NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jazz horns, Cajun fiddles, zydeco washboards and rock guitars — they'll all be heard at the same place when the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival kicks off tomorrow. Performances by soul singer Irma Thomas, the Beach Boys, the rock band Zebra, jazz clarinetist Tim Laughlin, Buckwheat Zydeco and others open this year's event.
KENNER, La. (AP) — The early Mardi Gras season drove up February passenger traffic at Louisiana's largest airport. The number of passengers using Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport was up 10.4 percent from February 2011.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority has broken ground on a $2.7 million multi-family residential building in blight-stricken Central City and on an $8.7 million project to build a health clinic and storefront in another impoverished section of the city.
In Central City, NORA says it's working with builders to construct 10 condominium units on O.C. Haley Boulevard. There are efforts to bring stores and people back to the Central City neighborhood after years of neglect.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A goaltending call with 1.5 seconds left in the game is what allowed the New Orleans Hornets to pull out an 83-81 road win over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night. Marco Belinelli scored 23 points, including the game-winning shot, for the Hornets.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt says allegations that general manager Mickey Loomis had his Superdome booth wired so he could listen to opposing coaches "ludicrous." A joint Louisiana state police and FBI task force began investigating the allegations Tuesday.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — By arresting a former BP engineer, federal prosecutors are showing their hand in the Gulf oil spill case. They have been probing whether BP PLC and its employees broke the law by intentionally lowballing how much oil was spewing from its out-of-control well. The arrest came two years and four days after the drilling-rig explosion.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A proposal that would allow gay couples and other unmarried couples to adopt children together in Louisiana has been defeated by a House committee. The bill would have allowed adoptions by people who aren't related to a child by blood but live in the same home and establish a relationship with the child.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints are denying an anonymously sourced ESPN report alleging that general manager Mickey Loomis' booth was wired so he could listen to opposing coaches' radio communications during games in the Superdome. The ESPN report says Loomis would have been able to eavesdrop on opponents from 2002 to 2004. The network could not determine if the system was ever used.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Halfway through the regular legislative session, lawmakers are still having to deal with next year's $25 billion budget that faces a list of trouble. Those include falling income estimates, ties to uncertain retirement changes and disputes over how much one-time money should be plugged into the spending plan. The state's revenue forecasting panel on Tuesday is planning to tweak income estimates.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Justice Department says its recent inspection of the New Orleans jail found "alarming conditions" and uncovered persistently high rates of prisoner-on-prisoner violence and staff misconduct. Authorities have been negotiating terms of a consent decree that would require certain changes at Orleans Parish Prison.