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Woman killed in 7th Ward shooting identified

A woman who was shot Tuesday night in the 7th Ward and later died at the hospital has been identified as 26-year-old Kaima Kennedy. Kennedy was shot about 6 p.m. while on the porch of a home in the 2100 block of Law Street, said officer Frank Robertson, a Police Department spokesman. She was rushed to… Continue reading →

Boil order lifted for Bedico Creek

Tammany Utilities lifted a boil advisory for Bedico Creek subdivision was lifted Wednesday after the state Department of Health and Hospitals determined that the water is safe for consumption. Residents were advised to boil their water beginning Monday when damage to a water main required Tammany Utilities to shut off water to the subdivision for several hours.… Continue reading →

SEC adopts rules on loan-backed securities

n this Jan. 24, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama listens as Mary Joe White speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Financial firms that sell securities backed by loans, like the kind that fueled the 2008 financial crisis, will have to give investors details on borrowers’ credit record and income under action taken Wednesday by federal regulators. The Securities and Exchange Commission adopted the rules for securities linked to mortgages and auto loans on a… Continue reading →

Experts want to see NFL act on domestic violence

In this May 23, 2014, file photo, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, right, speaks alongside his wife, Janay, during a news conference, Friday, May 23, in Owings Mills, Md. Rices two-game suspension for domestic violence begins Saturday, a punishment handed down after grainy video showed him dragging his then-fiancee off a casino elevator unconscious Feb. 15. He has not divulged what happened in the elevator except to call his actions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ravens running back Ray Rice is sitting out two games for domestic violence. A positive marijuana test triggered a yearlong ban for Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, costing him the 2014 season. Critics of the NFL’s arbitrary policy toward domestic violence point to the contrast between the punishments and say it’s time for… Continue reading →

25 seeking Louisiana higher ed commissioner job

Twenty-five people have applied for Louisiana’s higher education commissioner job. The committee tasked with narrowing the candidate pool will meet in Baton Rouge Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. Per information from board staff, four of the applicants are women. The applicants come from locations across the country. The state Board of Regents has said… Continue reading →

U.S. economy forecast to grow by 1.5 percent in 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday forecast that the U.S. economy will grow by just 1.5 percent in 2014, undermined by a poor performance during the first three months of the year. The new assessment was considerably more pessimistic than the Obama administration’s, which predicted last month that the economy would expand by 2.6… Continue reading →

Accused Bourbon Street shooter pleads not guilty

Trung T. Le

Accused Bourbon Street shooter Trung Le pleaded not guilty to counts of manslaughter and attempted second-degree murder in Criminal District Court this morning. Le entered his plea a day after his lawyer, Martin Regan, labeled him a hero, saying Le saved lives when he fired on a second, still-unnamed shooter about 2:45 a.m. on June 29.… Continue reading →

U.S. considering new relief mission in Iraq, defense officials say

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is considering launching a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants, U.S. defense officials said Wednesday. The mission, if it went forward, would be the second recent U.S. military humanitarian intervention in Iraq. U.S. cargo planes dropped tons… Continue reading →

Gov. Bobby Jindal sues Obama administration over Common Core

Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana addresses activists from America's political right at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington in this Feb. 11, 2012, file photo. Jindal planned to file a lawsuit Wednesday against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally manipulating federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Updated at 1:38 p.m. — Gov. Bobby Jindal filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally manipulating federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards. The U.S. Department of Education has used a $4.3 billion grant program and federal policy waivers to encourage states to adopt uniform education standards and testing.… Continue reading →

Morning update: I-10 East reopens, was closed after tanker explosion

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--A firefighter surveys the wreck of a tanker trailer that exploded at the Little Woods exit of I-10 near the intersection of I-510. The 24-Year-old female driver of the tanker has been transported to the hospital with no serious injuries. NOPD will conduct the accident portion of the investigation. Members of the NOFD/ Hazmat is on the scene for clean up of the wreckage. All lanes of travel will remain closed until the fuel clean up is complete. St. Bernard Sheriff and Louisiana State Police also responded to the scene.

Updated at 6 a.m. — The New Orleans Police Department reported early Wednesday that all I-10 lanes are now open. ________________________ A tanker truck exploded late Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 10 in New Orleans East, causing a fire that destroyed the truck. The heavily traveled highway had to be closed in both directions during rush hour, and a plume… Continue reading →

IG report: NOPD misclassifying many robberies

In the latest in a series of audits questioning the accuracy of New Orleans crime statistics, Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux’s office issued a report Wednesday that says the New Orleans Police Department misclassified nearly 40 percent of a sampling of robbery cases the office reviewed. As with the earlier audits, which dealt with rapesContinue reading →

Chunk of Gallier Hall’s facade tumbles

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  A section of the facade of Gallier Hall, at right, broke off and crashed on the stone steps below, damaging them Tuesday morning. The area around the front of the building has been barricaded off for the safety of passing pedestrians.

A chunk of stone cornice on the fa├žade of Gallier Hall — just below where a statue of a blindfolded Lady Justice stands holding her scales three stories above the street — broke off sometime Tuesday morning and came crashing onto the steps below. No one was injured, but the steps, which extend along St. Charles… Continue reading →

City panel endorses latest plan for French Quarter restaurant

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Sean Meenan is once again trying to get his plan for a Cuban restaurant at the corner of Esplanade Avenue and North Rampart Street approved by the Vieux Carre Commission. French Quarter preservationists stopped his last effort and already are protesting this one.

A proposal to turn a long-abandoned French Quarter service station into a restaurant once again is under review by the Vieux Carre Commission — eight months after the developer, facing unrelenting protest from some neighbors, withdrew the project from consideration. The commission is considering a new proposal from Sean Meenan, whose original bid to build a… Continue reading →

BGR urges city to sell former World Trade Center building

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Ships travel along the Mississippi River next to the World Trade Center building in New Orleans, La. Friday, June 13, 2014.

The Bureau of Governmental Research again is urging the city to abandon its efforts to find a developer to lease the former World Trade Center building at the foot of Canal Street and instead to sell the long-vacant property. In a report released Tuesday, the nonpartisan agency said that with three attempts to lease the 1960s… Continue reading →

St. Tammany DA candidates talk tough on crime, corruption

Advocate staff photo by FAIMON ROBERTS -- Warren Montgomery, standing center, addresses the audience as Alan Black, left, Roy Burns, second from left, and Brian Trainor debate for the 22nd Judicial District District Attorney during a candidates forum in St. Tamany.

Four of the five lawyers who are vying for the top law enforcement job in St. Tammany and Washington parishes appeared Tuesday night in the first forum of the campaign for 22nd Judicial District Attorney. The election is Nov. 4. Robert Rees, who qualified to run at the last minute, declined the invitation from Concerned… Continue reading →

Jefferson School Board candidate’s eligibility challenged

Several West Bank residents allege that a candidate for the Jefferson Parish School Board hasn’t lived in the state long enough to qualify for the seat, drawing counter allegations from that candidate’s campaign manager that a sitting School Board member in another district is interfering in the race. A lawsuit filed Monday seeks to have Rickeem… Continue reading →

New Orleans trumpeter Porgy Jones dead at 74

Photo provided by Floragene Mays -- Warren 'Porgy' B. Jones

Warren B. “Porgy” Jones, a New Orleans trumpeter who played with some of the biggest stars in jazz, soul and R&B, died Thursday at Touro Infirmary of a heart attack. He was 74. “Porgy had a different sort of sophistication, outside of what you would anticipate from a New Orleans horn player,” said Jerome Smith, who… Continue reading →