News en A. J. Croce: Telling Tales <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s easy to tease out the artists who’ve inspired A.J. </span>Croce’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> singing over the years — Ray Charles, Paul McCartney, Buddy Holly, even Ray Davies of The Kinks. He loves early rock n roll and R&amp;B. So perhaps it’s ironic that A.J. rarely sounds like his father, singer-songwriter Jim </span>Croce<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, who made his mark on music in the late </span>1960s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and early </span>70s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 01:21:40 +0000 Gwen Thompkins 65317 at 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 Working Coast Camp In Houma Teaches Children About Big Industry <p></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">South Louisiana’s Terrebonne Parish has low unemployment — there are lots of jobs in offshore services. So many that there could be a shortage of locals with the skills needed. The Working Coast summer camp in Houma teaches kids about the big industries in their area, and aims to get them excited about those career paths.</em></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:17:00 +0000 Laine Kaplan-Levenson 65221 at Coastal Rundown: Austin Badon, Marsh Buggies And Golden Meadow <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Welcome to the Coastal Rundown,&nbsp;<span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.5; background-color: transparent;">a new series exploring the people, places, gear, facts and suggested resources across the Gulf Coast. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.15;">Meet: </strong><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.15;">Austin </span>Badon</em></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Laine Kaplan-Levenson 64163 at Breakfast soup: rise, shine and simmer <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d3a482cbf77-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d3a482cbf77-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d3a482cbf77-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>New Orleans, La. – I get pretty excited about going out for a Vietnamese meal. But I usually don't set an alarm for one. Still, that's just what I found myself doing before a recent visit to Pho Hoa, a casual Vietnamese noodle house in Harvey.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:35:00 +0000 3142 at Out To Lunch: Drones Over NOLA <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The vacuum created when NASA left the </span>Michoud<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> facility in New Orleans East has been filled by a range of new, innovative aero-space and robotic manufacturers. Among them, </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Crescent Unmanned Systems</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">NVision Solutions</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Peter Ricchiuti 65024 at Checking In With Revitalization In The Lower 9th Ward <p></p><p><span style="font-size: 19px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">If you’ve ever driven through the Lower 9th Ward, you know that there is lots </span><span style="font-size: 19px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">of land out there.</span></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Sharon Litwin 63736 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