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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Town Hall meeting on smoking ban draws several speakers on both sides.
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.