The city of New Orleans will add steel panels to the doors, windows and air conditioning units at the Municipal Auditorium in an effort to keep out squatters, Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office said Monday.
Monday, March 27, 2017
A new audit says Louisiana's health department and its dental benefits program administrator paid $6.4 million for dental claims that violated the Medicaid program's rules.
By turning in his badge years earlier than expected, Col. Mike Edmonson walked away from tens of thousands of dollars in retirement benefits he could have earned had he remained State Police superintendent through Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration.
Monday, March 27, 2017
Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration has put the city's janitorial contract out for bid, the prelude to bringing it in line with a "living wage" ordinance that went into effect more than a year ago.
Four out of 10 systems operated by local and parish governments in Louisiana don’t charge enough for their drinking water to cover their costs, according to a report released Monday by the Louisiana legislative auditor.
A Shreveport lawmaker has again filed a bill that would prevent New Orleans from taking down statues of three Confederate leaders and one honoring an uprising by a 19th-century white supremacist militia.
Monday, March 27, 2017
Most Louisiana residents say they want the Legislature to get the state's budget under control using a mix of tax hikes and spending cuts, according to a new report out Monday.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
The Louisiana agency that helps fund affordable housing projects across the state is taking heat from developers and housing advocates in New Orleans, who claim the agency is prioritizing rural parishes over urban ones.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards is pushing back the public release of his tax overhaul package, probably until Wednesday, the governor’s spokesman said Sunday afternoon.
After mixed feedback from the public, the New Orleans City Council on Thursday approved the creation of the Parkview Historic District. The vote was 6-1.
If New Orleans Rep. Helena Moreno succeeds in her latest attempt to update the state’s domestic violence law, she may very well have to thank a wife-beater for overcoming the gun lobby’s lock on the Louisiana Legislature.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Here’s something to ponder the next time you dine out or shop for a new shirt: Louisiana has the highest sales tax rate in the country.
Orleans Parish Civil District Judge Paula Brown edged out her colleague, Tiffany Chase, to take the race for an open seat on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal.
Westwego Mayor John Shaddinger will have to defeat Joe Peoples, a civilian Police Department employee and volunteer firefighter, in an April 29 runoff to win another term in office.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Civil attorney Suzanne "Suzy" Montero and insurance attorney Rachael Johnson are headed for a runoff in the race for a vacant seat on the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court bench after a heated primary that featured a flurry of late attack ads.
Thomas Malik and Steven Fraker are headed to a runoff for the District 7 council seat in St. John the Baptist Parish.
After two years sitting out of elected office, former Kenner City Councilman Joe Stagni routed two opponents in the race for the open state House seat representing the 92nd District.
Two weeks after New Orleans began accepting applications to legalize short-term rentals through sites like Airbnb and VRBO, hundreds of people have applied, but they still represent only a small fraction of the thousands of such rentals thought to…
The debate over so-called “sanctuary cities” heated up this past week, putting New Orleans among cities in the cross-hairs as President Donald Trump’s administration seeks to crack down on communities that limit law enforcement’s cooperation with …
The state’s efforts to privatize and economize health care at the state’s remaining facility for the intellectually impaired have resulted in regular assaults on staff by patients, state officials have discovered.
Friday, March 24, 2017
The New Orleans City Council this week approved plans for a new family restaurant slated to take the place of a shuttered Bourbon Street strip club that was once accused of being a haven for prostitution and drug dealing.
New Orleans political operative Jacques Morial recently wrapped up a Jefferson Parish traffic court case that saw him arrested last year on suspicion of drunk driving, an offense that prosecutors never charged him with after he passed a Kenner Pol…
New Orleans began accepting applications for short-term rental licenses on March 13, 2017, the first step toward legalizing the practice of renting out rooms and properties through sites like Airbnb and VRBO.
Voters head to the polls Saturday to decide a handful of municipal and judicial races, but turnout is expected to be particularly depressed thanks to expected severe weather.
After a proposal that would have repealed and replaced the federal Affordable Care Act fizzled on Friday, Republican members of Louisiana's Congressional delegation and Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards called for continued work on health care reform.
Mandeville's newly restored stretch of beach is drawing visitors that might be even more alarming than the alligators that have been spotted there: picnickers who blithely violate bans on eating and drinking.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Four of the five seats on the Westwego City Council are being contested in Saturday’s election, including three in which incumbents are seeking new terms. One spot was left open when District 5 Councilman Larry Warino decided against running for r…
Former state Sen. Larry Bankston should have mentioned a possible conflict before he rendered a legal opinion that wound up disqualifying the two top bidders for a mammoth contract to manage Louisiana’s $1.6 billion flood-recovery program, accordi…
Kenner City Council members said Thursday they're open to rewriting a controversial proposal to double the fees that some transportation companies must pay for the right to pick up fares at Louis Armstrong International Airport.
The race for an open seat on the Orleans Parish Civil District Court bench features three women from varying legal backgrounds, and a flurry of late campaign hits.
The Louisiana Legislature returns to session April 10, with the primary objective of crafting a balanced state budget for the coming year and goal of providing more long-term stability.
In a partial win for residents who have long criticized plans to replace the aging ferry terminal at the foot of Canal Street, New Orleans officials pledged Thursday to build a pedestrian bridge over railroad tracks near the new terminal.
New Orleans has joined 33 other local governments around the country in support of a lawsuit filed by Santa Clara County in California seeking to block an executive order from President Donald Trump that threatens to punish local jurisdictions for…
The long-delayed redevelopment of the old World Trade Center building at the foot of Canal Street inched forward Thursday, with the New Orleans City Council agreeing to lease a nearby city-owned garage to the developers who plan to turn the former…
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
The winner of Saturday's election for a seat on the state appeals court bench in New Orleans will be a veteran Civil District Court jurist with experience clerking at the Louisiana Supreme Court.
Gov. John Bel Edwards is asking the Trump administration to consider the impact that the Republican president's budget proposal could have on Louisiana's flood recovery efforts and projects that could prevent future natural disasters for the state.
A controversial plan to replace the aging Canal Street ferry terminal again faced criticism Wednesday, with several dozen opponents demonstrating a day before the City Council is scheduled to vote on the proposal.
In a bid to persuade his colleagues to hold off on doubling the fees that some transportation companies must pay to pick up fares at Louis Armstrong International Airport, Kenner City Councilman Dominick Impastato is proposing to create a group of…
Louisiana senators Wednesday told state health officials to go back to the drawing board and find other money for budget cuts rather than eliminating a program that helps thousands of children and teenagers with mental health issues.
East Jefferson General Hospital's chief medical officer, Dr. Raymond DeCorte, was formally appointed Wednesday as the publicly owned Metairie facility's interim chief executive officer.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Ahead of Saturday's election to fill an open East Jefferson-based seat in the state House, former Kenner City Councilman Joe Stagni has been telling voters that his experience as a legislator, business owner and civic activist makes him best-suite…
A company seeking a lucrative contract to run housing recovery programs following last years catastrophic floods is taking legal action to try to stop the state from scrapping its initial solicitation of bids.
Westwego’s mayoral race features a rematch between two candidates who have squared off twice before, along with a political neophyte seeking office for the first time. The election is Saturday.
Louisiana state lawmakers have asked auditors to review a decade of financial documents from the prison rodeo held at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola.
The head of a nonpartisan legislative office that digs into the spending of state and local government agencies warned state lawmakers Tuesday that he's teetering on the financial edge.