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Report finds positive change at Orleans Parish Criminal Court

Sunday, 20 April 2014 00:30
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A newly released report finds big changes are being made at Orleans Parish Criminal Court. But the system is far from perfect, as Court Watch NOLA found out. Last year, 104 Court Watch NOLA volunteers sat in on 2,500 different hearings at Tulane and Broad. Executive Director Brad Cousins says, "We think the citizens have the right and duty to know what's going on and let the rest of the…
Local hotelier Francis Grayson dies
Sunday, 20 April 2014 00:30
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A familiar, smiling face in some of Baton Rouge's nicest hotels has died. Hotelier Francis Grayson passed away Friday, friends confirmed. Grayson served as General Manager of Hotel Indigo since it opened Downtown in 2011. Prior to that he worked to open the Belle of Baton Rouge and the Sheraton Hotel. His career began some 30 years prior at what is now the Ramada Inn. Grayson also owned a hospitality…
Jailed murder suspect allegedly orchestrates plot to harm witnesses
Sunday, 20 April 2014 00:30
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Two people are accused of trying to keep witnesses from testifying in a trio of murder and armed robbery cases. Kirrasha Nicholas, 25, was booked on Friday, April 18th. The police say Nicholas's boyfriend, Erick Scott, contacted her from the inside of the EBR Parish Prison and asked her to intimidate witnesses. And finally, Christopher Smith was booked into prison on Monday. He is accused of agreeing to murder one…
Southeast Louisiana coastal restoration, hurricane protection are new , booming 'water management' economic sector, Data Center says
Sunday, 20 April 2014 00:15
Southeast Louisiana’s economy, long dependent on the oil and gas, shipping and tourism industries, has a new major player, according to a report released Sunday morning
Don’t fall for Obamacare’s medicaid bait
Saturday, 19 April 2014 23:16
Louisiana’s editorial boards and other opinion leaders all seem to agree that Gov. Bobby Jindal is wrong to reject the Medicaid expansion offered by Obamacare. But Jindal is right. Obamacare’s Medicaid offerings glitter like fool’s gold. Before doing the math, let’s study some history. It’s not just that President Barack Obama has broken almost every promise he made about Obamacare, from driving premiums down to keeping your doctor if you so desire — although the…
Bridging the funding gap
Saturday, 19 April 2014 23:16
“The angel funding has been a great new addition to the landscape that traditionally hasn’t been there, but when companies get to the next stage of need — the early venture capital investment — it seems like there’s a shortage of that.” JUSTIN OBLETZ, Advantage Capital partners Years into organized efforts to improve the city’s entrepreneurial climate, the increased availability of startup capital is brightening the outlook for fledgling businesses, but investment sources warn that…
Drone maker looking to next stage of funding
Saturday, 19 April 2014 23:16
When Charles Easterling and his partners began looking a few years ago for capital for their company, Crescent Unmanned Systems LLC, they kept hearing that they would need to go to California because that’s where technology startups typically find investors with deep pockets. Easterling had already tapped his bank account, and he had landed capital from the most common early investment source for entrepreneurs — friends and family. Now he needed help to develop his…
Raptors All-Star DeRozan a no-show in playoff debut
Saturday, 19 April 2014 22:46
TORONTO — A shot went up by Raptors All-Star and leading scorer DeMar DeRozan. It missed. Again and again and again and… Well, you get the idea. “I just had a tough game today, I tried to make it up on the defensive end,” DeRozan said of his NBA playoffs debut. “I just missed shots.” It was nothing the Nets did to him in their 94-87 Game 1 first-round playoff victory, DeRozan said.
Oak Alley ending arts and crafts festival
Saturday, 19 April 2014 22:46
VACHERIE —The thunderstorm that turned the green grounds of Oak Alley into mud the night before the plantation’s arts and crafts festival this spring wasn’t the main reason the plantation decided to end the 23-years-running festival. But it did help the board of the Oak Alley Foundation, a private trust that maintains the plantation, make up its mind. “We had been thinking for years about discontinuing the craft show. It’s not part of our mission.
2nd arrest made in plot against witnesses
Saturday, 19 April 2014 22:46
Four days after Baton Rouge police arrested a man accused of agreeing to kill witnesses in a murder case against Erick Scott, police picked up a second person Friday in the jailhouse plot to keep people from testifying against Scott. Kirrasha Nicholas, 24, is accused of trying to contact witnesses in an effort to dissuade them from testifying against Scott, 23, who is Nicholas’ boyfriend, the affidavit of probable cause for Nicholas’ arrest says. Scott…