A government watchdog group says New Orleans should sell the World Trade Center that sits empty by the Mississippi River.
The city had reached a tentative lease agreement last year with Gatehouse Capital Corporation to redevelop the old high rise. But negotiations broke off in April, ending plans for the building being converted into a luxury hotel and residential complex.
The Bureau of Governmental Research noted yesterday that it was the third time redevelopment efforts failed.
Two months after lawmakers agreed to create a $40 million higher education incentive fund, no decisions have been made about how to divide the money.
A council of Louisiana college, economic development and labor officials had hoped to have recommendations to the Board of Regents this week. But on Monday, the group pushed that expectation to September.
The Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy, or WISE, Fund was designed to steer money to college programs that help fill high-demand jobs and skills.
Louisiana's Republican Party has refused to consider a proposed change for endorsements. A proposal encouraging Republicans who lose in the federal primary to unite behind a Republican in the runoff also never got to the floor Saturday.
The state GOP executive committee's early endorsement of Congressman Bill Cassidy's challenge to Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu irked some supporters of retired Rob Maness, a tea party favorite from Madisonville. They proposed requiring the party's elected ruling body, the State Central Committee, to make endorsements after candidates qualify.
A suspect in a deadly drive-by shooting in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward got into a fight with another inmate on his first day inside Orleans Parish Prison.
Court records show Blair Taylor, one of two men police say opened fire Aug. 10 on a crowd of mostly women and children, was attacked by another inmate last Thursday — hours after being booked on murder charges.
A third man and a woman have been arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting in the Lower 9th Ward that killed two people and injured five.
Two boys and their mother were among the wounded.
New Orleans police say 23-year-old Joseph Nelson III is accused of being one of two gunmen who fired into a group on Aug. 10. Police say 25-year-old Ashley Shorts allegedly helped one of those two avoid detection.
Nelson was booked yesterday with two counts of first-degree murder and five of attempted first-degree murder.
The Coast Guard says a tugboat captain is dead after the arm of a crane struck a bridge and fell back onto the tug's pilothouse.
The accident happened early Thursday morning on the Industrial Canal north of the Mississippi River in New Orleans.
Authorities say the tugboat was pushing a barge with a crane. The crane's arm struck a drawbridge and fell back on the tug. Coast Guard spokesman Jonathan Lally says the drawbridge was open at the time of the accident.
He says the state inspected the bridge and it was reopened to vehicle traffic.
The U.S. Treasury Department has set out 97 pages of rules for investing and allocating money that BP PLC and other defendants will pay in Clean Water Act fines for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill of 2010.
The rules released yesterday formally set up a trust fund for money that state and local governments will get under the RESTORE Act and procedures for getting that money.
The total is expected to be billions of dollars, but nobody knows what it will be.
U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier has scheduled the third of three trials on the question in January.