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Candidates for Louisiana governor support light rail from New Orleans to Baton Rouge

Friday, 04 September 2015 16:58 Written by
click to enlarge The state's crumbling roads and highways and the future of its transportation infrastructure bookended a forum among Louisiana's gubernatorial candidates in New Orleans this afternoon. But asked whether the candidates support linking New Orleans and Baton Rouge through an ambitious light-rail system, the answer was largely a "yes." The candidates — Republican challengers Scott Angelle, Jay Dardenne and David Vitter, and Democrat John Bel Edwards — participated in a forum at the…
Massachusetts Among Least Friendly for Small Businesses
Friday, 04 September 2015 16:58 Written by
By CHARLENE ARSENAULT (Patch Staff) If you’re thinking about opening up a small business in Massachusetts, you may want to reconsider another state, according to a recent survey. Small businesses found Massachusetts to be one of the least friendly states for microenterprise, according to Thumbtack’s annual Small Business Friendliness Survey. Nearly 18,000 U.S. small business owners responded to the survey, including 463 in Massachusetts. The business owners were asked to rate their state and city…
New Orleans Mayor threatened with house arrest if he doesn’t pay city firefighters
Friday, 04 September 2015 16:58 Written by
(File photo of Mayor Mitch Landrieu State of the City May, 22, 2012) × New Orleans Mayor threatened with house arrest if he doesn’t pay city firefighters (File photo of Mayor Mitch Landrieu State of the City May, 22, 2012) NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu could be put under house arrest after a Civil Court Judge ruled against him Friday in the latest punch in the boxing match between the mayor…
New Orleans Times-Picayune: Forever grateful for rescuers who pulled people out of the floodwaters
Friday, 04 September 2015 16:58 Written by
The 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the levee breaks passed last week with memorials to the 1,833 who were lost and testimonials about how far we’ve come. Before we move on, though, we should take a moment to honor our rescuers. As horrific as the death toll was in Katrina, tens of thousands of people were saved from the floodwaters — plucked from their rooftops and attics by helicopter or brought to dry land…
New Orleans, Ten Years Past The Flood: Resilience Follies, Part 3
Friday, 04 September 2015 16:58 Written by
New Yorker cover: “Second Line,” by Kadir Nelson The panel discussion I moderated last night at Basin St. Station, “Ten Years After: The State Of New Orleans Music And Culture,” was walking distance from the Sheraton Hotel on Canal Street, where the Atlantic magazine hosted a day-long conference yesterday, and where the city of New Orleans begins its bevy of discussions and events under the banner—there’s an official logo and a color scheme—“Katrina 10: Resilient…
Column: Put BP oil spill money back into the environment
Friday, 04 September 2015 16:57 Written by
The BP oil spill of 2010 was an environmental disaster of the first order. Even with the best efforts of environmental scientists, the true extent of the impact on the Gulf of Mexico's viability may never be known. What is known is that the impact to water quality and marine life was extensive, and the impact to the economies of Florida's Gulf Coast counties was enormous. Related News/ArchiveColumn: Harness the marketplace to help the environment2…
Public safety concerns surround inmates released without bond in Jefferson Parish
Friday, 04 September 2015 16:56 Written by
The Orleans Parish Prison and conditions inside the facility have dominated headlines in recent weeks. Related Two men identified in Metairie school...New bike racks to be installed around...Judge to Landrieu: Pay firefighters...Kenner police arrest woman for.
Fire crews battling 2-alarm fire in Bywater
Friday, 04 September 2015 16:56 Written by
Fire crews are battling a two-alarm fire in the Bywater. Related Cold Case: Northshore businessman's...Public safety concerns surround...Mayor Landrieu, facing house arrest,...LIVE: Gubernatorial candidates to...New bike racks to be installed around.
Official: Petroplex may seek damages
Friday, 04 September 2015 16:56 Written by
VACHERIE — A federal judge will consider this fall whether to hand down a preliminary injunction to overturn a stop-work order issued by the St. James Parish government in December that halted construction at Petroplex International’s liquid storage tank farm site along River Road. The motion for the preliminary injunction, filed July 28 in U.S. District Court’s Eastern District in New Orleans, comes at the request of Petroplex attorneys who say the stop-work order is…
Lafayette schools see slight enrollment gain
Friday, 04 September 2015 16:56 Written by
Enrollment in the Lafayette Parish school system continues to show slight growth compared to last year, Superintendent Donald Aguillard told the School Board earlier this week. As of Sept. 2, the count was 29,264 students for grades K-12 — an increase of about 191 students based on the school system’s Nov. 1 count last year, Aguillard said. The Nov. 1 count was 29,073 students and the date was used because “no-shows” had been purged from…

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