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3:03 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Lobbyist: The Art of Persuasion

Lobbyists are an integral part of the legislative process. But what do they actually do – besides stand around in the hallways and talk?

“We, as individuals, represent trade associations, companies, individual public groups. We’re their voice and their ears to keep them advised on their legislative issues.”

So says Randy Haynie, considered the “dean” of Louisiana lobbyists. A fixture at the Capitol since 1980, his clients include pharmaceutical companies, banks, Blueprint Louisiana, and the New Orleans Saints. He’s effective; credited with getting his client, Harrah’s, the land-based casino deal in New Orleans in the late 1990s.

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New Orleans Saints
12:33 am
Fri May 1, 2015

New Orleans Saints Make Pickups On Offense And Defense In First Round Of 2015 NFL Draft

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Sports
9:37 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis Talks With Reporters Before The NFL Draft

The following is a transcript of the press conference provided by Saints media relations staff.

New Orleans Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis discussed the team's preparations for the NFL Draft, which begins this Thursday. Media questions are in bold.

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New Orleans Pelicans
11:49 pm
Sat April 25, 2015

The Pelicans made a valiant effort, but couldn’t hold off red-hot Golden State

Workers moved in quickly to start breaking down the Smoothie King Center after Saturday night's Pelicans loss to the Warriors.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

The 2014-15 New Orleans Pelicans extended season ended on Saturday night. Not with a bang, nor a whimper, but with a splash.

The Splash Brothers, that is. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson — the Golden State Warriors’ backcourt beasts — combined for 64 points in a 109-98 drubbing of the Pelicans here in New Orleans, taking the first round playoff series in four games.

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Latest News
8:00 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

New Orleans Federal Appeals Court Rules In Favor Of Border Patrol Agent Involved In Fatal Shooting

A federal appeals court in New Orleans has ruled the family of a teenager shot and killed in Mexico by a Border Patrol agent who fired across the Texas line cannot sue in a US court. The Justice Department had ruled the agent did not break any laws.

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New Orleans Saints
3:28 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

New Orleans Saints 2015 Schedule

The 2015 New Orleans Saints preseason and regular season schedule.
Credit New Orleans Sains

The New Orleans Saints have released their 2015 preseason and regular season schedules. Home games are in bold.

Preseason:

Thursday, Aug. 13 AWAY Baltimore Ravens 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 22 HOME New England Patriots 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 30 HOME Houston Texans 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 3 AWAY Green Bay Packers 6:00 p.m.

Regular Season:

Sunday, Sept. 13 AWAY Arizona Cardinals 3:05 p.m.

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Latest News
7:47 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Walter Reed Indicted On Corruption Charges

Former St. Tammany Parish District Attorney Walter Reed has been indicted on federal corruption charges. The longtime law enforcement officer is vigorously denying any wrongdoing.

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New Orleans Pelicans
2:03 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Pelicans Blow 20-Point Lead In Loss To Golden State

The tunnel through which Pelicans players move from the locker room to the court.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

The New Orleans Pelicans are on the verge of being eliminated from the NBA playoffs.

The Pelicans have yet to win a game in their postseason matchup with the Golden State Warriors. Last night the Pelicans lost 123-119 at home in the Smoothie King Center.

It was the Pelicans first home playoff game since 2011, when the then-Hornets lost in six games to the L.A. Lakers.

New Orleans led by 20 points entering the fourth quarter, but Golden State rallied, sending the game to overtime on a dramatic Stephen Curry 3-point shot with 2 seconds remaining in regulation.

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Latest News
4:57 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

New Orleans Bans Smoking In Bars, Restaurants

A sign outside The Red Door lounge last weekend warned about the impending smoking ban in New Orleans.
Gerald Herbert AP

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 5:55 pm

You can take your drinks outside on Bourbon Street, but you can no longer bring your smokes indoors.

Effective Wednesday, New Orleans has banned smoking in bars, restaurants and casinos.

The New York Times published an intriguing look at the city's nightlife spots as the ban went into effect.

Here's an excerpt:

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Business
7:12 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Leading Women Executives Have Advice For Closing Wage Gap

Women executives gathered at the Zurich PGA Classic on Monday — not for a round of golf, but for a panel discussion on how to succeed in business. Two had some advice for making sure women get paid as much as their male colleagues.

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