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Football Playoffs
9:57 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

New Orleans Braces for Saints and BCS Championship Crowds

Football will be taking over New Orleans in the next few days. Mayor Mitch Landrieu and others are asking the public to plan for heavy traffic and massive crowds.

The Saints are getting ready for tomorrow's first-round playoff game with the Detroit Lions, while crowds continue celebrating ahead of Monday's BCS Championship. Mayor Landrieu says residents must be prepared to accommodate the quarter-million visitors.

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Disaster Preparedness
10:24 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Tulane Gets Gates Foundation Grant to Help Establish Disaster-Relief Network

Tulane University is getting a $5 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help universities in areas prone to disasters establish education and development programs.

Ky Luu is executive director of Tulane's Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy. He says New Orleans has experience dealing in natural disasters, such as hurricanes, and man-made ones, including the BP oil spill. That experience will be shared with centers in Thailand and another in east Africa.

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WWNO News Reports
9:31 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Mayor Landrieu Forms Midnight Basketball League to Fight Crime

The city of New Orleans is launching a midnight basketball program at the St. Bernard community center. Eileen Fleming reports it's part of the Save Our Sons initiative designed to keep young men out of trouble.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the midnight basketball league is linked to his Crime Action Summit held last September, where residents suggested that young people have recreational options for using their spare time.

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Levees.org
8:11 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

Levees.org Continues Drive for Federal Markers at Katrina Levee Breaches

A state advisory panel has voted against an effort led by the grassroots group Levees.org to mark two spots where levees breached during Hurricane Katrina. However, the drive continues, despite the opposition.

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Sugar Bowl
7:36 pm
Mon January 2, 2012

GNO Inc. Predicts Economic Windfall From Sports Events in New Orleans

Tomorrow's Sugar Bowl means more than just victory for Virginia Tech or Michigan. It also generates huge economic development opportunities for the entire New Orleans region.

Greater New Orleans, Inc. President Michael Hecht says the Sugar Bowl and other upcoming sports events are expected to add $400 million to the local economy.

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Saenger Theatre
8:30 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

Mayor Landrieu Signs Deal To Reopen Saenger Theatre

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has signed off on a deal that he says will reopen the Saenger Theatre within two years. Plans to reopen the Canal Street landmark seem to have cleared hurdles that have delayed the project.

Mayor Landrieu assembled members in his office of the public-private partnership that he says is putting the Saenger Theatre project back in action.

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WWNO News Reports
7:06 pm
Thu December 29, 2011

Investigators Checking What Caused I-10 Pileup

Two people were killed and more than 60 injured in a pre-dawn multi-vehicle pileup in New Orleans East that shut down a busy stretch of the I-10 for most of the day. Drivers say heavy fog covered the area.

Louisiana officials are investigating what triggered the 40-car pile-up that closed Interstate 10 and left dozens critically injured. A responding tow truck driver says he heard screams from people pleading for help.

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FEMA Repayments
5:46 pm
Wed December 28, 2011

FEMA Reviewing Hurricane Katrina Repayments

Tens of thousands of Gulf Coast residents may be getting relief from debt they thought they owed the federal government. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is sorting through rules Congress recently approved.

FEMA sent out 83,000 letters this year to victims of Hurricane Katrina and other 2005 storms. They were told they may have gotten too much federal money. FEMA says it may have made the wrong calculations, but the law requires it try to recoup the funds it paid by mistake.

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Port of New Orleans
9:06 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

Port of New Orleans Wins Rail Expansion Grant

Officials with the city and port of New Orleans formally accepted a nearly $17 million-dollar Transportation Department grant to build a specialized rail yard at the Napoleon Avenue container terminal.

Port President Gary LaGrange says it's a critical project needed for future growth.

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New Orleans Crime
8:18 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

Mayor Landrieu Dismisses Call For National Guard

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is dismissing calls to bring Louisiana National Guard troops to patrol city streets. The mayor says the move wouldn't stop violence.

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