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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
2:14 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

The Music Biz: Scott Aiges Pulls Back The Curtain

Credit Guillaume Laurent / Flickr

Consider the musicians.

After the crowd goes home, after they pack their gear and instruments, when their van rolls through the night and the smell of smoke still lingers on their clothes, the bottom line remains. The business of music never sleeps.

Artist royalties, mechanical royalties, revenue streams and recording contracts occupy the minds and sleepless nights of managers and artists the country over as they head to their next gig.

You could fill a college course with everything an artist needs to know. Trust us, they have.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Out To Lunch: Family Friendly

Peter Ricchiuti and Teddy Nathan.
Cheryl DalPozzal It's New Orleans

Human beings love doing things in groups. It starts off with fun birthday parties when we're kids, and goes all the way to desperate attempts to have fun at conferences — which is why so many of them come to New Orleans.

While folks are here at a conference, Teddy Nathan's company, Crescent City Connections, rounds them up and puts them to work volunteering for local non-profits.

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Latest News
7:29 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Louisiana Exports Rise In First Half Of 2014

Louisiana exports grew by 9.3 percent to $32.1 billion during the first half of the year. That's according to figures from the World Trade Center of New Orleans.

The export growth — fueled by agriculture and oil and gas goods — enabled Louisiana to remain in sixth place among all of the states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. Louisiana accounted for 3.6 percent of the $804 billion in total U.S. exports through midyear.

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Business
6:33 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

State Palace Theatre Purchased By Developer

The shuttered State Palace Theatre, seen in 2007.
Credit Infrogmation / Wikimedia Commons

The State Palace Theater, a piece of New Orleans history, may finally receive a long overdue facelift. Developer Gregor Fox recently announced the purchase of the Canal Street relic for $3.5 million.

The State Palace, built in 1926, was flooded during Hurricane Katrina and fully shut down in 2007. Plans to convert the theater into a museum and concert venue pre-Katrina never happened. Now, Fox says he hopes to complete a partial renovation of the 3,000-seat theater's exterior and adjoining retail space within two years.

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Latest News
7:58 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Oyster Population Plunging Along Gulf Coast

Oysters.
Credit Deyan Georgiev / Shutterstock.com

The oyster population along the Gulf Coast is dropping dramatically.

Thousands of beds are producing less than a third of the crop recorded before the BP oil spill four years ago.

Experts are now studying whether the spill is connected to the spill.

Oysters had been in trouble before the spill. They had been hit by hurricanes, overfishing and two straight years of damaging fresh water.

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Business
10:53 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

B&B Vs. Airbnb: Competition And Common Ground Between Traditional Inns And The New Sharing Economy

The common living Area at H and H Whitney House, a traditional bed and breakfast on Esplanade Avenue.
Credit Nina Feldman / WWNO

The New Orleans City Council voted in July to rewrite the law regarding short-term rentals. But a lot remains to be decided about what that law should look like.

One of the biggest arguments against unlicensed vacation rentals typified by Airbnb is that they pose an unfair advantage because they’re not subject to the same permitting and taxation requirements as traditional bed and breakfasts.

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WRKF
9:01 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Benteler Steel/Tube ramps up hiring, hosts job fair

Benteler Steel/Tube project director Patrick Guillaume and human resources manager Rhonda Simmons discuss the future of Benteler's first U.S. steel/tube plant that is slated to be in operation by Aug. 2015.

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 1:54 pm

Benteler Steel/Tube will hold a job fair Saturday, Aug. 9, for its steel tube manufacturing facility under construction at the Port of Caddo-Bossier. The $975 million complex will ultimately employ about 675 people. Human resources manager Rhonda Simmons says this event is geared toward blue collar, hourly jobs, but there are some salaried positions that the company aims to fill.

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Latest News
7:51 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Community Panel Wants Local Jobs From New Airport Terminal Project

Community groups are pushing the City of New Orleans to make sure local workers get their share of the jobs expected from a half-billion-dollar airport project. Up to 13,000 construction jobs could be created from building a new terminal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Out To Lunch: Whole Food Whole New City

Peter Ricchiuti, GNO, Inc.'s Michael Hecht and John Elstrott, Chairman of the Board of Whole Foods Market.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Self-styled "Emperor of the Universe" entertainer Ernie K-Doe used to say that besides New Orleans being the birthplace of jazz, he was pretty sure everything came from New Orleans. When you tell people that grocery giant Whole Foods started here in New Orleans — on Esplanade Avenue — you generally get the same response you'd expect k-Doe would have gotten with his wild claim.

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Latest News
7:17 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Circle Food Store Fighting To Serve WIC Customers

The Circle Food Store.
Credit Infrogmation / Flickr

Dwayne Boudreaux cut the grand opening ribbon on his re-opened Circle Food Store in the 7th Ward last January. But he’s still cutting red tape to get his store to its full potential.

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