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A federal judge says she will not stop construction on a new streetcar line in New Orleans while a group sues for more studies of the project.

The New Orleans Advocate reports that District Judge Nannette Brown says plaintiffs did not offer any evidence that the job involves federal money. That's a key requirement for such a lawsuit.

A local bond issue is paying for the $41.5 million North Rampart Street line.

The four candidates for Louisiana governor are set to meet in their first forum of the campaign.

Friday's event in Baton Rouge will focus on transportation issues. Louisiana has a $12 billion backlog of road and bridge work, and no clear plan for resolution.

Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and Senator David Vitter — all Republicans — and Democratic state Representative John Bel Edwards will take part.

The forum is sponsored by the American Council of Engineering Companies.

The State Bond Commission has kicked off the start of funding a new airport terminal in New Orleans.

The New Orleans Advocate reports it approved $650 million in borrowing to pay for a 650,000-square-foot, three-story terminal. It will be built on property now used by Louis Armstrong International Airport — but closer to Interstate 10.

Airport Aviation Director Iftikhar Ahmad says plans to revamp the facility have been discussed since 1974.

It opened in 1946, but the way it evolved has proven troublesome.

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Tesla Motors, the luxury electric car company founded by technology mogul Elon Musk, has opened a new Supercharger station in Lake Charles.

Superchargers are what the company calls its proprietary charging stations. The company says the new location in Lake Charles will enable drivers of its Model S vehicles to replenish a half charge in 20 minutes.

That half charge will enable a Model S driver to travel about 150 miles. A fully-charged Model S has a range of about 265 miles, the company says.

Authorities have reportedly identified two bodies found in Lake Pontchartrain as the victims of a small plane crash last week.

Nola.com/The Times Picayune reports they are Burt Lattimore and Aftab Rab, who were found hours apart in the lake near 5400 Lakeshore Drive. Lattimore was a flight instructor. Rab was a student.

Lt. Col. Jerry Sneed, deputy mayor of public safety, said search and rescue workers found their bodies yesterday morning.

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Discount airline Allegiant Air will begin nonstop service to New Orleans from four destinations beginning in early February.

Officials with Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport said Tuesday that Allegiant will have nonstop flights from Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis; and Florida's Orlando-Sanford International Airport.

Between Essen, Bluebonnet, Perkins and I-10 in Baton Rouge, there’s a whole bunch of health clinics and medical facilities – including Our Lady of the Lake Hospital, Baton Rouge General, The Baton Rouge Clinic, and Pennington Biomedical. 

Chances are you'll get stuck in traffic when you drive through that corridor. 

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation has set out to address that problem by creating a new Health District that would not only mean you sit through fewer traffic lights, but that health care is delivered more efficiently. 

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U.S. Sen. David Vitter says he "aggressively favors tolls" to pay part of the $3 billion needed for the completion of Interstate 49 between Lafayette and New Orleans.

Vitter made the statements Friday at a meeting of the I-49 South Coalition in Lafayette, drawing support from other attendees.

A feasibility study released recently concludes that a toll of 18 cents per mile toll could pay for 30-40 percent of the project.

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After today, New Orleans drivers with handicap tags and license plates will be able to park in metered parking spaces for up to three hours without paying.

The City Council passed the new ordinance on Thursday.

Disability activists say they had been seeking to change the parking laws for many years, but never made progress until threatening to sue the city for violating the Americans With Disabilities Act, NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports.

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The St. Charles streetcar line is one of nine new national historic landmarks announced Tuesday by the Department of the Interior.

The St. Charles Line has been in operation since 1835, making it the oldest continuously working street railway in the country.

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