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7:00 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Jury Deliberating Ray Nagin Corruption Case

Former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin.
Franklin Reyes AP

Jurors in the federal corruption trial of former Mayor Ray Nagin are now deliberating. Closing arguments showed the defendant in two very different roles.

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2:00 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Appeal Planned In Jefferson Parish Katrina Flooding Lawsuit

Attorneys who brought a class-action lawsuit against Jefferson Parish say they will appeal a 9-3 jury verdict that found the parish was negligent in its emergency response planning but that the negligence didn't cause the flooding suffered by tens of thousands of Jefferson property owners during Hurricane Katrina.

Attorney Richard Martin tells The New Orleans Advocate the plaintiffs' legal team is still working out the details and may even go back to Judge John Peytavin's court with a post-trial motion first.

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11:21 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Closing Arguments Begin In Ray Nagin Trial

Former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin.
Franklin Reyes AP

Closing arguments began Monday morning in the federal corruption trial of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. Nagin spent two days testifying against the 21-count indictment.

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5:05 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Nagin Finishes Testifying In Corruption Case

Former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin.
Franklin Reyes AP

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has finished testifying in his political corruption trial in federal court. He faced a tough couple of days on the stand.

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7:00 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Ray Nagin Testifies At His Corruption Trial

Former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin.
Franklin Reyes AP

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is due back on the witness stand later this morning. Nagin denies taking bribes and sidestepping laws to award contracts to the low bidder.

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7:00 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Prosecution Rests In Nagin Trial

Former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin.
Franklin Reyes AP

Federal prosecutors are finished presenting their corruption case against former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. The defense will be battling allegations that Nagin took bribes and kickbacks while in office.

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7:00 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Home Depot, IRS Witnesses Testify Against Former Mayor Nagin

Former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin.
Franklin Reyes AP

Federal prosecutors are continuing to call witnesses of financial deals in the corruption trial of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. Several were executives of the Home Depot that Nagin brokered for Central City.

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7:00 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Ray Nagin Trial Enters Week 2

Former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin.
Franklin Reyes AP

Former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin is facing another tough week in federal court. Nagin continues to fight a 21-count indictment alleging corruption.

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8:08 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Prosecution Witnesses Line Up In Nagin Corruption Trial

Former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin.
Franklin Reyes AP

It was another day of damning testimony against former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. Several witnesses described bribes they say they paid in exchange for city business.

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Animal Life
10:33 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Animal Life: Providing For Your Pet In Your Will

The state of Louisiana doesn't allow you to name your pet as the beneficiary of a trust. Instead, you can transfer ownership of your pet and create a trust to benefit its new owner.
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If you're like me, you can't imagine life without your pet. But what if you pass away before your pet does?

Many of us consider our pets members of our families, but the state of Louisiana doesn't allow you to name your pet as the beneficiary of a trust. Instead, you can transfer ownership of your pet and create a trust to benefit its new owner.

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