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Essence Music Festival
10:30 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Comedian, Actor Kevin Hart to Perform at Essence

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Comedian and actor Kevin Hart has been added to the main stage lineup for the 2012 Essence Music Festival.

Organizers say Hart, hot on the heels of his starring role in this week's No. 1 film, "Think Like a Man," will debut his comedic talents during the festival scheduled for July 6-8 at the Superdome. Hart joins a lineup that includes Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, Charlie Wilson, Ledisi, Fantasia, and Eve.

The festival drew more than 422,000 attendees last year.

New Orleans City Council Election
6:00 am
Tue April 24, 2012

State Officials Reviewing New Orleans Council Race

The Secretary of State’s Office is checking results of the race for one of two at-large seats on the New Orleans City Council. Experts don’t expect the review will the change the result.

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BP Oil Spill
5:49 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Marine Life Shows Signs of Trouble Two Years After BP Spill Began

April 20th marked the two-year anniversary of BP’s Macondo Well explosion, which set off one of the worst oil spills in our nation’s history, causing extensive damage to marine and wildlife habitats, and to the coastal communities which depend upon them.  The full impacts of the disaster are still unfolding, but in Shell Beach, Louisiana, there are signs of how marine life is reacting to the oil and the dispersants which flooded their waters two years ago.

Eve Abrams visited Campo’s Marina, as boats needing gas, ice and bait pulled in and out along the bayou.

Los Angeles 107, New Orleans 98
9:49 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Chris Paul Clips Former Team

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Paul has gotten the best of his former team. He had 33 points and 13 assists on Sunday to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 107-98 victory over the New Orleans Hornets. Eric Gordon scored 17 points to lead New Orleans. 

New Orleans Airport Renovations
9:45 am
Mon April 23, 2012

N.O. Airport Wants Renovations Done by Super Bowl

Louisiana's major airport is trying to finish several renovation projects before the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans.

New Orleans CityBusiness said the Louis Armstrong International Airport is planning for 42,000 visitors leaving the city the day after the game.

Airport spokeswoman Michelle Wilcut says a new parking garage is about 65 percent complete. The exterior of the terminal is being remodeled to feature a glass front. The interior is getting new lighting, carpeting and painting.

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Rivertown Revival
9:41 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Kenner Seeks to Revive Historic Rivertown Area

KENNER, La. (AP) — The city of Kenner is launching efforts to revive its historic Rivertown area.

A farmer's market and outdoor movie nights will start next month as part of the effort to lure more people to the area. And a new company is taking over the area's performing arts theaters.

Mayor Mike Yenni's vision for the historic area is for a vibrant area that doesn't require a government subsidy, according to The Times-Picayune (http://bit.ly/I9diix ).

Small Business
9:33 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Sen. Landrieu, Wendy Vitter to Co-Chair Conference

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Democratic U.S. senator, Mary Landrieu, will be an honorary co-chair of an upcoming small business conference in Baton Rouge, along with Wendy Vitter, wife of Republican Sen. David Vitter.

The two-day event, set for May 3-4, in Baton Rouge will be the Louisiana Women's Leaders Conference on Small Business Entrepreneurship. It's sponsored by the Louisiana Center for Women and Government, headquartered at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux.

Prospect 3
9:28 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Prospect.3 New Orleans Pushed Back to 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Prospect.3 New Orleans, the third in a series of international art exhibits, has been officially postponed from 2013 until fall 2014.

The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/I2zTi4 ) consulting director Jane Farver says the later date will steer P.3 clear of competition with other international art exhibitions in Venice, Istanbul and Pittsburgh in 2013.

She says the extra year also will allow Prospect to better "regroup and rebuild" before pushing on.

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The Disappearing Coast
5:06 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Two Years Later, BP Spill Reminders Litter Gulf Coast

Pictured here on April 13, 2011, Barataria Bay — part of Louisiana's Barataria Basin — was one of the hardest hit areas in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. Today, obvious signs of the spill have faded, but communities are still reeling from its effects.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 5:17 pm

It's been two years since the Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 rig workers and unleashing the worst oil spill in U.S. history. The oil has long stopped flowing and BP spent billions of dollars to clean up oiled beaches and waterways, but the disaster isn't necessarily over.

Oil fouled some 1,100 miles of Gulf Coast shoreline, but today, in most spots, you can't see obvious signs of the spill. In Orange Beach, Ala., the clear emerald waters of the Gulf roll onto sugar-white sand beaches.

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Hornets 105,Rockets 99
11:05 am
Fri April 20, 2012

New Orleans Beats Houston in Overtime

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Hornets are finding ways to play spoiler late in the NBA season. Eric Gordon scored 27 points and Carl Landry added 20 to lead the Hornets to a 105-99 overtime victory over the Houston Rockets. The Hornets have won seven of 10 games. 

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