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7:57 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Former Mayor Nagin's Case Reflects City's Move Toward Reform

Former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin entering federal court before his sentencing.
Credit Clint Durrett / WDSU.com

New Orleans has turned a major corner with the sentencing of former Mayor Ray Nagin. One political observer says the story speaks to the city’s battle against corruption.

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1:12 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Critical Habitat Designated For Loggerhead Turtles

Federal agencies designate hundreds of thousands of square miles in the Gulf and in the Atlantic as critical habitat for loggerhead sea turtles.
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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.

Conservation groups say it's the largest such designation ever.

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.

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5:06 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Former Mayor Nagin Gets 10 Years For Corruption

Former mayor C. Ray Nagin.
Credit Franklin Reyes / AP

Federal prosecutor Matt Coman talks about the sentence.

Former two-term New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for corruption. The jail time is half of what prosecutors wanted.

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10:59 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Ex-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Gets 10 Years In Corruption Case

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin leaves federal court after his conviction in New Orleans on Feb. 12. He was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison.
Gerald Herbert AP

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 2:29 pm

Updated at 11:20 a.m. ET

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for bribery, money laundering and other crimes.

He was convicted Feb. 12 of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks. The indictment included 21 counts.

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7:56 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Former Mayor Nagin Faces Sentencing Today

Former Mayor Ray Nagin is set for sentencing today for corruption conviction.

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.

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Coastal Desk
5:37 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Funds Still Needed To Rebuild Cat Island, But Restoration Begins

The 2010 BP Oil Spill ruined the Cat Island bird sanctuary, a pelican nesting site.
Credit Ron Knight / Flickr

The 2010 BP Oil Spill ruined the Cat Island bird sanctuary, a pelican nesting site. Plaquemines Parish got initial funds to restore the island, but has failed to raise the rest needed. Now, the project leader is starting restoration anyway.

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8:09 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Drop In First-Time Unemployment Claims

First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending June 28 decreased from the previous week's total.

The state labor department figures released Monday show the initial claims decreased to 2,577 from the previous week's total of 2,604. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 3,027.

The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, decreased to 2,791 from the previous week's total of 2,891.

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5:50 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Essence Festival Hits Record Attendance At 550,000

The Essence Festival 2014 set attendance records for the event.
Corey Seemen Flickr

The Essence Festival marked its 20th anniversary by setting a record for annual attendance with more than 550,000 participants celebrating four days of R&B music, community and black culture at the Superdome and the New Orleans Morial Convention Center.

That's about 10,000 more people than attended the 2013 festival, which included a sold-out performance by Beyoncé. Organizers say the 2014 festival has earned the distinction of being the largest gathering in its history.

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5:34 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Will Mississippi River Flooding Reach New Orleans?

A flood gauge on the Mississippi River from the Louisiana side. Flooding in Missouri, Iowa and Illinois has closed roads and bridges in recent days.
USDA Flickr

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.

But, will the flood waters affect us here in Louisiana?

Jeff Graschel, a Mississippi River-watcher with the National Weather Service, says that scenario is unlikely.

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5:47 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Louisiana Flag-Maker Doubles Its Workforce

Allied Materials & Equipment in Bogalusa manufactures US flags for government agencies.
Thomas Hawk Flickr

Just in time for the Independence Day holiday, a Bogalusa facility that manufactures US flags announced that it will double its workforce.

Workers at Allied Materials & Equipment make the field of 50 stars for the flags, which are assembled at another facility in Missouri and sold to federal agencies.

According to the governor’s office, the company received an incentive package from the state, including an Enterprise Zone tax exemption.

Allied’s Bogalusa facility can produce up to 13,000 fields of stars per week.
 

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