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Saints owner Benson honored with statue at Superdome

Tuesday, 02 September 2014 19:45
. New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson was honored on Tuesday with a statue of himself on the steps of the Superdome overlooking Champions Square. The statue, of Benson in suit smiling and holding the Lombardi Trophy aloft, is to serve as a lasting reminder of his longtime commitment and contributions to the New Orleans community and the people of Louisiana as a sports owner, businessman and philanthropist The bronze statue was sculpted…
Gill Pratt begins prison term in Fla.
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 19:45
More than three years after she was convicted in a corruption scheme, former New Orleans City Councilwoman Renee Gill Pratt has reported to a minimum-security federal prison camp in Florida to begin serving a four-year sentence. Gill Pratt, 60, was assigned to the Bureau of Prisons facility in Marianna, Florida, according to her lawyer, Mike Fawer. Marianna is between Pensacola and Tallahassee, about a four-hour drive from New Orleans. Gill Pratt was convicted of racketeering…
Water reports investigated
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 19:45
State Police are investigating the possibility of fraud after “significant inconsistencies” were discovered between reports compiled by St. John the Baptist Parish employees involved in testing the local water supply and reports compiled by the state Department of Health and Hospitals. The discrepancies came to light last week after the discovery of a rare brain-eating amoeba in one area of the parish’s water lines. Sgt. Nick Manale, a State Police spokesman, said Tuesday that law…
Three vying for seats ruled out from races
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 19:45
A judge on Tuesday disqualified defense attorney Lionel “Lon” Burns in his bid to unseat Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro, ruling that Burns failed to prove that he paid his state taxes for four years prior to filing his candidacy papers last month. Burns, a former Orleans Parish prosecutor, said he “absolutely” would appeal Civil District Court Judge Tiffany Chase’s ruling. He has until Wednesday to do so. Also on Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Cedric…
Larger-than-life tribute to Tom Benson now stands near Champions Square
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 19:17
High noon at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome brought a who's who of New Orleans sports, the city and the state. "We are gathered here for a most appropriate statement of gratitude and appreciation and a love for a man who has had one of the single positive impacts on the psyche of the people of New Orleans and Louisiana," said Tourism leader Mark Romig. The gathering was to share an honor with Saints Owner Tom Benson.
St. Bernard constable sued over her age is victorious in the end
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 19:17
CHALMETTE, LA (WVUE) - Mick Jagger was born on July 26, 1943. That makes him 71 years old, and he still can wow an audience. But a St. Bernard Parish elected official who is the same age was recently targeted by a lawsuit because of her age. "I'm the only woman constable in St. Bernard Parish, and I'm proud of that, and I do a good job," said Hillary Miller, Constable for Ward F. Critics…
Report: Man thought he was entering relative's apartment when he was shot
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 19:11
WWLTV.com Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Twitter: @WWLTV NEW ORLEANS -- A man who was shot as he allegedly tried to force his way into a woman's apartment Monday thought he was entering a relative's apartment, the New Orleans Advocate is reporting. Martynenez Grigsby, 26, faces one count of aggravated battery after she shot 20-year-old Courtney Vanderhorst in Mid-City on Monday. According to The New Orleans Advocate, "Vanderhorst said he was stunned to find a stranger inside…
Brazen Mid-City criminals targeting family pets
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 19:11
Meg Farris / Eyewitness News Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Twitter: @megfarriswwl NEW ORLEANS - A Mid-City community said a group of brazen criminals has been returning to the scenes of their crimes even after being caught. Some have attempted to cut the cord to security cameras to protect their identity and others are now apparently targeting the family pet. On a quiet street in Mid-City, not far from City Park and the Fair Grounds, everyone in…
Virdia to build $60 million Lafourche plant
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 18:44
Virdia Inc. announced Tuesday it will spend $60 million to build Lafourche Parish biochemical processing facilities that will convert sugar cane bagasse into high-value industrial sugars and biofuels. The project will create 81 new direct jobs, averaging $55,000 a year, plus benefits. Louisiana’s economic development department also estimates the project will result in 469 new indirect jobs in the Bayou Region and surrounding areas. In addition, the project will support an estimated 120 construction jobs.…
Woman arrested in shooting man at apartment door
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 18:44
Two strangers stood facing each other when the apartment door opened Monday afternoon, but Martynenez Grigsby and Courtney Vanderhorst know each other now — as alleged assailant and victim. Grigsby, 26, was booked on a count of aggravated battery after she shot Vanderhorst, 20, in the right shoulder, according to court documents. Police previously said he was shot in the chest. Grigsby told police that Vanderhorst forced his way inside her apartment. Vanderhorst said he…
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