New Orleans City Hall security shifts to private firm after 20 years under sheriff

Thursday, 26 February 2015 15:12
The responsibility for securing New Orleans City Hall is no longer in the hands of Sheriff Marlin Gusman. As of Feb. 14, the armed guards are
Sen. Bill Cassidy cleared of any wrongdoing and record must reflect that: James Varney
Thursday, 26 February 2015 15:12
U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., has been cleared of any wrongdoing by an LSU audit. The record needs to reflect this and people need to know
Uptown residents trapped in flood control construction demand relief, website reports
Thursday, 26 February 2015 15:12
Residents upset with a flood control construction project on Prytania Street that has turned their neighborhood into a walled off maze of black tarps asked officials
Lafayette looking for ‘dynamic, motivated’ school system leader
Thursday, 26 February 2015 14:22
The search for a “dynamic, motivated educational leader” for the Lafayette Parish School System is officially underway. An advertisement for the schools superintendent job was published in The Daily Advertiser, the parish’s official journal, on Sunday to fill state law requirements linked to filling a vacant superintendent position, said Bruce Leininger, the school system’s human resources director. The advertisement will be published in the Sunday editions of both The Advocate and Times-Picayune newspapers, as well,…
State veterans chief seeks congressional help
Thursday, 26 February 2015 14:22
Louisiana veterans are running up debt because a federal agency isn’t paying their medical bills on time, according to the chief of the state’s veterans agency. Federal law authorizes the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide health coverage for eligible military veterans when they are “financially liable” for emergency medical services provided at a local non-VA hospital or ambulance company. But the VA division congress recently put in charge of getting the bills paid…
Politics blog: Make higher ed the top funding priority, education leaders urge a day before Bobby Jindal’s budget recommendation
Thursday, 26 February 2015 14:22
The leaders of Louisiana’s college and university systems and the state commissioner of higher education have sent a joint letter to Gov. Bobby Jindal, urging the governor to look for ways to keep funding steady for higher ed in the face of a $1.6 billion funding shortfall in the coming year. Jindal’s administration will release his executive budget recommendation Friday. See the story here.
With winter, feral hogs slow down, but keep foraging on West Bank levees
Thursday, 26 February 2015 14:22
Feral hogs feasting on West Bank levees have merely slowed down with winter, but they haven't stopped tearing up the protective berms in search of worms.
16 vehicles involved in I-10 crash Thursday morning in Metairie
Thursday, 26 February 2015 14:22
Sixteen vehicles were involved in Thursday's morning pileup (Feb. 26) on Interstate 10 in Metairie, according to Louisiana State Police. The wreck backed up eastbound traffic
Sacrifice pays off for La Divina Italian Cafe', named SCORE American Small Business Champion
Thursday, 26 February 2015 14:22
The sacrifice of a small business owner reaches far into the life of an entrepreneur. Many choose to take a pay cut and spend countless around-the-clock
Childhood poverty in New Orleans back at pre-Katrina levels
Thursday, 26 February 2015 14:15
The rate of childhood poverty, which took a dip in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, is back at about pre-storm levels, according to a new report from a local group called the Data Center, a trend the authors say has worrying implications for the mental health of the city’s youth. There are about 78,000 people under the age of 18 living in Orleans Parish, and about 39 percent were living in poverty as of 2013,…

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