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  • Florida corrections official to run Orleans jail

    September 8, 2013 12:44 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Orleans Parish sheriff has hired the chief of corrections for Orange County, Fla., Michael Tidwell, to run New Orleans' only jail. A federal consent agreement requires Sheriff Marlin Gusman to hire a professional corrections administrator to bring the jail up to constitutional standards. The agreement in... more »
  • Fugitive tracked down in New Orleans

    August 29, 2013 11:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A nearly year long fugitive hunt has come to end in New Orleans. 43-year-old Joseph Marrone was arrested Tuesday by agents with the Attorney General's Fugitive Apprehension and High Technology Crime Units. Marrone was wanted by several law enforcement agencies. The Mandeville Police Department... more »
  • Former Orleans Parish sheriff employee sentenced to five years

    July 3, 2013 11:47 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former high-ranking employee of the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office has been sentenced to five years in prison for coordinating a bid-rigging and kickback scheme with contractors. Federal prosecutors say John Sens, who pleaded guilty and is cooperating in an ongoing probe of Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin... more »
  • Orleans Parish sheriff testifies about jail finances

    June 24, 2013 12:02 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The man who runs New Orleans' notoriously violent jail has begun testimony in federal court on the lockup's finances. Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman on Monday began going over ledger figures, hoping to make the case that he needs more money from the city to implement court... more »
  • Suspect faces 20 charges in Mother's Day shooting

    May 16, 2013 9:07 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Jail records show that the suspect in a Mother's Day parade shooting that wounded 19 people faces 20 charges of attempted second-degree murder. Nineteen-year-old Akein Scott was arrested Wednesday night in the Little Woods section of New Orleans. He was already facing a gun and drug possession charge... more »
  • Accused rapist back in jail

    April 10, 2013 11:23 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former male model is back in the Orleans Parish Prison after a judge found that he violated his bond by flirting with college sophomores during a Carnival parade at his parents' home. He was there on house arrest. The Times-Picayune reports Dean Kelly is charged with... more »
  • Inmates did drugs, drank beer in Orleans Parish prison

    April 2, 2013 11:38 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Video showing inmates at the New Orleans jail apparently snorting drugs, drinking beer and in possession of at least one large handgun was shown Tuesday during a hearing in U.S. District Court. The recordings, believed made by inmates, were aired during the second day of hearings on... more »
  • Ex-N.O. mayor pleads not guilty to bribery, fraud

    February 20, 2013 2:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has pleaded not guilty to charges he accepted bribes, free trips and other gratuities in exchange for helping contractors secure millions of dollars in work for the city. A 21-count indictment last month accuses Nagin of accepting more than $200,000 in... more »
  • Extension of bridge tolls upheld

    February 19, 2013 11:20 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The vote to approve a 20-year extension of the Crescent City Connection tolls has been upheld. There was a partial recount of nearly 4,000 paper ballots in Orleans Parish. The official 18-vote margin was extended by 18 votes out of more than 308,000 ballots cast... more »
  • Wrestlemania 30 coming to New Orleans in 2014

    February 18, 2013 2:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Get ready wrestling fans, Wrestlemania is coming to New Orleans. Wrestlemania XXX will be held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on April 6, 2014. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says with the city hosting some of the greatest sports and entertainment events in the world over the... more »
  • 3rd man booked in pre-Mardi Gras shooting

    February 17, 2013 3:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police say a third man has turned himself in to face charges from a shooting on Bourbon Street three days before Mardi Gras. Officer Hilal Williams says 19-year-old Malcolm Hall was booked Saturday with four counts of attempted first-degree murder. An online jail roster indicates... more »
  • Ex-N.O. cop awaiting shooting retrial seeks bond

    February 15, 2013 3:18 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former New Orleans police officer is asking to be freed on bond while he awaits a retrial. David Warren is charged with shooting and killing a man without justification outside a strip mall in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath. Another officer later burned Glover's body in a... more »
  • Big parade weekend kicks off in N.O.

    February 7, 2013 3:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- The stars will be out for a number of parades in New Orleans this weekend. The Krewe of Endymion's "super float" rolls Saturday night, led by pop star Kelly Clarkson. Sunday's Bacchus parade will include more than two dozen child cancer patients, who will ride with Bacchus... more »
  • Man sues N.O. prosecutors over withheld evidence

    January 10, 2013 2:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A man whose convictions on charges he killed five people at a 1995 party were overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court last year is suing the New Orleans district attorney's office. The federal lawsuit filed Wednesday on Juan Smith's behalf accuses prosecutors of concealing evidence from defense... more »
  • New year brings rush-hour tows to busy bridge

    January 1, 2013 10:07 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The new year is bringing free rush-hour tow trucks to help keep traffic flowing on one of the nation's busiest bridges. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development says a tow truck will be stationed on the Crescent City Connection Bridge for three hours in the morning... more »
  • DOJ seeks to join lawsuit against Orleans prison

    September 24, 2012 5:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Justice Department is asking to join a class action lawsuit that accuses Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman of overseeing a jail that routinely subjects prisoners to brutal, inhumane conditions. The federal agency filed a request Monday in federal court, asking to be included as a... more »
  • Billy Crystal to walk red carpet in N.O.

    September 21, 2012 2:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Billy Crystal will walk the red carpet for a screening of his latest film, "Parental Guidance," which opens in theaters later this year and co-stars Bette Midler and Marisa Tomei. Crystal starred in the hit films "City Slickers" and "When Harry Met Sally" and has hosted the... more »
  • New Orleans to get $27.3M from FEMA

    September 12, 2012 2:40 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- New Orleans will receive $27.3 million in grants from the federal government to help cover some of the city's costs related to Hurricane Isaac. The grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency were announced Wednesday in a joint news release by Sen. Mary Landrieu, Rep. Cedric Richmond and... more »
  • Hours extended to apply for food assistance

    September 12, 2012 7:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials say hours have been extended in Orleans and Jefferson parishes for residents seeking disaster food assistance following Hurricane Isaac. Suzy Sonnier, secretary of the Department of Children and Family Services, says both UNO's Lakefront Arena in Orleans Parish and the Alario Center in Jefferson... more »
  • Orleans Parish School Board to lay off 21

    July 13, 2012 9:26 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Orleans Parish School Board plans to lay off nearly two dozen employees, largely because of a drop in federal funding for low-income students and those with special needs. The list of staff losing their jobs includes four teachers. Interim Superintendent Stan Smith, who has... more »
  • New head takes over FBI's New Orleans office

    July 9, 2012 2:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- An agent with extensive experience in public corruption cases has been named head of the FBI's New Orleans division. Monday marked Michael J. Anderson's debut as special agent in charge of the FBI office in New Orleans. The 45-year-old native of Alexandria, Minn., joined the FBI in 1995... more »
  • Ex-BP engineer: Most deleted texts were routine

    July 2, 2012 4:57 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Lawyers for a former BP engineer are pressing federal prosecutors to explain how their client impeded a grand jury probe by deleting text messages about the company's response to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In a court filing Monday, Kurt Mix's attorneys also... more »
  • N.O. police investigate Algiers double shooting

    June 14, 2012 2:23 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police are investigating a shooting in Algiers that has left one man dead and another in critical condition. It happened about 11:15 a.m. Thursday. Police say the two people were shot while inside a car. Police say the shooter was sitting in the back... more »
  • Saints Wrap up OTAs

    June 13, 2012 2:21 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Saints will wrap up Organized Team Activities this week before breaking for six weeks. Sports 2 will catch up with Interim Coach Joe Vitt and the team to gauge its off-season progress, and what to expect from the franchise before the long hiatus leading... more »
  • Film designer dies of stroke in New Orleans

    June 12, 2012 2:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Oscar-nominated production designer J. Michael Riva, whose film credits include "The Amazing Spider-Man," ''A Few Good Men" and "The Pursuit of Happyness," has died after suffering a stroke in New Orleans. He was 63. In a statement to The Associated Press on Tuesday, Sony Pictures spokesman Steve Elzer... more »
  • 2 adults, 1 child killed in New Orleans shootings

    May 30, 2012 3:03 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A day of sporadic gun violence in New Orleans, including an evening rush-hour shooting near a major thoroughfare, has left two adults and one child dead. The latest police report indicated the child, a girl, was 5 years old. She was among those hit in the rush... more »
  • Hornets future rides on ping pong balls

    May 30, 2012 2:22 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Hornets could end up with the top overall pick in this summer's draft if the ping pong polls fall their way tonight. The annual NBA draft lottery gets underway from New York this evening around 6:55. Entering the Lottery, New Orleans holds a 14.8%... more »
  • RSD: Most Orleans students get their top 3 choices

    May 10, 2012 7:25 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Education officials say most New Orleans students who took part in the state-run school system's new single application enrollment system were assigned to one of their top three school choices. The Louisiana Recovery School District said Wednesday that 84 percent of applicants entering kindergarten or high school... more »
  • Four teens shot in New Orleans

    May 3, 2012 6:01 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Four New Orleans teenagers, not old enough to drink or drive, have been shot. All four teenagers under 15-years old were shot in the last 5 days. The latest victim was a 13-year-old boy who was shot after getting off a school bus. Police... more »
  • Jazz Fest set to begin Friday

    April 26, 2012 6:50 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Jazz horns, Cajun fiddles, zydeco washboards and rock guitars - they'll all be heard at the same place when the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival kicks off Friday. Performances by soul singer Irma Thomas, the Beach Boys, the rock band Zebra, jazz clarinetist Tim Laughlin, Buckwheat... more »
  • Feds find 'alarming conditions' at N.O. jail

    April 24, 2012 7:36 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Justice Department says its recent inspection of the New Orleans jail found "alarming conditions" and uncovered persistently high rates of prisoner-on-prisoner violence and staff misconduct. In a letter Monday to Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman, the Justice Department's civil rights division accused jail officials of failing... more »
  • NO airport wants renovations done by Super Bowl

    April 23, 2012 7:03 AM

    KENNER - Louisiana's major airport is trying to finish several renovation projects before the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans. Louis Armstrong International Airport is planning for 42,000 visitors leaving the city the day after the game. Airport spokeswoman Michelle Wilcut says a new parking garage is about 65 percent... more »
  • N.O. cop gets 20 months for lying about shooting

    April 11, 2012 2:44 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans police officer has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for lying about the aftermath of a deadly shooting outside the city's convention center following Hurricane Katrina. U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance sentenced Ronald Mitchell on Wednesday. Mitchell's attorney, Kerry Cuccia, had said federal... more »
  • N.O. cop's sentencing postponed in Katrina case

    April 2, 2012 3:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has postponed a sentencing hearing for a New Orleans police officer convicted of lying about the aftermath of a deadly shooting outside the city's convention center following Hurricane Katrina. Acting at the request of the U.S. Marshals Service, U.S District Judge Sarah Vance moved... more »
  • New Orleans quality of life survey

    March 27, 2012 10:49 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A new survey shows crime concerns are up in New Orleans and Mayor Mitch Landrieu's approval ratings have declined a bit. But, overall, the University of New Orleans poll shows more New Orleans residents say the city has improved over the last five years. Landrieu's approval rating... more »
  • New Orleans tourists up by 462,000 in 2011

    March 26, 2012 2:58 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A study released Monday says 8.75 million tourists visited the New Orleans area last year. The University of New Orleans Hospitality Research Center says that's an increase of about 462,000 from 2010. The study estimates the visitors spent a record $5.47 billion, up $180 million from... more »
  • Albany man arrested on drug, gun charges

    March 22, 2012 12:09 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Deputies arrested an Albany man with a long rap sheet Tuesday for possessing approximately six pounds of marijuana with several "assault type" weapons. Chad Lefevre, 32, of 30306 Jericho Dr. was arrested for multiple possession charges including ones for controlled dangerous substances (CDS), firearms with a CDS,... more »
  • Jimmy Buffet, Kiss and Black Keys free concert in NO

    March 20, 2012 10:25 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Jimmy Buffet, Kiss and the Black Keys are scheduled to give free concerts in New Orleans the weekend of the NCAA Men's Final Four. They're appearing in the league's annual "The Big Dance Concert" series which will be held this year in Woldenberg Park. Kiss... more »
  • New Orleans gets new reality show

    March 20, 2012 6:58 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A bounty hunter who tracks New Orleans criminals will be the subject of a new reality TV show being launched next month by Spike TV. "Big Easy Justice" will center on the gritty criminal underworld of New Orleans and a bounty hunter known as Tat-2, who hunts... more »
  • Developer pleads guilty to bank fraud conspiracy

    March 16, 2012 8:35 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal prosecutors say a Covington developer has admitted conspiring to get mortgages for bad loan risks. They say the plot was uncovered during investigation of the federal bank bailout program. U.S. Attorney Jim Letten says 43-year-old Troy Fouquet pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of conspiracy to... more »
  • New Orleans hospital to teach for U of Tabuk

    March 16, 2012 8:33 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans-area health care system has signed a long-term partnership with a university system in Saudi Arabia. Ochsner Health System says faculty, staff and students from the medical school and other health-related schools at the University of Tabuk will come to Louisiana for education and training.... more »
  • 7 years post-Katrina, NO opening 4 libraries

    March 16, 2012 5:08 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - More than 6 1/2 years after Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans, the city is opening four replacement libraries. The first is opening Friday, two more next week and the fourth in April. A news release says they cost a total of $25 million, with most of the... more »
  • Arrest warrant issued for actor Brand in N.O.

    March 15, 2012 2:48 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police have issued an arrest warrant for actor Russell Brand. Brand, who is in New Orleans to film an untitled movie, faces a charge of simple criminal damage to property valued at $700. Police spokesman Remi Braden could not immediately release details of the incident,... more »
  • N.O. woman pleads guilty in gun smuggling probe

    March 9, 2012 7:08 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans woman has pleaded guilty to making false statements to firearms dealers in purchasing six guns. 28-year-old Irna Lacayo faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each of the four counts to which she pleaded guilty on... more »
  • Man killed by police while serving search warrant

    March 8, 2012 7:10 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Police say a 20-year-old man was shot in the chest and killed by an officer who arrived at a New Orleans home with a narcotics search warrant. New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said the house where the shooting occurred Wednesday night had been under surveillance... more »
  • New Orleans lawmaker: Rename Danziger Bridge

    March 1, 2012 7:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A New Orleans lawmaker wants to rename the notorious Danziger Bridge, the site of deadly police shootings after Hurricane Katrina. Democratic Rep. Wesley Bishop has proposed a bill to name the span the Madison-Brissette Memorial Bridge, after the two men who were killed: 17-year-old James Brissette and... more »
  • 2 New Orleans police officers shot, 1 suspect dead

    March 1, 2012 7:22 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two New Orleans police officers are undergoing surgery after being shot during a traffic stop near City Park. Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas says two suspects were also shot Thursday morning by the officers. One suspect died at the scene and the other was wounded. Serpas says the... more »
  • New Orleans tackles noise issue

    February 29, 2012 3:46 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An acoustics expert hired by some New Orleans residents says sound from music clubs in some neighborhoods - particularly the French Quarter - regularly exceeds legal noise limits. The report from Houston-based CSTI Acoustics shows excessive noise even in a mostly residential area of the quarter,... more »
  • VA to spend $6M on homeless center in New Orleans

    February 28, 2012 4:08 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Department of Veterans Affairs says it will spend $6 million to open a new homeless center in New Orleans. The homeless center will be in the first floor of an addition to a downtown VA hospital. The center will be a place where veterans and homeless... more »
  • La. Rep. wants political calls added to "Do Not Call" list

    February 22, 2012 4:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - State Rep. Cameron Henry announced Wednesday his legislation to amend the Telephone Solicitation Relief Act of 2001, better known as the "Do Not Call" listing of telephone subscribers who want to avoid telephone solicitations, to include political calls or robocalls. The legislation, House Bill 151, has... more »
  • Mardi Gras teen curfew

    February 20, 2012 10:46 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police are enforcing a new curfew for teens during Mardi Gras this year. No one under 16-years-old is allowed to be alone and to be without adult supervision in the French Quarter after 8pm. So far during this Mardi Gras season New Orleans... more »
  • Feds investigating Nagin travel, family business

    February 10, 2012 4:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - People with direct knowledge of the investigation say federal authorities are looking into longstanding questions about free trips and gratuities that former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin allegedly accepted while in office. The people told The Associated Press on Friday that authorities also are investigating how... more »
  • New Orleans sets up police advisory boards

    February 8, 2012 4:39 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas have announced the formation of Police Community Advisory Boards in each of the city's eight police districts. The purpose of the boards is to develop and maintain a partnership between the community and the department's leadership. The... more »
  • Report: New Orleans' homeless rate 2nd in nation

    February 6, 2012 3:47 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The National Alliance to End Homelessness says New Orleans has the nation's second-highest rate of homelessness. A new report from the group estimates that nearly 6,700 homeless people live in New Orleans. That's a rate of 56 per 10,000 - barely lower than the 57 per... more »
  • New Orleans plants 10,000th tree since Katrina

    February 3, 2012 3:10 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Crescent City is getting greener - and leafier. The devastation to the canopy of trees in the city by Hurricane Katrina is being repaired by the non-profit Parkway Partners, which has worked to replant trees to replace those lost or damaged by the 2005 storm.... more »
  • Brad Pitt to attend "Make it Right" gala

    January 26, 2012 2:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Ellen Degeneres and "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson are hosting a star-studded gala March 10 in New Orleans to benefit Brad Pitt's Make It Right home rebuilding effort. Pitt launched the Make It Right Foundation in 2007 to help Lower 9th Ward residents who lost their homes... more »
  • Bama fan bonds out of NO jail in disguise

    January 20, 2012 2:56 AM

    NEW ORLEANS -The Alabama fan accused in simulating a sex act on an unconscious LSU fan after the BCS championship game left jail in a disguise today after bonding out, according to New Orleans media. Brian Downing, 32, avoided cameras by wearing a hooded sweatshirt that covered his face,... more »
  • 4 arrested in NO shooting prompting school lockdown

    January 12, 2012 7:24 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans police have arrested four suspects in a shooting incident that led to the three-hour lockdown of Medard H. Nelson Elementary School. A police spokesperson says the last suspect, 21-year-old Ronald Decou, was arrested Wednesday evening. He was booked on two counts of... more »
  • New Orleans teen arrested for carrying gun to school

    January 11, 2012 6:47 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans police say a 15-year-old student has been arrested for trying to bring a loaded gun to school. Police say the student brought the gun to Abramson Science & Technology Charter School's campus Tuesday morning. According to reports, a security guard confiscated the weapon from... more »
  • New Orleans police probe slaying of man, son

    January 9, 2012 6:20 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans police are investigating the deaths of a man and his son who were found shot to death in the foyer of their home. Police say suspects have been identified in the deaths of 41-year-old Joseph Evans and 17-year-old Joseph Elliott. The father and... more »
  • Cee-Lo Green, Neville Brothers to perform free in New Orleans

    January 5, 2012 2:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Monday night's BCS National Championship, pitting LSU against Alabama, is more than just the football game. Two evenings of free concerts cap an all-day fan fest in the parking lot of Jax Brewery near Jackson Square. Cee-Lo Green, known for his hit song "Forget You," headlines a concert... more »
  • New Orleans officer wounded in brawl

    December 29, 2011 4:39 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A police officer suffered a stab wound while attempting to break up a fight Wednesday evening. Officials say the fight broke out in a crowd of more than 20 people at an Algiers housing development. The officer was stabbed in the shoulder. He received... more »
  • More arrests made in New Orleans toddler death

    December 22, 2011 6:28 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans police say they have arrested an alleged gunman in the shooting that killed a toddler days before her second birthday. And officials say federal marshals in Georgia have arrested another man who may have information about the shooting that killed Keira Holmes and... more »
  • Celebrate New Year's Eve in the Big Easy

    December 22, 2011 4:05 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans brass band will kick off a series of free New Year's Eve music performances in Jackson Square. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the city's New Year's Eve festivities begin at 9 p.m. with a performance by the Lagniappe Brass Band, followed by... more »
  • 1897 N.O. school begins 2-day move

    November 17, 2011 2:14 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A two-story school built in 1897 has begun a two-day, 300-yard trip across the site of a planned state hospital in New Orleans. Officials originally planned to demolish the McDonogh No. 11 School, but agreed to move it at the city's request. Orleans Shoring... more »
  • Man with machete at Occupy New Orleans

    November 3, 2011 2:33 PM

    NEW ORLEANS, La. - New Orleans police have made the first arrest at the Occupy New Orleans gathering. A man who threatened another person with a machete and forced the victim to leave the park was arrested on Wednesday. Cmdr. Jeff Walls, of the New Orleans Police Department,... more »
  • Vitter: NASA selects New Orleans for part of rocket project

    September 29, 2011 2:44 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - NASA has chosen the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to construct some of the components of its new heavy-lift rocket. That's according to Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana. The rocket's design was unveiled by NASA on Sept. 14. NASA said that it... more »
  • Gas prices down in Baton Rouge, cheaper in NO

    September 27, 2011 6:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gas prices in Louisiana are trending down, but Baton Rouge doesn't have the cheapest in the state. According to AAA, drivers in New Orleans are paying the least. Some gas stations are selling fuel as low as $2.90; about 35 cents cheaper than the average in... more »
  • Dolls, books give glimpse of historic New Orleans

    September 19, 2011 2:20 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans' rich and often-told history gets a fresh perspective in a recently released series of books and accompanying dolls centered on the antebellum fight against yellow fever. Released in August by American Girl Brand LLC, a Mattel Inc. subsidiary, the works track the experiences of... more »
  • Strain: New Orleans marsh fire smolders still

    September 6, 2011 3:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La.- Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says a marsh fire in eastern New Orleans is still smoldering, despite the rainfall from Tropical Storm Lee over the weekend. Some parts of the New Orleans area received up to 12 inches of rain from the storm. Strain said... more »
  • N.O. declares state of emergency as Lee nears

    September 2, 2011 2:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu declared a state of emergency as Tropical Storm Lee threatened to bring flooding rains over the weekend. Landrieu said the declaration would permit city agencies to more quickly make preparations for the arrival of Lee. He advised residents to do... more »
  • Final space shuttle launch bittersweet for NASA employees

    July 8, 2011 6:28 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - As employees at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans watched and listened as the 135th space shuttle took off, there weren't cheers... At least for the first few minutes. For 30 years, NASA crews have built every external fuel tank right here in Louisiana. The... more »
  • Police arrest 43 in New Orleans bar raid

    June 9, 2011 2:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A raid on a New Orleans night club resulted in the arrest of 43 people. According to a news release, police from several agencies hit the Sports View Lounge at 10:45 p.m. Wednesday and finished up six hours later. A large contingent of officers locked... more »
  • Vitter says planned New Orleans hospital too big

    April 11, 2011 3:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A week before the scheduled groundbreaking for a proposed $1.2 billion medical center to replace the Katrina-shuttered Charity Hospital in New Orleans, Sen. David Vitter is urging the federal government not to back financing of the project. Vitter released a letter Monday to Housing and Urban... more »
  • Jury seated for N.O. cops charged in fatal beating

    April 4, 2011 2:51 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A jury has been seated to hear the trial of two New Orleans police officers charged in the beating death of a 48-year-old man. Seven men, five women and two alternates were chosen Monday to hear the case against Melvin Williams and Matthew Dean Moore. ... more »
  • Corps: 2011 goal for New Orleans will be met

    March 22, 2011 2:44 PM

    BELLE CHASSE, La.- The Army Corps of Engineers says it will meet a deadline it gave itself after Hurricane Katrina to greatly improve the New Orleans area's hurricane protection system by the start of the 2011 hurricane season. On Tuesday, Army Corps brass said the agency was on track... more »
  • N.O. casino owner sued over secondhand smoke

    March 10, 2011 2:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A lawsuit seeking class-action status accuses Harrah's New Orleans Casino of failing to protect its employees from dangerous levels of secondhand smoke. The mother of a former Harrah's dealer who died of cancer last year filed the federal suit Wednesday against the casino's owner, Caesars Entertainment... more »
  • Jury in ex-lawmaker's trial to keep deliberating

    February 23, 2011 5:18 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has instructed jurors to continue deliberating in the racketeering case against a former Louisiana lawmaker even though they appear to be deadlocked. Michael Fawer, an attorney for former state Rep. Renee Gill Pratt, said the jury gave U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle a... more »
  • Cop convicted in post-Katrina case fired

    February 23, 2011 3:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans police lieutenant convicted of writing a false report about the fatal shooting of a man by a police officer following Hurricane Katrina has been fired. Chief Ronal Serpas said Lt. Travis McCabe was dismissed Wednesday after an investigation into events surrounding the fatal... more »
  • BR businessman pleads guilty in corruption case

    February 18, 2011 5:28 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Baton Rouge man has pleaded guilty to conspiring to bribe a former New Orleans city official in a kickback scheme involving contracts for the city's crime surveillance program. Prosecutors say 51-year-old Dwaine Hodges helped a businessman, Mark St. Pierre, funnel payoffs to Anthony Jones, who... more »
  • Census data sheds light on travails of Katrina

    February 14, 2011 4:52 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Census data highlights the travails tens of thousands of people faced after they were forced out of their homes by Hurricane Katrina. The data shows that nearly 30,000 households in the New Orleans metro area lived in five or more homes after Katrina while 7... more »
  • Four adults, one infant shot in NO neighborhood

    February 14, 2011 4:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Police say a 4-month-old girl was shot when she was caught in an exchange of gunfire in a neighborhood near the Mississippi River. Capt. Bob Bardy says the infant was among five people wounded in the Monday afternoon incident. Bardy says the infant has... more »
  • No new beach cleaning needed on Gulf, feds say

    February 11, 2011 5:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard says the cleanup of oiled beaches along the Gulf of Mexico has reached a point where crews, heavy equipment and thorough scrubbing can cause more damage to the ecosystem than leaving what oil is left alone. A Coast Guard report released Friday says... more »
  • Regents told SUNO/UNO merger would mean less opportunities

    February 8, 2011 4:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Southern University alumni and students, along with members of the state Legislature's black caucus, say a merger of Southern's New Orleans campus with the University of New Orleans would reduce educational opportunities for African-American students. That was among the testimony Tuesday before the state Board of Regents,... more »
  • Companies say they are owed millions for BP work

    February 8, 2011 3:52 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Several companies hired to help BP respond to the massive oil spill claim the company or one of its subcontractors owes them millions of dollars for their work. Ricky Myers, who owns Rhino Construction in Bay St. Louis, Miss., said Tuesday that BP contractor O'Brien's Response Management... more »
  • Post-Katrina shooting convict claims new evidence

    February 8, 2011 11:31 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans police officer convicted of writing a false report on a deadly police shooting after Hurricane Katrina claims new evidence could clear him. Police Lt. Travis McCabe was convicted in December of charges he falsified a report to make it appear that Officer David Warren... more »
  • Baton Rouge suburbs make large population gains

    February 4, 2011 12:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE The suburbs of Baton Rouge were among Louisiana's fastest growing parishes over the last decade, while the parishes hardest-hit by hurricanes Katrina and Rita had the largest losses. Louisiana received its more detailed breakdown of the 2010 Census data Thursday. Among the statistics: -Ascension and Livingston parishes had... more »
  • La. leaders ask Obama for meeting on Gulf drilling

    February 2, 2011 1:31 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Political leaders in south Louisiana are asking President Barack Obama to meet with them to discuss how local economies have been hurt by the slowdown in offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Six parish presidents and two mayors sent a letter Tuesday to Obama asking him... more »
  • Owner of closed Pizza Huts sues chain

    February 1, 2011 7:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS – The owner of more than 40 recently-closed Pizza Hut restaurants claims that the fast food giant forced him out of business after an arbitration hearing ended in his favor. Lundy Enterprises closed the stores in early January after Pizza Hut’s parent company said they did not pay... more »
  • US shrimpers push to keep tariffs on imports

    February 1, 2011 5:44 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - U.S. shrimpers want the United States to extend tariffs imposed on shrimp imports from Asian and South American countries. At a hearing Tuesday, the U.S. International Trade Commission began looking into whether the tariffs should be renewed five years after they were first imposed on shrimp imports... more »
  • Bedingfield, Tito Jackson headline Family Gras

    February 1, 2011 4:54 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A family-oriented Mardi Gras celebration in suburban Metairie will feature performances by British pop star Natasha Bedingfield, country star Darryl Worley and Tito Jackson, a member of the famous Jackson Family and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Times-Picayune reports that Jefferson Parish is bringing Family... more »
  • Former broker accused of swindling almost $1M from clients

    January 28, 2011 3:53 PM

    NEW ORLEANS – Federal authorities in New Orleans accused a former stock broker today of stealing almost a million dollars from his clients. Michael Wooton, 45, of Metairie was charged in federal court with mail fraud, according to U. S. Attorney Jim Letten. Prosecutors claim that starting in 2006, Wooton... more »

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