Mayor Mitch Landrieu

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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has begun his annual round of community meetings to set budget priorities for the coming year. Some suggestions range from fixing streets to using the shuttered Charity Hospital as a new City Hall.

A teenage son of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has been arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

A spokeswoman for the New Orleans Police Department says 19-year-old Benjamin Landrieu was arrested early Tuesday. He was booked into the city's jail on charges that also include reckless operation of a vehicle.

The mayor said in a statement that his loves his son but there will be legal consequences for his actions in the courtroom and "family discussions in our living room." Mitch Landrieu also said his son will be treated "just as any other citizen."

Tyler A. Gamble / Office of Mayor Mitch Landrieu

Former State Senator Diana Bajoie is the newest member of the New Orleans City Council. Mayor Mitch Landrieu appointed the longtime legislator to represent District B for the next six months.

Understanding New Orleans' Murder Epidemic

May 31, 2012

The murder rate in New Orleans has consistently been well above the national average. But Mayor Mitch Landrieu is searching for answers to change that. In this week's All Things New Orleans we'll hear him speak with Tell Me More's Michel Martin. 

Understanding New Orleans' Murder Epidemic

May 29, 2012

The murder rate in New Orleans has consistently been well above the national average. But Mayor Mitch Landrieu is searching for answers to change that. He speaks with host Michel Martin about his five-step plan to lower the murder rate, his plans to reform the police department, and being mayor of a city in recovery.

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, he's bringing new flavors from Latin America to places like Philadelphia, Atlantic City and Washington, D.C. We'll talk Nuevo Latino cuisine with the award-winning chef, Guillermo Pernot. That's in just a few minutes.

But first, we're going to continue our conversation with the mayor of New Orleans, Mitch Landrieu. We're talking about his administration's efforts to stop the killing in his city. Per capita, New Orleans has the highest murder rate in the country.

Erin Krall / WWNO

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says he’s planning to talk with owners of the Times-Picayune for details about cutbacks.

Tyler A. Gamble / Office of Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

On this week's episode we'll hear from Mayor Mitch Landrieu about violent crime, Eve Abrams profiles mental health in the city, and a new music festival comes to New Orleans.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s second State of the City address is getting high marks from one expert.

Tyler A. Gamble / Office of Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is asking for more help in fighting crime. He used much of his hour-long State of the City address to call on federal and state governments—and the community—to battle what he calls “the first order of business.”

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