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  • New discount airline to add service to New Orleans

    August 16, 2014 2:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport officials say they're welcoming a new low-cost carrier that will provide service to Virginia. Officials say PEOPLExpress will begin flying from to New Orleans on Aug. 28. The airline will provide service three days a week to Newport News-Williamsburg International... more »
  • Developer buys New Orleans theater

    August 10, 2014 2:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The State Palace Theater on Canal Street has been purchased by commercial developer Gregor Fox for $3.5 million. The 3,000-seat theater was built in 1926 but has been mostly idle since the flooding of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Fox tells Nola.comThe Times-Picayune that he hopes to... more »
  • 2 found dead on I-10 in New Orleans

    August 9, 2014 1:24 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Homicide Detectives in New Orleans are investigating the fatal shooting of two men on Interstate 10. Police say the killings are believed to have occurred around 3:30 a.m. Saturday in eastern New Orleans. Officers responding to a call about shots fired on the interstate found two... more »
  • 1 stabbed to death, 7 shot, injured in New Orleans

    July 20, 2014 11:40 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - It's been a bloody weekend in New Orleans, with two people killed and seven wounded - two of them in critical condition. Police say the dead are a 58-year-old woman who was stabbed Sunday morning in the Treme neighborhood and an 18-year-old man who was shot... more »
  • New Orleans fires troubled taxicab bureau chief

    July 5, 2014 12:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans has fired the embattled head of its taxicab bureau. The city made the announcement Friday evening in a three-sentence press release that did not explain why Malachi Hull, who had held the position since 2011, was terminated. Mayor Mitch Landrieu's spokesman, Tyler Gamble, tells... more »
  • Update Police: 9 shot on Bourbon Street in New Orleans

    June 29, 2014 5:52 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Two men exchanged gunfire early Sunday on the city's always-crowded Bourbon Street in the celebrated French Quarter and nine people were shot in the crossfire, including two who were critically wounded, police said. Images captured from a surveillance camera above a bar showed people running down... more »
  • New Orleans honored for murder reduction program

    June 22, 2014 10:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The U.S. Conference of Mayors has named New Orleans one of the nation's most livable cities, honoring Mayor Mitch Landrieu's NOLA for Life program, launched in 2012 with the aim of reducing murders in the city. Landrieu accepted the award Saturday at the conference's meeting in... more »
  • Besh, Sanchez create taqueria in New Orleans

    June 7, 2014 1:06 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans' chef John Besh will collaborate with Mexican-American chef Aarón Sánchez to create Johnny Sánchez, a taquería, in the city's Central Business District. Nola.com/The Times-Picayune reports the restaurant, whose name is a combination of both men's names, is scheduled to open in the fall in... more »
  • Expedia plans hub in New Orleans

    June 1, 2014 3:23 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Expedia family of travel booking websites plans to make New Orleans a regional hub. New Orleans CityBusiness reports its new office in downtown New Orleans could have six employees by year's end. Ted Bogan, who has worked with Expedia Inc. since 2012 and in New... more »
  • New Orleans the favorite to win bid for 2018 Super Bowl but taking nothing for granted

    May 18, 2014 12:24 AM

    Forgive New Orleans Super Bowl officials if they feel like a No. 1 seed as it prepares for its first-round game against a No. 16 seed in the NCAA Tournament. New Orleans is the favorite to win the bid to host the 2018 Super Bowl, which will be awarded... more »
  • Opelousas Man Missing on New Orleans Trip

    May 8, 2014 6:08 PM

    UPDATE: Opelousas Police say Levier has been found, and is behind bars in the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail. The Opelousas Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in locating Joseph Spencer Levier, 48 yrs old of Opelousas. Mr. Levier has mental health issues, suffers from seizures... more »
  • New Orleans Catholic seminary seeks to raise $25M

    May 4, 2014 11:46 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans is seeking to raise $25 million to renovate its seminaries, where priests are trained. Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans services 100 students from 14 Catholic dioceses. Officials tell WWL-TV that the project will provide 40 student rooms, plus... more »
  • Fewer New Orleans murders so far in 2014

    April 19, 2014 4:39 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Data compiled by a New Orleans newspaper shows the city's 2014 murder count was 38 as of Friday. The figure reported by The New Orleans Advocate is a 21 percent decrease from the 48 murders in the city by the same point last year. The total... more »
  • Repairs planned for New Orleans bridge

    March 23, 2014 1:52 PM

  • New Orleans airport busy in 2013

    March 13, 2014 9:39 AM

    KENNER, La. (AP) - The number of passengers traveling through Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport increased in 2013 for the fourth year in a row, with more than 9.2 million passengers using the airport. The airport says the number of passengers represents a 7.1 percent increase from 2012 and... more »
  • New Orleans to begin replenishing Esplanade oaks

    March 13, 2014 8:26 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration is looking for a contractor to start replenishing the diminished canopy of oak trees along the Esplanade Avenue neutral ground between North Rampart and North Miro streets. The New Orleans Advocate reports the city plans to spend about $450,000 in... more »
  • Lithuania, New Orleans sign pact to exchange info

    March 13, 2014 6:44 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An eight-person delegation of transportation and economic development officials from Lithuania has signed a memorandum of understanding to exchange market and operational information with the Port of New Orleans. Officials say the agreement hopes to grow trade and investment between the port and Lithuania's Klaipeda Seaport.... more »
  • Cold, rain forecast for Mardi Gras in New Orleans

    March 4, 2014 10:57 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Despite rain and cold in Tuesday's forecast, thousands of people were expected to line the traditional parade routes overnight to get a prime spot for Mardi Gras - New Orleans' biggest show. Mark Nelson, of St. Louis, will be attending his first Fat Tuesday. He said... more »
  • Chemical engineers to gather in New Orleans

    February 17, 2014 8:26 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The American Institute of Chemical Engineers' annual spring meeting and global congress on process safety will be March 30-April 3. The sessions will be based at the Hilton New Orleans-Riverside Hotel. The meeting is expected to include 150 sessions across eight topical areas of practical chemical... more »
  • Sequel to 'Jurassic Park' to film in New Orleans

    February 6, 2014 9:42 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Universal Pictures' long-awaited "Jurassic Park" sequel, "Jurassic World," will shoot in New Orleans for 11 weeks starting June 2. The film is the fourth in the "Jurassic Park" franchise and will be executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, who directed the 1993 first installment, based on the book... more »
  • New Orleans man arrested in shooting death

    February 4, 2014 7:56 AM

    GONZALES, La. (AP) - Sheriff's deputies have arrested three people in the fatal shooting of an Ascension Parish man in St. Amant. The Advocate reports a sheriff's deputy found the body of 37-year-old Fred Martin Jr. in a St. Amant driveway on Friday night while the deputy was on his... more »
  • Major highways in and out of New Orleans closed

    January 30, 2014 8:45 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - State police report the following roads are closed Thursday morning. St. Charles Parish : Interstate 10, east and westbound, I-10 westbound at I-310 St. James Parish : La. Highway 3213 at Veterans Memorial Bridge (Gramercy Bridge). St. John the Baptist Parish : Interstate 10 east and... more »
  • Design firm expanding in New Orleans

    December 23, 2013 7:15 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - By summer 2014, event and exhibit design firm The Solomon Group plans to nearly quadruple the size of its offices in the New Orleans Warehouse District. Founding partner Gary Solomon Jr. told New Orleans CityBusiness (http://bit.ly/1jiZIjK) that the company has been working to renovate a 10,000-square-foot... more »
  • Loyola New Orleans celebrates Christmas with snow

    December 2, 2013 9:09 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans' weather forecast on Wednesday is calling for snow. That's thanks to Loyola University New Orleans. It will blanket the lawn of the Marquette Horseshoe, fronting historic St. Charles Avenue, with 20 tons of manufactured snow. The annual Sneaux@Loyno event, sponsored by the Office of... more »
  • Trump is coming to New Orleans

    December 2, 2013 9:08 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Donald is coming to New Orleans. The Republican Leadership Conference said Friday that business mogul Donald Trump will deliver the keynote address on May 30. The group describes its conference as "America's premier Republican event of 2014." The Advocate reports the organization calls Trump the... more »
  • McConduit-Diggs leads Urban League-New Orleans

    November 28, 2013 8:47 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Urban League of Greater New Orleans' board of directors has named Erika McConduit-Diggs as the group's new president and CEO. She has held the posts on an interim basis for nearly a year. Dottie Reese, the board's chairwoman, says McConduit-Diggs is the second woman to... more »
  • New Orleans court clerk carjacked

    November 28, 2013 8:41 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans police are searching for three men who carjacked and robbed the clerk of Second City Court and his cousin. Darren Lombard recalled Monday's incident, telling The New Orleans Advocate that three men walked toward them about 11:30 p.m. Monday in the city's Algiers neighborhood... more »
  • Film featuring Will Smith seeks extras

    October 23, 2013 9:20 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Hundreds of extras are needed for an action film featuring Will Smith that's being shot in New Orleans. Smith, along with actors Rodrigo Santoro and Margot Robbie, are starring in "Focus," which follows a con man (Smith) who falls for a rookie (Robbie) as he's planning... more »
  • New Orleans man pleads guilty to theft

    August 29, 2013 4:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 48-year-old New Orleans man has pleaded guilty to stealing Social Security benefits to which he was not entitled. U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente's office says Cristino Nunez entered the plea Wednesday to theft of government funds before U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan. According to court... more »
  • LDWF: Good fishing in New Orleans City Park

    August 23, 2013 9:02 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A bass recently pulled out of the lake in New Orleans City Park was the second 9-pounder this year, and set the lake record at 9.05 pounds. The bass caught last week by Tim Zissis shows that the little lake offers world-class fishing, the Louisiana Department... more »
  • Clinic in New Orleans' Bywater gets $550K grant

    August 8, 2013 4:23 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A health center in New Orleans' Bywater neighborhood has received $550,000 to support both coordinated doctors' care for area residents and a neighborhood outreach program. United Health Foundation gave the grant Wednesday to the Daughters of Charity Health Centers' St. Cecelia location. The foundation has given... more »
  • Documentary to Highlight Heroic Efforts

    July 30, 2013 6:02 PM

    Lafayette lawyer and award winning movie director, Allan Durand is working with UL students and faculty to film the 'Cajun Navy.' The documentary captures the story of a St. Martin Parish couple, who went into the disaster zone, after Hurricane Katrina, to save those left behind. As the... more »
  • Miss. River reopens south of New Orleans

    July 8, 2013 8:49 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Authorities are still for a tugboat that sank in the Mississippi River, prompting the closure of a stretch of the river south of New Orleans over the weekend. The Mississippi from its mouth to mile-marker 10 was reopened Sunday night to alternating one-way vessel traffic after... more »
  • 4 shot at New Orleans house party

    June 24, 2013 9:20 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans police say four people were shot with one critically wounded at a house party. Police spokesman Hilal Williams says the shooting occurred at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday. Williams said an 18-year-old woman was hit in the thigh and is in critical condition, and a... more »
  • Arrests in New Orleans parade shootings cheered

    May 17, 2013 8:34 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Days after sudden gunfire brought a chaotic and bloody end to a Mother's Day neighborhood parade in New Orleans, news of six arrests gave an organizer of the traditional event reason to celebrate again. "I'm just ecstatic," Edward Buckner, president of the Original Big 7 Social... more »
  • More discussions on police reforms in New Orleans

    April 30, 2013 8:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Justice Department lawyers and attorneys for New Orleans are again preparing to meet to discuss which of two firms will be chosen to monitor a court-approved agreement for reform of the New Orleans Police Department. At the last meeting, Justice Department lawyers said the more qualified... more »
  • Hattiesburg man creates New Orleans Pelicans logo

    February 4, 2013 10:02 AM

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi may not have its own major league professional sports team, but one Hattiesburg resident can at least say he had a major part in developing one. Rodney Richardson, founder and principal of RARE Design in downtown Hattiesburg, recently designed a new logo for the NBA's... more »
  • Suspect booked in New Orleans slaying

    December 12, 2012 8:04 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans police have booked a 20-year-old man with murder after authorities say he shot and killed a man during a botched armed robbery Monday night. The Advocate reports Bobby James was arrested Tuesday and booked with second-degree murder for the fatal shooting of 34-year-old Cory... more »
  • Ready To Go Bowling: Reserving Tickets and New Orleans Bowl Gear

    November 26, 2012 11:30 PM

    No doubt there are a lot of tickets and hotel rooms already being reserved for the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl in less than a month. And you can't forget anticipation of the official bowl game gear, soon to be hitting store shelves. Just two days after the big... more »
  • 6-alarm fire in New Orleans under investigation

    November 26, 2012 3:59 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The New Orleans Fire Department is investigating the cause of a six-alarm fire that damaged several buildings, including a church, and displaced at least five families in the city's Central City neighborhood. The Times-Picayune reports that no injuries were reported in Saturday afternoon's blaze. A spokesman... more »
  • New Orleans streetcar line to get Super Bowl debut

    November 12, 2012 7:04 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - With the Super Bowl less than three months away, New Orleans is rushing to lay streetcar tracks through one of its busiest corridors to connect by trolley the Louisiana Superdome and the French Quarter. The Big Easy - which will be the site of the big... more »
  • Voters to decide fate of tolls at New Orleans span

    November 2, 2012 3:51 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Commuters who traverse the Crescent City Connection bridge into New Orleans may soon no longer have to deal with the cost and inconvenience of bridge tolls, unless voters decide to keep the tolls in place in a Nov. 6 vote. Voters in Jefferson and Plaquemines parishes... more »
  • Historic Treme in New Orleans celebrates 200 years

    October 16, 2012 7:06 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The colorful and musical New Orleans neighborhood called Treme is marking the 200th anniversary of its origins as an early melting pot for the city and the nation. Treme (truh-MAY) is considered one of America's most unusual neighborhoods and holds significant place in the history of... more »
  • New Orleans Film Fest starts Thursday

    October 11, 2012 7:09 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The New Orleans Film Festival opens Thursday with a red carpet showing of the Louisiana-shot thriller "The Paperboy." The film, which stars Nicole Kidman and Matthew McConnaughey, premiered earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival but is being celebrated in New Orleans because it was... more »
  • Food trucks get their own festival in New Orleans

    October 11, 2012 7:03 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - In a city that seems to have a festival for just about any occasion, there will soon be a new addition: One for food trucks. On Thursday, food trucks are gathering in the Central City neighborhood to showcase their food and petition the city and residents... more »
  • New Orleans Fire Department probes marsh fire

    October 10, 2012 6:41 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Firefighters are monitoring a marsh fire in a remote section of eastern New Orleans. Authorities say firefighters were dispatched to the area just before 2 p.m. Tuesday and found an uninhabited two-mile area burning west of Interstate 510 between the Intercoastal Waterway and Bayou Bienvenue. A... more »
  • NORA to auction 125 properties across New Orleans

    October 5, 2012 8:41 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority will auction 125 properties in several neighborhoods, including Lakeview, eastern New Orleans, Holy Cross, Gentilly, the 7th Ward, St. Roch and Uptown. The auction will occur at 1 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Registration is at... more »
  • LSU faculty get $1.5M to study New Orleans' coast

    October 3, 2012 6:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU has been awarded $1.5 million from the National Science Foundation to investigate whether southern coastal Louisiana has reached the tipping point, becoming too costly to sustain. The interdisciplinary research project will investigate the sustainability of coastal communities that are especially vulnerable to natural resource... more »
  • New Orleans bakery weighs options after July fire

    September 11, 2012 7:14 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A demolition project has started at the site of an iconic New Orleans bakery gutted by a fire in July. Drew Ramsey, operations manager for the Simon Hubig Pie Co., tells WDSU-TV that the company hasn't decided where to rebuild the bakery that churned out roughly... more »
  • New Orleans City Council fills Johnson's seat

    July 27, 2012 8:44 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The New Orleans City Council has appointed attorney Ernest "Freddie" Charbonnet as the interim replacement for the District E seat vacated last week when Jon Johnson abruptly resigned after pleading guilty to federal corruption charges. The council's four white members voted Thursday for Charbonnet, a former... more »
  • Fire destroys Hubig's Pies factory in New Orleans

    July 27, 2012 8:39 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A five-alarm fire has destroyed a factory which had made hand-sized fried pies since 1922 and singed nearby houses, but nobody was injured. Fire Superintendent Charles Parent tells WWL-TV that the factory is a total loss but firefighters limited damage to nearby houses to their exteriors.... more »
  • Court meeting set for New Orleans police agreement

    July 26, 2012 7:44 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge is expected to hold a status conference on the new agreement between the city of New Orleans and the Justice Department aimed at reforming the troubled New Orleans Police Department. Officials said the meeting was set for 10 a.m. before U.S. District Judge... more »
  • Revamp of New Orleans PD comprehensive, expensive

    July 25, 2012 8:00 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A court-backed plan to excise corruption, discrimination and a frequent use of deadly force from the long-troubled New Orleans Police Department will last at least four years and likely cost the financially strapped city $11 million annually. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the plan Tuesday. Holder... more »
  • Historic market to be restored in New Orleans

    July 24, 2012 7:55 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A historic New Orleans marketplace closed by Hurricane Katrina is going to get restored with $3.7 million in federal rebuilding money. City officials held a groundbreaking for the St. Roch Market redevelopment Monday. The market is expected to reopen by spring. The market was built in... more »
  • Street work set to begin in N.O.

    July 9, 2012 5:44 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The state is set to begin reconstruction work on Monday on several New Orleans streets in areas damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. All are in the city's 9th Ward. Barrier Construction Co. is the contractor for the $2.4 million project, which involves segments of Forstall,... more »
  • Fire at abandoned New Orleans hotel closes I-10

    July 6, 2012 7:02 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A fire on the top levels of an abandoned New Orleans hotel sent smoke blowing across Interstate 10. Police shut down the highway in both directions Thursday night as about 50 firefighters battled the fire at the old hotel, which has been slated for demolition. The... more »
  • 20 blighted NO properties to be auctioned in July

    July 5, 2012 9:21 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A former hospital is among 20 blighted properties being auctioned this month in New Orleans. A city news release says the former River of Life hospital was last appraised at $1.4 million, and the minimum bid is $933,333.33. The city is foreclosing because the owner owes... more »
  • Man dies in New Orleans apartment fire

    June 28, 2012 9:32 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans fire investigators say a 44-year-old man died in an early morning apartment fire. Capt. Edwin Holmes tells The Times-Picayune the one-alarm fire was called in about 3:01 a.m. Thursday and the fire was under control at 3:24 a.m. Holmes says firefighters forced their way... more »
  • New Orleans launches fitness campaign

    June 27, 2012 5:40 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans officials have launched a new physical fitness campaign for the city. It's called the Fit NOLA partnership. The 36-page plan was released Tuesday by Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office. It will include public awareness campaigns to spread information about good nutrition and exercise. It's also... more »
  • Report: N.O. hotel rates increase

    June 4, 2012 7:17 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans hotel operators say occupancy is the highest in more than a decade. They credit refurbished hotels, a jam-packed calendar and continued recovery from the levee breaches after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Room rates are up, too. The Times-Picayune reports that Smith Travel Research quotes... more »
  • 2 adults, 1 child killed in New Orleans shootings

    May 30, 2012 5:45 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Police in New Orleans have released surveillance video, here , that shows a silver car and three people who may be involved in a shooting incident that left a little girl and a woman dead. The fatal shots were fired Tuesday evening in a New Orleans... more »
  • NO police charge man in fatal shooting

    May 29, 2012 6:33 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans police say they have arrested a man for shooting another man multiple times then fleeing on a bicycle with a gun in hand. Officers arrested 19-year-old Michael Matthews at around 4:15 Sunday morning and charged him with murder in the death of 29-year-old Kevin... more »
  • New Orleans mayor to give state-of-the-city speech

    May 22, 2012 6:20 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, beginning his third year in office, is set to give his annual state-of-the-city address. Tuesday afternoon's speech was scheduled to be delivered at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts. It comes at a time when progress in the recovery... more »
  • Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Green Day at Voodoo Fest

    May 16, 2012 6:29 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Neil Young & Crazy Horse will join Green Day as headliners of the 2012 Voodoo Fest on Halloween weekend in New Orleans. The Times-Picayune reported Tuesday that Green Day's only announced North American date this year will come at the festival amid a rollout of the... more »
  • HUD awards NO $775K to fight discrimination

    May 11, 2012 6:04 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal housing regulators have awarded a New Orleans advocacy group $775,000 to help city residents who believe they've been victims of housing discrimination. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the grant Thursday to the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center. The grant,... more »
  • New Orleans to auction 98 abandoned vehicles

    May 7, 2012 9:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The city of New Orleans will hold its second abandoned vehicle auction of 2012 on Thursday. The Times-Picayune reports the auction will have 98 vehicles for sale, all of which have been discarded on neighborhood streets or left unclaimed by residents with excessive parking fines and... more »
  • New Orleans plans to fix streetlights

    May 3, 2012 6:06 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans hopes to have every streetlight in the city back on by the end of the year. The city says there are about 10,900 streetlights not working and 4,793 of those are in need of repairs. Mayor Mitch Landrieu said "lighting up the city" will... more »
  • Bicentennial Commemoration of War of 1812 begins in New Orleans

    April 17, 2012 9:54 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The U.S. Navy is kicking off its celebration of the War of 1812 in New Orleans in a big way. The event, which is the first of four years of festivities around the nation, begins Tuesday with a parade of tall ships and modern Navy... more »
  • New Orleans to kick off War of 1812 bicentennial

    April 16, 2012 6:33 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Nine ships, including three tall military sailing ships, will adorn the Mississippi River in New Orleans this week as the nation kicks off the bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812. The ships are scheduled to arrive on Tuesday afternoon. There will be three U.S. Navy... more »
  • Katrina-damaged playground reopens in New Orleans

    April 10, 2012 9:35 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans has reopened a playground closed since Hurricane Katrina hit the city in August 2005. It took $833,000 in disaster grants, city bond money and money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to rebuild Comiskey Park and Playground. A news release says the basketball pavilion... more »
  • Coast Guard: Towboat sinks near New Orleans

    April 6, 2012 11:12 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Coast Guard says a towing vessel sank early Friday on the lower Mississippi River near New Orleans. Petty Officer Bill Colclough said the three crew members of the Altro Donna were able to get off the vessel and escaped injury. He says the vessel was... more »
  • Morgan confirmed to federal bench in New Orleans

    March 29, 2012 9:34 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The U.S. Senate has confirmed a commercial litigation attorney from New Orleans to serve as a judge for the federal district court in New Orleans. Morgan has worked at the Phelps Dunbar law firm since 2005 and has been a partner since 2009. She also worked... more »
  • New Orleans officer resigns after posting comments

    March 28, 2012 6:24 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans police officer resigned Tuesday, a day after being suspended for a comment he posted on a local TV station website about the shooting of Trayvon Martin in which he suggested the Florida teen died like a "thug." Jason Giroir used his full name... more »
  • 2 OMV offices planned for New Orleans area

    March 16, 2012 11:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state's motor vehicles chief says Louisiana is planning to open two motor vehicle offices in the New Orleans area, possibly in the next two to three months. Office of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Nick Gautreaux told a House transportation committee this week it only has... more »
  • New Orleans hospital to teach for U of Tabuk

    March 16, 2012 9:13 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - 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... more »
  • N.O. buys World Trade Center building for $2.3M

    March 15, 2012 5:55 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The 33-story-high World Trade Center building on the New Orleans riverfront is now owned by the city. In a $2.3 million deal, the city says it has bought out the lease for the building and that it now has control over the redevelopment of the vacant... more »
  • New Orleans double execution: 2 sentences trimmed

    March 12, 2012 5:47 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Men sentenced to 50 years for a double execution got their sentences shaved to 35 years each for testimony that helped convict the ringleader in what started as a kidnap-for-ransom scheme. Gregory Vincent and Layman Foster Jr. both had pleaded guilty to manslaughter of Calyisse Perkins... more »
  • New Orleans to lead off War of 1812 celebration

    March 8, 2012 7:00 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - City officials are touting the long list of events coming to New Orleans in April to kick-off the nation's three year commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. The celebration of the War of 1812 and the bicentennial of the Star Spangled Banner... more »
  • Carnival brings refurbished vessel to New Orleans

    March 7, 2012 7:40 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Carnival Destiny is getting a new name, the Carnival Sunshine, and it will replace the Carnival Conquest in New Orleans in November 2013 following a $155 million renovation. Carnival Cruise Lines said Tuesday the 2,642-passeder Carnival Destiny is now homeported in Miami and travels to... 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 »
  • Lawmaker: National Guard should police New Orleans

    March 2, 2012 6:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A New Orleans lawmaker wants to give the governor the authority to call in the Louisiana National Guard to help police the city, which has seen continued murder rates higher than in other large municipalities. Rep. Austin Badon, a Democrat who is running for a... more »
  • March Madness at Audubon in New Orleans

    March 1, 2012 10:55 AM

    Audubon Nature Institute attractions ready for fun NEW ORLEANS - It's here! The best time of year to visit Audubon attractions is finally here, and there's plenty going on all around town. Whether it's festivals at Audubon Zoo or an exciting new exhibit at Audubon Aquarium or additional benefits... more »
  • Update: 2 New Orleans police officers shot, 1 suspect dead

    March 1, 2012 8:53 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - 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... more »
  • New Orleans lawmaker: Rename Danziger Bridge

    March 1, 2012 7:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A New Orleans lawmaker wants to rename the notorious Danziger Bridge, the site of deadly 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... more »
  • New Orleans tackles noise issue

    March 1, 2012 5:39 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An acoustics expert hired by some New Orleans residents says music clubs in several neighborhoods - particularly the French Quarter - regularly exceed legal noise limits. The report from Houston-based CSTI Acoustics shows excessive noise readings even in a mostly residential area of the quarter, blocks... more »
  • Woman killed in 2 vehicle New Orleans crash

    February 29, 2012 11:08 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans police say a 60-year-old woman was killed when a van slammed into her Jeep. The collision happened around 10 p.m. Tuesday. Officer Garry Flot tells The Times-Picayune Steven Wallace, the driver of the van, was believed to be speeding at the time of the... more »
  • VA to spend $6M on homeless center in New Orleans

    February 28, 2012 9:43 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - 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... 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 »
  • Salome! A Princess scorned, she finally gets her man... on a platter!

    February 23, 2012 8:34 AM

    The New Orleans Opera Association Women's Guild and Junior Committee Present: Salome! This presentation will allow you to discover how a Princess scorned, finally gets her man on a platter. After the event there will be a roundtable discussion with special guest from the production followed by light refreshments. This... more »
  • DNA brings conviction in 1996 rape in New Orleans

    February 17, 2012 10:14 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Orleans Parish district attorney says DNA from a rape 16 years ago has convicted a 35-year-old man of a sexual assault committed when he was 19. A jury in New Orleans convicted William Danastasio on Thursday of one count each of aggravated rape and aggravated... more »
  • Governor Jindal on Economic Development Announcement in New Orleans

    February 17, 2012 10:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Today, Friday, February 17, 2012, Governor Jindal will make an economic development announcement in New Orleans at 1:15 PM. The announcement will be held at the IP Building in downtown New Orleans at 643 Magazine St.
  • Years of insurance over payments in Orleans

    February 8, 2012 10:51 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The New Orleans Inspector General says the city wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars on employee life insurance over the last eight years. Among the findings in the report released Tuesday: There were overpayments totaling $250,000 over four years because the city failed to accurately calculate... more »
  • New Orleans sets up police advisory boards

    February 8, 2012 10:39 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - 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.... more »
  • New Orleans plants 10,000 tree since Katrina

    February 3, 2012 8:54 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans 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 been replanting trees to replace those lost or damaged by the 2005 storm. On... more »
  • Loyola NO holds auditions for the Met

    January 13, 2012 10:47 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Aspiring opera stars will be auditioning for the Metropolitan Opera this weekend at Loyola University New Orleans, and anyone can sit in and listen. District auditions on Saturday are free, with tickets $10 for the regional auditions on Sunday afternoon. Admission is free for students and... more »
  • 2 live grenades found at NOPD headquarters

    January 13, 2012 10:22 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans police say they are evacuating police headquarters after they found two live hand grenades in the evidence room. Police told WDSU-TV the devices were found Thursday when officers were bringing evidence from earlier investigations to the room, located on the first floor of the... more »
  • Sentencing postponed for ex-N.O. railroad head

    January 11, 2012 9:50 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has postponed the sentencing hearing for a former general manager of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad who pleaded guilty to misusing the agency's money. James Bridger was scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday, but U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. delayed the hearing... more »
  • New Orleans police probe slaying of man, son

    January 9, 2012 9:39 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. A news release from the police department said suspects have been identified in the deaths of on 41-year-old Joseph Evans and... more »
  • N.O. start midnight basketball to stem crime

    January 4, 2012 10:52 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - This city, struggling to reduce its murder rate, plans to develop a midnight basketball program with the help of the New Orleans Hornets professional basketball team. Officials hope to keep children off the streets and get them involved in the basketball program. Mayor Mitch Landrieu and... more »
  • Cajun Fans Partied Hard in the Big Easy

    December 19, 2011 8:03 PM

    New Orleans was the place to be Saturday night. Lots of excitement after the Cajuns' big win. Dozens of fans hit Bourbon street right after the game. With the Cajuns getting their first bowl championship since 19-44, this party lasted well into Sunday morning.

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