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8:07 am
Wed January 7, 2015

St. Bernard Parish Prepares Big Water And Sewer Rate Hikes

The St. Bernard Parish Council has approved an ordinance amendment that nearly doubles resident's water and sewer rates.

It triples them for some commercial users.

The council said yesterday that the rate increase will help improve water quality. It comes about a year after a brain-eating amoeba was found in the water system.

The parish's water and sewerage rates had not changed since 1997. The average residence in St. Bernard will see its water rate jump from about $13 a month to $24 a month.

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8:01 am
Wed January 7, 2015

The National Weather Service warns of dangerous cold tonight

Overnight lows throughout the region tonight.
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This post has been revised to include updated graphics, warnings and safety tips.  

The National Weather Service's New Orleans office has upgraded its freeze watches to warnings, which indicate an imminent onset of precarious conditions, and is warning residents of Southeast Louisiana to prepare for the "invasion" of an arctic airmass this evening.

The temperature will plummet from highs in the 60s on Tuesday to lows in the teens on the Northshore Wednesday night.

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7:32 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Texas Abortion Appeal Set For Hearing In New Orleans

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal in New Orleans is hearing two Texas cases that are drawing local and national attention. One later Wednesday involves restrictions on abortion clinics, and another set for a hearing Friday involving same-sex marriage.

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5:12 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Fight Brewing In New Orleans Pits Developers Against Neighborhood Residents

Neighborhood groups came out strongly on Tuesday against a massive overhaul of the comprehensive zoning ordinance in New Orleans.
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Neighborhood groups came out strongly on Tuesday against a massive overhaul of the codes governing new development in New Orleans, setting the stage for fights over new condominiums along the Mississippi River, the spread of live music into quiet neighborhoods and the delicate balance between economic growth and residents' wishes.

The groups paid for a new billboard near City Hall calling on city leaders to "Fix the CZO!," a reference to the new 600-plus page comprehensive zoning ordinance under review. The City Council is expected to adopt the new codes this year.

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8:04 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Carnival 2015 Kicks Off Today

The countdown to Mardi Gras is under way in New Orleans.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu planned to note the beginning of the Carnival season with a news conference today. It's planned at a riverside warehouse where many of the floats for Carnival parades are on display.

And revelers known as the Phorty Phunny Phellows scheduled their annual streetcar ride through town tonight. It's a decades-old tradition marking the 12th night after Christmas and the official start of the season.

Mardi Gras falls on February 17 this year.

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8:03 am
Tue January 6, 2015

New Louisiana Lawmakers Take Office In Washington

The newest members of Louisiana's congressional delegation are officially taking their seats.

Recently-elected Congressman Ralph Abraham and Garret Graves, both Republicans, will be sworn into office today, along with 56 other freshmen lawmakers from around the country. They will join a growing Republican majority in the House.

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7:42 am
Mon January 5, 2015

French Quarter Plans Anti-Crime Rally

Residents and businesses in the French Quarter will be holding a rally Tuesday in Jackson Square, calling for more police protection. 

They want action by Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Councilwoman Nadine Ramsey and New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison.

Landrieu asked Governor Bobby Jindal on Friday to send troopers to support the city while it works to fill vacancies in police department ranks.

The head of state police tells Nola.com/The Times-Picayune that option would leave other parts of the state short-handed.

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7:38 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Scalise Support Continues During White Supremacy Meeting Controversy

Rep. Steve Scalise.
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Lawmakers from both parties are defending the number-three House Republican leader over a speech he gave 12 years ago to a white supremacist group.

Congressman Steve Scalise — now House Majority Whip — says the speech was a mistake he now regrets. Party leaders, including House Speaker John Boehner, have backed him.

Several rank-and-file lawmakers are adding their support, including Utah's Mia Love, the first black female Republican elected to the House.

Love tells ABC's "This Week" that Scalise has shown humility and apologized, and should remain in leadership.

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7:13 am
Fri January 2, 2015

New Evidence Shows Importance Of Battle Of New Orleans

Celebrations for the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans are on tap for next week.

New historical research is revealing how pivotal the victory was.

A big discovery has come from British records. A researcher recently went to London and found a set of secret orders given to General Edward Pakenham, the commander of the British invasion of the Gulf Coast.

The orders directed him to fight on and capture New Orleans regardless of any peace deal with the Americans.

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7:11 am
Fri January 2, 2015

New Orleans Homicide Rate Drops Again

The New Orleans Police Department set out this year to show that the city's 2013 homicide numbers, the lowest in nearly three decades, were not a fluke.

The New Orleans Advocate reports that as of late Wednesday afternoon, New Orleans had recorded 150 homicides in 2014. That’s a marginal decrease from the 156 counted in 2013. Officials say it is encouraging sign.

Homicides fell 19 percent from 2012 to 2013.

City leaders say they had not aimed to reduce the city's murder rate by any specific percentage in 2014.

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