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Latest News
1:09 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Jon Johnson pleads guilty in Katrina fraud

A New Orleans city councilman pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal criminal charge of misusing federal money intended to help a nonprofit organization after Hurricane Katrina and diverting some of it to one of his political campaigns.

Jon Johnson, who is 63, faces up to 5 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

U.S. District Judge Lance Africk set sentencing for Oct. 25.

Johnson said he will resign from his seat on the council.

State of the City
10:10 am
Tue May 22, 2012

New Orleans Mayor to Give State-of-the-City Speech

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, beginning his third year in office, is set to give his annual state-of-the-city address.

Tuesday afternoon's speech was scheduled to be delivered at the Mahalia Jackson Theater.

City Curfew
10:33 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

New Orleans City Council Lowers Curfew for Minors Around French Quarter

The New Orleans City Council has approved an 8 p.m. weekend curfew for 16-year-olds and those younger in the French Quarter and in the area around Frenchmen Street in the Faubourg Marigny.

The move comes as officials try to curb shootings involving minors. Mayor Mitch Landrieu says he supports the move.

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Noise Ordinance
1:16 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

New Noise Ordinance Drafted

City Councilwoman Kristen Gisleson-Palmer is floating a new noise ordinance for the city of New Orleans. And, while the final draft is not expected to come up for a vote until sometime early next year, the draft version already has debate among some French Quarter residents and purveyors of the city's musical culture.

City Budget
9:14 am
Wed December 3, 2008

New Orleans city budget under review

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is reviewing the budget approved after a 12-hour City Council session. Whether he signs it isn't clear. The mayor wanted a tax increase to fill a $24 million budget shortfall. The council instead plugged much of the deficit with the city's disaster loans. Nagin calls the tactic a "financial train wreck."

The council has control of about half the $1.1 billion budget. Federal and state grants make up the rest.

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