Latest News en First West Nile Death Of The Year Reported In Caddo Parish <p>Louisiana health officials say a Caddo Parish resident has died from the West Nile virus.</p><p>The individual who died was between 60 and 74 years old. Martha Whyte, public health chief in northwest Louisiana, told the Shreveport Times she could not provide other information, citing confidentiality rules.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Associated Press 65307 at In Plaquemines, $5.9 Million Of Katrina Loan Forgiven <p>The federal government has canceled $5.9 million in disaster loans given to Plaquemines Parish after Hurricane Katrina.<br /><br />Parish President Billy Nungesser says the action was taken by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.<br /><br />Nungesser says the parish now must repay the remaining $3 million of $8.9 million in special community disaster loans it received after the 2005 storm.<br /><br />Nungesser says he plans to try to get the remaining amount forgiven.<br /> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:53:46 +0000 Associated Press 65306 at New Orleans Zoning Revisions Near Completion <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Orleans is nearing the end of a four-year process to update the master plan for zoning. The new comprehensive plan will update one that has been in place for more than 40 years.</span></p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:12:50 +0000 Eileen Fleming 65275 at New Footage Of Sunken WWII Vessels In Gulf <p style="line-height: 11.25pt; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-size:9.5pt; font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#333333">Scientists are getting a crystal-clear look at two historic vessels almost a mile deep in the Gulf of Mexico.<o:p></o:p></span></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:11:07 +0000 Associated Press 65218 at Bollinger Shipyards Gets Major Coast Guard Contract <p style="line-height: 11.25pt; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-size:9.5pt; font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#333333">Bollinger Shipyards has been awarded a $255 million contract to build six more Fast Response Cutters for the U.S. Coast Guard.<o:p></o:p></span></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:08:18 +0000 Associated Press 65217 at New Orleans Youth Call For A Citywide Day Of Action <p>The nonprofit <a href="">Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools</a> has held a youth-led press conference every summer since 2006. Middle- and high-school students talk about their concerns and priorities for the city.&nbsp; The group's mission is training young people to be thoughtful and capable leaders by transforming the education system.</p><p>Thursday, for the first time, the students of Rethink will call for a citywide youth day of action.&nbsp;</p><p>Karen Marshall is the group’s Executive Director.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:18:28 +0000 Janaya Williams 65196 at NOPD To Conduct Thursday Night Sobriety Checkpoint <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The New Orleans Police Department's Traffic Unit will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Thursday night, beginning at approximately 9 p.m. on July 24.</span></p><p>The checkpoint will last until approximately 5 a.m. Friday, department spokeswoman Hilal Williams said in a press release. Motorists are advised to have proper documentation with them, including proof of insurance and a driver's license.</p><p>Drivers who encounter the checkpoint should experience minimal delays, according to Williams.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:34:41 +0000 Jason Saul 65192 at Funeral Services Set For Jazz Musician Lionel Ferbos <p style="line-height: 11.25pt; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-size:9.5pt; font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#333333">Funeral services are planned for Lionel Ferbos — the 103-year-old New Orleans jazz trumpeter and tinsmith who died July 19.<o:p></o:p></span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:06:00 +0000 Associated Press 65151 at Street Repair Plan Springs From 'Fix Our Streets' Movement <p>Hundreds of people attended a meeting in Lakeview last night to find a way to repair the city’s crumbling streets. The discussion drew residents from neighborhoods across the city.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:06:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 65150 at Arts Council Of New Orleans Receives NEA Grant For Youth Design Program <p>The <a href="">National Endowment for the Arts</a> awards $5 million of “Our Town” grants each year to organizations across 38 states that drive community development with the arts.<br /><br />This year’s local recipient of $150,000 is the The <a href="">Arts Council of New Orleans</a>, to support the Youth Solutions design program. Artists and designers teach design skills to local teenagers, who then work on improving their neighborhoods. They can design anything — from bike racks to benches to rain gardens.<br /> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:48:58 +0000 Janaya Williams 65125 at