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Auto Auction
9:45 am
Mon May 7, 2012

New Orleans to Auction 98 Abandoned Vehicles

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The city of New Orleans holds its second abandoned vehicle auction of 2012 on Thursday. The auction will have 98 vehicles for sale, all of which have been discarded on neighborhood streets or left unclaimed by residents with excessive parking fines and fees.

New Orleans Bankruptcies
9:33 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Bankruptcy Filings Drop in N.O. Area

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Bankruptcy filings in the New Orleans region are on the decline. New figures from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana show they dropped 9.5 percent in April compared with the same month a year ago. New Orleans CityBusiness reports there were 305 filings last month compared with 337 in April 2011.

Katrina Cottages
3:14 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Katrina Cottages: Years late and $1 million over budget

This little pink house at 1805 Lamanche St. is adjacent to an untended house with an overgrown lot.
Tom Gogola The Lens

With little fanfare, a cluster of tidy new houses recently went on the market in the Lower 9th Ward, bringing a poorly executed experiment in post-disaster housing to inglorious resolution long delayed.

The 22 one- and two- bedroom houses are the last of the now-notorious  “Katrina Cottages” that, almost seven years ago, were conceived as salvation for New Orleanians displaced by hurricanes Katrina and Rita and desperate to come home.

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Louisiana Corruption
11:46 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Rags to Riches to Prison for Ex-Congressman

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — William Jefferson, who rose from north Louisiana poverty to become the state's first modern era African-American congressman and one of its most powerful politicians, is expected to report to a federal prison Friday.

A federal investigation dissolved his power and turned him into a laughing stock over bribe money hidden in his freezer.

He was convicted in 2009 of soliciting bribes in connection with African business deals. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison.

Gulf Oil Spill Litigation
11:27 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Date Pushed Back for Start of BP Spill Trial

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has pushed back the start of a civil trial for claims against BP PLC and other companies involved in the 2010 Gulf oil spill. The judge on Thursday set a date of Jan. 14, 2013. The litigation centers on the oil spill that began in April 2010 from BP's Macondo well.

Post Offices
11:22 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Senator Plans Post Office Visits

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mary L. Landrieu's office says the senator planned visits to post offices in Moss Bluff and Lafayette. Friday's visits were set after Landrieu wrote to the Postmaster General, urging the U.S. Postal Service to extend the current moratorium on post office and mail processing facility closures.

American Idol
11:15 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Another Finalist Takes a Bow on 'American Idol'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joshua Ledet is still alive on "American Idol." The singer from Westlake, La., advanced on Thursday after 18-year-old Skylar Laine of Brandon, Miss., received the fewest votes.

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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