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4:07 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

New Firm Collecting Garbage And Cleaning Streets In The French Quarter

Metairie-based Empire Janitorial Sales and Services is now collecting garbage and cleaning the streets in the French Quarter.
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There’s a new firm collecting garbage and cleaning the streets in the French Quarter. It’s the first time the city has changed waste collection vendors since shortly after Hurricane Katrina.

According to a report in The Advocate, the new contract is with Empire Janitorial Sales and Services, based in Metairie. It's worth $3.9 million annually.

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7:55 am
Mon January 26, 2015

BP Starts Calling Witnesses At Federal Oil Spill Trial

Now it’s BP’s turn in court.

The oil company will be calling witnesses as it makes a case for civil penalties lower than the $13.7 billion the federal government wants from the 2010 oil spill.

The second week of a three-week trial is set to begin today in New Orleans.

Last week, government experts testified about environmental, economic and social damage caused by the spill.

BP attorneys disputed much of that testimony, and have argued the recovery of the environment and the Gulf economy has been strong.

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7:52 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Jindal Prayer Gathering At LSU Sparks Protest

Governor Bobby Jindal has told Christians at a weekend prayer gathering that the nation needs a spiritual revival.

Outside that gathering at the LSU basketball arena, hundreds protested his appearance.

Jindal as considering a run at the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. He said the rally was a religious event, not a political one.

At the prayer meeting, he talked about his personal Christian conversion, and urged the crowd to plant seeds of faith in everyone they meet.

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7:28 am
Fri January 23, 2015

BP Trial Witness Testifies Oil Spill Damage Widespread

A government witness at the trial to determine civil penalties against BP for the 2010 oil spill says the disaster hurt a wide array of industries over a broad geographic area.

Charles Mason also testified yesterday that the harm was only modestly countered by BP's spending and investment in the region.

U.S. Justice Department attorneys are pushing for the maximum $13.7 million Clean Water Act penalty for BP.

BP says the figure should be less.

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7:26 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Benson Family Battle Heading To Court

The battle over Tom Benson’s plan to leave the Saints and Pelicans to his wife will be heading to court.

Benson’s daughter and her children are fighting his plan to shove them out of the family business.

The New Orleans Advocate reports Benson’s previous heirs — Renee, Rita and Ryan — are now asking the Orleans Parish Civil District Court to help declare the 87-year-old mentally incompetent.

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11:28 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Classes Canceled But Lockdown Lifted At UNO After Hunt For Burglary Suspect

Police are searching the UNO Lakefront campus for a man who stole a car and lead them on a chase. The campus is currently under lockdown.
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This story has been, and will be, updated.

The University of New Orleans Lakefront Campus and the campus of Benjamin Franklin High School are is under a lockdown order as police search for a car theft suspect.

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3:24 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Whooping Crane Shot In Louisiana; $10,000 Reward For Info

There's a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the conviction of the person who shot a female whooping crane released about a year ago.
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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says a female whooping crane released about a year ago has been shot in Vermilion Parish and had to be put to death.

Spokesman Adam Einck said Wednesday there's a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the conviction of whoever shot the endangered bird.

He says the bird was found Nov. 2 with an apparent bullet wound in her upper left leg and was euthanized the next day at the Louisiana State University veterinary school.

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3:08 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Musicians Get A Chance To Learn The Industry's Business Side

The city of New Orleans is offering musicians a chance to learn the business side of the industry at the "Y'Heard Me? Music Business Summit" on Saturday.
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The city of New Orleans is offering musicians a chance to learn the business side of the industry at the "Y'Heard Me? Music Business Summit" on Saturday.

The free conference, to be held from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ellis Marsalis Center, will give aspiring musicians the opportunity to learn from industry professionals about copyright and intellectual property law, artist management and goal setting, fan engagement and Internet marketing, licensing music to motion pictures, and small business development.

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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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