Latest News en Former Mayor Nagin's Case Reflects City's Move Toward Reform <p>New Orleans has turned a major corner with the sentencing of former Mayor Ray Nagin. One political observer says the story speaks to the city’s battle against corruption.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:57:57 +0000 Eileen Fleming 64190 at Critical Habitat Designated For Loggerhead Turtles <p>Federal agencies say 685 miles of beaches and nearly 200,000 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico are critical habitat for threatened loggerhead sea turtles.<br /><br />Conservation groups say it's the largest such designation ever.<br /><br />It includes 88 nesting beaches from North Carolina through Mississippi, plus waters just off of those beaches, floating algae mats where baby turtles live and other marine areas.<br /> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 06:12:23 +0000 Associated Press 64172 at Former Mayor Nagin Gets 10 Years For Corruption <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former two-term New Orleans Mayor Ray </span>Nagin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for corruption. The jail time is half of what prosecutors wanted.</span></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:06:39 +0000 Eileen Fleming 64159 at Ex-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Gets 10 Years In Corruption Case <em><strong>Updated at 11:20 a.m. ET</strong></em><p>Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for bribery, money laundering and other crimes.<p>He was <a href="" target="_blank">convicted Feb. 12 </a>of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:59:24 +0000 editor 64128 at Tulane University On Verge Of Being Smoke-Free <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9.5pt; line-height: 11.25pt;">Tulane University says its campus will be 100 percent smoke free beginning August 1.</span></p><p style="line-height: 11.25pt;"><span style="font-size:9.5pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#333333">Scott Tims, director of Tulane University Student Health Services, says the goal is to protect non-smokers from exposure to second-hand smoke while encouraging current smokers to quit.<o:p></o:p></span></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:05:37 +0000 Associated Press 64120 at Former Mayor Nagin Faces Sentencing Today <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is set to be sentenced Wednesday morning for corruption. the man who gained national attention after Hurricane Katrina nine years ago is now looking at a possible 20-year sentence. Prosecutors want the maximum allowed under federal guidelines.</span></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:56:05 +0000 Eileen Fleming 64119 at Drop In First-Time Unemployment Claims <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 12.727272033691406px; line-height: 15px;">First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending June 28 decreased from the previous week's total.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:09:09 +0000 Associated Press 64055 at Louisiana Oil Train Details Kept Secret <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 12.727272033691406px; line-height: 15px;">Louisiana officials are refusing to disclose the details of crude oil shipments railroads haul through the state.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 12.727272033691406px; line-height: 15px;">The state Department of Public Safety and Corrections says the information freight railroads are required to provide to Louisiana is considered confidential.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:06:33 +0000 Associated Press 64054 at Essence Festival Hits Record Attendance At 550,000 <p>The <a href="">Essence Festival</a> marked its 20th anniversary by setting a record for annual attendance with more than 550,000 participants celebrating four days of R&amp;B music, community and black culture at the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Superdome and the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Orleans </span>Morial<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Convention Center.</span></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:50:06 +0000 Associated Press 64033 at Will Mississippi River Flooding Reach New Orleans? <p>Water levels in the Mississippi River shot up in the past few weeks after a series of strong storms in the Midwest. Flooding has closed roads and bridges and swamped thousands of acres of farmland in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri.<br /><br />But, will the flood waters affect us here in Louisiana?<br /><br />Jeff Graschel, a Mississippi River-watcher with the <a href="">National Weather Service</a>, says that scenario is unlikely.<br /> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:34:37 +0000 Janaya Williams 64032 at