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Algiers Power

Entergy rates going up in Algiers

Entergy customers in Algiers will see a 31 percent increase in rates on their power bills over the next four years. The New Orleans City Council Thursday voted 6-0 to approve the increase. Read more...
Hotel Approved

Council approves Tchoupitoulas St. hotel, with limits

A controversial proposal for a hotel in the 600-block of Tchoupitoulas Street will proceed, with the developer agreeing to adhere to the 65-foot height limit for buildings in that area. Read more...
Legalize It?

NOLA council approves bill to define illegal short-term rentals

The New Orleans City Council today voted to clarify what constitutes a "short-term rental." The city wants to first get a handle on the problem before it figures out a way to regulate the now-underground industry. Read more...
Emmys / N.O.

Hollywood South shows grab Emmy nominations

It was a banner day for Hollywood South as the Emmy nominations came out today. The Louisiana filmed HBO series ''True Detective'' did very well, along with several others shows for the small screen. HBO's "Treme" was honored, and so was... Read more
Trips With Pets

More pets are going on vacations with their owners

Do you take your pet on vacation with you?  A poll suggests nearly a quarter of pet owners have brought their animals out of town with them. Even in New Orleans, more hotels have become pet friendly, and there are lots of pet friendly restaurants... Read more
Common Core

BESE drops Common Core test

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education today announced that it is preparing to use a hybrid standardized test for the coming school year. It comes after Governor Bobby Jindal used executive action to kill the controversial Common Core plan.  Read more...
Dog Law

Terrebonne Parish passes tougher dog ordinance

The Terrebonne Parish Council has passed an ordinance to increase the penalties for owners of dangerous and vicious dogs, and the Lafourche Parish Council may consider similar legislation next month.  Read more...
School Suit

Feds end Jefferson Parish school bias probe

Officials say Jefferson Parish public school administrators have reached an agreement with the federal government to end an investigation into discrimination against English-language learners.  Read more...
More Troopers

New Orleans gets some of the help requested from State Police

State police are arriving in New Orleans today.  An extra 50 troopers start patrolling the French Quarter, Marigny and CBD this afternoon. It comes after Mayor Mitch Landrieu asked for 100 permanent new state police in the city.  The governor approved half that number for the summer.  Read more...
Legalize It?

Should you be allowed to rent your home to tourists?

Should you be allowed to rent your New Orleans home to tourists? Short-term rentals are very lucrative for some New Orleans property owners. But they're also illegal and, therefore, unregulated. Read more...
Brennan's Back

Brennan's to reopen after bankruptcy sale

The pink Royal Street building, closed since last summer and stripped of its name shortly thereafter, will once again be called Brennan's. A bankruptcy judge overseeing the liquidation of Brennan's Inc. on Wednesday approved the sale... Read more
Meeting Set

Jindal sets July 17 meeting with education chief

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has scheduled a July 17 meeting with Education Superintendent John White to try to negotiate a compromise in their dispute over testing tied to the Common Core education standards, the governor's office announced Wednesday.  Read more...
Hit on I-10

Missing woman found, hit by taxi on I-10

New Orleans Police say a woman who had been reported missing was found in a hospital after walking into traffic on the I-10. Whitney Getz's mom reported her missing Tuesday. "Getz has been found at the hospital. She was struck by a taxi cab... Read more
Go Time

Manning Passing Academy begins today in Thibodaux

The 19th annual Manning Passing Academy, which brings in athletes from across the country to Nicholls State University to work on their game, kicks off today. The Thibodaux Chamber of Commerce estimates the event has a nearly $2 million economic impact for their area. Read more...
Plunging Polls

Jindal falls far, fast

With about a year and a half left to go in his second term, Governor Bobby Jindal's approval rating is at 32-percent. That's according to Public Policy Polling, which surveyed over six-hundred registered voters in Louisiana.  Read more...
Charbroiled MS

Dragos expanding to Jackson, Mississippi

Jackson, Mississippi, will soon get a taste of Drago's charbroiled oysters. The New Orleans seafood restaurant plans to open its first location in Jackson, Mississippi, this October. Read more...
Nagin Recap

Ex-mayor pleased with 10 year sentence, feds object: Nagin Recap

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. Prosecutors objected to the sentence and said it is not long enough.  "The damage that C. Ray Nagin inflicted on this community is incalculable... Read more
EWE on Oakdale

EWE: Life in Oakdale for Nagin won't be easy, but won't be harsh, either

What can Ray Nagin expect when he spends the next eight-and-a-half to ten years of his life in a federal institution? Convicted former Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards says it's not like what you see in the movies, but it's not easy, either. Read more...
Toy Gun?

St. John cop shoots suspect

Cops in the St. John shot a man today. Sheriff Mike Tregre says it started with a call of a disturbance just before 6:00am. "Deputies responded to the 100 block of John Pierre Street in Edgard," the sheriff said.  Read more...
Carnival Dream

Port, Carnival agree to five-year extension

The Port of New Orleans today announced a five-year extension with Carnival Cruise Lines to keep at least two ships sailing from the port year-round. Read more...
Got Off Easy?

Prosecutors unhappy with Nagin's 10 year sentence

The federal prosecutors who convinced a jury that former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is guilty are not happy with the ten-year sentence imposed today by U.S. District Judge Helen "Ginger" Berrigan. Read more...
Kids Shot

Kids shot in Gert Town upgraded to stable condition

The children critically wounded in a hail of gunfire last night are doing better. "All three victims are in stable condition at this time," officer Garry Flot said in an email. A 16-year-old male and a 3-year-old female were listed in critical condition last night.  Read more...
Nagin-10 Years

Nagin doesn't apologize, gets a decade in prison

A judge sentenced Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin today to 10 years in prison for bribery, money laundering and other corruption that spanned his two terms as mayor - including the chaotic years after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.  Read more...
10 years

Nagin sentenced to 10 years

Convicted former two-term New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin today was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. Read more...
Hit Mother?

Police: Man hit 94-year-old mother

The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office says a man hit his 94-year-old mother. "Detectives arrested a Houma man for abusing his elderly mother," Captain Dawn Foret said in a news release. "TPSO received a complaint from the family member... Read more
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Kristian: Jimmy Graham not likely to appeal TE ruling

Any appeal would be to a three person panel in the NFL; however, that three person panel has to "accept" the case if Graham and his camp can prove erroneous facts in the first hearing, or a procedural error. Read More

Mark: LeBron to Cavs looking like a done deal

Ever since the moment the San Antonio Spurs lifted the NBA championship trophy, the biggest story in basketball has been where LeBron James will play ball in the coming season. Read More

Manning Passing Academy begins today in Thibodaux

The 19th annual Manning Passing Academy, which brings in athletes from across the country to Nicholls State University to work on their game, kicks off today. The Thibodaux Chamber of Commerce estimates the event has a nearly $2 million economic impact for their area. Read more...

Deke: Fast starts have led to big things in Sean Payton era

They say in life that numbers don’t lie. That statement could not be more evident when it comes to the New Orleans Saints success under Coach Sean Payton. And when you look a little deeper inside the numbers things become even more clear. Read More

Kristian: Saints hold the leverage over Graham

After last week's ruling by system arbitrator Stephen Burbank, the Saints not only claimed a small victory, but also a ton of leverage where negotiations with Jimmy Graham are concerned. Read More

Less than a month until LSU football gets going

Now that July 4th has passed, the football season is right around the corner. SEC Media Days are next week and LSU players report for pre-season camp August 3rd. Tiger Rag Magazine Editor Luke Johnson says the biggest storyline in Baton Rouge is the starting QB battle... Read more

Steve: Pels' Tyreke Evans having a pool slam

Well folks, my summer vacation is already underway, but it looks like Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans has beaten me to the fun at the pool. Read More

Steve: Graham-sanity has taken over!

Remember the relentless coverage of Drew Brees' contract squabble with the Saints back in 2012?  Well, buckle up folks, because the Jimmy Graham show is in town this year, and it has a lot more question marks and room for speculation than Brees' deal did. Read More

Deke: Graham deal should get done sooner than later

Now that the ruling is in, a long term deal to keep TE Jimmy Graham in a Saints uniform should get done, and soon. I have no reason to believe otherwise. Graham will probably become the highest paid tight end in the NFL. Read More

Complete text of Burbank ruling on Jimmy Graham

System Arbitator Stephen Burbank concluded that Jimmy Graham is, in fact, a tight end and not a wide receiver. How did he come to that conclusion? Click here to read the full ruling
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