New Orleans

Louisiana commerce board approves tax exemption for Folger despite allegation that company used tax loophole

BY: - November 16, 2020

The Louisiana Board of Commerce and Industry on Friday approved $220 million of single-year industrial tax exemptions, including 13 exemptions for Folger Coffee Company that  might allow the coffee giant to avoid paying as much as $12 million in back taxes to New Orleans.  Board members approved nearly $4 million in first-year tax breaks for […]

Election generators cause argument between New Orleans mayor and sec. of state

BY: - November 2, 2020

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin spent Sunday accusing one another of failing to make sure all the city’s polling places will have power Tuesday, but by Sunday night it appeared that all the city’s voters will be able to vote at polling sites that have power. Cantrell announced […]

capacity restrictions

New Orleans allows go-cups amid Phase 2 restrictions

BY: - September 25, 2020

In the latest easing of Phase 2 coronavirus restrictions, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced Friday that restaurants may resume serving alcoholic drinks via drive-through, takeout and curbside pickup options between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. The new guideline took effect at 5 p.m. on Friday and applied to all restaurants within Orleans Parish, according […]

Photo Gallery: New Orleans remembers those lost to Hurricane Katrina 15 years later

BY: - August 30, 2020

Robert Green lost his 3-year-old granddaughter and 73-year-old mother when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005. Fifteen years later, Green spoke to a socially distanced crowd at a healing ceremony in their honor. “Our spirit didn’t die that day, Green said. “Our spirit has been lifted by all the people who came, […]

Prayers lifted up for immigrant workers who helped rebuild New Orleans after Katrina

BY: - August 29, 2020

Immigrant activist organizations across New Orleans held a socially distanced prayer service at First Grace United Methodist Church on Friday morning to support immigrant workers and remember the work they did  to rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The event, “Katrina Immigrant Workers Prayer Service: Looking back and Moving Forward Together in Faith and Solidary,” […]

Advocates want to bulldoze highways that bulldozed Black neighborhoods

BY: - July 30, 2020

By Caitlin Dewey Stateline As protesters in cities from Richmond, Virginia, to San Francisco toppled statues last month, urban planner Amy Stelly allowed herself to hope that New Orleans might soon fell its own worst “racist monument.”  For much of her life, Stelly, who is Black, has lived in the shadow of the Claiborne expressway, […]

COMMENTARY

How long will it take America to move from ‘Pandemic to Prosperity?’

BY: - July 29, 2020

It wasn’t long after Hurricane Katrina and the flood that followed that the New Orleans Index became an invaluable resource to people with an interest in the city and its slow — often painstaking — progress toward recovery.  Neither the hurricane or the water it pushed into the city could have discriminated against anybody, but […]

COMMENTARY

COVID-19 was never a Black people disease; it was just killing mostly Black people

BY: - July 15, 2020

“Maybe next time you see Black people in trouble you’ll help. Maybe.” — Richard Pryor, in a 1983 routine recorded at New Orleans’ Saenger Theatre. David Jackson, a 45-year-old Black man who lives in New Orleans, is the Facebook friend who had the most shocking response to a pair of questions I recently posted: How […]

Press conference on NOPD consent decree

NOPD not a few bad apples but a ‘bad orchard,’ community group says

BY: - July 8, 2020

NEW ORLEANS — Leaders from the Community United for Change called on U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan on Wednesday to keep the  New Orleans Police Department bound to a federal consent decree and not give into the city’s pleas to end it now. The Police Department has been subject to the mandates in the consent […]