Monday, May 22, 2017
Former Municipal Court Judge Desirée Charbonnet formally entered the 2017 New Orleans mayor's race Monday night, promising to improve public safety, city streets, education and affordable housing options.
Third-term Grand Isle Councilman Clifford “Dixie” Santiny died at his home Saturday of a rare and aggressive form of stomach cancer. He was 65.
Monday, May 22, 2017
William "Billy" Broadhurst, an adviser to former Gov. Edwin Edwards and countless other elected officials across the state, died Sunday at home in Crowley. He was 77.
The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority will hold a public meeting Tuesday night on plans to replace the Algiers Point ferry terminal, hoping to avoid the type of controversy that met plans for replacing its counterpart at the foot of Canal Street.
Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser asked Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Monday to turn over Confederate monuments taken down in New Orleans over the past few weeks to his office.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Seventy-three people sit on Louisiana death row — convicted of crimes so horrific that a jury of their peers sentenced them to death. But as things stand, the state has no way to execute them.
Saturday, May 20, 2017
It’s been over a year since researchers with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency started monitoring the air near a LaPlace plant that for decades has produced a chemical classified in 2010 as a likely carcinogen.
Friday, May 19, 2017
The decision to take the statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee off its pedestal during the day Friday and with advance notice came because of the particularly difficult problem of removing a statue that towered so high over the city, combined with confiden…
After more than nine hours of labor, workers successfully removed the statue of Robert E. Lee from his pedestal at Lee Circle on Friday...
With Robert E. Lee's statue plucked Friday from its pedestal in Lee Circle, details are emerging about what will replace it and the other three Confederate monuments that have come down in New Orleans during the past few weeks.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
City officials announced Thursday night that the statue of Robert E. Lee would be plucked from its column in Lee Circle on Friday, making it the last and most prominent of four Confederate monuments targeted for removal by Mayor Mitch Landrieu's a…
Just a half-block off busy South Causeway Boulevard, four blocks north of Jefferson Highway, the old Morris Motel huddles behind a tall stand of bamboo trees springing up from the worn, black metal fence along Andover Street.
Louisiana will receive another $51.4 million in federal flood recovery dollars raising the state's total allocation to about $1.7 billion, according the U.S. Housing and Urban Development.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
The New Orleans City Council on Thursday advanced a plan that calls for the construction of a new, 89-bed facility for mentally ill inmates at the parish jail, but it attached a requirement that could lead to elimination of the same number of beds…
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
The New Orleans City Council is set to vote Thursday on two competing proposals that will set the terms for the debate on the future of the parish jail.
With the all-night process of removing the statue of Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard from its pedestal at the entrance to City Park complete, New Orleans officials can now turn their attention to the last, most prominent and potentially most di…
One of the most attractive elements associated with a sweeping prison reform package making its way through the Louisiana Legislature is the promise of hundreds of millions of dollars in savings to the state over the next decade.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Construction equipment and a heavy police presence were in place around the statue of Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard on Tuesday evening, a prelude to the removal of the monument overnight.
Escalating the antagonistic back-and-forth squabbling over West Jefferson Medical Center's finances, an official with LCMC Health has accused Jefferson Parish officials of knowingly submitting an erroneous report as a negotiating ploy, according t…
In a victory for French Quarter preservationists, plans to replace a vacant two-story Bourbon Street strip club with a three-story restaurant were blocked Tuesday while a lawsuit against the project plays out.
After weeks of debate over proposed overhauls to Louisiana's criminal justice system aimed at cutting the state's prison population, the governor, key lawmakers and influential critics have struck a deal they hope will carry the package through th…
Debate over a bill that protects Confederate monuments has scratched open a raw nerve for many Louisiana lawmakers.
Monday, May 15, 2017
In a stunning reversal, a legislative bill aimed at tightening up a law passed last year that banned strip club performers younger than 21 has been revised to quash the age restriction entirely.
New Orleans officials insisted Monday that they will move ahead with the planned removal of the city's monument to P.G.T. Beauregard, despite a newly disclosed letter from the City Attorney's Office acknowledging open questions about the ownership…
Budget troubles in the small town of Abita Springs are prompting Mayor Greg Lemons to turn off the lights, but reducing the street light bill won't be enough to plug deficits, he said. He wants to boost revenue, too.
Sunday, May 14, 2017
New Orleans will begin enforcing its new regulations on short-term rentals Monday, though it may be months before the first cases are brought against those violating an ordinance passed last year.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
When news broke this year that a group of high-ranking state troopers had charged the state for a lavish excursion they took to Las Vegas while driving to a law enforcement conference in California, Louisiana State Police brass condemned the "side…
Nearly two weeks after former Democratic State Sen. Troy Brown resigned from office in mid-February following his admissions of violence against women, Brown sounded the alarm on Facebook about what he saw as a distinct possibility in the coming s…
Friday, May 12, 2017
Voting irregularities have surfaced in a Pearl River-area tax election last month that saw a recreation millage fail by only two votes, St. Tammany Parish Registrar of Voters Dwayne Wall confirmed Friday.
A more open park, possibly with an outdoor event or performance space, could soon be created across Perdido Street from City Hall as the Downtown Development District begins considering how to redesign Duncan Plaza.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Former Civil District Court Judge Michael Bagneris formally launched his 2017 mayoral campaign Thursday evening, pledging to reduce crime, improve industry and fix the streets of what he described as a city that has made strides but is at a crossroads.
The Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office on Thursday pitched a plan to add a building to the city's jail complex to house dozens of mentally ill inmates, over the objections of advocates for criminal justice system reform who are dead-set against creat…
The board that governs East Jefferson General Hospital has selected a longtime health care executive as the hospital's fourth president and chief executive officer, according to a news release.
The monument to Confederate President Jefferson Davis was taken off its pedestal early Thursday morning, marking the halfway point of Mayor Mitch Landrieu's effort to remove statues honoring three Confederate leaders and a white supremacist militi…
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration has begun interviewing candidates to become the next Louisiana State Police superintendent, a powerful position that came open two months ago when Col. Mike Edmonson retired amid a controversy involving a grou…
After years of planning, the New Orleans Police Department’s 2nd District headquarters will move next year from a crumbling building on Magazine Street to a brand-new facility in Gert Town.
The Slidell City Council adopted a $54.8 million budget Tuesday night for the fiscal year beginning July 1, with new revenue earmarked to give many employees raises.
BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers are advancing a proposal to repeal a one-year ban on people convicted of drug-related felonies from getting food stamps and welfare benefits when they leave prison.
The bill's sponsor called it a win-win: give the state's elderly and most vulnerable population more care options outside of nursing homes, while improving the state's financial position by at least $100 million.
A Civil District Court judge ruled Wednesday that New Orleans officials can proceed with removing an equestrian statue of Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard near the entrance to City Park, denying a request to hold up the move over questions about…
Tuesday, May 09, 2017
After listening to Troy Delone discuss how he spent nearly 17 years in the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola before being released early and granted a second chance, Sheryl Sandberg fought back tears.
The city of Mandeville, which is being sued for rejecting the controversial Port Marigny development, has asked to move the case from state to federal court.
Bucking the trend of its conservative Southern peers, the Louisiana House on Tuesday rejected a proposed law that would have banned Sanctuary Cities and allowed the state Attorney General's office to withhold state funds to local departments found…
Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration will oversee the effort to redevelop the abandoned Six Flags amusement park in New Orleans East under a deal approved Tuesday by a city agency. The move was pitched as a way for City Hall to breathe new life i…