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  • $700,000 grant for Loyola nursing school Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:12 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS-- The School of Nursing at Loyola University of New Orleans has received a two-year, $700,000 federal grant from the Health Research and Services Administration. The university said Tuesday that the money is to support doctoral students pursuing the credential of "Advanced Practice Registered Nurse" in primary care.

  • Spirit Airlines opening crew base at DFW airport Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 8:57 AM ET

    GRAPEVINE, Texas-- Spirit Airlines Inc. on Dec. 1 will open a flight attendant and pilot crew base at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport as it expands operations in Texas. The low cost carrier also plans an open house in Dallas for potential flight attendants.

  • NEW ORLEANS, Oct 9- New Orleans on Tuesday canceled an advisory about possible bacterial contamination of its water supply, the second time in two years that a power outage in its aging water system had prompted a health warning. "Tests confirmed water in the city is safe to drink," the Louisiana port city's government said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.

  • Activists plan to sue Entergy over nuclear plant Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 2:50 PM ET

    The three activists, represented by Ecolaw, notified the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday of their intent to sue the plant's owner, New Orleans- based Entergy Corp. They say the Plymouth plant damaged the local ecology by discharging chemical pollution and water heated far above allowed standards.

  • Activists plan to sue Mass. nuclear plant owner Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 2:40 PM ET

    The three activists, represented by Ecolaw, notified the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday of their intent to sue the plant's owner, New Orleans- based Entergy Corp. They say the Plymouth plant damaged the local ecology by discharging chemical pollution and water heated far above allowed standards.

  • NEW ORLEANS, Oct 9- New Orleans scrambled on Tuesday to take precautions against possible bacterial contamination of its water supply, the second time in two years a power outage in its aging water system has prompted a health warning.

  • New show opens Parisian window onto artist Hopper Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:16 AM ET

    *France's first major retrospective of Edward Hopper opens in Paris. PARIS, Oct 9- A major retrospective of Edward Hopper opening in Paris overturns some of the cliches about the 20th- century artist, uncovering the French and broader European influences that lie behind his label as the consummate "American" scene-painter.

  • Kids' weight loss program being introduced in La Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:15 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS-- UnitedHealth Group Inc. and the Louisiana Alliance of Boys& Girls Clubs are bringing a 12- month program to help obese and overweight children lose weight. The classes are only for families on the company's Medicaid plan in the New Orleans area. Ann K. Logarbo, chief medical officer for UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Louisiana.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 9- U.S. natural gas futures edged lower early on Tuesday, as weather forecasts continued to moderate after a chilly weekend in consuming regions. The National Weather Service six- to 10- day outlook issued on Monday called for above-normal temperatures for nearly the entire nation, limiting heating demand.

  • World Chefs: Phan shares food, journey from Vietnam Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 5:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 9- Vietnamese-born chef Charles Phan shares his passion for his homeland and tips about how to cook its delicious food in his first cookbook, "Vietnamese Home Cooking". Phan and his family fled to Guam from Vietnam in 1975 before settling in San Francisco a couple of years later. runs six other eateries in San Francisco.

  • *Lawmakers call for stronger FDA role. *Supreme Court may have to settle legal questions. Democratic lawmakers said the new crisis showed it was time for Congress to strengthen the FDA's hand in overseeing this side of the drug industry.

  • *Marathon to purchase refinery for $598 million. HOUSTON, Oct 8- Marathon Petroleum Corp is buying BP Plc's Texas City refinery, the site of a deadly industrial accident, in a $2.5 billion deal that will make it the No. 4 U.S. refiner with a bigger potential slice of lucrative exports.

  • At a Glance: Weekly change in state gas prices Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 1:14 PM ET
  • NEW YORK, Oct 8- U.S. natural gas futures remained lower early on Monday, pressured by milder mid-month weather forecasts for the Northeast and Midwest despite chilly temperatures this week that should stir early heating demand.

  • *Ge technology to power Cheniere energy's lng export facility in Louisiana. *Says will supply 12 pgt25+ g4 aeroderivative gas turbines. *Says each train will have the capacity to produce approximately 4.5 million.

  • *Marathon to purchase refinery for $598 million. HOUSTON, Oct 8- Marathon Petroleum Corp struck a deal to buy BP Plc's Texas City refinery and related infrastructure for up to $2.5 billion, a purchase that will make Marathon the fourth-largest U.S. refiner and give it a bigger potential slice of the market for refined product exports.

  • New report takes a look at Louisiana tax structure Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 12:05 AM ET

    BATON ROUGE, La.-- Louisiana state agencies have released a 43- page report that provides an overview of the state's tax structure and the $6.8 billion in tax breaks on the books. The report, released Monday, was put out by the Department of Revenue and Department of Economic Development. Bobby Jindal has said a revamp of Louisiana's tax code will be his top priority.

  • $1.4T in states' pension fights foreshadowed in RI Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 8:45 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- Retired social worker Jim Gillis was told his $36,000 Rhode Island state pension would increase by $1,100 next year to keep up with inflation. He and other retirees are challenging the pension changes in a court battle that's likely to have national implications as other states follow Rhode Island's lead.

  • 10 states where the public pension fight is fierce Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 5:01 AM ET

    Jerry Brown last month signed legislation expected to save billions of dollars in coming years by increasing the retirement age for new employees, limiting annual pension payouts to $132,120 and requiring workers who are not contributing half of their retirement costs to pay more.

  • $1.4 trillion in pension fights foreshadowed in RI Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 5:01 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- Retired social worker Jim Gillis was told his $36,000 Rhode Island state pension would increase by $1,100 next year to keep up with inflation. He and other retirees are challenging the pension changes in a court battle that's likely to have national implications as other states follow Rhode Island's lead.

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