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NFL Bounties
11:06 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Independent Counsel Confirms Bounty Payments

NEW YORK (AP) — A former U.S. attorney hired by the NFL to evaluate its investigation of the New Orleans Saints' bounty program says the evidence shows payments were handed out and received for some hits on targeted opponents. She adds the players always had the option to say no, but didn't.

Tulane Stadium
11:00 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Opposition Arises to Tulane Stadium

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tulane University's plans to construct a new football stadium in New Orleans' Uptown neighborhood are drawing opposition from some residents. Opponents of the stadium say they believe it will add to traffic and parking problems.

Reports
6:00 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Former BP Engineer Pleads Not Guilty To Obstruction of Justice

A man facing the first criminal charges stemming from the BP oil spill has pleaded not guilty to obstructing justice. Federal authorities say he may have been planning to leave the United States permanently.

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Gulf Oil Spill Settlement
10:16 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Judge Allows Gulf Oil Spill Settlement to Proceed

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge in New Orleans has preliminarily approved a proposed class-action settlement that would resolve billions of dollars in claims against BP over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's ruling Wednesday allows the settlement process to proceed, but he will hold a "fairness hearing" later this year before deciding whether to give his final approval.

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New Orleans Streetlights
10:12 am
Thu May 3, 2012

New Orleans Plans to Fix Streetlights

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans hopes to have every streetlight in the city back on by the end of the year.

The city says there are about 10,900 streetlights not working and 4,793 of those are in need of repairs.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu said "lighting up the city" will make the city safer.

Jon Johnson, city councilman for eastern New Orleans, says many residents are afraid to leave their homes at night because of broken lighting.

The mayor says workers have fixed about 16,000 streetlights since he took office. The city owns about 54,400 streetlights.

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Katrina Bike Tour
10:08 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Bike Tour Features Levee Breach Sites

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An advocacy group is hosting a weekend bike tour that will include visits to two of the sites where levee breaches during Hurricane Katrina led to catastrophic flooding.

Levees.Org holds the tour Sunday, beginning at New Orleans' City Park. A news release from the organization says participants will ride to the 17th Street Canal breach site Then bikers will ride through the recovering Lakeview neighborhood and through City Park to the London Avenue Canal breach in the Filmore Gardens neighborhood of New Orleans' Gentilly area.

Saints Bounty Suspensions
10:01 am
Thu May 3, 2012

NFL Suspends 4 Players

NEW YORK (AP) — New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma has been suspended without pay for the entire 2012 season by the NFL. He was one of four players suspended Wednesday. Defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove, now with the Green Bay Packers, is suspended for eight games, while Saints defensive end Will Smith is barred for four games. Linebacker Scott Fujita will miss three games and all of the suspensions are without pay. 

Reports
6:00 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Latin American Economic Conference in New Orleans Highlighting Guatemala

U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu is hosting a three-day conference this week aimed at building trade and economic ties with Latin America. The first of what’s planned to be an annual event is aimed at expanding business with Guatemala.

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Breaking: Boil Notice
9:52 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Boil Water Advisory Issued for Eastern New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A boil water advisory has been issued for a large area of New Orleans east.

The Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans says water pressure dropped in the area Tuesday night when a 30-inch water main broke about 11 p.m.

The boil water advisory will remain in effect until further notice for customers in an area bounded by Morrison Road, Hayne Boulevard, Downman Road and Bullard Road. 

New Orleans Bridge Closed
9:48 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Repairs to Shut Bridge Across Industrial Canal

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Port of New Orleans officials say the Florida Avenue Bridge over the Industrial Canal will be closed much of the day on Thursday and Friday for repairs.

The work will require closing the bridge to vehicular traffic between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. both days.

Port officials say marine and rail traffic will not be affected. 

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