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New Orleans-area man being monitored for Ebola

In this Oct. 12, 2014, file photo, Dr. Tom Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaks at a news conference in Atlanta. People who shared an apartment with the country's first Ebola patient are emerging from quarantine healthy. And while Thomas Eric Duncan died and two U.S. nurses were infected caring for him, there are successes, too: A nurse infected in Spain has recovered, as have four American aid workers infected in West Africa. Even there, not everyone dies. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

State health officials are monitoring a New Orleans area man for signs of the deadly Ebola virus, a Department of Health and Hospitals spokeswoman confirmed Thursday. Continue reading →

3 N.O.-area Catholic schools to close

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Holy Ghost School, in New Orleans, on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014.

Facing steady declines in enrollment, three New Orleans-area Catholic schools will close at the end of the current school year, a move that will send 507 children, their parents and about 50 faculty and administrators in Orleans, Jefferson and St. John the Baptist parishes looking for new elementary schools in 2015. Pastors with Holy Ghost School… Continue reading →

City clears homeless from Central Business District

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Pigeons and pigeon dropping are seen on tents underneath the Pontchartrain Expressway at Calliope and Camp Street in New Orleans, La. Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. Homeless people moved further away from the Superdome after the New Orleans Health Department handed out fliers Monday asking people to leave that overpass from Claiborne to St. Charles Ave within 72 hours and moving them out on Thursday morning.

The city continued its efforts to break up homeless encampments in the Central Business District on Thursday, evicting the homeless from a number of small camps near the Pontchartrain Expressway. On Sunday night, camp inhabitants were given 72 hours to disperse, according to City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell, who said she supported the sweep because of worsening… Continue reading →

GOP candidates attack opponent in 6th District race

Advocate Photo by MARK BALLARD -- Candidates to replace U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy in the Baton Rouge-based 6th Congressional District met Thursday in a final scheduled forum sponsored by Leaders With Vision.

In the final scheduled forum for the 6th District congressional race Thursday, Republican candidates turned on Garret Graves, who has raised the most money, sharply questioning him about who contributed to his campaign and how his father’s firm won government contracts while he was a member of the Jindal administration. Paul Dietzel, of Baton Rouge, first… Continue reading →

Crawfish processors to get compensation for Chinese dumping

— Louisiana crawfish processors will collect nearly $20 million from the federal government under an agreement announced Thursday by U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., that compensates the industry for illegal market “dumping” by Chinese importers. “When I think of Louisiana, I think of crawfish and seafood,” Landrieu said. She described the efforts to extract… Continue reading →

OMV offices testing days for seniors only

The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles is testing a program that could help seniors renew their driver’s licenses and register vehicles without the long wait times they may currently face. “Senior Day” will be tested at select locations throughout the state, one Saturday a month beginning next month, as a time for only Louisianans older than… Continue reading →

New York City doctor back from West Africa has Ebola; 1st case in city

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2014, file photo, Bellevue Hospital nurse Belkys Fortune, left, and Teressa Celia, Associate Director of Infection Prevention and Control, pose in protective suits in an isolation room, in the Emergency Room of the hospital, during a demonstration of procedures for possible Ebola patients in New York. A doctor who recently returned to New York City from West Africa is being tested for the Ebola virus. The doctor had a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms and was taken Thursday to Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

NEW YORK — An emergency room doctor who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus, becoming the first case in the city and the fourth in the nation. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday urged residents not to be alarmed… Continue reading →

Collapse may expose deeper issues

A roof hangs in the historic French Quarter section of New Orleans, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Crews in the French Quarter were working to clear away debris after an additional portion of a 200-year-old building collapsed on Wednesday. Officials said no one was injured when part of the facade of the peach-colored building at St. Ann and Royal streets gave way Tuesday afternoon, striking the balcony below and causing it to collapse to the street. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The sudden and dramatic loss of a three-story piece of New Orleans history took many people, including city inspectors, by surprise this week. But whatever factors led to the collapse of 808-810 Royal St. could be lurking inside other venerable French Quarter buildings, city officials and preservationists warned. “There are probably several other buildings… Continue reading →

Rain CII makes post-Katrina return, opens $5.6M corporate headquarters in Covington

Rain CII, which was displaced to Kingwood, Texas, after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, has opened its $5.6 million corporate headquarters in Covington. Rain CII, which produces materials used in aluminum, steel and titanium dioxide, announced its plans to return to Louisiana in October 2013. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Thursday. Its new headquarters is in the… Continue reading →

BP makes deepwater Gulf oil discovery

BP has struck oil at the Guadalupe prospect 180 miless off the coast of Louisiana in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The company said the discovery well, on Keathley Canyon Block 10, was drilled by operator Chevron on behalf of the Guadalupe co-owners. The well encountered significant oil pay in Paleogene age Wilcox Sands.… Continue reading →

Xavier of Louisiana receives millions in grant money to benefit biomedical students

The National Institutes of Health.

Xavier University of Louisiana received a $19.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to expand student participation in biomedical programs. The award is part of a $240 million NIH investment involving more than 10 institutions. Xavier and other recipients will establish a national consortium to train, mentor and encourage students from underrepresented groups to enter… Continue reading →

HRI Properties getting up to $150 million for growth

HRI Properties LLC in New Orleans is getting up to $150 million of growth capital from affiliates of Almanac Realty Investors LLC. HRI said it will use the funds to acquire, redevelop and develop mixed-use projects, consisting of apartments and hotels within the urban core of top 25 metropolitan areas. The funds also provide HRI with… Continue reading →

U.S.: IS earns $1M per day in black market oil sales

In this Dec. 1, 2011, file photo, Treasury Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Treasury Department says Islamic State militants are amassing wealth at an unprecedented pace, earning about $1 million a month from black market oil sales alone. Cohen said Thursday that the militant group also has taken in at least $20 million in ransom payments this year from kidnappings. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department says Islamic State militants are earning about $1 million a day just from black market oil sales. The official who leads the department’s effort to undermine the group’s financial strength says IS also has taken in at least $20 million in ransom payments this year from kidnappings. David Cohen,… Continue reading →

Gauge of U.S. economy posts solid 0.8 percent gain

In this Oct. 14, 2014, file photo, Perry Loyola sorts apples before they are pressed for juice and used for cider at Samascott Orchards in Kinderhook, N.Y.  The Conference Board on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, said that its index of leading indicators rose 0.8 percent in September following a flat reading in August which originally had been reported as a small 0.2 percent gain. It was the best showing since a 1.1 percent advance in July. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A gauge designed to predict the economy’s future health posted a solid increase in September after no gain in the previous month. The Conference Board said Thursday that its index of leading indicators rose 0.8 percent last month following a flat reading in August which originally had been reported as a small 0.2 percent… Continue reading →

Join a live chat now with Michelle Singletary

Personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary is holding a live chat at 11 a.m. March 27 with with Crystal Paine, author of 'Say Goodbye to Survival Mode' and operator of

Syndicated columnist Michelle Singletary is hosting an online chat at 11 a.m. today with Robert Maurer, a clinical psychologist at UCLA and author of the book “One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way.” They will be talking about how small steps can be used to accomplish large goals, including tackling debt. Continue reading →

Xavier in New Orleans earns $19.6M grant from National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Xavier University of Louisiana has received a $19.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The money from an NIH initiative called Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity will be used to expand biomedical programs at the historically black university. Xavier announced the grant in a Wednesday news release. It says the… Continue reading →

Two tickets win Lotto jackpot Wednesday

Louisiana Lottery officials say two tickets won the $325,000 jackpot in Wednesday’s Louisiana Lotto drawing. They were purchased in Baton Rouge and Houma. Lottery officials say the winners will recieve $162,500 each. There were no jackpot winners for the multistate Powerball jackpot or the Easy 5 drawing. The multistate Powerball jackpot goes to an estimated $125… Continue reading →’s EZ form not for legal immigrants

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2013, file photo, Andrew Slavitt, group executive vice president for Optum/QSSI, left, and Lynn Spellecy, corporate counsel for Equifax Workforce Solutions, listen to questioning during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing with contractors that built the federal government's health care websites  in Washington. It turns out HealthCare.govs new EZ application for coverage cant be used by legal immigrants or naturalized U.S. citizens. Slavitt, now the top technology official for, said there have been several improvements to make things easier for immigrants, including expanding the list of documents that people can use to establish eligibility and updating the computer system so it wont get hung up on certain special characters used in some names.  (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) —’s new EZ application for coverage can’t be used by legal immigrants or naturalized U.S. citizens, prompting concern that many Hispanics and Asians will go right back into long enrollment queues this year. The Obama administration has placed a high priority on signing up more Latinos under the health care law for 2015. As… Continue reading →

Man apprehended after jumping White House fence

Secret Service respond on the North Lawn of the White House after a man jumped the White House fence, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Washington. The Secret Service apprehended the man who jumped over the White House fence. This latest incident comes about a month after a previous White House fence jumper sprinted across the lawn, past armed uniformed agents and entered the mansion. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A 23-year-old Maryland man is in custody after he climbed over the White House fence Wednesday night and was swiftly apprehended on the North Lawn by uniformed Secret Service agents and their dogs. The incident came about a month after a previous White House fence jumper carrying a knife sprinted across the same lawn,… Continue reading →

Canada’s PM says shooting rampage was terrorism

In this frame grab taken from video, Canada Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during a televised address to the nation in Ottawa, Ontario, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. A masked gunman killed a soldier standing guard at Canadas war memorial Wednesday, then stormed Parliament in an attack that was stopped cold when he was shot to death by the ceremonial sergeant-at-arms. Harper called it the countrys second terrorist attack in three days. (AP Photo/APTN, Pool)

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Two deadly attacks in three days against members of the military stunned Canadians and raised fears their country was being targeted for reprisals for joining the U.S.-led air campaign against an extremist Islamic group in Iraq and Syria. “We will not be intimidated. Canada will never be intimidated,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper vowed… Continue reading →

Demolition of collapsed French Quarter building to begin Thursday

Advocate staff photo by Danny Monteverde -- The remainder of the facade of a French Quarter building that partially collapsed Tuesday night came down Wednesday afternoon as city and fire officials worked to stabilize it.

Virtually all of a French Quarter building, more than 200 years old and considered an important architectural feat when it was built, collapsed Wednesday in a spectacular cascade of dust, dirt and debris as officials tried to stabilize it after a portion had tumbled to the street below a day earlier. By late afternoon, an excavator… Continue reading →

Amtrak fights back against New Orleans, mayor Mitch Landrieu over controversial fence along Earhart Blvd.

Advocate file photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Stacy Head got the City Council to establish a new interim zoning district in order to stop construction of this fence  around the Amtrak train line which parallels Earhart Boulevard.

Amtrak has fired back against the city of New Orleans, adding steam to a deepening imbroglio over a chain-link fence intended to protect the train tracks along Earhart Boulevard. About a month after the city sued Amtrak, the company filed a countersuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court, claiming federal law trumps recent efforts by the City… Continue reading →

Good news for NOPD: Chief Michael Harrison says recruiting starting to hit its stride

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Interim NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison is shown in this Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, Advocate file photo.

The newest faces of the New Orleans Police Department are a diverse bunch. Among them are a former UNO baseball pitcher whose recent jobs included termite inspector and country club pool guy, a state probation and parole officer whose sister is former City Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer, a Cuban-born Floridian with an MBA, the ex-manager of… Continue reading →