METAIRIE, La. (AP) — New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says he's angry about allegations that his Superdome booth was wired so he could eavesdrop on opposing coaches radio conversations. Loomis spoke shortly before Thursday night's first round of the NFL draft. The Saints don't currently pick until Friday night's third round.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — U.S. Sen. David Vitter is pushing for a long-term extension of the National Flood Insurance Program.
The Louisiana Republican wants to stop extending the program with short-term extensions. The insurance program, which provides help for people who are flooded, hasn't been fully reauthorized since 2004. The program is slated to expire at the end of May unless it is extended.
A bill sponsored by Vitter to extend the flood insurance program through 2016 is awaiting a vote before the full Senate.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Lawmakers are weighing whether to use Louisiana's "rainy day" fund to fill a $211 million gap in this year's budget.
House Speaker Chuck Kleckley said Thursday that the state could get $215 million from the fund, if two-thirds of the House and Senate agree. He says he's willing to look at using the money because he's worried that higher education and health care would face deep cuts otherwise that could damage services.
The state's forecasting panel downgraded income projections this week.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A live recording of Louis Armstrong playing his trumpet for one of the last times is being released to the public for the first time. The recording is being played Friday at the National Press Club in Washington where it was created in January 1971.
NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league is still doing interviews regarding player punishments that likely will be handed down for the Saints' pay-for-hits bounty system. Goodell says he doesn't expect to issue a decision this week but says he's in the final stages of working on discipline involving the players.
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.