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Commander's Palace restaurant in the Garden District was led for many years by Ella Brennan with her family.
Ian McNulty

It’s one thing to say that a place has culture. It’s another to witness how the people of that place share a culture, how they use it, how it brings them together.

Despite the throngs of tourists and ever-growing parade of festivals, New Orleans’ nightlife can be surprisingly intimate. The corner bar is often the anchor of a neighborhood’s social life, where friends, strangers, and familiar faces can share drinks, stories, dreams, and failures.

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Major floods last summer thrust infrastructure and drainage issues into the limelight. And new Mayor LaToya Cantrell has made them a top priority for her administration. She has championed the approach to water management outlined in the city's Urban Water Plan — which emphasizes “green infrastructure” solutions like soaking up rain water instead of pumping it out. But that plan is largely unfunded.

This week on Inside the Arts, the countdown is on to the 2018 ESSENCE Festival presented by Coca-Cola. Entertainment powerhouse Queen Latifah headlines. We talk with ESSENCE entertainment editor Cori Murray.

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The legislature managed to pass a budget on the final day of the special session, but ultimately failed to raise revenue to fund it.

Governor John Bel Edwards - in a press conference after the House adjourned at midnight - called it a disaster and pointed the blame at Republican leaders in the House.

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The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans says it’s ready for hurricane season. It has fixed many of its broken pumps and power generators, and is taking steps to monitor summer rain storms more closely.

A Budget Debate Defined By One-Sixth Of A Penny

Jun 4, 2018

BATON ROUGE— It’s only one sixth of a penny.

That’s all that divides the House and the Senate over how much of an expiring penny of sales tax to extend.

That extra sixth of a penny would cost Louisiana residents 17 cents on a $100 purchase. If you shop for school supplies for a high school student, it would add 67 cents to the average $392 bill. It would boost the cost of a $1,299 MacBook Pro by $2.21 and add $69.70 to the $41,000 sticker price of a well-equipped Lexus ES sedan.

Black Caucus Wins Legislative Victories In Senate During Special Session

Jun 3, 2018
Tryfon Boukouvidis / LSU Manship School News Service

BATON ROUGE--The Legislative Black Caucus succeeded in a last-minute bid to revive an expansion of the state’s earned income tax credit in a bill passed by the Senate Sunday.

The change would cost the state $21 million. But caucus members argued that it was needed to offset some of the impact on the working poor of a possible extension of half of the penny of sales tax set to expire this summer.

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This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer observes the early arrival of summer in song, plus News of the Godly, The Apologies of the Week, News of Smart Houses, Let Us Try, News of Microplastics, News of the Atom, and more! 

This week on The Reading Life: Start your summer off with some poetry, featuring former state poet laureate Peter Cooley, author of “World Without Finishing," and poet Valentine Pierce, author of “Up Decatur.”

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Here’s what’s on tap in the literary life this week:

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