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7:42 am
Mon January 5, 2015

French Quarter Plans Anti-Crime Rally

Residents and businesses in the French Quarter will be holding a rally Tuesday in Jackson Square, calling for more police protection. 

They want action by Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Councilwoman Nadine Ramsey and New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison.

Landrieu asked Governor Bobby Jindal on Friday to send troopers to support the city while it works to fill vacancies in police department ranks.

The head of state police tells Nola.com/The Times-Picayune that option would leave other parts of the state short-handed.

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7:38 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Scalise Support Continues During White Supremacy Meeting Controversy

Rep. Steve Scalise.
Credit Office of Rep. Steve Scalise

Lawmakers from both parties are defending the number-three House Republican leader over a speech he gave 12 years ago to a white supremacist group.

Congressman Steve Scalise — now House Majority Whip — says the speech was a mistake he now regrets. Party leaders, including House Speaker John Boehner, have backed him.

Several rank-and-file lawmakers are adding their support, including Utah's Mia Love, the first black female Republican elected to the House.

Love tells ABC's "This Week" that Scalise has shown humility and apologized, and should remain in leadership.

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7:13 am
Fri January 2, 2015

New Evidence Shows Importance Of Battle Of New Orleans

Celebrations for the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans are on tap for next week.

New historical research is revealing how pivotal the victory was.

A big discovery has come from British records. A researcher recently went to London and found a set of secret orders given to General Edward Pakenham, the commander of the British invasion of the Gulf Coast.

The orders directed him to fight on and capture New Orleans regardless of any peace deal with the Americans.

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7:11 am
Fri January 2, 2015

New Orleans Homicide Rate Drops Again

The New Orleans Police Department set out this year to show that the city's 2013 homicide numbers, the lowest in nearly three decades, were not a fluke.

The New Orleans Advocate reports that as of late Wednesday afternoon, New Orleans had recorded 150 homicides in 2014. That’s a marginal decrease from the 156 counted in 2013. Officials say it is encouraging sign.

Homicides fell 19 percent from 2012 to 2013.

City leaders say they had not aimed to reduce the city's murder rate by any specific percentage in 2014.

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7:17 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Scalise Getting GOP Support Over 2002 Appearance At White Supremacist Meeting

House Republican leaders have been supportive of Louisiana congressman Steve Scalise since the revelation that he appeared before a white supremacist organization 12 years ago.

That support may suggest the flare-up will fade.

Several Democrats have criticized Scalise, but have issued no calls for his resignation.

Scalise is the Republican whip in the House. He says he regrets making the speech in 2002, and condemns the views of such groups. He says that as a state legislator he spoke to many groups at that time.

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7:14 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Judge rules Dept. of Natural Resources too quick to grant permit for Plaquemines coal terminal

A state judge says the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources was too quick in granting a permit for a proposed coal export terminal in Plaquemines Parish.

State Judge Kevin Conner in Belle Chasse ruled that the state agency should not have granted a permit to RAM Terminals because too little research was done into alternative locations.

He ordered DNR to re-evaluate the permit.

The coal terminal has become a point of contention.

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4:19 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Lake Charles Gets Its Own History App

Tales of the fire that devastated Lake Charles in 1919, and other historical information and ghost stories all are part of a free new smartphone app about the city's Charpentier Historic District.
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Tales of the fire that devastated Lake Charles in 1919, and other historical information and ghost stories all are part of a free new smartphone app about the city's Charpentier Historic District.

Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau spokeswoman Angie Manning said the app offers half-hour and one-hour tours. Manning says it explains that the area's Victorian homes reflect the personalities of the carpenters who built them. The city did not have any architects until the 1900s.

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7:14 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Dutch Morial Set For Reburial

New Orleans' first black mayor, Ernest "Dutch" Morial, is being reburied 25 years after his death.

The Morials have bought a new family tomb in St. Louis Cemetery Number 3.

It's about 2 miles from St. Louis Cemetery Number 1, where Morial was buried in 1989. That tomb, in the city's oldest cemetery, is inscribed with his slogan, "Keep the drive alive."

This morning’s ceremony will be ecumenical. A news release says it will include a blessing from Catholic Archbishop Gregory Aymond and prayers from a rabbi, a Muslim imam and a Baptist church's bishop emeritus.

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7:12 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Louisiana Needs More Power To Handle Industrial Boom

The state's largest utility needs to come up with more power before the end of 2016.

And it needs to find even more by the end of 2019 to meet the demands of Louisiana's ongoing industrial boom.

That likely means building power plants for about $1 billion a piece. The 1 million customers of Entergy’s Louisiana companies will be expected to pay.

The Advocate reports Entergy is spending a couple of billion dollars over the next few years to move huge amounts of electricity to where the new manufacturing facilities will be located.

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6:41 am
Tue December 23, 2014

New Iberia Marking 'Blue' Christmas

It’s a bit of a blue Christmas in New Iberia.

Some people are complaining that the city’s Christmas lights are too subdued this year.

But the blue lights lining trees, store windows and other decorations on Main Street are a memorial to a home-town artist — George Rodrigue. His blue dog paintings became internationally famous.

Rodrigue died a year ago.

Phyllis Mata of the Magic on Main committee tells The Daily Iberian that the change from white lights is temporary.

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