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A statue of Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard is one of four monuments New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has said should be replaced.
Jason Saul

Four monuments in New Orleans honoring its Confederate past could be replaced. Mayor Mitch Landrieu says it’s time to let go of symbols of a divisive history and replace them with others reflecting a culture of unity for the future.

A statue of Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard is one of four monuments New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has said should be replaced.
Jason Saul

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu will speak on Thursday about race and reconciliation. He’s marking the one-year anniversary of a program called The Welcome Table designed to build community relations.

New Orleans police have apprehended a man suspected of killing an officer.
Janet Wilson / WWNO

New Orleans police have arrested a man suspected of fatally shooting an officer. The suspect had escaped from a patrol car while on his way to jail.

Jason Saul / WWNO

Claim centers are closing today throughout the Gulf Coast for damages caused by the 2010 oil spill. Efforts will now focus on evaluating the claims.

Eileen Fleming / WWNO

The University Medical Center is getting ready to open in August. The news media was given a preview of how the billion-dollar hospital is taking shape.

A federal judge in New Orleans has ordered the release of an inmate held in solitary confinement for more than 40 years. He’s the last prisoner in a case known as the Angola Three.

Louisiana GOHSEP / Wikimedia Commons

Monday, June 8, 2015  marks the deadline to file a claim under the Deepwater Horizon Economic and Property Damages Settlement Program. The four Louisiana claims centers located in Cutoff, Lake Charles, Lafitte and Metairie will be open until midnight tonight.

Herman, Herman & Katz's Steve Herman, co-lead council for the BP trial's plaintiff's steering committee, explained what the deadline means, starting with the difference between this program and the seafood compensation program, for which the deadline to file claims has already passed.

A federal jury in New Orleans has found a former BP executive not guilty of lying to investigators about the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Eileen Fleming reports the criminal case centered on how much oil he said was gushing from BP’s blown out well.

Paul Floro / Army Corps of Engineers

The Army Corps of Engineers held a public meeting to discuss a new project that will add fabric matting and natural grasses to the top of the levees along the lakefront. The design aims to protect from surges caused by a 100-year storm.

The Corps refers to this project as "armoring" the levees. The existing system is defined to withstand a hurricane with a 1 percent chance of occurring any given year: a "100-year storm." This armoring strategy is being put in place in case there’s an even stronger storm that breaches those levees.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has delivered his traditional State of the City address, focusing on the challenges and progress made in the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina. The speech had a more personal tone than those in past years.

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