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2:55 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

New Orleans OKs Smoking Ban In Bars And Casinos

The New Orleans City Council voted unanimously on Thursday to ban smoking in bars and gambling halls.
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In a move to protect the health of musicians and late-night workers, the New Orleans City Council has voted unanimously to ban smoking in bars and gambling halls.

New Orleans had been one of the last major American cities to allow people to smoke tobacco in bars. Smoking at indoor restaurants is no longer permitted. The new ban is expected to take effect in three months.

The ban was tweaked before being approved. For instance, New Orleans police won't have to enforce the ordinance and smoking will be allowed within 5 feet of bar entrances — not 25 feet away.

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7:25 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Tom Benson Names Wife To Inherit Saints, Pelicans

Tom Benson is not leaving the Saints and Pelicans to his daughter and her children after all.

He agreed to a succession plan that will give his wife, Gayle, control of New Orleans' two major professional sports franchises after his death.

The 87-year-old Benson says his decision is meant to ensure the clubs' "long-term stability and success."

He says the move will also preserve the teams’ tradition of working for the good of New Orleans and the region.

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4:37 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

French Quarter Sees Violent Crime Surge; Residents Demand Changes

New Orleans police officer Patrick Schneider patrols Bourbon Street in the heart of the French Quarter on Saturday.
Jason Saul WWNO

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 10:25 am

New Orleans' most visited neighborhood rarely sees the type of violent crime that plagues other parts of the city. Recently, several high-profile robberies have rattled the region and led to criticism of the police department and the mayor, both of whom are rethinking safety measures.

Over the next few weeks, more and more visitors will roam the city's famous French Quarter, drinks in hand, for Mardi Gras. In less than 2 square miles, the French Quarter combines hotels, restaurants, street performers, and all-night bars with historic homes and tight-knit neighbors.

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8:08 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Jindal Stands By 'No-Go Zones' In Muslim Areas Overseas

Governor Bobby Jindal  is defending his controversial view of Islamic communities overseas.

He says some countries have allowed Muslims to establish autonomous neighborhoods where they govern by a harsh version of Islamic law, and police decline to patrol there.

The Republican delivered his remarks yesterday about "no-go zones" during a speech to a London think tank.

Jindal is considering a presidential campaign in 2016 and later defended the statements after facing questions about his facts.

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8:03 am
Tue January 20, 2015

BP Trial Begins Final Phase

Lawyers for BP and the government are set to begin the third and final phase today of the trial over its 2010 oil spill. A Tulane University expert on maritime law says there are billions of dollars at stake.

Federal judge Carl Barbier has been overseeing the complex litigation over the 2010 disaster.

Tulane law professor Martin Davies is director of the Tulane Maritime Law Center. He says that process has proven much faster than scheduling jury trials. Barbier has already made key rulings in the case.

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7:51 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Delgado Reaches Deal To Ease Transfers To Loyola University

It’s getting easier for students to transfer from Delgado Community College to Loyola University.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the two schools signed a deal that allows students who complete prescribed courses in any of 10 programs at Delgado to transfer their credits to one of 28 programs at Loyola.

Eligible Delgado programs include accounting, business administration, criminal justice, fine arts, humanities, mass communication, social science, biological sciences and physical sciences.

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7:46 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Rampart Streetcar Construction Will Continue Despite Lawsuit

A federal judge says she will not stop construction on a new streetcar line in New Orleans while a group sues for more studies of the project.

The New Orleans Advocate reports that District Judge Nannette Brown says plaintiffs did not offer any evidence that the job involves federal money. That's a key requirement for such a lawsuit.

A local bond issue is paying for the $41.5 million North Rampart Street line.

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7:24 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Bonds Approved For New Terminal At Armstrong International Airport

The State Bond Commission has kicked off the start of funding a new airport terminal in New Orleans.

The New Orleans Advocate reports it approved $650 million in borrowing to pay for a 650,000-square-foot, three-story terminal. It will be built on property now used by Louis Armstrong International Airport — but closer to Interstate 10.

Airport Aviation Director Iftikhar Ahmad says plans to revamp the facility have been discussed since 1974.

It opened in 1946, but the way it evolved has proven troublesome.

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8:10 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Port Of New Orleans Completes Move Of 718-Ton Tower

Fracht USA/Germany supervisors were on hand to assist in the transload of the 718-ton, 164-foot-long absorption tower onto Roll-Lift's self-propelled modular transporters at the Port of New Orleans' Louisiana Avenue Terminal operated by Coastal Cargo Company.
Credit Port of New Orleans

The Port of New Orleans has completed one of the heaviest cargo lifts in its history.

It moved a 718-ton tower from a ship to a barge.

The absorption tower is bound for a major plant expansion in Donaldsonville.

The 164-foot-long unit arrived at the port January 10 from Shanghai, China. It was moved at the port this week at the Louisiana Avenue wharf.

Port president Gary LaGrange says the operation shows the port’s ability to handle large and complex cargo.

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7:47 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Smoking Ban Debate Heads To New Orleans City Council

A town hall meeting lasting more than two hours at New Orleans City Hall Wednesday night put smokers and non-smokers at odds over a proposed ban on lighting up citywide. Much of the debate centered on businesses having a right to opt out, versus second-hand smoking effects on employees.

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