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Louisiana Statehood
9:54 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Louisiana Celebrates 200 Years of Statehood

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When officials from the United States arrived in newly acquired Louisiana in 1804 to consider the prospects of the area for statehood, they found a bewildering landscape that could not have been more different from the New England countryside that gave birth to the nation just a few decades earlier.

The federal group found a population made up almost entirely of French-speakers, a third of whom were free people of color.

The delegation was perplexed, according to Connie Zeanah Atkinson, professor of U.S. history at the University of New Orleans.

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Trade Negotiations
9:49 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Conference: Stronger Ties Between La, Guatemala

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana officials and business leaders plan to start a three-day conference tomorrow in New Orleans with their counterparts from Guatemala. The Times-Picayune reports that they hope to make relations with Latin America a top policy priority and to strengthen trade and economic ties between the two regions. 

Club Killing
9:43 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Patrons Grabbed Gunman After Club Shooting

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans police say nightclub patrons grabbed a man after he shot another patron and they held him until officers arrived. Police say 25-year-old Marcos Tulio Montes was booked in the death of an unidentified man yesterday morning at the Mimosa Dancing Club in eastern New Orleans. 

Convention Center Renovations
3:43 pm
Sat April 28, 2012

Convention Center renovation may run into Super Bowl

The renovation of New Orleans' major convention center may be delayed until the time of the 2013 Super Bowl in the city.

The center's governing board says construction costs are about $1.4 million over the initial contract price and the work is already more than a month behind schedule.

The Times-Picayune reports the projected completion date is Feb. 2 — one day before the Super Bowl and well into the weeklong series of events the center will host for the NFL.

The NFL has reserved the building for the entire week.

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Gun Buyback
3:32 pm
Sat April 28, 2012

New Orleans police to hold gun buyback in May

The New Orleans Police crime prevention unit will be buying guns from residents — no questions asked — on May 12.

Police will pay $75 cash for handguns and $200 cash for assault rifles. The weapons can be new or old. Damaged guns will also be accepted.

Those looking to get rid of guns are advised to bring them unloaded and in a bag or container to the event. Police ask that people don't handle the weapons at the event and bring ammunition in separate containers.

Republican Caucus
3:20 pm
Sat April 28, 2012

Louisiana Republicans hold caucus Saturday

Louisiana's Republican Party is holding caucuses Saturday, part of a process to choose delegates who will attend the GOP's presidential nominating convention in August.

GOP voters who participate in the caucuses will elect delegates to the Louisiana Republican State Convention, scheduled for June 2. The delegates to the state convention will choose delegates who will attend the national convention in August.

Grand Caillou
3:15 pm
Sat April 28, 2012

Grand Caillou fire chief on paid leave

GRAND CAILLOU, La. — The Grand Caillou fire chief is on paid leave following his indictment on a sex charge.

The Courier (http://bit.ly/IbS5Fw ) reports that 61-year-old Michael Deroche Sr was charged with sexual battery following allegations of performing inappropriate acts on a community service worker at one of the fire stations last year. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison.

Deroche was never arrested, but an investigation was done by the Terrebonne Sheriff's Office.

Deroche has denied the allegations.

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PayPal Fraud
3:06 pm
Sat April 28, 2012

N.O. man arrested on identify theft, fraud charges

A New Orleans man has been arrested on fraud and identity theft charges for allegedly engaging in a scheme to defraud the PayPal online payments service.

Federal prosecutors said Friday's arrest of 28-year-old Giray Biyikioglu, a Turkish national who lives in New Orleans, follows a Secret Service probe.

Prosecutors said Biyikioglu illegally used somebody else's identity and conducted transactions of up to $190,000 as part of his alleged scheme to defraud.

No additional details about the case were immediately disclosed.

Arts & Culture
2:56 pm
Sat April 28, 2012

George Rodrigue again state's artist laureate

 

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Well-known "blue dog" artist George Rodrigue has been re-appointed by Gov. Bobby Jindal to serve as the state's artist laureate.

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Houston 84, New Orleans 77
11:04 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Hornets Lose Season Ender

HOUSTON (AP) — The season has ended for the New Orleans Hornets with an 84-77 loss to the Houston Rockets. Jerome Dyson, Lance Thomas and Darryl Watkins scored 13 points for the Hornets, who finished the season by winning eight of their last 13 games. 

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