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.
Settlement avoids trial in post-Katrina trash case
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A civil lawsuit over post-Hurricane Katrina trash disposal involving former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and others has been settled.
The confidential settlement, recorded in court documents filed late last week, avoided a trial that had been set for Monday.
The lawsuit involved claims by Waste Management of Louisiana that River Birch — owned by Fred Heebe and Albert Ward — made campaign contributions to local officials to gain advantages in the debris disposal business.
Ex-New Orleans mayor asks judge to throw out his conviction
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has asked a federal judge to throw out his corruption conviction, citing a recent Supreme Court decision making it more difficult to convict public officials of bribery.
Acting as his own attorney, Nagin filed a motion Wednesday "to vacate, set aside or correct" his 10-year sentence for bribery, "honest-services" wire fraud, conspiracy to commit bribery and money laundering and filing false tax returns.
New Orleans’ Katrina challenges may hold lessons for Houston
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As the murky flood waters of Hurricane Katrina were slowly pumped out of New Orleans in 2005, the challenges the city faced were only beginning to come into focus.
Housing, health and public safety, what and where to rebuild — all were questions faced by local, state and federal authorities who, it soon became obvious, had not been prepared to deal with the aftermath of levee failures that led to catastrophic flooding.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An imprisoned former mayor of New Orleans has been ordered to give a deposition at the city's federal courthouse in a lawsuit arising from landfill contracts following Hurricane Katrina.
Ray Nagin is serving a 10-year sentence on 20 federal corruption charges. He was mayor from 2002 to 2010. The convictions involved actions he took before and after Katrina hit in 2005.
US attorney in New Orleans, an Obama appointee, resigns
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. attorney in New Orleans is resigning, effective March 24.
Kenneth Polite (puh-LEET) did not say why he's leaving, but it's routine for U.S. attorneys to offer resignations after a new president is elected.
President Barack Obama nominated Polite in 2013 to replace Jim Letten, who resigned after two of his top deputies acknowledged posting anonymous comments at Nola.com ' The Times-Picayune about cases their office had handled.