RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu will discuss racism, the history and symbolism of Confederate monuments and other important issues...
Frank Donze, New Orleans political reporter, dead at 64
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Journalist Frank Donze, widely respected in his native New Orleans for covering five mayors and a host of political movers and shakers during 35 years with The Times-Picayune, has died at age 64.
Donze (DAHN'-zee) died Saturday at his home of an apparent heart attack, his brother-in-law, Peter Finney Jr., told Nola.comThe Times-Picayune.
Morse named new head of Urban League of Louisiana
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Urban League of Louisiana has named a new president and CEO.
The civil rights organization said in a Thursday release that Judy Reese Morse will fill the job beginning Sept. 17. She succeeds Erika McConduit, who has served since 2013.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Outside consultants fault New Orleans officials' long-term neglect of the city's failing drainage system for widespread flooding last summer.
Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:
ABC's "This Week" — Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla.; Reps. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., and Steve Stivers, R-Ohio.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell says the city's property management department had become a cesspool where sexual harassment flourished for years. She has fired department leaders, and told The New Orleans Advocate last week that she hopes new city rules and training will help prevent anything similar.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has paid a $1,500 ethics fine for taking too long to disclose the free hotel room and transportation he received to attend a conference in Miami.
The Louisiana Board of Ethics approved the consent order outlining the ethics violation Friday. The Democratic former mayor agreed to the penalty for filing a required disclosure statement six days later than required.
BOSTON (AP) — The former mayor of New Orleans was honored Sunday night for his leadership in removing Confederate memorials in his city.
Mitch Landrieu (LAN'-droo) was presented with the 2018 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for standing behind his decision to take down four monuments.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on the inauguration of LaToya Cantrell as the new mayor of New Orleans (all times local):
LaToya Cantrell has taken the oath of office as mayor of New Orleans — the first woman to hold that post.
Cantrell was sworn in Monday morning in ceremonies presided over by former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — His administration wiped out a nearly $100 million deficit, drew billions of dollars in federal aid to step up a plodding recovery from Hurricane Katrina and ushered in reforms at a police department long plagued by scandal.
A tool to aid in decisions on pre-trial releases
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans officials are touting a new assessment tool that judges will begin using this year to help determine whether to release a suspect prior to trial.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office and the state Supreme Court said Monday that the "Public Safety Assessment Tool" was developed by the nonprofit Laura and John Arnold Foundation, which includes bail reform among its initiatives.
Inauguration plans released for next New Orleans mayor
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — LaToya Cantrell will be sworn in as New Orleans' first woman mayor in two weeks, and the inauguration's organizers have released a schedule of related events.
The first of two religious services is set for Saturday, May 5, at New Orleans' Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Church.
Inauguration day falls two days later, May 7. It starts with a Mass at St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter.
Over 2 dozen nations part of New Orleans tri-centennial
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Dignitaries from more than two dozen nations joined state and local officials Saturday in New Orleans to help the city celebrate its 300th anniversary.
Ambassadors, consuls general and military leaders from a diverse group of countries took part in an outdoor welcome ceremony in the city's historic Jackson Square on Saturday morning.
Will Democrats find a presidential hopeful at city hall?
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democrats searching for potential presidential candidates may find some in an unlikely place: city hall.
A handful of Democratic mayors from around the country are considering the race in 2020, taking early steps in Iowa, which holds the first major contest of the presidential campaign.
Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:
ABC's "This Week" — Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.; Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans
New Orleans mayor to share hurricane recovery lessons
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu travels to Houston this week to share lessons learned from the city's road to recovery following Hurricane Katrina.
Landrieu is participating in a free event titled, "Lessons Learned in New Orleans," on Wednesday hosted by Rice University's Kinder Institute for Urban Research. Under Landrieu, New Orleans has come back from the 2005 storm's devastation and his administration notes it's now one of the fastest-growing major cities in America.
Landrieu on Mobile Mardi Gras: That was then, this is now
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Alabama made news with its good-natured dig at New Orleans — billboards touting Mobile as the home of America's original Mardi Gras celebration.
The billboards near New Orleans and in south Mississippi tell motorists how close they are to "America's original Mardi Gras."
On Thursday, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu responded.
Mardi Gras: City crews hauling off parade-route placeholders
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — People who have put out ladders, sofas or other property on public land in New Orleans as parade-route placeholders have probably already lost them, a city official said Tuesday.
Parks and Parkways head Ann MacDonald said crews were out looking for such things during the city's annual Mardi Gras preparedness news conference.
"All items will be removed and disposed of," she said. "We will not be cataloging them."
Mitch Landrieu’s restructuring plan would increase city oversight of New Orleans RTA’s operations
Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration has unveiled a restructuring plan for the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority, seeking to bring the agency more firmly under City Hall’s control before he leaves office in just over three months.
The plan would give the RTA board greater oversight of the private firm that runs the agency’s operations, Transdev.
City workers found 93,000 pounds – 46 tons -- of Mardi Gras beads in the storm drains of New Orleans, according to The New Orleans Advocate.
The Latest: Trump lashes out at mayors over immigration
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and sanctuary cities (all times local):
President Donald Trump says mayors who boycotted a White House event over an administration crackdown on so-called sanctuary cities are placing the needs of illegal immigrants above citizens.
"We can't have it," Trump says. "We want a safe country."
New Orleans’ international airport: 12M-passenger record
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans' international airport has set a record for passengers served. A news release Wednesday from Greater New Orleans Inc. credits new flights for the record 12 million passengers boarding and leaving planes at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.
Aviation Director Kevin Dolliole says more than 20 new flights in 2017 made New Orleans more connected and accessible than ever.
Backlash in New Orleans over a human rights resolution
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A seemingly innocuous human rights resolution adopted by New Orleans' City Council drew harsh criticism Friday from observers who said it played into the hands of anti-Israel extremists.
Four of the seven council members issued a statement late Friday defending the resolution. But Mayor Mitch Landrieu issued a Friday night statement condemning the measure as Ill-advised.
Politicians place wagers on Vikings vs. Saints: king cake or wild rice and purple ice cream
Sunday’s divisional playoff between the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings is drawing politicians to the betting table.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, after a morning back-and-forth on Twitter, have agreed to the following terms: if the Vikings win, the city of Minneapolis will receive a shipment of king cake, the sweet brioche consumed during Mardi Gras. If the Saints win, the city of New Orleans will receive a shipment of Minnesota wild rice.
Supreme Court holds subpoena request against mayor-elect
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court has put a hold on a hearing about New Orleans' mayor-elect while considing whether the judge should step aside.
State Attorney General Jeff Landry has subpoenaed Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell's personal bank records.
She won 60 percent of the vote to succeed term-limited Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Her runoff opponent accused her of misusing a city credit card, an allegation Cantrell denies.
2017 saw significant ‘firsts’ in Louisiana
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Monuments to the Confederate era disappear. New Orleans elects its first female mayor ever. A popular congressman is nearly murdered. Baton Rouge scientists help make a major discovery. Here is a look at those and other top stories in Louisiana for 2017, as selected by The Associated Press:
Panel rejects bid to remove judges from mayor-elect’s case
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana appellate court has rejected Attorney General Jeff Landry's attempt to remove New Orleans judges from issues involving his investigation of Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell.
Landry said Wednesday his office would appeal to the state Supreme Court.
Troubled New Orleans agency facing federal audit
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The agency that oversees drainage, sewer and water systems in New Orleans faces an audit of its spending of federal money received following Hurricane Katrina.
New Orleans news outlets report that the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General notified the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans of the planned audit in a letter. It was made public at a committee meeting Monday.
No recusal of New Orleans judges in probe of mayor-elect
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A judge in New Orleans refused Friday to remove herself or other state judges in the city from matters involving an investigation into Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell's use of a city credit card.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu working on book about race
NEW YORK (AP) — New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is working on a book about his views on race and his support for taking down four Confederate monuments earlier this year.
Viking told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Landrieu's "In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History" will come out in March.
The publisher announced that the Democratic mayor will trace his personal history and look at the larger history of racism in the U.S.
LaToya Cantrell becomes New Orleans’ 1st woman mayor
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — LaToya Cantrell, a City Council member who first gained a political following as she worked to help her hard-hit neighborhood recover from Hurricane Katrina, won a historic election Saturday that made her the first woman mayor of New Orleans.
The Democrat will succeed term-limited fellow Democrat Mitch Landrieu as the city celebrates its 300th anniversary next year.
The Latest: Cantrell wins race for mayor in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Saturday's mayoral election in New Orleans (all times local):
It's a historic election night in New Orleans, where voters have elected the first woman mayor and the first member of the Vietnamese community to serve on the City Council.
Complete returns show LaToya Cantrell, a City Council member, defeated former municipal Judge Desiree Charbonnet (DEZ'-uh-ray SHAR'-boh-nay) in the race to succeed term-limited Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
Different views on an immigration meeting
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has met with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions about the city's law enforcement policies regarding immigrants.
The Justice Department earlier this year said New Orleans could lose grant money for failing to comply with federal law. After Thursday's meeting the department issued a statement saying the city has committed to sharing information with federal law enforcement authorities.
Poll: Council member leading in New Orleans mayoral runoff
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Days ahead of the runoff election in the New Orleans mayor's race, a poll by a local university shows a City Council member leading an ex-municipal judge.
The University of New Orleans poll was released Monday. It show 46 percent of 602 voters surveyed favored council member Latoya Cantrell over Judge Desiree Charbonnet (DEZ'-ah-RAY' SHAR'-bah-nay).
Charbonnet drew support from 35 percent while 20 percent were undecided.
Edwards: Tech corporation’s expansion means 2,000 jobs
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A technology services company that boasts 6,000 worldwide clients will establish a facility in downtown New Orleans and plans to hire about 2,000 people over five years, state and city officials said Monday.
Gov. John Bel Edwards called the decision by Virginia-based DXC Technology to locate facilities in New Orleans a historic economic development for Louisiana. Mayor Mitch Landrieu called it a "game changer" in the city's drive to diversify its economy.
Mayors of LA, New Orleans highlight transit growth
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The mayors of Los Angeles and New Orleans toured a rail construction site to highlight the benefits of urban transit growth.
Traffic-choked Los Angeles is in the midst of a major rail-building spree to offer commuters more options to get out of their cars.
Wearing hard hats, Mayors Eric Garcetti and Mitch Landrieu walked into a huge tunnel Friday being built in downtown LA that by 2021 will unite several lines.
City, foundation announce hurricane aid grants
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans charitable foundation and the city of New Orleans are donating more than $59,000 in grants to community organizations helping victims of recent hurricanes in Texas, southeast Louisiana and Florida.
New Orleans mayor signing police pay ordinance
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has signed an ordinance that will raise police pay in the city next year.
The City Council approved the ordinance last week.
NOLA.comThe Times-Picayune reports that Landrieu signed the plan Tuesday afternoon. It raises pay by 10 percent for many officers — with higher pay boosts for some more experienced and higher ranking personnel.
2 Democratic women vying to be New Orleans mayor in runoff
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans voters won't decide a successor to Mayor Mitch Landrieu until November, but one thing is settled: The city's next mayor will be a woman.
City Council member Latoya Cantrell and former municipal court Judge Desiree Charbonnet, both Democrats, led the 18-candidate competition in Saturday's election, with all precincts reporting, according to uncertified returns from the Secretary of State's office.
The Latest: New Orleans mayor’s race heads to Nov. runoff
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on the New Orleans mayor's race (all times local):
Another month will be needed to settle who will be New Orleans' next mayor.
The field of candidates was whittled from 18 to two in Saturday's election, to determine who will be the successor to Mayor Mitch Landrieu, a term-limited Democrat who leaves office next year.
18 candidates bid to succeed Landrieu as New Orleans mayor
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans voters choose among 18 candidates Saturday for mayor, seeking a successor to Mitch Landrieu for such daunting challenges as a stubborn violent crime rate and dysfunction in the agency that maintains the aging pumps that clear storm runoff from the low-lying city.
Nobody is expected to secure a majority needed to win outright Saturday, meaning the top two finishers would head to a November runoff.
Landrieu: New Orleans is compliant with US immigration law
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Despite a warning from the U.S. Department of Justice, the City of New Orleans says it is in full compliance with federal immigration law.
The Justice Department on Thursday issued a statement saying New Orleans, Chicago, New York and Philadelphia have until Oct. 27 to show they are complying with longstanding federal law that says cities can't hinder information sharing with immigration agents.
Condor Airlines’ summer flights to Germany return in 2018
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Condor Airlines will resume its twice-weekly, summertime nonstop flights from New Orleans to Germany in 2018.
NOLA Mayor: ‘We Are Ready for Nate’
Nate aims at New Orleans: Will pumps to drain the city work?
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When Tropical Storm Nate formed and forecasts put New Orleans in its projected path for this weekend, one big question loomed for residents and business owners: Will the pumps work?
Louisiana prepares for Nate
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The mayor of flood-weary New Orleans has set an afternoon news conference to discuss preparations for Tropical Storm Nate, which forecasters said could hit the central Gulf Coast this weekend as a hurricane.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu's Thursday afternoon news conference follows summer flash floods in parts of the city that revealed weaknesses in the pumping system that drains New Orleans.
3 squirrels apprehended following 6 attacks on humans
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Following reports of up to six attacks on humans, three squirrels have been apprehended in New Orleans.
WWL-TV reports New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control put out traps near St. Pius X Catholic Church last Wednesday after multiple people reported being attacked by aggressive squirrels in the Lake Vista area, with one assault caught on camera.
Texas city councilman tells residents not to donate to Red Cross
Houston City Councilman Dave Martin, who represents hard-hit Kingwood, had a message for the public about the American Red Cross.
"I beg you not to send them a penny," he said at Wednesday's council meeting. "They are the most inept unorganized organization I've ever experienced."
Haunted by Katrina’s memory, Louisiana now faces Harvey
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Twelve years to the day after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, another deadly storm forced the rescue of hundreds of people from floodwaters in southwestern Louisiana and prompted New Orleans to shut down its schools and other key institutions as a precaution.
Tropical Storm Harvey flooded neighborhoods overnight with chest-deep water in the Lake Charles area, near the Texas line, although water abated in some places Tuesday as rain slackened.