Latest News en City Council Votes To Strengthen Enforcement Of Short-Term Rental Law <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Thursday the New Orleans City Council voted to change the definition of transient vacation rentals. Proponents say the change will make it easier to enforce the existing laws that prohibit short-term vacation rentals.</span></p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:51:04 +0000 Nina Feldman 64266 at Debris Found In 17th Street Canal Levee <p>The US Army Corps of Engineers says there is no major threat from debris found inside the 17<sup>th</sup> Street Canal levee.</p><p>Corps critics aren’t so sure.</p><p>Chunks of concrete, bricks and glass were discovered during work to install sheet piling.</p><p>The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection District—East has been assured by the Corps that the material is being removed.</p><p>Sandy Rosenthal founded after the catastrophic levee breaches following Hurricane Katrina nine years ago.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:21:22 +0000 Eileen Fleming 64257 at Feds End Jefferson Parish School Discrimination Probe <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jefferson Parish public schools have agreed to make changes to end a federal investigation into discrimination against English-language learners. The U.S. Department of Justice brokered the agreement, along with the Department of Education.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Jessica Williams is an education reporter at / The Times-Picayune. She says the agreement requires that Jefferson parish make a number of changes.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:50:52 +0000 Janaya Williams 64235 at Former Mayor Nagin's Case Reflects City's Move Toward Reform <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Orleans has turned a major corner with the sentencing of former Mayor Ray </span>Nagin<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. One political observer says the story speaks to the city’s battle against corruption.</span></p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:57:57 +0000 Eileen Fleming 64190 at Critical Habitat Designated For Loggerhead Turtles <p>Federal agencies say 685 miles of beaches and nearly 200,000 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico are critical habitat for threatened loggerhead sea turtles.<br /><br />Conservation groups say it's the largest such designation ever.<br /><br />It includes 88 nesting beaches from North Carolina through Mississippi, plus waters just off of those beaches, floating algae mats where baby turtles live and other marine areas.<br /> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 06:12:23 +0000 Associated Press 64172 at Former Mayor Nagin Gets 10 Years For Corruption <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former two-term New Orleans Mayor Ray </span>Nagin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for corruption. The jail time is half of what prosecutors wanted.</span></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:06:39 +0000 Eileen Fleming 64159 at 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 Tulane University On Verge Of Being Smoke-Free <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9.5pt; line-height: 11.25pt;">Tulane University says its campus will be 100 percent smoke free beginning August 1.</span></p><p style="line-height: 11.25pt;"><span style="font-size:9.5pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#333333">Scott Tims, director of Tulane University Student Health Services, says the goal is to protect non-smokers from exposure to second-hand smoke while encouraging current smokers to quit.<o:p></o:p></span></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:05:37 +0000 Associated Press 64120 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 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