AM

    SORRENTO, La. (AP) - The Sorrento Town Council has agreed to settle an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint the current town maintenance supervisor brought against the town government more than two years ago. Tuesday's 4-0 vote followed a brief closed session attended by four councilmen, Mayor Wilson Longanecker Jr., employee... more »
  • Police claim man ran Craigslist scam

    May 18, 2012 9:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge police have arrested a 32-year-old man accused of running a Craigslist scam. Police tells The Advocate that Charles Hilliard had, on at least two occasions, advertised his services on Craigslist as "To Hire a Mover," then stole some of his customers' possessions while... more »
  • Mississippi River's Floodwaters Claim First Life

    May 20, 2011 8:55 AM

    VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - The rising Mississippi River's floodwaters have claimed a life for the first time: a 69-year-old Vicksburg man who friends described as nice, but said he appeared troubled. Walter Cook was pulled from the water Wednesday by two firefighters on boat patrol in Vicksburg's downtown area. Cook... more »
  • Kin of Gulf Rig Worker Killed Settles Legal Claims

    April 9, 2011 10:48 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The parents of a rig worker killed in the Deepwater Horizon explosion nearly a year ago have settled their legal claims against companies involved in the Gulf of Mexico disaster. A New Orleans federal court filing Friday says the parents of M-I Swaco mud engineer Blair... more »
  • Number of residents denied BP money up sharply

    November 1, 2010 5:10 PM

    OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) - BP's claims chief says the number of residents being denied compensation for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is rising sharply because of a flood of new claims without proper documentation or with no proof at all. Some 20,000 people have been told they have... more »
  • Technician challenges BP's claim on key devices

    October 7, 2010 3:09 PM

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) - A technician is challenging BP's claim about how long it would have taken to install an additional number of a key device the oil giant had been warned was essential to prevent a significant gas flow problem in its well that later blew out. Centralizers make... more »
  • Some states suing feds also claim health subsidies

    August 31, 2010 9:35 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - More than half a dozen states suing to overturn President Barack Obama's health care law are also claiming its subsidies for covering retired state government employees, accordinghans that the Westd Tuesday by the administration. About 2,000 employers have been approved for the extra help to cover early... more »
  • Some States Suing Feds also Claim Health Subsidies

    August 31, 2010 10:12 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Some states suing to toss out President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law are also lining up to claim a share of its subsidies for the medical costs of retired employees. An administration official says seven states suing the federal government applied for and will receive subsidies... more »
  • Feds probing post-Katrina 'shoot looters' claim

    August 27, 2010 9:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal authorities are investigating allegations that New Orleans police were told after Hurricane Katrina to "take the city back and shoot the looters." Police spokesman Bob Young said Friday that federal officials have asked police for information and for permission to interview officers about the alleged... more »
  • $85M Powerball Winners Come Forward in BR

    August 26, 2010 10:18 AM

    The Louisiana Lottery has been notified by the Baton Rouge attorney of the apparent $85.7 million Powerball jackpot winner from the July 31 drawing that he plans to claim the prize via a Power of Attorney on behalf of an 11-member family partnership this morning. The partnership members will not... more »
  • Former ATC head investigated on stalking claim

    August 18, 2010 9:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Investigators searched the office of the recently resigned commissioner of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, indicating in a warrant they sought evidence of allegations that Murphy Painter had stalked and harassed a former assistant. Painter, who served in the ATC post for 14 years, resigned Friday,... more »
  • Mexican workers for TDOT contractor claim abuse

    August 12, 2010 9:29 PM

    SMYRNA, Tenn. (AP) - A Mexican guest worker says a landscaping company with Tennessee state contracts and a federal stimulus loan guarantee held him and fellow workers like indentured servants, confiscating their passports and subjecting them to constant surveillance by managers who were often armed. Hilario Razura Jimenez said in... more »
  • BP says it's paid out $201 million so far

    July 16, 2010 2:27 PM

    BP says it's paid out $201 million so far to individuals and businesses for economic losses from the Gulf Coast oil spill. More than 32,000 claimants got one or more payments in the past 10 weeks. BP says the largest groups includes fisherman, who've received $32 million,... more »
  • Toyota Officials Doubt Mans Runaway Prius Claim

    March 15, 2010 3:54 PM

    SAN DIEGO (AP) - Toyota is casting doubt on a California man's claim that his Prius sped out of control, saying that his report is inconsistent with findings of the company's preliminary investigation. Toyota says the accelerator pedal was tested and found to be working normally and a backup safety... more »

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