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A closed-door hearing will be held today in federal court over Hurricane Katrina flooding damage. It’s become a controversy in the nation’s capital.

Lobbyists are an integral part of the legislative process. But what do they actually do – besides stand around in the hallways and talk?

“We, as individuals, represent trade associations, companies, individual public groups. We’re their voice and their ears to keep them advised on their legislative issues.”

So says Randy Haynie, considered the “dean” of Louisiana lobbyists. A fixture at the Capitol since 1980, his clients include pharmaceutical companies, banks, Blueprint Louisiana, and the New Orleans Saints. He’s effective; credited with getting his client, Harrah’s, the land-based casino deal in New Orleans in the late 1990s.

The following is a transcript of the press conference provided by Saints media relations staff.

New Orleans Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis discussed the team's preparations for the NFL Draft, which begins this Thursday. Media questions are in bold.

Jason Saul / WWNO

The 2014-15 New Orleans Pelicans extended season ended on Saturday night. Not with a bang, nor a whimper, but with a splash.

The Splash Brothers, that is. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson — the Golden State Warriors’ backcourt beasts — combined for 64 points in a 109-98 drubbing of the Pelicans here in New Orleans, taking the first round playoff series in four games.

A federal appeals court in New Orleans has ruled the family of a teenager shot and killed in Mexico by a Border Patrol agent who fired across the Texas line cannot sue in a US court. The Justice Department had ruled the agent did not break any laws.

New Orleans Sains

The New Orleans Saints have released their 2015 preseason and regular season schedules. Home games are in bold.

Preseason:

Thursday, Aug. 13 AWAY Baltimore Ravens 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 22 HOME New England Patriots 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 30 HOME Houston Texans 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 3 AWAY Green Bay Packers 6:00 p.m.

Regular Season:

Sunday, Sept. 13 AWAY Arizona Cardinals 3:05 p.m.

Former St. Tammany Parish District Attorney Walter Reed has been indicted on federal corruption charges. The longtime law enforcement officer is vigorously denying any wrongdoing.

Jason Saul / WWNO

The New Orleans Pelicans are on the verge of being eliminated from the NBA playoffs.

The Pelicans have yet to win a game in their postseason matchup with the Golden State Warriors. Last night the Pelicans lost 123-119 at home in the Smoothie King Center.

It was the Pelicans first home playoff game since 2011, when the then-Hornets lost in six games to the L.A. Lakers.

New Orleans led by 20 points entering the fourth quarter, but Golden State rallied, sending the game to overtime on a dramatic Stephen Curry 3-point shot with 2 seconds remaining in regulation.

You can take your drinks outside on Bourbon Street, but you can no longer bring your smokes indoors.

Effective Wednesday, New Orleans has banned smoking in bars, restaurants and casinos.

The New York Times published an intriguing look at the city's nightlife spots as the ban went into effect.

Here's an excerpt:

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