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4:30 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Bribery Trial Opens For Ex-New Orleans Mayor

Ray Nagin arrives at the Hale Boggs Federal Building in New Orleans, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. (Jonathan Bachman/AP)

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 3:21 pm

Jury selection began Monday in the trial of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who faces charges that he accepted bribes and free trips among other things from contractors in exchange for helping them secure millions of dollars in city work.

Nagin, a Democrat who was mayor when Hurricane Katrina stuck in 2005, served two terms before leaving office in 2010. He was living in a Dallas suburb when a federal grand jury indicted him a year ago.

Nagin had little to say as he entered the federal courthouse with a noticeable limp.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Former Mayor Nagin's Trial Set For Today

Former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin. His corruption trial is set to begin Monday.
Franklin Reyes AP

Jury selection is set to begin in federal court.

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is scheduled to appear in federal court later this morning on corruption charges. Nagin is accused of taking bribes in exchange for city contracts.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Former Mayor Nagin's Corruption Trial Set To Begin Monday

Former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin. His corruption trial is set to begin Monday.
Franklin Reyes AP

Federal trial set to start Monday.

The corruption trial of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is on track to start Monday. It’s been almost a year since Nagin pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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Latest News
12:37 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Ex-BP Engineer To Seek Judge's Recusal From Case

Lawyers for a former BP engineer convicted of trying to obstruct a probe of the company's 2010 Gulf oil spill plan to seek the disqualification of the federal judge who presided over their client's trial last month.

In an order, U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. says he received correspondence Tuesday in which Kurt Mix's lawyers argue for their first time that he must disqualify himself from the case because a spill-related civil claim had been filed on his behalf last year.

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Latest News
9:20 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

State Lawmakers Hear Support For Legalizing Marijuana

The Louisiana State Capitol.
Stuart Seeger Flickr

Supporters of legalized marijuana made their pitch to state lawmakers, saying it could generate tax dollars, provide a new agricultural crop, shrink the jail population and lessen pain for people with medical ailments.

State health and law enforcement officials outlined their opposition, saying marijuana users have increased risk of health conditions and describing marijuana as a "gateway drug" to more toxic substances.

The testimony Tuesday was part of a study by the House criminal justice committee, upon the request of Rep. Dalton Honoré, a Democrat from Baton Rouge.

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City Murder Rate
9:09 am
Wed January 8, 2014

The New Orleans Advocate: Murder Rate Lowest In Decades

The New Orleans Advocate

New Orleans ended the year with 155 murders. And while that’s still very high for a city of our size, it’s the least number of killings here in decades. Claire  Galofaro of The New Orleans Advocate looked into this number, and what it really means for New Orleans. She talked with WWNO News Director Eve Troeh.

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Latest News
10:14 pm
Wed December 25, 2013

JPSO: 2 Men Shot Dozens Of Vehicle Windows

Sheriff's detectives have charged two men with shooting out windows of at least 166 vehicles in Jefferson Parish.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand says detectives on Tuesday arrested 19-year-old Christopher Flanagan and 20-year-old Dacotah Hamilton, both of Marrero, charging them with 42 counts of misdemeanor and felony criminal damage.

It's not clear if either man has a lawyer.

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Latest News
12:34 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Jury Hears From Ex-Cop Charged In Katrina Shooting

A former New Orleans police officer has testified at his retrial that he thought he saw a gun in the hand of the man he shot and fatally wounded outside a strip mall in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath.

David Warren's testimony Monday marks the second time he has tried to explain to a jury why he fired a shot at 31-year-old Henry Glover less than a week after the storm's landfall.

Warren says he feared for his life when he shot Glover, but prosecutors say Glover wasn't armed and didn't pose a threat.

Storyville
10:10 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Storyville: Thirty

Credit Derek Bridges

I take a job during the summer as a weekend crime reporter.

The first morning nothing happens. Mostly, I bend my ear over the police radio. I’m listening for a 30 — the code for homicide — but the numbers jumble together in a messy soup of cop lingo.

I have a list of police stations and call them and ask if anything is happening.

“No, we’re quiet,” the dispatchers say.

By the afternoon, the routine has become a bore. I drift in and out of conversations about stolen Xboxes and domestic disputes.

At dusk, I pull out my list and dial again.

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Crime
2:14 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

New Orleans Police Hunting For Person Of Interest Allegedly Practicing Medicine Without A License

Armani Nicole Davenport.
NOPD

The New Orleans Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in locating Armani Nicole Davenport, an entertainer described by police as a "person of interest" in an investigation into the negligent injuring of another person, and the practice of medicine without a license.

Police also say Davenport is said to administer "silicone" injections to clients as she travels throughout the southern United States on the gay pageant circuit.

Pageants the NOPD says Devenport has participated in include:

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