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An uncomfortable truth: When you're shot in New Orleans, police have little medical assistance to offer

When the bullets stopped flying on Bourbon Street around 2:45 a.m. on Sunday, June 29, many New Orleans police officers responded exactly as most would expect after a mass shooting: rushing to the scene, looking for gunmen and victims, calling for...

Plaquemines sheriff's younger brother to seek parish president seat

Lane Greco, the younger brother of Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Lonnie Greco, has announced he will run this fall for the Plaquemines Parish president seat. "We have so many important topics that need attention all throughout the parish from levee protection, coastal...

Oil spill claimant hits back at BP's 'campaign of intimidation' with defamation suit

A New Orleans law firm swept up in BP's ongoing public campaign attacking payments to certain oil spill claimants has sued the British oil giant, one of its lawyers and an Associated Press reporter for defamation.

Judge gives New Orleans City Council, Mayor Landrieu one last chance to pay firefighter pension fund debt

Stacy Head took the stand Tuesday, in a way, to make a sales pitch. The New Orleans City Council president - along with Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the rest of the council - is under the gun of a court order...

Plaquemines Parish crime down first half of 2014, Sheriff's Office reports

The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office on Tuesday announced overall crime was down about 10 percent for the first half of the year. The office also asked the public's help in solving three parish auto theft cases, the one statistical area that...

Louisiana Governor's race in 2015: Three similarities among the candidates

The three candidates currently running in Louisiana's gubernatorial election in 2015 aren't known for what they have in common. U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., takes a hard-line approach to attacking Democrats like Barack Obama, hammering the president on everything from illegal...

Former Jefferson Parish deputy pleads guilty to chasing undercover narcotics agent

Narcotics agents accused Albert Morris Jr., of pulling a pistol out on a deputy. He denies it, and his attorneys say surveillance video supports their version of what happened.

Cedric Richmond passes first bill -- providing expedited screening for veterans traveling to D.C. memorials

Washington DC - Tuesday was a milestone for Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-New Orleans, who got his first bill as lead sponsor through the House of Representatives. Passed by voice vote, his "Honor Flight Act," requires the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)...

West Jefferson animal shelter close to funding goal, seeking approval for construction bids

On the West Bank of Jefferson Parish, plans for a $10.7 million animal shelter years in the making are now only $950,000 short. At the cusp of meeting its goal, the parish administration is looking at "other funding sources," said Lauren Marino,...

Tulane to host cultural day with young African leaders

The Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders at Tulane University comes to a close this week. But the 25 fellows in the program -- who are due to meet with President Obama and other world leaders in Washington, D.C. next week...

Hurricane Katrina damage repair under way at New Orleans' Municipal Auditorium

Nearly nine years after Hurricane Katrina and the ensuing floodwaters trashed New Orleans' Municipal Auditorium, work is under way to restore the massive multipurpose building that has played hosts to decades of graduations and Carnival balls.  Repairs to the 84-year-old structure...

Aerial Spraying for Mosquitos in West Jefferson planned for July 23

On Wednesday evening (July 23), areas of Grand Isle, Crown Point, and Lafitte and Barataria are scheduled to be sprayed against mosquitos, according to a parish press release. Read the release in full: Aerial spraying in response to nuisance mosquito activity is...

Longer school days don't always lead to better performance, website reports

Education news site The Hechinger Report continues its year-long look at extended school days. The practice isn't as common in Jefferson, though some schools do hold year-round classes.

Tropical depression moving westward in Atlantic

MIAMI -- A tropical depression is moving west in the Atlantic and is expected to degenerate over the next few days. The depression's maximum sustained winds early Tuesday (July 22) were 35 mph (55 kph). Little change is strength is...

Contradictory rulings by two appellate courts raise questions about future of health law

WASHINGTON -- Two federal appeals courts Tuesday issued contradictory rulings on the Affordable Care Act, leaving uncertainty about the future of the 2010 law. The Washington D.C. Court of Appeals was first out with its 2-1 ruling that declared illegal...

Metairie's Krewe of Zeus withdraws request to parade in Destrehan

The Krewe of Zeus has withdrawn its application for a 2015 parade permit to roll at night in the Ormond Estates subdivision in Destrehan, the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office reported Tuesday. Representatives of the Metairie krewe contacted Sheriff Greg Champagne...

St. Bernard transit missing $98,000 in bus fare, audit says

St. Bernard Parish government records indicate that at least $98,105 in bus fares was collected but not deposited in the parish's bank account from January 2011 to March 2014, according to a state legislative audit report released this week. The audit pointed...

New Orleans education entrepreneurship incubator opens applications for fall class

The 4.0 Schools incubator for entrepreneurial enterprises in education has opened applications for its next two-month program helping people develop products, services and models for schools. The first in a series of application deadlines is Aug. 18. The program, called Launch,...

'Fix My Streets' campaign is growing in Lakeview

The 'Fix My Streets' campaign that started with social media post of Lakeview residents sharing photos of potholes in their neighborhood has turned into a full campaign by residents to get city leaders to act. We took a drive through the Lakeview neighborhood to see some of the worst streets.

Maple Leaf Bar going smoke-free; bartender says outlook is hazy

New Orleans' inaugural "Smoke-Free Week," which runs through Friday (July 25), is designed to raise awareness about the dangers of secondhand smoke exposure. And of all the people in New Orleans, few are as exposed to those dangers as people who work...

Krewe of NOMTOC health fair Saturday in Algiers

The Jugs Social Club-Krewe of NOMTOC is sponsoring its annual health fair Saturday (July 26) in Algiers. The event runs from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the krewe's hall, 1905 Newton St. Several services will be provided, including free...

Missing Ponchatoula teenager's body found near Gulf Shores, TV station reports

The body of a Ponchatoula teenager who went missing while swimming in the rough surf off Gulf Shores, Ala., was found Tuesday (July 22), WAFB-TV reports. Chaston Brown, 17, was last seen about 4 p.m. Sunday swimming in the Gulf with friends....

Poor students fare worse on national ACT, agency finds

A July study released by the ACT finds that poorer high school students perform worse on the college readiness test.

Slidell police arrest reports, June 16-20

Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith's office announced the following arrests: June 16, 2014 Rebecca Woodcock, 22, of 12413 Canal Road, Gulfport, Miss., was arrested on eastbound Interstate 10 and booked with possession of drug paraphernalia and Schedule I possession. Russell L....

Nigerian president meets parents of abducted girls for the first time

Journalists were prevented from speaking to the girls and the parents by Nigerian security.

On Home Depot land in Kenner, a 25-acre jungle never cited for code violation

Abutting the Lincoln Manor subdivision, near a shopping mall that Kenner officials hope will thrive, sits a 25-acre tract of commercial property that once was coveted by real estate developers but today looks more like a wildlife refuge. The Home Depot...

Slidell 'a bad place to bicycle'; city master plan hopes to remedy that

When it comes to getting around by bicycle, Slidell's Planning Department doesn't pull any punches: "The City of Slidell is a great place to live, but a bad place to bicycle,'' it said in a recent report. Hoping to change...

To fight crime, Chicago tries wiping away juvenile arrests

A law recently passed by the state Legislature made Illinois one of the few states to automatically expunge the criminal records of juveniles who were arrested but never charged.

US airlines prohibited from flying to Tel Aviv airport for 24 hours, FAA says

A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed near Israel's main airport Tuesday, wounding one Israeli and prompting all U.S. and some European and Canadian airlines to cancel flights to Tel Aviv.

Common Core in Louisiana: Is it time to sue? (poll)

Superintendent John White has called for a legal solution; Gov. Bobby Jindal says the education officials just need to follow the law.

By turn of century, New Orleans summers will feel much, much hotter, science website predicts

By the end of the century, New Orleans' average temperature will be 91 degrees. But it will feel more like the 97-degree summers currently felt by the folks in Pharr, Texas, according to the website, Climate Central. And that's without...

Baton Rouge attorney John deGravelles wins Senate confirmation as federal judge

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Tuesday unanimously confirmed John deGravelles as a federal District Judge in Baton Rouge. The vote was 98-0. He is an attorney and founding partner at deGravelles, Palmintier, Holthaus & Fruge LLP in Baton Rouge. DeGravelles, 64,...

Entrepreneur magazine highlights Dinner Lab, the New Orleans pop-up dining and data firm

The Dinner Lab pop-up dining club and restaurant industry market data collector continues to draw national news media attention after the announcement last month that it recently rounded up $2.1 million from investors. This week, Entrepreneur magazine dedicated a write-up to...

FBI arrests 2nd suspect in Memorial Day murder

New Orleans authorities have arrested a second suspect accused in a fatal Memorial Day shooting in the Lower 9th Ward, according to a statement released Tuesday from the New Orleans-based FBI bureau. Jeremiah Washington, 30, turned himself over to authorities...

O'Keefe Plaza Hotel sells to NY investors for $10.75 million, journal reports

New York-based Garrison Investment Group bought the O'Keefe Plaza Hotel in the Central Business District for $10.75 million this month, CityBusiness reported Tuesday. The previous owners, the Chauhan and Kansagra families, owed more than $108,000 in taxes, interest and other...

With more than 1,000 votes so far, see the latest standings in our readers' pick for minority entrepreneurs to read about

By noon on Tuesday (July 22) readers had cast more than 1,000 votes for five finalists in our call for a minority-owned business to profile. Voting remains open through Thursday. Of the 1,057 votes so far, the engineering firm Integrated Logistical...

With more than 1,000 votes so far, see the latest standings in our readers' pick for minority entrepreneurs to read about

By noon on Tuesday (July 22) readers had cast more than 1,000 votes for five finalists in our call for a minority-owned business to profile. Voting remains open through Thursday. Of the 1,057 votes so far, the engineering firm Integrated Logistical...

Louisiana's kids are worse off than those in 46 other states, report says

Children in Louisiana are worse off than they would be if they lived in any of 46 other states in the nation, according to the latest annual Anne E. Casey Foundation Kids Count Data Book ranking of states. High poverty, poor educational...

Federal court dismisses sweetener suit against LSU

Patent lawsuit against LSU was dismissed at federal level, and will be heard in a state court.

Louisiana Common Core proponents file suit, saying governor's actions are illegal

A group of Common Core proponents sued Gov. Bobby Jindal Tuesday, saying he has overstepped constitutional boundaries in his fight with the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education over contracts and tests. The governor and his administration "have sown chaos...

Democrat John Bel Edwards: If elected Louisiana Governor, state budget would be focus

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- The lone Democrat to announce he's running for governor next year, state Rep. John Bel Edwards, said Monday that Louisiana's next leader will need to focus on stabilizing the state's finances. Edwards criticized Republican Gov....

Murder victim: Photo of the Day

Although this event was purely promotional in nature, photographer Ted Jackson found a way to make a beautiful photograph of what was really important.

Geismar woman pleads guilty in tax return scheme that cost taxpayers more than $260,000

Maletica Ferguson is facing up to three years in prison for submitting false tax returns.

Appeals court invalidates subsidies in Louisiana and other states under Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON -- A Federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the government can't subsidize health insurance under the Affordable Care purchased in Louisiana and 33 other states that don't offer their own health care marketplaces. If upheld, the 2-1 ruling by...

Rain delays St. Charles Ave. streetcar repairs another two weeks

The Regional Transit Authority expected to wrap up three years of work replacing cross ties beneath the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line by July 13. But then the weather got in the way. "Since we last talked, we've had a lot...

Business of the Arts: Seeing value in having a nicely designed website

Having a well-crafted website can mean the difference between being viewed professionally and being quickly forgotten.

Councilwoman Stacy Head proposes moving money from NOPD to pay for NOFD pension shortfalls

Under the gun to pay the city's debt to the firefighters' pension fund or face a contempt of court charge, City Councilwoman Stacy Head has proposed taking $2 million from the Police Department's 2014 budget and furloughing all Fire Department employees...

4 items to watch when the Jefferson Parish Council meets Wednesday in Grand Isle

Once a year, the Jefferson Parish Council exchanges its stuffy chambers in Gretna and Elmwood to convene on the shores of Grand Isle. | The Times-Picayune makes the journey, too, and will be covering the council meeting live this year. Falling...

I-10 East closed at Carrollton Avenue due to wreck

A dump truck is on the guard rail near the Metairie Road/City Park Avenue exit.

UL Lafayette bomb threat suspect in custody, TV station reports

The FBI took a suspect in the UL bomb threat into custody late Sunday night.

Fix My Streets to host pothole town hall; group wants a plan to repair streets

Fix My Streets, a pressure group, is holding a town hall meeting Tuesday night (July 22) in the hopes of cajoling city leaders into prioritizing the repair of New Orleans' abominable streets. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at St. Dominic...
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