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7:25 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Tom Benson Names Wife To Inherit Saints, Pelicans

Tom Benson is not leaving the Saints and Pelicans to his daughter and her children after all.

He agreed to a succession plan that will give his wife, Gayle, control of New Orleans' two major professional sports franchises after his death.

The 87-year-old Benson says his decision is meant to ensure the clubs' "long-term stability and success."

He says the move will also preserve the teams’ tradition of working for the good of New Orleans and the region.

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8:08 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Jindal Stands By 'No-Go Zones' In Muslim Areas Overseas

Governor Bobby Jindal  is defending his controversial view of Islamic communities overseas.

He says some countries have allowed Muslims to establish autonomous neighborhoods where they govern by a harsh version of Islamic law, and police decline to patrol there.

The Republican delivered his remarks yesterday about "no-go zones" during a speech to a London think tank.

Jindal is considering a presidential campaign in 2016 and later defended the statements after facing questions about his facts.

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7:46 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Rampart Streetcar Construction Will Continue Despite Lawsuit

A federal judge says she will not stop construction on a new streetcar line in New Orleans while a group sues for more studies of the project.

The New Orleans Advocate reports that District Judge Nannette Brown says plaintiffs did not offer any evidence that the job involves federal money. That's a key requirement for such a lawsuit.

A local bond issue is paying for the $41.5 million North Rampart Street line.

Politics
7:27 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Candidates For Governor To Debate Transportation

The four candidates for Louisiana governor are set to meet in their first forum of the campaign.

Friday's event in Baton Rouge will focus on transportation issues. Louisiana has a $12 billion backlog of road and bridge work, and no clear plan for resolution.

Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and Senator David Vitter — all Republicans — and Democratic state Representative John Bel Edwards will take part.

The forum is sponsored by the American Council of Engineering Companies.

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5:16 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Tax Breaks Approved For Proposed Deep South Studios

Industrial Development Board for the city of New Orleans has approved tax breaks worth at least $3.1 million for a proposed $63.5 million movie studio complex.

If completed, the Deep South Studios complex would be one of the biggest investments in the local film industry to date.

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8:12 am
Wed January 14, 2015

School Voucher Application Process Begins

Applications are now being accepted from parents who wants to send their children to private school next year through Louisiana's taxpayer-funded voucher program.

The state education department says applications for the 2015-16 school year are due February 27. They're available at participating schools or online.

Next year, 129 schools are participating in the voucher program. Only 91 will accept new students.

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7:26 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Movie Planned On Battle Of New Orleans

Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne says a movie is in the works about the Battle of New Orleans.

Atchity Brothers Entertainment will produce the feature film, "Andrew Jackson — Battle of New Orleans."  It’s based on military historian Ron Drez's latest book, "The War of 1812: Conflict And Deception."

The Advocate reports the project is endorsed by the Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial Commission.

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7:24 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Supreme Court Won't Sidestep 5th Circuit On Gay Marriage Appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court won't step ahead of a federal appeals panel in New Orleans to hear an appeal over Louisiana's same-sex marriage.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal heard the case Friday.

But, in an unusual move, both supporters of same-sex marriage and the state had already asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case before the appeal is decided.

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4:10 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

New Police Recruits Begin Training As Crime Spikes In The French Quarter

Mayor Mitch Landrieu welcomed a new class of police recruits and praised them for taking the challenge to don a police badge in one of the nation's most crime-plagued cities.

The new class begins its 10 months of training as crime spikes in the French Quarter and the New Orleans Police Department struggles with a shortage of officers on the streets.

Landrieu spoke to the 30 recruits today at the start of their first day of tough physical training at a training facility in eastern New Orleans.

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4:06 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Lineup Announced For 2015 New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Fest

Elton John, The Who, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga will headline this year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
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Elton John, The Who, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga will headline this year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

The festival annually draws hundreds of thousands to New Orleans for two weekends of jazz, blues, Cajun, zydeco and gospel. The lineup draws heavily from Louisiana but it's accented with national acts. This year they will also include No Doubt, Keith Urban, Pitbull, John Legend, Ed Sheeran and Chicago.

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