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7:29 am
Tue January 27, 2015

SMG Expects Superdome Contract Renewal

The company that manages the Superdome and Smoothie King Center is in line for a contract renewal through 2022.

A panel of lawmakers and other state official agreed yesterday to the five-year contract extension for the SMG company. The action also must win approval from lawmakers through mailed ballot.

Ron Forman is chairman of the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District. He says SMG is taking a $300,000 annual cut in fees, and will pay $5 million toward facility improvements under the new deal.

SMG has held the contract for nearly 40 years.

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7:19 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Historic Cemetery To Restrict Tours Because Of Vandalism

A historic New Orleans cemetery will soon be off-limits to tourists on their own because of repeated tomb vandalism.

Starting in March, entry to St. Louis Cemetery Number One will be restricted to relatives of those buried there. Others must be accompanied by a tour guide registered with the Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans, which owns the property.

That cemetery may have started the city's tradition of above-ground crypts

In late 2012, someone covered the reputed tomb of voodoo priestess Marie Laveau with pink paint.

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Sports
9:36 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Anthony Davis Leads Pelicans To 99-74 Win Over Visiting Philadelphia 76ers

Anthony Davis scored 32 points, collected 10 rebounds, and notched 3 assists, 3 steals and 4 blocks in a win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Credit New Orleans Pelicans

This story has been updated.  

Anthony Davis, the third-year phenom making his way to his second All-Star Game, scored 32 points and collected 10 rebounds, leading the New Orleans Pelicans in a 99-74 thrashing of the Philadelphia 76ers at the Smoothie King Center.

It was the twelfth time this season Davis had scored at least 30 points in a game, and was his 26th double-double of 2014-15.

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4:46 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Families Explore School Choices As Application Deadline Draws Near

It's National School Choice Week – a week aimed at showcasing school options across the country. Here in New Orleans, families are exploring choices as the school application deadline draws near.

With the deadline a month away, families can draw on several resources to learn more about schools.

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4:24 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Louisiana Budget Situation Is Going From Bad To Worse

Dropping oil prices continue to make an already bad budget situation in Louisiana even worse. Next year's projected financial shortfall is about $1.6 billion overall.
Jimmy Emerson, DVM Flickr

A state panel that determines how much revenue the Louisiana government has at its disposal delivered the bad news on Monday that everyone knew was coming: the budget hole is even bigger than estimated.

NOLA.com reports that dropping oil prices continue to make an already bad budget situation in Louisiana even worse.

Greg Albrecht is the chief economist for the Louisiana Legislature. He said today, “The news is bad.”

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Latest News
4:07 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

New Firm Collecting Garbage And Cleaning Streets In The French Quarter

Metairie-based Empire Janitorial Sales and Services is now collecting garbage and cleaning the streets in the French Quarter.
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There’s a new firm collecting garbage and cleaning the streets in the French Quarter. It’s the first time the city has changed waste collection vendors since shortly after Hurricane Katrina.

According to a report in The Advocate, the new contract is with Empire Janitorial Sales and Services, based in Metairie. It's worth $3.9 million annually.

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7:55 am
Mon January 26, 2015

BP Starts Calling Witnesses At Federal Oil Spill Trial

Now it’s BP’s turn in court.

The oil company will be calling witnesses as it makes a case for civil penalties lower than the $13.7 billion the federal government wants from the 2010 oil spill.

The second week of a three-week trial is set to begin today in New Orleans.

Last week, government experts testified about environmental, economic and social damage caused by the spill.

BP attorneys disputed much of that testimony, and have argued the recovery of the environment and the Gulf economy has been strong.

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7:52 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Jindal Prayer Gathering At LSU Sparks Protest

Governor Bobby Jindal has told Christians at a weekend prayer gathering that the nation needs a spiritual revival.

Outside that gathering at the LSU basketball arena, hundreds protested his appearance.

Jindal as considering a run at the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. He said the rally was a religious event, not a political one.

At the prayer meeting, he talked about his personal Christian conversion, and urged the crowd to plant seeds of faith in everyone they meet.

Le Show
11:59 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Le Show For The Week Of Jan. 25, 2015

Harry Shearer

On this week's Le Show, Harry Shearer brings another episode of Clintonsomething, News of Secrets, News of the Olympic Movement, News for Outside the Bubble, The Apologies of the Week, News of the Godly, and more!

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Continuum
6:00 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Continuum: Renaissance Sacred Music

Thais St. Julien & Milton G. Scheuermann, Jr.

A program of Renaissance sacred music is featured this week on Continuum.

A few of the composers that you will hear from are Josquin des Prez, Clement Janequin, Thomas Tallis, Gesualdo, and Cipriano de Rore.

The music is from the Century CD collection, History of Early Music. Various performers are on this Volume 8 of the complete Century CD ten volume set.

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