The National Weather Service's New Orleans office has issued a freeze warning tonight for portions of southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi.
The NWS says temperatures will rapidly drop to freezing, or just below it, shortly after midnight tonight, and remain there until after sunrise. The warning is in effect from midnight tonight to 9 a.m. Thursday, along and north of Interstate 12, and for all areas of coastal and southwest Mississippi.
Seventeen state-run charter schools in the Recovery School District will decide in the next two months whether to switch to the oversight of the Orleans Parish School Board. A list of eligible schools will be presented at a state education board meeting Wednesday.
Last year, many charter schools who were able to move turned that deal down, because it would mean they would lose their status as independent districts. That problem has since been resolved; a new law lets them stay independent.
The New Orleans Pelicans have released two players and signed two others, the team announced today.
Forward Lou Amundson, who played 18 games with the Hornets last season before moving on to Chicago and Minnesota, returned to New Orleans today. The seven-year vet holds per-game career averages of 3.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 12.9 minutes in 327 regular season games. He's also appeared in 29 playoff games with Philadelphia, Phoenix and Indiana.
More than a dozen people in Shreveport have started a job training program this week made possible through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It could lead to a full-time job next month. Southern University at Shreveport is administering the grant that provides environmental health and safety training certifications.
The idea that grass can armor anything is hard to believe.
But on a recent visit to the Lake Pontchartrain levee, LSU agronomist Jeff Beasley explained how plain old, garden variety grass has earned a reputation with the US Army Corps of Engineers as one of the best armoring materials to keep the huge mud walls of a levee from collapsing during a storm.
"You know how we reinforce concrete with rebar?" says Beasley. "We can do the same with these levees."
Employees from Shreveport Home Depot stores completed a number of building projects for veterans. They've built a bus shelter adjacent to the Volunteers of America Veterans Transitional Housing Program facility. The employees used their day off Friday to to serve veterans. Jack Parker, a store manager, has worked for Home Depot 21 years.
Anthony Davis scored 32 points, collected 12 rebounds, blocked six shots and dished out three assists Friday night as the New Orleans Pelicans put away the visiting Los Angeles Lakers in convincing fashion, 96-85.
President Barack Obama visited the Port of New Orleans on Friday, Nov. 8, delivering a speech on the state of the economy and the vitality of the nation's ports, and touching on future infrastructure spending and the Affordable Care Act.
The full text of the President's remarks, as provided by the White House Press Office: