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7:56 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Two Bodies Recovered From Lake Pontchartrain Plane Crash

Authorities have reportedly identified two bodies found in Lake Pontchartrain as the victims of a small plane crash last week.

Nola.com/The Times Picayune reports they are Burt Lattimore and Aftab Rab, who were found hours apart in the lake near 5400 Lakeshore Drive. Lattimore was a flight instructor. Rab was a student.

Lt. Col. Jerry Sneed, deputy mayor of public safety, said search and rescue workers found their bodies yesterday morning.

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4:26 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Allegiant Announces Non-Stop New Orleans Service

Discount airline Allegiant Air will begin nonstop service to New Orleans from four destinations beginning in early February.
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Discount airline Allegiant Air will begin nonstop service to New Orleans from four destinations beginning in early February.

Officials with Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport said Tuesday that Allegiant will have nonstop flights from Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis; and Florida's Orlando-Sanford International Airport.

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WRKF
4:19 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Along with Better Traffic Flow, Better Healthcare Flow

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 10:17 am

Between Essen, Bluebonnet, Perkins and I-10 in Baton Rouge, there’s a whole bunch of health clinics and medical facilities – including Our Lady of the Lake Hospital, Baton Rouge General, The Baton Rouge Clinic, and Pennington Biomedical. 

Chances are you'll get stuck in traffic when you drive through that corridor. 

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation has set out to address that problem by creating a new Health District that would not only mean you sit through fewer traffic lights, but that health care is delivered more efficiently. 

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Latest News
4:23 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Vitter, Others Support Tolls To Complete I-49

Sen. David Vitter says he "aggressively favors tolls" to pay part of the $3 billion needed for the completion of Interstate 49 between Lafayette and New Orleans.
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U.S. Sen. David Vitter says he "aggressively favors tolls" to pay part of the $3 billion needed for the completion of Interstate 49 between Lafayette and New Orleans.

Vitter made the statements Friday at a meeting of the I-49 South Coalition in Lafayette, drawing support from other attendees.

A feasibility study released recently concludes that a toll of 18 cents per mile toll could pay for 30-40 percent of the project.

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Latest News
4:26 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

New Metered Parking Rules For Drivers With Handicap Tags

The New Orleans City Council approved new rules for drivers with handicap tags or plates.
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After today, New Orleans drivers with handicap tags and license plates will be able to park in metered parking spaces for up to three hours without paying.

The City Council passed the new ordinance on Thursday.

Disability activists say they had been seeking to change the parking laws for many years, but never made progress until threatening to sue the city for violating the Americans With Disabilities Act, NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports.

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4:19 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

St. Charles Streetcar Line Named National Historic Landmark

An historic Perley Thomas 900 series streetcar still in operation on the St. Charles Line, one of nine new national historic landmarks announced Tuesday by the Department of the Interior.
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The St. Charles streetcar line is one of nine new national historic landmarks announced Tuesday by the Department of the Interior.

The St. Charles Line has been in operation since 1835, making it the oldest continuously working street railway in the country.

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Latest News
7:57 am
Thu September 25, 2014

FAA Approves Funding For New Terminal At Louis Armstrong International Airport

A key bundle of federal funds has been approved for the new terminal planned at Louis Armstrong International Airport.

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5:28 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Uber Car Service Allowed To Operate In New Orleans

The New Orleans City Council cleared the way for mobile ride app Uber to operate in the city with a 4-3 vote Thursday.
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After a long campaign to get permission to operate in New Orleans, the Uber car service app will become available for use locally  -- with a minimum fare of $15.

The City Council cleared the way for Uber’s operation with a 4-3 vote on Thursday.

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7:44 am
Fri August 15, 2014

New Orleans City Council Delays Decision On Uber Luxury Car Service

An ice cream truck, out for Uber's ice cream promotion. The ridesharing service has been blocked from entering the New Orleans market.
Credit Malorie Marshall / WWNO

The New Orleans City Council has delayed a decision on allowing luxury limousine service from the cell phone-based company, Uber.

Members decided to revisit the matter at its September 4 meeting.

The company, with support from the mayor’s office, wants to start at least limited service. Uber operates in other cities, where customers book rides from an app.

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WWNO/WRKF Investigates
12:21 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Ridesharing: A Tale of Two Cities

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 10:12 am

The ridesharing company Uber has gotten a mixed reception in Louisiana. WWNO's Malorie Marshall has been following the company’s foray into New Orleans, where politicians and members of the taxi industry have been resistant.

Meanwhile, Baton Rouge has seized on the opportunity, quickly passing an ordinance that allowed Uber to get rolling in the capitol city in July. A couple weeks later, I opened up Uber’s app on my smartphone to see if I could catch a ride.


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