N.O. bridge toll vote count set for Tuesday

NEW ORLEANS — A vote count that could determine whether New Orleans-area commuters will pay bridge tolls for another 20 years has been delayed.

With well over 300,000 votes cast Tuesday, the toll extension was winning by only eight votes.

But 35 overseas military votes have yet to be tallied. That count had been set for Saturday. But Jay Batt, president of the Board of Supervisors of Elections for Orleans Parish, said the count was put off until Tuesday because of the federal Veterans Day holiday weekend.

The Secretary of State’s Office said 33 military ballots from New Orleans and two from Jefferson have yet to be counted.

Jindal acts to improve state debt collections

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration has chosen a private company to help devise a strategy for improving collection of millions of dollars in unpaid debts owed to state agencies.

Jindal’s top budget adviser, Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols, announced Thursday that CGI Technologies and Solutions Inc. will do the work.

Nichols’ office didn’t say how much CGI will be paid, when it will complete its work or how long the contract will run.

Ex-CFO sentenced in embezzlement case

NEW ORLEANS — A woman who served as chief financial officer of a Metairie nonprofit company has been sentenced to two years in prison for embezzling nearly $250,000 from her former employer and another company official.

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten’s office Wednesday said U.S. District Judge Martin L.C. Feldman also ordered 38-year-old Kelley Williams, of Terrytown, to pay $245,386 in restitution and to serve three years of supervised release following her prison term.

Slump in revenue may force job cuts

SLIDELL — Slidell Mayor Freddy Drennan has warned city workers about possible layoffs beginning in January because of an unexpected slump in city sales tax revenues.

Drennan said he met with many of the city’s 300 employees on Tuesday and notified them that jobs may be cut if the revenue decline continues.

For the current fiscal year, the city has a $43 million budget, including $17.9 million in budgeted sales tax revenues. Sales tax revenues are now hovering between 4 and 5 percent below what was expected, creating a possible $1 million shortfall.

Compiled from

The Associated Press