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Kenner Convention & Visitors Bureau Investigation
5:45 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Kenner visitors bureau misspent thousands

 

BATON ROUGE — The state Legislative Auditor has released a report that accuses the director and a board member of the Kenner Convention and Visitors Bureau of misusing public funds.

The charges of possible misspending, in an audit released Monday, include more than $200,000 given to the board president and his daughter, thousands of dollars in undocumented credit card spending, improper advances to an employee and Christmas bonuses the director gave himself.

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Courts
5:29 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Prosecutor seeks sanctions for Len Davis defense attorneys

 

A federal prosecutor argues two court-appointed defense attorneys should be sanctioned for challenging a former New Orleans police officer's convictions and death sentence without his authorization.

Len Davis, who was sentenced to death for arranging a woman's 1994 murder, has elected to represent himself during his post-conviction proceedings. In March, however, his standby counsel filed a petition asking U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan to overturn his death sentence or order a new trial.

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Zurich Classic
10:28 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Dufner Takes Zurich Classic for First PGA Tour Win

AVONDALE, La. (AP) — Jason Dufner beat Ernie Els with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff Sunday in the Zurich Classic to win for the first time in 164 starts on the PGA Tour. 

Jazz Fest
10:20 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Springsteen Packs Them in for Jazz Fest

Bruce Springsteen has closed out the first weekend of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival with a 2 ½-hour show that combined crowd-pleasers such as "Born to Run" with the cover tune of his new CD, "Wrecking Ball."

Fans began staking out spots when the Fair Grounds opened at 11 a.m. Sunday, rushing from the entrance gates to spread blankets and set up chairs close to the stage. By the time Springsteen stepped on stage fans were stretched around the fairgrounds track, some standing 10 to 12 people deep.

American Idol Live
10:02 am
Mon April 30, 2012

La, Miss Fans Can Hear Hometown Idol Singers Live

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The "American Idol Live!" tour will stop in the home states of gospel singer Joshua Ledet and country rocker Skylar Laine. Ledet, Laine and the other Top 10 singers will be at the Louisiana Cajundome in Lafayette on July 30, and in the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson on July 31.

 

Louisiana Statehood
9:54 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Louisiana Celebrates 200 Years of Statehood

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When officials from the United States arrived in newly acquired Louisiana in 1804 to consider the prospects of the area for statehood, they found a bewildering landscape that could not have been more different from the New England countryside that gave birth to the nation just a few decades earlier.

The federal group found a population made up almost entirely of French-speakers, a third of whom were free people of color.

The delegation was perplexed, according to Connie Zeanah Atkinson, professor of U.S. history at the University of New Orleans.

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Trade Negotiations
9:49 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Conference: Stronger Ties Between La, Guatemala

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana officials and business leaders plan to start a three-day conference tomorrow in New Orleans with their counterparts from Guatemala. The Times-Picayune reports that they hope to make relations with Latin America a top policy priority and to strengthen trade and economic ties between the two regions. 

Club Killing
9:43 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Patrons Grabbed Gunman After Club Shooting

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans police say nightclub patrons grabbed a man after he shot another patron and they held him until officers arrived. Police say 25-year-old Marcos Tulio Montes was booked in the death of an unidentified man yesterday morning at the Mimosa Dancing Club in eastern New Orleans. 

Convention Center Renovations
3:43 pm
Sat April 28, 2012

Convention Center renovation may run into Super Bowl

The renovation of New Orleans' major convention center may be delayed until the time of the 2013 Super Bowl in the city.

The center's governing board says construction costs are about $1.4 million over the initial contract price and the work is already more than a month behind schedule.

The Times-Picayune reports the projected completion date is Feb. 2 — one day before the Super Bowl and well into the weeklong series of events the center will host for the NFL.

The NFL has reserved the building for the entire week.

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Gun Buyback
3:32 pm
Sat April 28, 2012

New Orleans police to hold gun buyback in May

The New Orleans Police crime prevention unit will be buying guns from residents — no questions asked — on May 12.

Police will pay $75 cash for handguns and $200 cash for assault rifles. The weapons can be new or old. Damaged guns will also be accepted.

Those looking to get rid of guns are advised to bring them unloaded and in a bag or container to the event. Police ask that people don't handle the weapons at the event and bring ammunition in separate containers.

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