Latest News en Ex-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Gets 10 Years In Corruption Case <em><strong>Updated at 11:20 a.m. ET</strong></em><p>Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for bribery, money laundering and other crimes.<p>He was <a href="" target="_blank">convicted Feb. 12 </a>of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:59:24 +0000 editor 64128 at Former Mayor Nagin Faces Sentencing Today <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is set to be sentenced Wednesday morning for corruption. the man who gained national attention after Hurricane Katrina nine years ago is now looking at a possible 20-year sentence. Prosecutors want the maximum allowed under federal guidelines.</span></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:56:05 +0000 Eileen Fleming 64119 at Funds Still Needed To Rebuild Cat Island, But Restoration Begins <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 2010 BP Oil Spill ruined the Cat Island bird sanctuary, a pelican nesting site. </span>Plaquemines<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Parish got initial funds to restore the island, but has failed to raise the rest needed. Now, the project leader is starting restoration anyway.</span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:37:22 +0000 Laine Kaplan-Levenson 64101 at Drop In First-Time Unemployment Claims <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 12.727272033691406px; line-height: 15px;">First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending June 28 decreased from the previous week's total.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:09:09 +0000 Associated Press 64055 at Essence Festival Hits Record Attendance At 550,000 <p>The <a href="">Essence Festival</a> marked its 20th anniversary by setting a record for annual attendance with more than 550,000 participants celebrating four days of R&amp;B music, community and black culture at the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Superdome and the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Orleans </span>Morial<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Convention Center.</span></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:50:06 +0000 Associated Press 64033 at Will Mississippi River Flooding Reach New Orleans? <p>Water levels in the Mississippi River shot up in the past few weeks after a series of strong storms in the Midwest. Flooding has closed roads and bridges and swamped thousands of acres of farmland in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri.<br /><br />But, will the flood waters affect us here in Louisiana?<br /><br />Jeff Graschel, a Mississippi River-watcher with the <a href="">National Weather Service</a>, says that scenario is unlikely.<br /> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:34:37 +0000 Janaya Williams 64032 at Louisiana Flag-Maker Doubles Its Workforce <p>Just in time for the Independence Day holiday, a Bogalusa facility that manufactures US flags announced that it will double its workforce.</p><p>Workers at Allied Materials &amp; Equipment make the field of 50 stars for the flags, which are assembled at another facility in Missouri and sold to federal agencies.</p><p>According to the governor’s office, the company received an incentive package from the state, including an Enterprise Zone tax exemption.</p><p>Allied’s Bogalusa facility can produce up to 13,000 fields of stars per week.<br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 22:47:43 +0000 Janaya Williams 63846 at One Victim Of Bourbon Street Shootings Dies <p>One of the 10 victims of a weekend shooting on New Orleans' Bourbon Street has died.</p><p>Louisiana State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson asked for a moment of silence after announcing the death Wednesday of the 21-year-old woman from Hammond.</p><p>Edmonson spoke at a news conference to discuss Mayor Mitch Landrieu's request for a permanent contingent of troopers to help with law enforcement in New Orleans.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 22:43:59 +0000 Associated Press 63783 at 20-Year-Old Justin Odom Sought In Connection With Bourbon Street Shooting <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The New Orleans Police Department has identified 20-year-old Justin Odom as a person of interest in last Sunday's shooting on Bourbon Street that injured 10 people.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><em><strong>Update:</strong></em> Brittany Thomas, a 21-year-old who had been in critical condition at Interim LSU Hospital since being struck Sunday, has died. The Orleans Parish Coroner's Office says she was pronounced dead at 2:44 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2.</span></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 18:23:47 +0000 Jason Saul 63754 at National Program To Help Minority Entrepreneurs Will Debut At Essence Fest <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This year’s Essence Festival will be enhancing the empowerment component of the event that’s become known as the “party with a purpose.” The </span>20<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> annual Essence Festival includes the kickoff of a national drive to help minority entrepreneurs succeed.</span></p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:19:59 +0000 Eileen Fleming 63737 at