All Things New Orleans

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3:19 am
Fri February 1, 2013

A Thousand Feet Up In The DIRECTV Blimp

The DIRECTV blimp comes in for a landing at Lakefront Airport.
Jason Saul WWNO

The DIRECTV blimp is never deflated.

With much of its crew of eighteen following along in a van, the blimp travels from site to site across the eastern half of the country by flying. It really only touches down for more than a few hours at a time once a year, to get a tune up at a hangar in Smyrna, TN.

The rest of the time, the blimp is above some of the most major sporting events in the country, including this year's Super Bowl here in New Orleans.

WWNO's Jason Saul and Paul Maassen took a ride up in the blimp this past Thursday, and sent in this report.

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4:29 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Where Y'Eat: Dining Out when the Super Bowl Runneth Over

Mexican chicken soup and pupusas at Celina's Restaurant in Kenner, one of countless offbeat finds away from the Super Bowl hoopla.
Ian McNulty

With some creativity and finely-honed Mardi Gras survival skills, the New Orleans dining obsession need not take a knee just because the NFL’s big show is in town.

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Around the Nation
10:23 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Drought Causes Ripple Effect Along Mighty Mississippi River

International ships call at the busy Port of New Orleans. It's a major shipping convergence point on the Mississippi River. Ships come upriver from the Gulf of Mexico with imports from abroad, and barges come downriver, bringing U.S. goods for export.
Debbie Elliott NPR

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 7:30 pm

The persistent drought is raising questions about how the Mississippi River is managed — both upstream and down.

While cargo traffic upriver has gotten lots of attention, the drought is creating a different set of problems downriver at the mouth of the Mississippi, where saltwater has encroached.

An old-fashioned staff river gauge behind the New Orleans district office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shows the Mississippi is running just shy of 6 feet above sea level at the river bend.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Wed January 30, 2013

BP Facing Billions More In Fines Over Oil Spill

Huge civil penalties looming for BP.

BP has agreed to a $4 billion settlement of a criminal case filed by the Justice Department over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A pending civil case could cost tens of billions of dollars more in penalties.

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BP Oil Spill
4:04 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Judge OKs BP Criminal Settlement

Federal court judge approves settlement of BP's criminal case.

A federal judge in New Orleans has approved a settlement of criminal charges filed against BP over its 2010 oil spill. The oil company will pay $4 billion and admit to manslaughter in the accident that killed 11 workers.

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Dallas Cowboys 24, Miami Dolphins 3
7:39 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Super Bowl Memories: SB VI

As New Orleans prepares to host its tenth Super Bowl, Jacob Mayer is taking a look back at the city's rich Super Bowl history. Stay tuned to Morning Edition and All Things Considered all this week for stories from the Big Game.


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Super Bowl XLVII
5:54 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Super Bowl XLVII Host Committee Welcome

James Carville, Mary Matalin, Jay Cicero, Rita Benson LeBlanc and Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
Jason Saul WWNO

As excitement over Super Bowl XLVII builds here in the Crescent City, Mayor Mitch Landrieu sat down with a who’s-who of New Orleans sports executives this afternoon to welcome the media to New Orleans, and to showcase the progress the city has made since Hurricane Katrina.

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Kansas City Chiefs 23, Minnesota Vikings 7
10:49 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Super Bowl Memories: SB IV

As New Orleans prepares to host its tenth Super Bowl, Jacob Mayer is taking a look back at the city's rich Super Bowl history. Stay tuned to Morning Edition and All Things Considered all this week for stories from the Big Game.

On an overcast January day in New Orleans in 1970, the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 in the fourth annual AFL-NFL World Championship Game, better known as Super Bowl IV.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Loyola Avenue Streetcar Line Debuts

The new Loyola Ave. streetcar on Friday. The line will be officially launched today.

Celebration planned for new streetcar line.

Federal and city officials will gather at the Union Passenger Terminal today to kick off service on the new Loyola Avenue streetcar line. Special stops are planned along the mile-and-a-half route.

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5:00 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Celebrating Super Bowl XLVII… and Goodell

Writer Brett Will Taylor

To paraphrase Dr. John, such a weekend!

From the Westbank to New Orleans to Slidell, Carnival officially kicked into high gear these past few days as 19 krewes rolled, celebrating everything from lions and dogs, to Wookies and Greek gods… even Mona Lisa & Moon Pies.

But, now it stops. For nine days. Because the Super Bowl is coming to town. I’d rather have Santa Claus.

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