The New Orleans Saints have nominated running back Pierre Thomas for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, the club announced Tuesday.
The Walter Payton award is given annually by the NFL, which is the only award that recognizes a player’s volunteer and charity work as well as his excellence on the field.
Since making the team as an undrafted free agent in 2007, Thomas has been an asset for the Saints as a versatile player on the field and with his work in the community.
The long-delayed and massively over-budget Jefferson Performing Arts Center project continues to move toward completion, even as the price tag continues to climb.
The Jefferson Parish Council is poised to vote Wednesday on two contracts for the now-$54.4 million center on Airline Drive, agreeing to pay its construction manager up to $500,000 more to see the project through and bringing in the company that will manage the center as a consultant on items such as the sound system.
Southeastern Louisiana received NCAA penalties for a lack of institutional control after self-reporting 137 athletes were academically ineligible over a five year period, but was largely spared severe punishment Tuesday.
The school, which first reported the violations in late March, self-imposed a myriad penalties, including scholarship reductions, a two-year probationary period and vacating victories from 2005-06 until 2009-10.
Yet the NCAA on Tuesday ordered SLU to pay an additional $25,000 fine and extended the probationary period to four years, but avoided any postseason bans.
The city’s Criminal District Court clerk has won the latest round in his long-running squabble with Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration over funding for his office.
A Civil District Court judge ruled Tuesday that the city is legally required to give Clerk Arthur Morrell enough money to pay for all 90.5 employees he says he needs to run his office. He says he has lost 10 positions because of city cuts to his budget.
The battle began in 2012 when Landrieu, as part of across-the-board cuts for most city agencies, slashed Morrell’s $3.7 million budget by 3.8 percent, about $141,000.
A federal court jury deliberated into the evening Tuesday but was unable to decide whether a former New Orleans police officer acted illegally when he fatally shot Henry Glover at an Algiers strip mall four days after Hurricane Katrina struck the city in 2005.
The jury will resume deliberating in the morning.
U.S. District Judge Lance Africk handed the case to the jury of eight women and four men about 1 p.m., and they met past 7 p.m. after impassioned closing arguments in the retrial of former Officer David Warren.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu tipped his hand on City Council elections Tuesday, standing alongside Jackie Clarkson on the Algiers levee as she announced another run for her old District C seat and telling reporters he would support most — but not necessarily all — of the council’s incumbents.
Significantly, Landrieu said he will again endorse James Gray in District E, despite having backed Gray’s highest-profile competitor, former Councilwoman Cynthia Willard-Lewis, in the past. Willard-Lewis announced her candidacy Tuesday.
And even though Landrieu supported her opponent in last year’s special election, he said he will endorse LaToya Cantrell in District B, along with Susan Guidry in District A.
The Louisiana Supreme Court largely punted on its first chance to decide whether a new state law declaring gun possession a fundamental right could void a laundry list of criminal statutes that regulate firearms.
The court issued an 18-page ruling on Tuesday that scrapped a lower court’s finding that the Louisiana law forbidding felons from having firearms is now unconstitutional.
But the opinion hinges on the specific circumstances of a single case, ignoring the larger question of whether the law is constitutional.