Latest News

Latest News
4:41 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Hurricane Settlement Letters Mailed Out

Residents and businesses in New Orleans, St. Bernard Parish and the east bank of Jefferson Parish receive letters this week notifying them they could receive payments ranging from $1 to $463 for flood damage during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Dan Machold Flickr

Letters are going out this week to residents and businesses in New Orleans, St. Bernard Parish and the east bank of Jefferson Parish notifying them they could receive payments ranging from $1 to $463 for flood damage during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The money is coming from a $20 million settlement reached in 2009 with the East Jefferson, Orleans and Lake Borgne Basin levee districts.

Read more
Latest News
4:19 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Zulu Krewe Sues Former Member For Trademark Infringement

The Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club has taken a former member to federal court for trademark infringement. He's accused of using club trademarks without permission to sell memorabilia online, like one of the club’s coveted coconut throws.
anthony posey Flickr

The Advocate reports that a federal hearing Monday may show who’s legally entitled to use the Zulu Mardi Gras krewe’s name on Facebook.

Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club Inc. filed suit against a former associate member for trademark infringement. The lawsuit says the man set up a “Zulu Mardi Gras” Facebook page, and used club trademarks without permission in an attempt to sell invitations to the Zulu Mardi Gras ball, spots on a Zulu float, and one of the club’s coveted coconut throws.

Latest News
8:07 am
Mon November 10, 2014

FBI Expands Investigation Into State Film Tax Credit Program

The FBI is widening its investigation into possible fraud in the state’s film tax-credit program.

The New Orleans Advocate reports producer George Kostuch is suspected of bilking the state over inflated production costs.

Two filmmakers pleaded guilty last year to federal wire fraud charges, and are now cooperating with federal investigators.

The FBI wrote in a search warrant application that the scheme was carried out on the motion pictures Xtinction: Predator X, Sports Trivia Clash and Mysterious Island.

Read more
Latest News
8:06 am
Mon November 10, 2014

New Orleans Veterans Launch Business Startup Program

The VetLaunch website.

As the nation plans events to honor veterans on Tuesday, a New Orleans nonprofit is kicking off a program aimed at helping them establish their own businesses. Five will be selected in December.

Read more
Latest News
4:00 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

New Orleans Names Chief Resiliency Officer

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has named the city’s head of the redevelopment authority to be the new Chief Resiliency Officer. The new position is part of a program involving 100 cities across the country that is funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.

Read more
Latest News
7:31 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Civilian Patrols Approved For French Quarter

Civilians will soon be helping to keep the peace in the French Quarter.

The New Orleans City Council okayed an arrangement with the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau to start the program called “NOLA Patrol.”

The New Orleans Advocate reports a voluntary hotel tax will raise $1.6 million this year and $2.3 million next year to pay for the service.

The money will fund unarmed civilian patrols to enforce traffic, zoning and other neighborhood rules. It’s hoped they will give more time for regular police officers to handle more serious matters.

Latest News
7:28 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Lawyers Called To Answer BP Spill Claims Fraud Allegations

Lawyers accused of mishandling damage claims from the 2010 BP oil spill are expected to testify today before a federal judge.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier is scheduled to hear the matter.

The lawyers are at the center of a 2013 probe conducted by former FBI director Louis Freeh.

Claims of fraud are linked to a settlement of civil litigation that following the Deepwater Horizon offshore rig disaster. 

The lawyers set to testify today are expected to challenge the report's findings.

Latest News
7:40 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Edwards Supporter Was Once A Juror On His Corruption Case

One of the people celebrating election returns with Congressional candidate Edwin Edwards goes way back with the former governor.

All the way back to the federal courtroom where — in 2000 — Edwards was convicted of corruption.

Victor Durand played a key role in that trial. He was known as “Juror 68.”

The New Orleans Advocate reports that Durand has been supporting Edwards in his current campaign to represent Congressional District 6.

Read more
Latest News
7:39 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Jindal Tells Republicans To Seize The Chance To Show They Can Govern

Governor Bobby Jindal says Republicans should not waste the chance they now have to show the nation they can govern.

Republicans won control of both chambers of Congress.

Jindal says voters across the country want more than just incremental change.

The party will be taking leadership positions in the Senate, and a stronger hold of the House.

The Republican governor Jindal is considering a run for president in 2016.

He says his party must do more than simply rejecting the policies of President Barack Obama.

Latest News
8:07 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Landrieu, Cassidy In Runoff

The US Senate race is still not over in Louisiana. Incumbent Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu is gearing up for a runoff with Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy.

Read more

Pages