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Is your catch basin clean? See where catch basins have been cleaned in New Orleans

BY JEFF ADELSON | jadelson@theadvocate.com

After the Aug. 5 flooding, the city of New Orleans kicked off a massive effort to clean long-neglected catch basins throughout the city.  Read more

Catch basin cleaning work was widespread but not uniform throughout city

BY JEFF ADELSON | jadelson@theadvocate.com

A massive push to clean New Orleans’ catch basins in the wake of last summer’s floods was spread widely through much of the city's east bank, though not always in the worst-inundated areas, and with a concentration on major streets that may have left some hard-hit back streets relatively untouched, a review by The New Orleans Advocate has found. Read more

After cold weather pushes up New Orleans power bills, many look for ways to curb usage; utilities offer limited help

BY RICHARD THOMPSON | rthompson@theadvocate.com

Despite the recent unusually cold temperatures, Chris Branch was shocked by his January utility bill: $208 — three or four times higher than usual. Read more

A tale of cash, guns and teens on the run: Walker man's brutal murder outlined in court filings

BY CAROLINE GRUESKIN | cgrueskin@theadvocate.com

WALKER — For a quiet rural area in Livingston Parish it was a particularly shocking crime. Read more

I-10 widening plan in Baton Rouge includes major changes to these exits; here’s what comes next

BY WILL SENTELL | wsentell@theadvocate.com

The plan to widen Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge would not only add a lane in each direction. Read more

NOPD releases photo of persons of interest in Saturday's Warehouse District shooting

ADVOCATE STAFF REPORT

New Orleans police have released a surveillance camera picture of two men being sought for questioning in Saturday afternoon's shooting in the Warehouse District. Read more

NOPD: Three suspects wanted in Mardi Gras double shooting on Union Street

Advocate staff report

The New Orleans Police Department released an image of three suspects wanted in connection to a double shooting in the 700 block of Union Street on Mardi Gras day. Read more

Louisiana lawmakers eye sales tax solutions as special session nears

BY ELIZABETH CRISP | ecrisp@theadvocate.com

The Louisiana Legislature could end up relying on charging sales taxes for items that the state previously said it wouldn't apply them to, like specialty Mardi Gras items, business utilities, ballet tickets and zoo admissions, as it looks to solve the state's latest fiscal crisis. Read more

LSU baseball can't repeat opening day magic as Notre Dame hands it a 10-5 loss

BY LUKE JOHNSON | ljohnson@theadvocate.com

Whatever voodoo the Tigers used to overcome a six-run deficit on opening night was absent Saturday. Read more

A close one: LSU escapes with one-point win over Missouri after thrilling final moments

BY SHELDON MICKLES | smickles@theadvocate.com

Almost on cue Saturday afternoon, Daryl Edwards proved his coach to be prophetic. Read more

NOPD: Fatal shooting at Mardi Gras parade was not done in self-defense

BY RAMON ANTONIO VARGAS | rvargas@theadvocate.com

Remarks directed toward a woman on the Uptown parade route led to the deadly shooting there on Mardi Gras, according to a police account contained in court records obtained Saturday. Read more

Two people fatally shot in Treme Saturday morning; NOPD investigating

Advocate staff report

Two people have died after a shooting in the Treme area Saturday morning, according to a release from New Orleans police.  Read more

A spat in the kitchen: Ruby Slipper Cafe founders sue former executive for alleged use of trade secrets

BY KATY RECKDAHL | Special to The Advocate

The husband-and-wife team that runs the local Ruby Slipper Cafe chain has filed suit in federal court against former executive Christopher Belou, alleging that he is using trade secrets from the company and that they gave up their original location on South Cortez Street because of deceptive advice from him. Read more

New Orleans Fair Grounds operators may propose extending casino's closing hour till 3 a.m.

BY HELEN FREUND | hfreund@theadvocate.com

In an effort to boost its revenue stream, the Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots is floating the idea of extending its casino's closing hour from midnight till 3 a.m., a proposal that has been met with mixed reactions from residents in the area. Read more

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