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5:50 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Essence Festival Hits Record Attendance At 550,000

The Essence Festival 2014 set attendance records for the event.
Corey Seemen Flickr

The Essence Festival marked its 20th anniversary by setting a record for annual attendance with more than 550,000 participants celebrating four days of R&B music, community and black culture at the Superdome and the New Orleans Morial Convention Center.

That's about 10,000 more people than attended the 2013 festival, which included a sold-out performance by Beyoncé. Organizers say the 2014 festival has earned the distinction of being the largest gathering in its history.

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5:34 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Will Mississippi River Flooding Reach New Orleans?

A flood gauge on the Mississippi River from the Louisiana side. Flooding in Missouri, Iowa and Illinois has closed roads and bridges in recent days.
USDA Flickr

Water levels in the Mississippi River shot up in the past few weeks after a series of strong storms in the Midwest. Flooding has closed roads and bridges and swamped thousands of acres of farmland in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri.

But, will the flood waters affect us here in Louisiana?

Jeff Graschel, a Mississippi River-watcher with the National Weather Service, says that scenario is unlikely.

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5:47 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Louisiana Flag-Maker Doubles Its Workforce

Allied Materials & Equipment in Bogalusa manufactures US flags for government agencies.
Thomas Hawk Flickr

Just in time for the Independence Day holiday, a Bogalusa facility that manufactures US flags announced that it will double its workforce.

Workers at Allied Materials & Equipment make the field of 50 stars for the flags, which are assembled at another facility in Missouri and sold to federal agencies.

According to the governor’s office, the company received an incentive package from the state, including an Enterprise Zone tax exemption.

Allied’s Bogalusa facility can produce up to 13,000 fields of stars per week.
 

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5:43 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

One Victim Of Bourbon Street Shootings Dies

One of the 10 victims of a weekend shooting on New Orleans' Bourbon Street has died.

Louisiana State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson asked for a moment of silence after announcing the death Wednesday of the 21-year-old woman from Hammond.

Edmonson spoke at a news conference to discuss Mayor Mitch Landrieu's request for a permanent contingent of troopers to help with law enforcement in New Orleans.

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1:23 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

20-Year-Old Justin Odom Sought In Connection With Bourbon Street Shooting

20-year-old Justin Odom has been identified by New Orleans Police as a person of interest in the Sunday night Bourbon Street shooting that injured 10 people.
Credit NOPD

The New Orleans Police Department has identified 20-year-old Justin Odom as a person of interest in last Sunday's shooting on Bourbon Street that injured 10 people.

Update: Brittany Thomas, a 21-year-old who had been in critical condition at Interim LSU Hospital since being struck Sunday, has died. The Orleans Parish Coroner's Office says she was pronounced dead at 2:44 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2.

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8:19 am
Wed July 2, 2014

National Program To Help Minority Entrepreneurs Will Debut At Essence Fest

This year’s Essence Festival will be enhancing the empowerment component of the event that’s become known as the “party with a purpose.” The 20th annual Essence Festival includes the kickoff of a national drive to help minority entrepreneurs succeed.

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7:06 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Mayor Landrieu Asks For Help From State Troopers And Regular Citizens

Footage from the EarthCam camera on Bourbon Street captured the shooting and the aftermath.
EarthCam

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to provide updates on last weekend's Bourbon Street shooting that left 10 people wounded.

Landrieu says he asked Governor Bobby Jindal to send 100 state troopers to New Orleans to patrol on a permanent basis, and the mayor called on citizens to work with police to help find those responsible for the shooting.

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Education
9:48 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Local Views Of New Orleans' Changing School Landscape

Kenyatta Collins, a New Orleans charter school student.
Hechinger Report

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 7:11 am

New Orleans marked a milestone last week. The city's "Recovery School District" closed its remaining five public schools, making it the first public all-charter school district in the nation.

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4:26 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

In New Orleans, Surveillance Cameras Help Catch Criminals

Police investigating Sunday morning's shooting on Bourbon Street could be assisted by camera footage in the area.
JBrazito Flickr

Ten people were wounded in a shooting early Sunday morning on Bourbon Street. One of the victims remains in critical condition, four others are hospitalized in stable condition.

A high-definition, robotic camera on the balcony of a popular karaoke bar called the Cat’s Meow caught it all on tape: First, total chaos, then bystanders rushing in to help the victims.

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7:44 am
Mon June 30, 2014

McAllister May Not Be Leaving Office After All

Embattled Congressman Vance McAllister.
Credit Vance McAllister's Congressional Office

Republican Congressman Vance McAllister may be having second thoughts about keeping his job.

He’s holding what his staff is calling a “special press conference” later this morning in Monroe. McAllister was in his eighth month in office when he was caught on video kissing a staff member.

He announced that he would not seek re-election.

McAllister was serving the final year of the two-year congressional term of Rodney Alexander, who abruptly announced his resignation in August 2013.

Republicans, including Governor Bobby Jindal, called on McAllister to resign.

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