The resignation late Thursday of Al Herrera, a New Orleans Regional Transit Authority board member, followed an internal probe that found he had sought business with one RTA contractor, secured work with another and tried to steer a transit agency…
Friday, October 19, 2018
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards bounded into a room at the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office headquarters on Thursday with a smile on his face and good tidings for criminal justice reformers.
In an effort to expand the ability of the New Orleans Council on Aging to provide home-delivered meals and other services for the elderly, the City Council took the exceedingly rare step on Thursday of placing a proposed new tax on the ballot over…
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s office announced Wednesday that its investigation into New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s use of her city-issued credit card while serving on the City Council has ended with no charges being filed.
Four of Louisiana’s highest-profile district attorneys are lending their support to a proposed constitutional amendment on the Nov. 6 ballot that would require juries in the state to return unanimous verdicts in all felony cases – something every …
Monday, October 15, 2018
Friday, October 12, 2018
A pair of longtime attorneys for St. Tammany Parish government were shown the door this week, fired by 22nd Judicial District Attorney Warren Montgomery and escorted away from their office in a move that drew a sharp rebuke from Michele Blanchard,…
Thursday, October 11, 2018
A campaign to undo an unusual Louisiana law allowing juries to render non-unanimous verdicts in serious felony trials has attracted big financial support from out of state — to the tune of more than $1 million.
Tuesday, October 09, 2018
The Plaquemines Parish Council on Thursday will consider whether to withdraw — for the second time — from lawsuits filed against oil and gas companies for damages related to coastal land loss.
Friday, October 05, 2018
WASHINGTON — All eyes in the U.S. Capitol were focused Friday on a handful of undecided senators who could tip the balance on Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump put the final touch on new federal legislation designed to clear a number of bureaucratic and regulatory hurdles that were making it difficult for 2016 Louisiana flood victims to receive federal aid.
Wednesday, October 03, 2018
Tim Lentz's last day as Covington chief of police was also his first day as a candidate for St. Tammany Parish sheriff, as he officially ended his five years as chief Wednesday and kicked off his campaign for the October 2019 election.
Tuesday, October 02, 2018
WASHINGTON — Top-ranking senators have no plans to show the American public the results of the FBI’s week-long probe into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
A private investigator reportedly questioning residents in Harahan about odors that may be emanating from the Jefferson Parish landfill is not working for the parish, President Mike Yenni said Tuesday.
Monday, October 01, 2018
The Louisiana future of the dusky gopher frog — a small, reclusive amphibian that hasn't been seen in the state in 50 years — is in the hands of the eight sitting justices of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Friday, September 28, 2018
When Mandeville City Councilman Michael Pulaski put his name up to fill a temporary vacancy on the council some years ago, he said the process was so unpleasant that he fears it might serve as a deterrent to people interested in serving on city bo…
WASHINGTON — Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy said Friday he will vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, saying he believes the judge's denials of sexual assault allegations laid out in a committee hearing a day earlier.
Thursday, September 27, 2018
U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise faced his three Democratic challengers this week in the first and thus far only debate of the fall congressional election, defending President Donald Trump’s controversial tariffs and explaining Scalise's ongoing opposition…
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
WASHINGTON — An overhaul of federal disaster policies, including provisions directly affecting homeowners and local governments hit by the 2016 Louisiana floods, easily cleared the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON — Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy has built a reputation as a bruising questioner in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, derailing at least one potential federal judge and grilling others with pointed questions.
Saturday, September 22, 2018
For Osby Bryant, $35 is a lifeline. That’s how much the federal food stamp program sends every month to the Shreveport native, who spent 43 years in prison for murder.
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn may have rescinded his ban on booster clubs affiliated with the city's parks purchasing Nike gear, but its impact is still being felt among the city's large African-American community, activists said Thursday night.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre and the police chiefs in Covington and Thibodaux are among a half-dozen current and former law enforcement officials supporting a November ballot measure asking voters if they want to require unanimous jury ver…
An audit of the New Orleans City Council's credit-card usage found sloppy bookkeeping and questionable purchases were widespread among council members, but that Mayor LaToya Cantrell's spending habits while she was on the council — the subject of …
Sunday, September 16, 2018
Friday, September 14, 2018
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s administration told the City Council last week that the city could need tens of millions of dollars more next year to fund all its programs, on top of millions in unexpected expenses that have already cropped up…
Thursday, September 13, 2018
An 18- to 24-month effort by St. Tammany Parish and Slidell to clear out major drainage canals has begun, something Mayor Greg Cromer says hasn't been done in several years.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
With a short memo banning booster clubs at the city's parks from purchasing Nike products, Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn catapulted the New Orleans suburb into the national spotlight.
Saturday, September 08, 2018
Nick Tranchina, who spent most of his 17-year law enforcement career with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office, has announced that he's running for the top job in an election that's more than a year away.
Friday, September 07, 2018
WASHINGTON — Louisiana Rep. Cedric Richmond blasted President Donald Trump’s pick for the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday, telling members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that Brett Kavanaugh would be a threat to civil rights if confirmed to the court.
Thursday, September 06, 2018
The clerk for 1st City Court in New Orleans says his brochures about the eviction process were accurate and self-funded, but he has nevertheless withdrawn them from circulation after a dispute with the court's judges.
Tuesday, September 04, 2018
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Defense lawyer and former longtime federal prosecutor Peter Strasser has been confirmed as the new U.S. attorney for the New Orleans-based Eastern District of Louisiana.
After asking pointed questions about the Mike Yenni administration's oversight of the parish's landfill, the Jefferson Parish Council voted Wednesday to take the first steps in creating a parish air quality office and to study installing a series …
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
WASHINGTON — Attorney Barry Ashe is headed for a lifelong job as a federal district judge in New Orleans after the U.S. Senate confirmed him to the post on Tuesday.
Mary DuBuisson, who's running for the Slidell-area House District 90 seat, announced Tuesday that she won't seek the endorsement of the St. Tammany Republican Parish Executive Committee, citing a campaign event that eight members of the group co-h…
Saturday, August 25, 2018
A quick answer, delivered under the bright lights of a televised debate, spelled the beginning of the end of John Fortunato's bid to become Jefferson Parish sheriff.
Thursday, August 23, 2018
Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise rallied 140 Republican donors Thursday night in New Orleans by repeatedly warning about the specter of a Congress led by Nancy Pelosi, the former Democratic speaker of the House.
The convictions of two high-profile associates of President Donald Trump this week jolted the White House, sending shock waves across the country, but members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation issued a collective shrug in response to the bo…
Howard Schwartz, who was passed over last year for the job of New Orleans inspector general but had agreed to return to his previous role within that office, has resigned, he said Thursday.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Vice President Mike Pence will headline a fundraiser with U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise in New Orleans on Thursday, at a time when speculation is growing that each man could land in an even more powerful job.
Monday, August 20, 2018
Sunday, August 19, 2018
A former sheriff from north Louisiana who pleaded guilty in 1999 to felony charges of misspending public money and mistreating inmates has been named by Gov. John Bel Edwards to a state commission that makes sure used car dealers comply with the law.
At the time of his plea, Jeff Britt, the former sheriff of Tensas Parish, was facing federal civil rights charges for allegedly beating two handcuffed inmates and lying about it to the FBI. He separately faced state charges related to the alleged misappropriation of money.
Saturday, August 18, 2018
The obscure position of 1st City Court clerk, whose main job is to process eviction and small-claims paperwork, rarely draws much controversy or attention.