With potholes, sinkholes, dips, cracks, years of patches on patches and entire blocks that can be navigated only by expertly executed turns, everyone knows New Orleans' streets are in bad shape.
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Friday, August 26, 2016
Eleven years after the Municipal Auditorium in Louis Armstrong Park was flooded during Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans officials say a check from FEMA to pay for repairs could be coming soon.
The Mandeville City Council on Thursday adopted operating and capital budgets for the fiscal year that begins Sept. 1 — 140 pages that document how more than $45 million will be spent — but it was a much smaller number, $2.5 million, that was a st…
Friday, August 26, 2016
While one of her opponents may have won the lion's share of the endorsements handed out so far in the lead-up to the Nov. 8 mayoral race in Kenner, at-large City Councilwoman Maria DeFrancesch has locked up the one she called the "nearest and dear…
Thursday, August 25, 2016
The Louisiana National Guard deployed troops to rescue victims of the torrential downpour of rain that created flooding in south Louisiana. Here are some of the images they shared from their response to several devastated areas.
A shakeup on the board of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad has resulted in the resignation of a commissioner who opposed efforts by Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration to keep open the possibility of selling the line.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Long-delayed plans to redevelop a former Bywater naval base are moving forward, with the City Council expected soon to consider a lease of the site to a firm planning to use it for commercial and residential properties as well as a home for emerge…
Questionable disability benefits are being handed out at an alarming rate to retiring New Orleans firefighters, who are padding their pensions and costing the city millions of dollars each year, a top city watchdog said Thursday.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
A veteran corrections leader who for seven years oversaw the prison system in Maryland has been tapped to clean up New Orleans' scandal-plagued jail.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration has failed to properly enforce the rules governing the ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft, a consultant working with taxi drivers and their union said Wednesday.
The Jefferson Parish Council on Wednesday unanimously approved bringing on a new health care provider to run a pair of parish-owned clinics caught up in a political spat between parish officials and the group that has long managed the facilities.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
The board of the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority approved final routes for the new North Rampart Street-St. Claude Avenue streetcar line and surrounding bus routes Tuesday, clearing the way for service to begin this fall.
Monday, August 22, 2016
All requests for residential building permits would have to say how many housing units would be added or lost, and what their cost would be to owners or renters, as part of a plan being recommended by New Orleans city planners to keep better track…
Sunday, August 21, 2016
An investor has closed on a deal to bring affordable housing to 30 families in the Treme-Lafitte neighborhood of New Orleans, the third phase of the “scattered site” component of the Iberville housing redevelopment.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
There’s a new official running the show behind the scenes at City Hall, but as Jeff Hebert — formerly the city’s redevelopment and resiliency chief — settles in, he’s bringing a familiar philosophy and approach.
Monday, August 15, 2016
Former Louisiana prison official Tonia Cain directed subordinates to alter or shred records related to concessions sales at Avoyelles Correctional Center, apparently to hide the fact that more than $30,000 in cash was missing, according to a legis…
The Jefferson Parish Council appears ready to approve a new healthcare provider to operate a pair of parish-owned clinics at the center of recent a political dust-up.
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Jefferson Parish officials have received a proposal from a second nonprofit health provider to take over a pair of clinics run out of parish-owned buildings, apparently meeting a condition a federal judge said was necessary before the current oper…
Friday, August 12, 2016
Harrah’s New Orleans Casino on Friday received the legislative nod necessary to start working on a new entertainment venue for young adults who now can’t enter the gambling establishment.
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Developers of a mixed-use project in Mid-City want to drop plans to include 14 affordable apartments in the 382-unit complex and instead create a $644,000 revolving loan fund to help lower-income aspiring homeowners buy homes elsewhere in the same…
Normally, bond resolutions cruise through the St. Tammany Parish Council like a toll-tag commuter at a Lake Pontchartrain Causeway toll booth — barely slowing down to get the green light.
The business dealings involving a large oilfield-services company run by the Old Metairie businessman Shane Guidry and a food-brokerage consultancy owned by Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand and his chief deputy have attracted the attention …
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
In a fiery speech Wednesday morning before several hundred leaders of the Progressive National Baptist Convention gathered in New Orleans, the newly appointed head of the Democratic National Committee made an impassioned call for people to vote fo…
The New Orleans Inspector General’s Office says the city continues to balk at turning off water service for customers who don’t pay their bill for trash pickup, despite having the legal authority to do so.
Tuesday, August 09, 2016
Short-term rentals of entire homes in residential areas should remain illegal in New Orleans, the City Planning Commission said Tuesday.
The 220-acre site of the derelict Six Flags amusement park in New Orleans East is worth $3.26 million and the scrap value of its dilapidated rides would be essentially negated by the cost of removing them, according to a private appraisal ordered …
Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration has come up with a $10 million “down payment” to start work on a flyover ramp that will link Interstate 10 to the new terminal under construction at Louis Armstrong International Airport in Kenner, officials s…
Monday, August 08, 2016
Sunday, August 07, 2016
Wednesday, August 03, 2016
Some political observers allege a Republican Kenner mayoral hopeful was being racially insensitive when he publicly told a joke this week that mentioned fried chicken, left wings and Democrats. But the candidate and some others who heard the joke …
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Mayor Mitch Landrieu says New Orleans is adding $500,000 to its mosquito control budget because locally transmitted cases of Zika virus have been confirmed in Florida.
Tuesday, August 02, 2016
Marie Williams, a local lawyer making her second run at a seat on the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court bench, was disqualified from the race Tuesday for failing to file income tax returns for three of the past five years.
Monday, August 01, 2016
Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration is having trouble finding private companies that are interested in maintaining a proposed registry of New Orleans' rental housing, an idea aimed at making sure rental properties are up to code.
Roughly half of the state's voters approve of Gov. John Bel Edwards' performance eight months into his term, according to a poll conducted last week by the University of New Orleans Survey Research Center.
New Orleans attorney Marie Williams, who last week launched her second bid for a seat on the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court bench, is facing a legal challenge to her candidacy, with allegations that she falsified her sworn eligibility stat…
U.S. Senate candidate and Mandeville resident David Duke got a big thumbs down from the St. Tammany Republican Party Executive Committee, which voted last week to follow the Louisiana GOP in denouncing the former Ku Klux Klan leader.
BATON ROUGE (AP) — Skipping the seatbelt in a car will carry heftier fines Monday, sex offenders won't be allowed careers in door-to-door sales and children's lemonade stands will be shielded from ticketing as more than 400 new Louisiana laws take…
Sunday, July 31, 2016
Jefferson Parish will soon have an official charged with leading the effort to get the parish as much money as possible for coastal restoration projects.
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Federal investigators are probing an arrangement through which a firm owned by Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand and his top lieutenant earns tens of thousands of dollars each year from the sale of food and other items by an offshore supplie…
When officials with the New Orleans Regional Planning Commission first announced plans for a $10 million beautification project along Tulane Avenue in Mid-City, they said it would “significantly improve visual quality” along the corridor as well a…
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
A federal judge late Tuesday temporarily blocked Jefferson Parish from evicting a nonprofit health clinic operator from a pair of parish-owned buildings, saying low-income patients served by the clinics shouldn’t suffer because of a dispute betwee…
An effort by Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration to examine whether minority- and woman-owned firms are truly benefiting from policies designed to ensure they receive a sizable share of city contracts edged forward Tuesday, as a city selection c…
Monday, July 25, 2016
Retired University of New Orleans Professor Polly Thomas secured a seat in the Louisiana House of Representatives on Friday after signing up as the lone candidate to fill the vacancy left by Rep. Joe Lopinto.
Sunday, July 24, 2016
In the wake of Debbie Wasserman Schultz announcing her resignation as the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee on Sunday, Kenner native Donna Brazile has been announced as the interim chair, according to WWL-TV.
Five years after New Orleans officials ordered the Maple Street bar TJ Quills to help pay for private security patrols in the neighborhood as a condition of remaining open, the Alcohol Beverage Control Board appears poised to release the bar from its $1,000 monthly payments.
In July 2011, the City Attorney’s Office brought the bar's owners before the board on allegations they had allowed underage drinking...
Thursday, July 21, 2016
A nonprofit health care provider that claims it is being thrown out of a pair of government-owned buildings for political reasons is suing Jefferson Parish in hopes of blocking the eviction.