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7:12 am
Fri July 25, 2014

New Orleans Zoning Revisions Near Completion

The Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance process winding down.

New Orleans is nearing the end of a four-year process to update the master plan for zoning. The new comprehensive plan will update one that has been in place for more than 40 years.

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8:11 am
Thu July 24, 2014

New Footage Of Sunken WWII Vessels In Gulf

A side-scan sonar image of the German U-boat U-166 in 2001, on the Gulf floor approximately 50 miles southeast of New Orleans.
Credit National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Scientists are getting a crystal-clear look at two historic vessels almost a mile deep in the Gulf of Mexico.

Pictures were taken from a pair of mini-subs tethered to explorer Robert Ballard’s vessel — the Nautilus.

They show small holes in a lifeboat that may have gone down with a passenger ship sunk in 1942 by a Nazi submarine. Or, it may have been scuttled after passengers and crew were rescued.

Interpretations differ.

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8:08 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Bollinger Shipyards Gets Major Coast Guard Contract

Detail of the Coast Guard's Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter, produced at Bollinger Shipyards.
Credit U.S. Coast Guard

Bollinger Shipyards has been awarded a $255 million contract to build six more Fast Response Cutters for the U.S. Coast Guard.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the funding brings the total number of the boats under contract with Lockport-based Bollinger to 30.

The contract's total value so far is more than $1.3 billion.

Democratic U-S Senator Mary Landrieu says the latest funding is part almost $9 billion in discretionary funding allocated to the Coast Guard in the Department of Homeland Security's budget for fiscal year 2014.

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5:38 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Vote on 'Fairness Ordinance' Will Have to Wait

Barrington Neil, who spoke of experiencing discrimination for being in an interracial marriage, listens to the hearing on the "Fairness Ordinance" at the Baton Rouge Metro Council meeting, July 23, 2014.

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 7:56 am

The Baton Rouge Metro Council heard hours of public comment Wednesday on an anti-discrimination ordinance. But the meeting time expired before the council could vote. 


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6:18 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

New Orleans Youth Call For A Citywide Day Of Action

The nonprofit Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools holds an annual press conference to address young people's issues. This year, it is accompanied by a citywide day of action.
Karen Marshall Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools

The nonprofit Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools has held a youth-led press conference every summer since 2006. Middle- and high-school students talk about their concerns and priorities for the city.  The group's mission is training young people to be thoughtful and capable leaders by transforming the education system.

Thursday, for the first time, the students of Rethink will call for a citywide youth day of action. 

Karen Marshall is the group’s Executive Director.

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4:34 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

NOPD To Conduct Thursday Night Sobriety Checkpoint

Credit Janet Wilson / WWNO

The New Orleans Police Department's Traffic Unit will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Thursday night, beginning at approximately 9 p.m. on July 24.

The checkpoint will last until approximately 5 a.m. Friday, department spokeswoman Hilal Williams said in a press release. Motorists are advised to have proper documentation with them, including proof of insurance and a driver's license.

Drivers who encounter the checkpoint should experience minimal delays, according to Williams.

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8:06 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Street Repair Plan Springs From 'Fix Our Streets' Movement

Lakeview Civic Improvement Association President Ann LeBlanc.

Hundreds of people attended a meeting in Lakeview last night to find a way to repair the city’s crumbling streets. The discussion drew residents from neighborhoods across the city.

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8:06 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Funeral Services Set For Jazz Musician Lionel Ferbos

Lionel Ferbos.
Credit Infrogmation / Flickr

Funeral services are planned for Lionel Ferbos — the 103-year-old New Orleans jazz trumpeter and tinsmith who died July 19.

Ferbos will be buried August 2 — the same weekend the Satchmo Summerfest celebrates the legacy of another New Orleans trumpeter, Louis Armstrong.

Charbonnet Labat Funeral Home will host a wake for Ferbos on August 1 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visitation is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on August 2 at Corpus Christi Epiphany Catholic Church.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports Archbishop Gregory Aymond will preside over a funeral Mass at Corpus Christi.

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4:48 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Arts Council Of New Orleans Receives NEA Grant For Youth Design Program

In the Arts Council Of New Orleans' Youth Solutions design program, artists teach design skills to local teens, who then work on improving the neighborhood. They can design anything – from bike racks to benches to rain gardens.
Jennifer Rensel Flickr

The National Endowment for the Arts awards $5 million of “Our Town” grants each year to organizations across 38 states that drive community development with the arts.

This year’s local recipient of $150,000 is the The Arts Council of New Orleans, to support the Youth Solutions design program. Artists and designers teach design skills to local teenagers, who then work on improving their neighborhoods. They can design anything — from bike racks to benches to rain gardens.

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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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