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Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
8:20 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Meet James Boyd, the LPO's new Managing Director

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra kicks off their 22nd season this Saturday night, September 22nd, with their Night of Nights concert with conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto, and feature artist Joaquin Achúcarro on piano.

WWNO's Paul Maassen spoke with James William Boyd, the LPO's new Interim Managing Director, about the upcoming season and how he became involved with the LPO.

Learn more about this performance and the entire LPO season at LPOmusic.org

Travel
6:00 am
Fri September 21, 2012

State Department Official In New Orleans With Advice For Safe Travel Overseas

A State Department official is in New Orleans with advice on traveling safely while out of the county. Audiences will include University of New Orleans students and delegates at the AARP convention.

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DWI Checkpoint
7:15 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Orleans DWI Checkpoint on Friday

The New Orleans Police Department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Friday, September 21, the department said in a press release.

The checkpoint, manned by the NOPD's Traffic Division, will take place in an undisclosed area somewhere in Orleans Parish beginning at approximately 9 p.m., and will last until about 5 a.m. Saturday morning, the department said.

Motorists should experience minimal delays, according to NOPD, and should have proper documentation if requested, including proof of insurance and a driver's license.

LSU Bomb Threat
5:09 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

LSU bomb threat suspect indicted by grand jury

Officials say the suspect believed to be behind the bomb threat that led to the evacuation of the LSU campus earlier this week has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

U.S. Attorney Don Cazayoux said Thursday William Bouvay, 42, is charged with one count of willfully conveying false information concerning the attempt to destroy property by means of explosives.

If convicted, the Baton Rouge resident faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.

Sex Trafficking
5:04 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Man convicted in New Orleans of child sex trafficking

A Florida man has been convicted by a federal jury in New Orleans of child sex trafficking charges.

Thirty-year-old Benson December Coriolant, of Orlando, Fla., faces a maximum sentence of life in prison following his convictions Thursday.

Prosecutors say Coriolant recruited a 14-year-old girl to work for him as a prostitute in Florida and Louisiana. He allegedly plied her with alcohol and drugs to control her behavior.

Coriolant is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 20.

Arts & Culture
4:20 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

New stage show honors Louis Prima at WWII Museum

A new show featuring the music and dance moves of New Orleans singer and trumpeter Louis Prima opens next month at the National World War II Museum.

Prima, who was born in 1910 and died in 1978, had a decades-long career spanning the genres of jazz, swing and big band with such hits as "Sing! Sing! Sing!," ''Just A Gigolo," ''Oh Marie," ''That Old Black Magic" and "Basin Street Blues."

Street Preaching
4:17 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Pastor sues to block New Orleans street preaching limits

A street preacher is suing to block New Orleans city officials from enforcing an ordinance that restricts religious or political speech on Bourbon Street after dark.

The federal lawsuit filed Thursday by New Orleans pastor Paul Gros claims the city's "aggressive solicitation" ordinance sets unconstitutional limits on free speech. Gros says a police officer threatened him with arrest in May while he was preaching on Bourbon Street with his wife, another pastor and a friend.

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Central City Shooting
3:55 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Central City shooting leaves one dead, two wounded

A triple shooting in the Central City neighborhood Wednesday night left a 25-year-old man dead and two male teenagers wounded, police say.

The Times-Picayune reports the shootings happened about 8 p.m. near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Magnolia Street.

Police say an unidentified suspect in a black vehicle opened fire on the three as they stood near the entrance to a grocery store. All were shot multiple times and were taken to a local hospital, where one later died.

Hit & Run
3:51 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Toddler injured in Metairie hit-and-run

A 32-year-old was arrested Wednesday night after a 2-year-year-old girl was injured in a hit-and-run accident, Jefferson Parish authorities say.

The Times-Picayune reports sheriff's deputies booked Jesus Isaac Lopez with felony hit-and-run, vehicular negligent injuring and operating a vehicle without lawful presence in the United States.

Deputies said the incident happened about 6:15 p.m. in a parking lot on Hessmer Avenue in Metairie. The injured girl was taken to nearby East Jefferson General Hospital.

Politics
3:20 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Louisiana has $130M left over from last year

The Legislature's chief economist says Louisiana closed the last fiscal year with a surplus of $180 million.

Greg Albrecht gave the news to the state income forecasting panel, the Revenue Estimating Conference, on Thursday.

Albrecht says the better-than-expected financial performance for the budget year that ended June 30 was largely tied to corporate tax collections, which were significantly higher than forecast.

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