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  • High court to Orleans: pay $17M for NOFD pensions

    March 23, 2014 7:15 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Louisiana Supreme Court says the city of New Orleans must pay $17.5 million for its 2012 share of the fire department's retirement fund. The high court's 4-2 ruling Friday upheld decisions last year by Civil District Judge Robin Giarrusso and a state appeal court. City... more »
  • Orleans sheriff hails dismantling of jail tents

    February 26, 2014 6:28 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The chief jailer in New Orleans says temporary tent structures used for years to hold inmates at the Orleans Parish Prison are being taken down. Sheriff Marlin Gusman made the announcement Tuesday, saying the dismantling of the eight huge tents has begun and will continue over... more »
  • Orleans, Jefferson to recycle trees to help marsh

    December 28, 2012 4:10 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Even though Christmas is over, your tree can keep on giving. WDSU-TV reports in Orleans and Jefferson parish, officials are again picking up live trees for use in marsh restoration. Folks are asked to remove all tinsel and ornaments from trees and then put them on... more »
  • Orleans Parish School Board to lay off 21

    July 13, 2012 7:35 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - 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 Times-Picayune reported the list of staff losing their jobs includes four teachers. Interim Superintendent Stan Smith,... more »
  • Report examines Orleans schools progress, problems

    July 11, 2012 6:59 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A new report says the Louisiana Recovery School District, which runs most New Orleans public schools, has undertaken a much needed effort to transform the city's chronically failing high schools by turning them over to charter groups, phasing them out or closing them. The report by... more »
  • RSD, Urban League hold enrollment event in Orleans

    March 28, 2012 9:42 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The state agency that oversees most public schools in New Orleans has joined with the Urban League of Greater New Orleans for one last promotion of the new single-application process for New Orleans schools. The "one-app" process allows parents to fill out a single application where... more »
  • Sculptor chosen for Orleans evacuation art

    March 7, 2012 7:39 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Massachusetts sculptor, Douglas Kornfeld, has been chosen to create a work of art that will be reproduced in various sizes and placed at 17 key points around the city of New Orleans - marking evacuation points where people who need transportation out of town can... more »
  • New Orleans Case Puts Scrutiny on NFL Bounty Pay

    March 3, 2012 7:43 PM

    The revelations were shocking to those outside the NFL: A team paid bounties to knock opponents out of the game, including some of its biggest stars. For those who suit up, however, it sounds more like the long-accepted cost of doing business in a brutal sport/ Atlanta Falcons star Roddy... more »
  • Beads vs. Footballs Next Year in New Orleans

    February 25, 2012 11:07 PM

    New Orleans, which prides itself on its ability to handle huge sports and cultural events, may get its biggest test next year when the Super Bowl arrives in the middle of Carnival. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, falls on Feb. 12, 2013, with parades traditionally about two weeks before that... more »
  • Fans welcome Cajuns home

    December 19, 2011 2:10 AM

    The Cajuns welcomed home Sunday afternoon as champions and KATC was the only TV station there as they returned home. Die hard Cajun fans packed the UL Athletic Complex in Lafayette with banners and pom-poms to welcome home the 2011 R & L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Champions. ... more »
  • KATC is EVERYWHERE for the Cajuns Countdown to Kickoff

    December 17, 2011 1:40 PM

    KATC is EVERYWHERE today with team coverage of all the Bowl Game activities from Acadiana to the Big Easy! Be sure to tune into our Cajuns Countdown to Kickoff show LIVE from New Orleans tonight at 6:15 for our 45 minute show. Remember if you're in New Orleans... more »
  • Katrina-Flood Lawsuit,130 Case against Army Corps to be Heard in Court

    December 12, 2011 11:48 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A lawsuit alleging the Army Corps of Engineers ruined property in St. Bernard Parish and the Lower 9th Ward after it built a shipping channel that turned into a conduit for storm surge during Hurricane Katrina is to be heard in court this week. A trial... more »
  • Group Threatens to Sue Over Seepage at Well Site

    October 15, 2011 3:54 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An environmental group is threatening to sue over seepage from a Gulf of Mexico oil well that was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004, but first officials must determine who owns the well. At issue is seepage at the lease site about 11 miles off the... more »
  • Man Charged in Double Slaying

    October 15, 2011 3:47 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Police have arrested Ryan Poree for the shooting deaths of two sisters and the wounding of a 7-year-old boy in east New Orleans on Friday. John Gagliano, chief investigator for the coroner, tells the Times-Picayune (http://bit.ly/n0jLx9s ) that the victims were 34-year-old Alcee Perry and her... more »
  • Inspection Ceremony set for Washington Artillery

    October 15, 2011 10:31 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Its color guard uniformed in 1838 style, the oldest unit in the Louisiana National Guard will hold a traditional pass-in-review ceremony at 11 a.m. Sunday at Jackson Barracks. The 1st Battalion, 141st Field Artillery Regiment - known as the Washington Artillery - traces its roots to... more »
  • Orleans watchdog group sets luncheon speaker

    September 6, 2011 6:34 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New York Newsday columnist will be the featured speaker when a New Orleans government watchdog group holds its annual luncheon. Ellis Hennican will speak on Nov. 29 at the Bureau of Governmental Research luncheon. In addition to writing a Newsday column, Hennican is a political... more »
  • Smoke From New Orleans Marsh Fires Makes Its Way to Acadiana

    September 1, 2011 12:01 AM

    Smoke from those marsh fires in New Orleans has made its way to Acadiana. Wednesday night's sunset cast a hazy, pink glow over much of the area. "It's just a thick haze, almost choking, the smell is out of control," said Jamie Boudreaux of Lafayette. The haze was... more »
  • New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward: 6 Years After Katrina

    August 30, 2011 2:39 AM

    Monday marked a somber anniversary in Louisiana; the day Hurricane Katrina made landfall in New Orleans. "Six years ago today, we were actually floating on the roof of our house," said Robert Green, a resident of New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward. Hurricane Katrina not only swept away Green's... more »
  • 6 Years After Katrina, Lower 9th Ward Still Bleak

    August 28, 2011 12:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - In New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward, the grasses grow taller than people and street after street is scarred by empty decaying houses, the lives that once played out inside their walls hardly imaginable now. St. Claude Avenue, the once moderately busy commercial thoroughfare, looks like the... more »
  • Louisiana is Home to Dirtiest City in the US

    June 19, 2011 2:58 PM

    Louisiana is now home to the dirtiest city in America. New Orleans was ranked number one on Travel & Leisure's Dirtiest City Survey. Visitors gauge "dirty" in a variety of ways: litter, air pollution, even the taste of local tap water. Many of the cities that ranked poorly also... more »
  • Judge Halts Sale of French Quarter Theater

    June 19, 2011 12:16 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - At the request of a group of theater boosters, a New Orleans judge has ordered the board of Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre to temporarily halt steps to sell part of the theater building for use as a restaurant. The theater board had agreed to... more »
  • Construction to Close Canal

    June 19, 2011 12:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Construction of the surge barrier along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway will result in the closing of the canal to vessel traffic at the surge barrier for 45 hours next week, the Army Corps of Engineers said. The corps said the canal will close at 3 a.m.... more »
  • Monks' Casket Fight Lands in Federal Court

    June 5, 2011 11:17 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An order of Benedictine monks takes on the funeral industry Monday in a federal court dispute over whether the monks can sell simple caskets - or the state can block them from doing so until they pass a myriad of licensing requirements. The monks of St.... more »
  • Prosecutors Challenge New Trial for EX-NO Cop

    June 4, 2011 11:02 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal prosecutors are appealing a judge's decision to order a new trial for a former New Orleans police officer convicted of writing a false report on a deadly police shooting after Hurricane Katrina. A notice of appeal filed Friday by U.S. Attorney Jim Letten's office says... more »
  • Parks Re-opening in New Orleans After Lead Tests

    May 20, 2011 8:11 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Eight of 11 parks that were closed in New Orleans because of lead contamination in the soil have re-opened. City officials closed the parks for remediation over a month ago after tests were done to determine whether they were contaminated with lead. Officials said the lead... more »
  • Mystikal Returns to New Orleans' Jazz Fest

    May 7, 2011 6:35 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - His prison sentence behind him, rapper Mystikal returns Saturday to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and his hometown fans a little older, a little wiser and a bit more humble - but still carrying that same fresh spirit that helps keep the party going... more »
  • Local Saint Buys Dream Home Tickets

    April 24, 2011 12:20 AM

    A local Saint made a stop in Acadiana Saturday afternoon. Will Smith of the New Orleans Saints toured the 2011 St. Jude Dream Home located in Grand Point Subdivision in Lafayette. After his tour, Smith bought three tickets and he says people shouldn't think twice about donating to a... more »
  • No Injuries in Lafayette House Fire

    April 17, 2011 6:49 PM

    No one is hurt in a Sunday afternoon house fire in Lafayette. The flames broke out around 12:30 in the 100-block of Orleans Street. It took firefighters about 15 minutes to contain the blaze. Investigators say a pot left unattended on the kitchen stove sparked the fire. The... more »
  • New Orleans Boots Up Beautification Campaign

    April 16, 2011 3:16 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans is hoping to clean up its act a bit. On Friday, city officials announced the formation of Keep New Orleans Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. The initiative will seek to fight litter and waste and beautify neighborhoods in other ways. City officials... more »
  • Traffic Up at NO Airport

    April 9, 2011 10:52 AM

    KENNER, La. (AP) - For the first two months of 2011, passenger traffic at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is up 5.5 percent. The airport says most of the increase is due to an 11 percent jump in January, as compared with January 2010. February passenger traffic was up... more »
  • New Orleans Police: 5 Teens Shot in Bar, 1 Dead

    March 13, 2011 10:21 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Police say a gunman apparently opened fire on teenagers attending a party in a New Orleans bar and fled, leaving one 18-year-old man dead and four other teens wounded. Police said early Sunday a 16-year-old girl was in critical condition and two other girls ages 14... more »
  • Jury in racketeering case to return Tuesday

    February 17, 2011 8:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal jury will resume deliberating Tuesday in the trial for a former Louisiana lawmaker charged in a plot to pocket hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant money earmarked for charitable and educational programs. Jurors deliberated for more than nine hours Wednesday and Thursday without... more »
  • Jury Convicts New Orleans Cop on 2 Counts

    February 16, 2011 9:01 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Henry Hollins, a veteran New Orleans police officer who prosecutors said carried a "portable sex kit" in the trunk of his cruiser, has been convicted of attempted aggravated rape and second-degree kidnapping. The conviction came Tuesday after a five-day trial. A 40-year-old woman accused Hollins of... more »
  • WWL-TV: $606 missing from NOPD evidence room

    February 9, 2011 9:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans Police Superintendant Ronal Serpas tells WWL-TV that they've opened a criminal investigation of money missing from the department's property warehouse. Serpas says the evidence commander discovered that $606 was missing when she checked to see whether drugs had accidentally been put into a double-keyed... more »
  • Texas codefendant may change NOPD fraud plea

    February 4, 2011 9:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Court records indicate that the owner of a Brownsboro, Texas, security firm might plead guilty in a case accusing him of plotting with a New Orleans police commander to get kickbacks from a hurricane security contract. Both Joseph Branch of Gladius Inc. and police Capt. Michael... more »
  • UNO student killed near campus

    February 3, 2011 8:48 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A University of New Orleans student and Army veteran injured in the line of duty was shot and killed a few blocks from the school's campus. Police say 22-year-old Lars Stiaes was found shot about 8 p.m. Wednesday. Investigators believe Stiaes ran to a gas station... more »
  • Potential scams top 7,000 in BP spill compensation

    January 27, 2011 8:29 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The $20 billion fund responsible for compensating victims of BP's Gulf of Mexico oil spill has received more than 7,000 potentially fraudulent claims, many of which have been referred to the Justice Department for criminal investigations, the fund's administrator told a Senate panel on Thursday. Attorney... more »
  • Judge grants delay in ill Mose Jefferson's trial

    January 20, 2011 9:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has granted a trial delay for a longtime New Orleans political operative who is gravely ill with cancer. Mose Jefferson, brother of former Congressman William Jefferson, is charged with conspiring to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal government grant money earmarked... more »
  • New police chief for NO bridge

    January 19, 2011 8:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Peter E. Maggiore has been hired as the chief of the Crescent City Connection police force. According to a Wednesday news release, Maggiore served as deputy chief for the bridge's police department since 2008. The bridge police are responsible for providing security and traffic management for... more »
  • 3 arrested, 1 at large in deadly I-10 shooting

    January 13, 2011 9:37 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Authorities have arrested three suspects and are searching for a fourth in a deadly drive-by shooting on a New Orleans interstate. Police said two of the suspects, 20-year-old Dale Elmore and 22-year-old Seyuntray Noel, were arrested Thursday, while 22-year-old Jamal Harris was arrested Wednesday. All three... more »
  • Judge asked to delay ill Mose Jefferson's trial

    January 12, 2011 9:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A longtime New Orleans political operative who is gravely ill with cancer asked a federal judge Wednesday to postpone his trial on charges he conspired to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars in government grant money earmarked for charitable and educational programs. Doctors for Mose Jefferson,... more »
  • Suit seeks to halt New Orleans levee work

    January 11, 2011 8:43 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A lawsuit is threatening to slow down or even halt work to strengthen a canal that broke catastrophically during Hurricane Katrina. Homeowners with backyards along the 17th Street Canal filed a civil suit in state court on Jan. 5 to stop the work because they claim... more »
  • New Orleans moves to get rid of last FEMA trailers

    December 30, 2010 9:23 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The era of the FEMA trailer - a symbol of the prolonged rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina - might be drawing to a close in New Orleans. Citing the remaining 221 trailers as blight, New Orleans officials have told the last remaining residents to be out by... more »
  • Warehouse where 8 died was set for demolition

    December 29, 2010 8:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The abandoned New Orleans warehouse where eight homeless squatters died in a fire was on a list of properties slated for demolition, a city official said Wednesday. Jeff Hebert, the city's director of blight policy, said the city had tried since 2007 to get the property... more »
  • Rig owner refuses to honor oil spill subpoenas

    December 29, 2010 8:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The owner of the rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico is refusing to honor subpoenas from a federal board that has challenged the company's involvement in monitoring the testing of a key piece of equipment that failed to stop the oil spill disaster. Transocean... more »
  • Bridge blockade claims thrown out

    December 28, 2010 9:24 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has thrown out the remaining claims in a lawsuit that said police violated people's constitutional rights by firing warning shots to stop them from crossing a bridge to escape flooding from Hurricane Katrina. Having dismissed about 90 percent of the claims in September,... more »
  • 8 Killed in Fire in Abandoned New Orleans Building

    December 28, 2010 7:48 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A blaze in an abandoned building in New Orleans has killed 8 people. New Orleans Fire Department spokesman Greg Davis confirmed the toll early Tuesday. Fire Chief Charles Parent tells WWL-TV that survivors say the fire started when people burned wood in a barrel to stay... more »
  • Retired archbishop may get out of hospital

    December 27, 2010 9:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond says retired Archbishop Philip Hannan is expected to be moved from a hospital to a skilled nursing facility. The 97-year-old Hannan was hospitalized Dec. 19 because of shortness of breath, after more than a week in bed because of pneumonia. Aymond... more »
  • Gambling board gets presentations on casino

    December 16, 2010 8:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Three companies applying for the state's last available riverboat casino license are proposing projects in Jefferson Parish and Lake Charles. The applicants made their presentations to the Louisiana Gaming Control Board on Thursday. Penn National Gaming Inc. is proposing a second casino in the New... more »
  • Katrina shooting victim's skull still missing

    December 13, 2010 8:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Rebecca Glover said her family could not have been more horrified by what happened to her nephew: He was shot by police days after Hurricane Katrina hit, then left to die in a car that a police officer drove to a deserted levee and set ablaze.... more »
  • Jury convicts 3 officers in post-Katrina death

    December 9, 2010 9:46 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal jury on Thursday convicted three current or former New Orleans police officers but acquitted two others in the death of a man during Hurricane Katrina's chaotic aftermath. The jury of seven women and five men on convicted former officer David Warren of manslaughter in... more »
  • National Urban League brings 2012 convention to NO

    December 3, 2010 9:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - National Urban League president Marc Morial says the group will hold its 2012 national conference in his hometown. Morial, a former mayor of New Orleans, says he expects the event to attract more than 10,000 visitors and have an economic impact of about $10 million. This... more »
  • N.O. officer says he burned body after Katrina

    November 29, 2010 9:43 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans police officer on trial for burning the body of a man who was fatally shot by a different officer testified Monday that he set the fire because he didn't want to let another corpse rot in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath. "I was exposed to... more »
  • New Orleans officer admits lying to grand jury

    November 19, 2010 10:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans police sergeant testified Friday that she lied to a grand jury when she took responsibility for writing a "fabricated" report that concluded an officer was justified in fatally shooting a man after Hurricane Katrina. Sgt. Purnella Simmons, a government witness in a trial... more »
  • Man Found Dead on New Orleans Sidewalk

    November 15, 2010 8:17 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans Police are investigating the shooting death of a 22-year-old man. Investigators said officers responding to a call of shots fire in a residential neighborhood Sunday night found the man laying on the sidewalk with multiple gunshot wounds to the body. Emergency medical technicians pronounced... more »
  • Witness: Cop said looters 'deserved to be shot'

    November 12, 2010 9:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A former New Orleans police officer on trial for gunning down a man outside a strip mall in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath said after the shooting that looters are "animals" who "deserved to be shot," a fellow officer testified Friday. The former officer, David Warren, is charged... more »
  • Protesters interrupt Netanyahu New Orleans speech

    November 8, 2010 9:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Hecklers interrupted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to a prominent American Jewish group on Monday, the same day his government said it would move ahead with hundreds of new housing units in disputed east Jerusalem. The five Jewish-American and Israeli protesters stood up and held... more »
  • Landrieu: City's disaster loans will be forgiven

    November 8, 2010 9:33 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The City of New Orleans has received word that the federal government is forgiving its $240 million in disaster loans received after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said Monday. Storm-ravaged local government agencies across Louisiana - sheriffs, school boards, parish councils, fire districts and... more »
  • Ex-New Orleans tech chief pleads guilty

    November 1, 2010 9:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The former technology chief for the City of New Orleans pleaded guilty Monday in a fraud scheme that prosecutors said brought him more than $860,000 in bribes and kickbacks, paid by a businessman to whom he allegedly steered $4 million in city contracts. Greg Meffert, at... more »
  • March against sexual violence set in New Orleans

    October 26, 2010 10:30 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans residents will join faculty, staff and students for an annual march designed to draw attention to the problem of sexual violence. According to a Loyola news release, Wednesday evening's event will begins on the Loyola main campus and conclude at a chapel on Tulane's... more »
  • Jan. trial set for racketeering case

    October 21, 2010 9:38 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A new trial date has been set for the racketeering case against former state Rep. Renee Gill Pratt and longtime political operative Mose Jefferson. An order issued Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle reschedules the start of the trial for Jan. 31, 2011. The trial... more »
  • New Orleans Hornets Release D.J. Strawberry

    October 21, 2010 12:01 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The New Orleans Hornets have waived reserve guard D.J. Strawberry, the son of former Major League Baseball star Darryl Strawberry. Strawberry, who is 6-foot-5, played in four preseason games for the Hornets. The former Maryland standout averaged three points and one rebounds in 6.8 minutes per... more »
  • New Orleans to study raising downtown interstate

    October 20, 2010 9:14 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans got $2 million in federal money Wednesday to look at tearing down an elevated section of Interstate 10 that runs past the French Quarter that's been blamed for ruining one of the city's most important black neighborhoods when it was built in the 1960s.... more »
  • Man killed in New Orleans traffic accident

    October 18, 2010 10:26 AM

    NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) - A 24-year-old man was killed and a 27-year-old man injured in a one car crash in eastern New Orleans. The accident happened around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Police say the driver, 28-year-old Percy Johnson, disregarded a stop sign, lost control of his car and drove into... more »
  • Jury Can't Be Seated in Taser Death Trial

    October 15, 2010 5:26 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - After five days of trying to seat a jury in the manslaughter trial of former Winnfield police officer Scott Nugent, the district attorney asked for a change of venue on Friday. R. Chris Nevils said a change was needed because a disproportionate number of potential... more »
  • New Orleans dumps crime cameras

    October 15, 2010 2:49 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The city of New Orleans is dropping its crime camera program. In seven years, the program has yielded six indictments. They include three for crimes caught on video and three for bribes and kickbacks a vendor is accused of paying a former city official to sell... more »
  • Fee, tax increases proposed for New Orleans

    October 14, 2010 9:56 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is proposing a city budget that is almost $30 million less than last year, but that will still require hikes in sanitation fees and property tax millages. In his budget message Thursday, Landrieu said the $483 million budget he's proposing for... more »
  • New Orleans Film Festival Takes Center Stage Friday

    October 14, 2010 2:15 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Suspense-filled dramas, psychological thrillers, romantic triangles and stories based on real-life events take center stage Friday as independent filmmakers convene for the 21st annual New Orleans Film Festival. The seven-day festival launches with British film director Jake Scott's drama, "Welcome to the Rileys," starring James... more »
  • NO traffic cameras remain on for now

    October 14, 2010 12:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Louisiana Supreme Court has extended a stay allowing New Orleans to continue issuing tickets based upon traffic cameras while it considers an appeal on their legality. The cameras were successfully challenged in a lawsuit brought by Edward Washington, a former deputy city attorney, who argued... more »
  • New Orleans Tourists Say it was "Hell on Earth"

    October 13, 2010 4:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Two tourists from Ohio claim they were trapped in "hell on earth" after they were arrested on public drunkeness charges in New Orleans' French Quarter two days before Hurricane Katrina's landfall and remained stuck behind bars for more than a month. Now a federal jury is... more »
  • New board running New Orleans' railroad system

    October 12, 2010 10:23 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A new board is now running the City of New Orleans' railroad system. The first meeting of the all-new board for the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad met Tuesday evening. Mayor Mitch Landrieu called for a complete overhaul after reports of lavish spending by the railroad's... more »
  • Arrest in Saturday Murder in Lafayette

    October 11, 2010 6:05 PM

    A Lafayette man is in jail charged with first degree murder. Detectives with the Lafayette Police Department arrested Kenneth Batiste, 25. Investigators with the Lafayette Police Department have identified the victim in Saturday's shooting as Randall Joseph Clemon, 45 of Lafayette. Clemons was found lying next to his vehicle on... more »
  • Manning to Open Restaurant in NO

    October 8, 2010 8:43 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning will open a restaurant in association with the Harrah's Hotel and Casino complex in downtown New Orleans. The restaurant, called Manning's, will have a bar and courtyard. It is scheduled to open in fall 2011. Manning, a Mississippi native,... more »
  • Marinello Conviction Upheld

    October 6, 2010 11:02 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The murder conviction of former New Orleans radio and television personality Vince Marinello has been upheld by a state appeals court. The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal in Lake Charles released the decision Wednesday morning. The 73-year-old Marinello was convicted in 2008 of second-degree murder for... more »
  • New Orleans man pleads to manslaughter in 4 deaths

    October 5, 2010 9:37 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A plea deal Tuesday ended the case of a 2006 shooting rampage in a New Orleans neighborhood that left four people dead. Prosecutors dropped murder charges against Raymond Amison, 23, to manslaughter when he appeared in court for jury selection. In exchange, Amison agreed to serve... more »
  • New Orleans Man Arrested for Allegedly Killing Slidell-Area Barber

    October 5, 2010 12:28 PM

    SLIDELL, La. (AP) - St. Tammany Parish sheriff's deputies have arrested a New Orleans man for allegedly killing a Slidell-area barber during a botched robbery attempt in 2008. Yosvani Harvey, 19, had already been booked into Orleans Parish Prison on unrelated auto theft and gun charges when he was arrested... more »
  • John Carney Returning to the New Orleans Saints

    September 29, 2010 12:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Veteran kicker John Carney is returning to the New Orleans Saints. Carney's agent, Jack Mills, confirmed in an e-mail Tuesday to The Associated Press that his client would be signing with his former team. Terms of the contract weren't released. Carney, who is 46, worked out... more »
  • 6 Escaped Convicts from Mississippi Caught in La

    September 29, 2010 11:10 AM

    BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) - Six inmates who escaped from the Lincoln County jail this week have been arrested in New Orleans. Sheriff Steve Rushing says the six were arrested Wednesday and were being held in the Jefferson Parish, La., jail. Rushing tells the Brookhaven Daily Leader that his deputies and... more »
  • Rock Hall designates New Orleans studio landmark

    September 27, 2010 9:29 PM

    CLEVELAND (AP) - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has designated a former New Orleans music studio as a rock 'n' roll landmark. The Rock Hall in Cleveland said Monday that the unveiling of the marker at the former J&M Studios site kicked off the annual Ponderosa... more »
  • UNO Faces Tough Budget Future without Federal Cash

    September 27, 2010 9:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - The University of New Orleans is receiving $26 million less in state general funding this year than two years ago, though $17 million in federal stimulus money offset some state cuts on a one-time basis. That's according to the LSU Board of Regents. But with stimulus... more »
  • 2-Year-Old Shot and Killed Near New Orleans Parade

    September 27, 2010 7:17 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans police say a man shot at a moving car and hit and killed a 2-year-old boy in a parked car. Police say they're looking for whoever killed Jerremy Galmon, who died at a hospital Sunday. Officer Garry Flot, a police spokesman, says witnesses told... more »
  • New Orleans' deputy mayor resigns after audit

    September 24, 2010 9:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Greg St. Etienne has resigned from his post as deputy mayor following an audit criticizing questionable financial practices at a nonprofit he used to run. WWL-TV reported Friday that St. Etienne, the city's deputy mayor of operations, had resigned after an audit said he steered loans... more »
  • N.O. Council says It's Time to get Rid of FEMA Trailers

    September 21, 2010 9:38 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - It's time to get rid of nearly 260 FEMA trailers remaining of the 23,300 installed after Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans five years ago, several City Council members say. The trailers spoil the city's image of recovery, Housing and Human Needs Committee members agreed during Monday night's... more »
  • Former New Orleans Saint Rickey Jackson Pays a Visit to a Fan

    September 16, 2010 11:32 AM

    BOGALUSA, La. (AP) - Health problems had kept Jimmy Rhymes in bed for days. But when his wife phoned to say former New Orleans Saint Rickey Jackson was dropping by, he had a daughter help him to the front porch - even though he thought his wife was kidding. Or,... more »
  • First Lady to Visit NOLA Wednesday

    September 7, 2010 9:56 AM

    Wednesday, September 8th-Mrs. Obama will travel to the New Orleans community for a morning event at Brock Elementary School in Slidell, Louisiana, focusing on the next phase of the Let's Move! campaign. She will highlight steps schools and communities can take to combat childhood obesity and salute participants in the... more »
  • New Orleans Saints Roster Down to 75

    August 31, 2010 5:17 PM

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) - The New Orleans Saints have released fourth-string quarterback Sean Canfield and reserve receiver Andy Tanner. New Orleans needed to cut two players to get its preseason roster down to 75 by Tuesday afternoon as required by NFL rules. Canfield, a former Oregon State quarterback, was drafted... more »
  • New Orleans levee upgrades nearly ready

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  • "Shoot The Looters" Investigation

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  • $1.8 Billion Coming for Orleans Schools

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  • Ex-FEMA Chief Plans Live Broadcasts in New Orleans

    August 24, 2010 8:10 PM

    DENVER (AP) - Former FEMA Director Michael Brown is taking his Denver radio show on the road for live broadcasts from New Orleans in advance of the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Brown will broadcast his political talk show that airs on KOA-AM Wednesday and Thursday evening. The fifth anniversary... more »
  • 1 Ticket Bought in New Orleans Wins LA Lotto

    August 22, 2010 4:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Lottery Corporation reports one ticket matched all six Lotto numbers Saturday night to win a prize of $990,648. The winning ticket was purchased in New Orleans. The prize for the next Louisiana Lotto drawing, on Wednesday, is an esONmated $250,000. Nobody in Louisiana... more »
  • New Orleans judge to handle most Gulf spill suits

    August 10, 2010 9:15 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge in New Orleans was picked Tuesday to preside over more than 300 lawsuits filed against BP PLC and other companies over the Gulf oil spill, in a move that should please many of the plaintiffs' lawyers and their clients. The U.S. Judicial Panel... more »
  • Taylor Swift, Dave Matthews to Play in Jackson Square

    August 9, 2010 1:08 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - Dave Matthews Band and Taylor Swift will perform in New Orleans at the NFL's annual kickoff concert. The league said Monday the Grammy-winning artists will hold the show in Jackson Square, before the Super Bowl champion Saints face the Minnesota Vikings at the Superdome to open... more »
  • American Idol in New Orleans

    July 26, 2010 2:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Ashley Taylor knows the drill. In her third shot at TV stardom, the 27-year-old LaRose, La., resident stood serenely amid the nervous twitter of thousands of American Idol hopefuls lined up for auditions Monday. "I'm not nervous at all this time,"... more »
  • McCray is Returning to New Orleans

    July 22, 2010 4:35 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Defensive end Bobby McCray is returning to New Orleans only one month after the Saints unexpectedly waived him. Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says McCray signed a one-year contract on Thursday, the same day fifth-round draft choice Matt Tennant signed a four-year deal. McCray, a six-year... more »

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