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Hurricane Ida interrupts fall semester for many Louisiana universities

BY: - September 3, 2021

Universities in southeast Louisiana put their fall semester on pause after Hurricane Ida devastated the region last weekend, leaving the vast majority of the area without electricity or internet access and lacking in food, gas and phone resources. The catastrophic storm sent thousands of students scrambling, with Southern University of New Orleans, which encouraged students […]

Louisiana starts recovery from Hurricane Ida with limited power, phone service

BY: - August 30, 2021

Louisiana citizens started to dig themselves out of the wreckage left by Hurricane Ida Monday while dealing with widespread power failures, sewerage system outages and downed mobile phone service across much of the southeastern region of the state.  Some of the parishes most affected by the powerful storm — including New Orleans — didn’t have […]

New Orleans considers minimum wage hike

New Orleans to consider $15/hour minimum wage for city employees, contractors 

BY: - June 23, 2021

A proposed ordinance to raise the minimum wage of city contractors and some city workers to $15 per hour will appear before a New Orleans City Council committee Thursday.  The city council’s Economic Development and Special Development Projects Committee will hear an amendment to increase the city’s base minimum pay rate for some city employees […]

Billy Nungesser

Billy Nungesser says transgender restrictions will have a ‘negative impact’ on tourism

BY: - May 1, 2021

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser believes transgender restrictions currently under consideration by the Louisiana Legislature will hurt the state’s tourism industry if they become law. “They will have a negative impact,” said Nungesser, a Republican, when asked about the proposed transgender restrictions in a Thursday interview. “It would be better for us to open our doors […]

Courtroom Gavel

Louisiana pays $52k to woman who says former New Orleans judge groped her

BY: - March 26, 2021

An executive assistant in the Orleans Criminal District Court said she was sitting at her desk talking to the state office that handles employee health care benefits over the phone, when she felt someone else’s finger creep up her side and start touching the middle of her chest. She jumped, looked up and saw then-Judge […]

Governor inks deal with NASA to create ‘Louisiana Space Campus’ 50-acre business park

BY: - March 10, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards signed an agreement Wednesday with NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility that could lead to the creation of the Louisiana Space Campus, a 50-acre business park within NASA’s 829-acre site in New Orleans. NASA and Louisiana Economic Development signed a memorandum of understanding, or MOU, to mutually explore development of the space campus […]

Catholics looking to decline one COVID-19 vaccine for another aren’t likely to have that option

BY: - March 2, 2021

New Orleans area Catholics may face difficulty in trying to follow vaccination guidance by the Archdiocese of New Orleans to choose to receive a COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna or Pfizer rather than the new one from Johnson & Johnson, as Gov. John Bel Edwards said Tuesday, vaccination providers aren’t offering patients a menu to order […]

Louisiana will help New Orleans enforce COVID-19 restrictions during Mardi Gras

BY: - February 4, 2021

Louisiana will send state troopers, fire marshal employees and people from its alcohol and tobacco control agency to New Orleans preceding Mardi Gras — though the assistance won’t be on the scale the state normally provides in the two weeks preceding Fat Tuesday. “We shouldn’t have to do that but we are going to do […]

Gallier Hall in New Orleans

City of New Orleans will mark inauguration with ceremony at Gallier Hall

BY: - January 19, 2021

The City of New Orleans will hold a small ceremony in front of Gallier Hall on Wednesday to mark the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Mayor Latoya Cantrell announced on Tuesday. New Orleans City Council President Helena Moreno will join Cantrell for the ceremony, which will start at 4:30 p.m. […]

Folgers tax-break saga ends with rejection by New Orleans City Council

BY: - January 14, 2021

The New Orleans City Council rejected all of the Folgers Coffee Company’s property tax exemption applications in a final decision on Thursday, giving the city an estimated $14 million in revenue over the next 10 years. The council voted unanimously to reject the four applications sought by the coffee giant for its facilities in New […]

New law requires summons instead of arrest for low-level crimes in New Orleans

BY: - December 18, 2020

New Orleans Police officers can no longer arrest people who commit low-level offenses and must instead issue them a court summons, according to a new ordinance adopted by the New Orleans City Council on Thursday. Council members unanimously approved the ordinance, which requires NOPD officers to issue a summons in lieu of making an arrest […]

Folgers tax breaks survive another month with New Orleans City Council

BY: - December 17, 2020

To the disappointment of many residents, the New Orleans City Council on Thursday postponed a vote on controversial tax exemptions for Folgers Coffee Company to give it time to explain why it should be exempt from paying an estimated $5.4 million in back property taxes and roughly $14 million in future taxes over 10 years. […]