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4:27 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

National WWII Museum Welcomes 4 Millionth Visitor

Visitation at The National WWII Museum for fiscal year 2014 exceeded 483,000.
Janaya Williams WWNO

The National WWII Museum has capped a record-breaking fiscal year with another milestone: welcoming its four-millionth visitor since its founding in 2000.

Officials say visitation for fiscal year 2014 had exceeded 483,000, beating its previous best attendance year, fiscal year 2013, by more than 85,000 visitors.

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4:18 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

United Houma Nation Gets Support For Federal Recognition

The Terrebonne Parish Council has passed a resolution in support of the United Houma Nation receiving federal recognition.
Jonathan McIntosh / Rainforest Action Network Flickr

The Terrebonne Parish Council has passed a resolution in support of the United Houma Nation receiving federal recognition.

The Courier reports the council also asked the administrations of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw and the Pointe-au-Chien tribes to submit necessary documents to receive similar council measures of support.

Potential policy shifts in the federal Department of the Interior may open the door for area Native American tribes to achieve federal recognition.

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Latest News
7:06 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Drive To Ban Smoking Kicks Off In New Orleans

A drive kicks off this week to ban smoking in New Orleans bars.

Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell is backing the idea. She says the change would benefit local businesses.

“This has been going on across the country for over a decade now," she said. "And so we have real facts that it is not a negative impact on our businesses. Actually revenues increase. And it’s cheaper to maintain a bar or lounge that is smoke free than one that is not.”  

Cantrell says the effort will begin at various venues this week that are now voluntarily smoke-free. 

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Latest News
6:04 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Jazz Musician Lionel Ferbos Dies At 103

Lionel Ferbos, performing at the Satchmo Summerfest in 2010.
Credit Infrogmation / Flickr

New Orleans has lost one of its oldest jazz musicians. Lionel Ferbos passed away Saturday — two days after he turned 103 years old.

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Latest News
3:34 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Largest Methanol Plant In North America Opening In St. James Parish

Natural gas, the key ingredient in producing methanol, is abundant and relatively cheap along the Gulf Coast. South Louisiana Methanol is poised to build the largest methanol plant in North America in St. James Parish.
Ari Moore Flickr

Natural gas is abundant and relatively cheap along the Gulf Coast, since it's drilled nearby. It's also the key ingredient in producing methanol.

Methanol is a chemical that is used to make plywood, foam, paints, adhesives and other common household products. South Louisiana Methanol is slated to be the biggest plant to make it. The final hurdle to business was finding a local natural gas provider.

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7:06 am
Fri July 18, 2014

China Company Investing Almost $2 Billion In Chemical Plant

Officials at the plant announcement.
Credit GNO, Inc.

A Chinese company has announced plans to build a methanol manufacturing plant in St. James Parish. It’s the first major investment project by a Chinese company in Louisiana.

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Science & Health
9:59 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Fishermen And Retailers Go High-Tech For Authentic Gulf Seafood

Fishermen, seafood processers and retailers use the Gulf Seafood Trace software package to compile data on wild-caught seafood.
Allen Shimada Wikimedia

Some studies have found a one in three chance that the fish on our restaurant plates or in the seafood case at the supermarket is mislabeled. A cheaper fish like tilapia may be sold as red snapper, for example.

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8:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

New Orleans Ranked 10th Best City In The World

Credit multisanti / Flickr

Readers of Travel + Leisure magazine have ranked New Orleans as the 10th best city in the world.

It’s the first time since 1996 that New Orleans has made the Top 10 list.

More than 17,000 readers participated in the survey.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the Crescent City was one of two US cities to make the list. Charleston, South Carolina, was ranked second. Kyoto, Japan, was number one.

New Orleans was ranked 6th among US cities in 2013. It vaulted this year to Number 2 nationally — past San Francisco, New York City, Chicago and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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8:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Road Home Program Repayment Demands Still Unresolved

The Road Home program created after Hurricane Katrina is still causing paperwork headaches nine years after the storm.

The nearly $10 billion program was designed to help residents rebuild so they could return. But 32,000 people remain in legal limbo.

Last year the state sent almost 50,000 letters to homeowners demanding they repay some of their grants.

About 100 people attended a New Orleans City Council committee meeting this week, saying they are caught in a paperwork nightmare.

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9:34 am
Wed July 16, 2014

NOPD Recruitment Focusing On Churches And Military Vets

New Orleans is beginning another round of recruiting police officers. Officials are hoping the efforts will bring the ranks up from under 1,200 to 1,600.

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas and Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced the next recruitment drive will be aimed at military veterans and faith-based groups.

Serpas says the department has the funding and will search nationwide for new recruits.

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