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Hearing set in post-Katrina school worker firings | The Daily Advertiser

A Louisiana appeal court has set a May 16 hearing for arguments over a judge's ruling that thousands of New Orleans school employees were wrongfully fired after Hurricane Katrina shut down the city and its schools in 2005.

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Mississippi River Intermodal Terminal and Yard Improvements Underway



The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans has given notice to AECOM
Technical Services Inc. to begin the design of the Port’s new Mississippi River Intermodal Terminal
Project.

The Port received a $16.7 million federal transportation grant last year for improvements to the Napoleon
Avenue Intermodal Terminal. The project site is an existing 12-acre rail yard that services the adjacent
Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal. The new rail yard will be re-configured and modernized into an
efficient intermodal container transfer facility (ICTF).

Construction will begin in December and is expected to take 12 months to complete.

“The Port of New Orleans is the only U.S. seaport with six Class One railroads serving it, which includes
132,000 miles of connecting rail tracks,” said Gary LaGrange, Port President and CEO. “This critical
project will facilitate the movement of marine and rail cargo, stimulate international commerce and
enhance safety all while reducing the carbon footprint of the regional and national transportation systems.
The entire maritime community is thrilled to see this project come to fruition and I want to thank the
entire Louisiana congressional delegation for their unwavering support.”

U.S. Sens. Mary Landrieu and David Vitter; U.S. Reps. Cedric Richmond, Steve Scalise, John Fleming,
Rodney Alexander, Bill Cassidy and Charles Boustany; and former U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry – all wrote
letters ofsupport forthe project to Sec. of Transportation Ray LaHood.

The Port and the Louisiana Port Construction and Development Priority Program are matching a portion
of the federal grant to build an adjacent 4-acre container marshalling yard at the upriver end of the
Louisiana Avenue Terminal. The Board awarded a $3.7 million construction contract to Metairie, La.-
based Hard Rock Construction LLC for the new paved yard. Construction began on the marshalling yard
this month and is expected to be completed by December. The overall cost for both projects is estimated
to be $26 million, creating 100 permanent marine and cargo handling jobs and more than 280 temporary
construction-related jobs.

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Decorative lighting on CCC back on after RPC approves resolution | WDSU


The decorative lights on the Crescent City Connection were turned back on after the Regional Planning Commission approved a resolution at a meeting Tuesday. The Young Leadership Council contends that a document from 1989 proves that Louisiana agreed to pay the cost of keeping the Crescent City Connection's decorative lights turned on...


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Louisiana state analysis of Medicaid expansion shows state could financially benefit | NOLA.com

Although the report finds that taking the Medicaid expansion could be advantageous for Louisiana's budget, the report still cautions that the federal insurance program for the poor needs to be reworked by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It notes that Louisiana now puts most Medicaid recipients in a managed care program — which is expected to provide cost savings for the state — but says the federal government should make it easier for states to get waivers that allow further flexibility.
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Jindal's plan raises Louisiana sales tax, OKs rebates | Alexandria Town Talk


Gov. Bobby Jindal’s proposed tax swap plan eliminating income taxes and raising sales taxes would grant rebates to prevent lower income residents, retirees and military personnel who don’t currently pay income taxes from paying more, says the architect of the plan.

But it also tightens up some of the state’s most popular tax breaks for businesses – especially the movie tax credit – and shifts about $500 million in taxes from individuals to business...


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Jazz Fest map updated for 2013 | nojazzfest.com


New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival map of the Fair Grounds.

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Officials breakground on Lakeshore Drive seawall upgrade | WWL


Officials broke ground on a $6.2million project that will strengthen storm protection along 3,900 feet of the seawall Lakeshore Drive -- a length of roughly four football fields.
Local residents have seen the pictures of Lakeshore Drive filled with lake water after a Hurricane like Isaac or even when a winter storm blows in and the lake water pounds the seawall and undermines the concrete.

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Chef John Besh hosts new cooking show at La. home | AP


John Besh has cooked for thousands in his restaurants. He has cooked for millions on TV. But he recently realized he'd lost sight of cooking for the most important diners of all — his family.
Besh, who owns eight restaurants in south Louisiana and one in San Antonio, said that for years he was working to feed the public but "wasn't feeding the people as a father I was called to feed, and my wife called me out on it."


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Battle of The Brands - Southern Food Bracket | Garden & Gun

Zapps? MoonPie? Tabasco? The NCAA has it's 'brackets' and Southern food does too. Vote for your favorite brand from each matchup in Garden & Gun Magazine's Southern Food Bracket and see which brands advanced...

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Terrilyn Monette, Missing New Orleans Teacher, Seen Driving Alone | Huffington Post

A popular teacher who disappeared after a night of partying more than two weeks ago was seen driving alone away from a bar on surveillance footage that New Orleans police found.

Witnesses said they last saw Terrilyn Monette around 4 a.m. on March 2, in a parking lot talking to a man near the bar where she'd been celebrating her nomination for a teacher of the year award in her district. By daybreak, she and her black 2012 Honda Accord were gone.




 

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Will Tujague's Soon Be a Fried Chicken & T-Shirt Shop? | Eater NOLA


This morning, Eater received a rather disturbing email from a credible source with the subject line "Terrible News." The source claims Tujague's "is closing in about a month... The bar will become a fried chicken joint and the restaurant will become a T-shirt shop." Perhaps McNulty received the same email because he already reached out to Latter's son, Mark Latter, about the rumors of Tujague's shuttering and was told "that there 'are too many variables' to say anything definitive about the restaurant or its future, declining to elaborate further."

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New Orleans Entrepreneur Week

NOEW, the culmination of The Idea Village’s annual Entrepreneur Season, has become the premier showcase event for the New Orleans entrepreneurial ecosystem. Due to increased demand from the local entrepreneurial community, NOEW 2013 will be hosted at Gallier Hall and is expected to be ten times the size of the inaugural year with 3,000 of the nation’s most innovative business leaders, financiers, entrepreneurs, and students anticipated to be engaged to support local entrepreneurs through 55 events. In addition, NOEW 2013 will feature an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Summit engaging global partners to discuss best practices for sustaining entrepreneurial ecosystems.



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Food-Free New Orleans Fun | My New Orleans (blog)

...brainstorming a few things to do in New Orleans this spring that do not involve indulging in beignets and booze. It's a pretty short list because, let's be honest, we live in New Orleans and food is one of the best things about living here. But just in case you're worried about your bikini bod, too, here are a few ways to have fun in New Orleans without a restaurant bill...

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More on H&M's plans for New Orleans | bestofneworleans.com

Unless you've been hiding out under a clearance pile of bedazzled Uggs, you've no doubt heard the latest fashion news to rock New Orleans: a 32,000-square-foot H&M will open in the French Quarter's old Hard Rock Cafe building. While the overwhelming response from local fashionistas is a breathless "FINALLY!!!", H&M came under fire from NPR last week for being a purveyor of "fast fashion" — cheap clothing manufactured under less-than-ideal conditions that's worn a few times and discarded. Here, H&M spokesperson Nicole Christie shares some information about the Swedish chain's plans for New Orleans and its initiatives toward sustainability...

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Drink Vending Machines Now In New Orleans Taxis | Vending MarketWatch


New Orleans Carriage Cab passengers now have a choice of five different non-alcoholic beverages for $0.99 with a click of a button and swipe of a credit or debit card from the new soft drink vending machines now installed in more than 200 taxis.

“We decided to introduce the vending machines in New Orleans because it is the nation’s hub of innovation. The city welcomes new ideas. Couple that with its long-term history of being a hospitality leader, launching the drink dispenser here made sense for the city and the tourism industry,” said New Orleans Carriage Cab and Yellow-Checker Cab owner Simon Garber in a prepared statement.


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New Orleans Teacher, Terrilynn Monette, Still Missing | Global Grind

Terrilynn Monette, a second grade teacher in New Orleans disappeared on March 2. The dedicated teacher went missing after a night out on the town where she was celebrating her Teacher of the Year nomination with a few acquaintances.

Monette uprooted her life in California a few years ago to move to New Orleans to join teachers in the effort to educate children in impoverished areas with the "teachNOLA" program. In a 2011 video, she explained her excitement to be joining the program to educate those who need her most...

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John Georges signs letter of intent to buy The Advocate, report says | NOLA.com

New Orleans businessman John Georges has signed a l
etter of intent to buy The Advocate, the capital city's
daily newspaper, The Greater Baton Rouge
Business Report said Friday. –The Times-Picayune archive
New Orleans businessman John Georges has signed a letter of intent to buy Baton Rouge's daily newspaper The Advocate, the Business Report said Friday. News of a potential sale broke in late January and talks accelerated after publicity around the possible transaction increased.

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New Orleans councilmembers, residents continue push for dedicated streetcar lanes | The Advocate

As the New Orleans Regional Planning Authority continues plans for a streetcar line on North Rampart Street and St. Claude Avenue, the City Council and residents are continuing their push to have one lane of those roadways dedicated to the new line.

In addition, District C Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer, who also serves as chairwoman of the Transportation Committee, on Friday told RTA officials that she would like to see a bicycle lane put on both sides of the thoroughfare, rather than only the Uptown-bound side, which plans call for.

Design work on the line that will run between Canal Street and Elysian Fields Avenue is about 60 percent done, RTA officials have said. The agency expects work to begin in early 2014 and wrap toward the middle of 2015. The RTA expects the line will cost $75 million, which will be paid for with bonds...

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Entergy outage leaves thousands without power Uptown Saturday Morning | WWL

A power outage has left more than 10,000 Entergy New Orleans customers without service Saturday morning. The outage appeared to have started sometime before 6 a.m. As of 7:30 a.m., the company said the cause had been determined and that crews were working to fix the problem...

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Iberville redevelopment threatens St. Louis cemeteries, preservationists contend | NOLA.com

At some point in late October, a large segment of the back wall of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 collapsed. Nearby residents took notice, but for the majority of the city it was a non-event. The Archdiocese of New Orleans quickly repaired the damage, replacing the historic red bricks with a cement floodwall, and tours of the city of the dead marched forward as scheduled.

The cemeteries now face what could be their greatest threat as the Housing Authority of New Orleans moves closer toward the redevelopment of the Iberville housing complex, which flanks both graveyards...

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Reflecting on New Orleans cuisine (blog) | Daily Californian

The alligator sausage and seafood gumbo at Red Fish Grill tasted like a combination of seafood with zesty spiciness.
Because I had a small dinner, I needed to supplement it with a great dessert. There was nothing better to end with than double-chocolate bread pudding with white chocolate ice cream and chocolate almond bark. The dessert was cooked to order, and it came puffy and inflated like a successful souffle. The souffle was not sickeningly sweet because the restaurant used dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate, which made it complement the sweeter almond bark and ice cream. Like a perfectly made souffle, the bread pudding was gooey and creamy in the center yet still fluffy, and the chocolate fudge sauce sank into the bread pudding, keeping it warm and moist. The ice cream definitely helped cool down the souffle, and the almond bark added a crunchy texture to the creaminess of the souffle and ice cream.

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Digital Disruption In New Orleans | Forbes

Most newspaper innovation makes a nod to the traditions of journalism, placing news coverage at the center, in whatever form. The basic idea in New Orleans, and in other cities where Advance is imposing this new model, seems focused less around journalism than around new media models such as Reddit and Buzzfeed.com, which depend on hitting some viral sweet spot between content and communities to create traffic and with it, money. That’s one reason sports and entertainment coverage get more resources at NOLA.com|The Times-Picayune, and news fewer, according to Chittum’s account. (Let’s be frank, though: quality local journalism was always sort of a side-benefit of the newspaper business, which was – once – built on selling advertising space, not school board coverage.)

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As New Orleans plans another streetcar line, tug of war emerges over priorities | NOLA.com


The new streetcar line down North Rampart Street and St. Claude Avenue, at least according to initial plans, will run outside of the neutral ground in its own dedicated lane -- but it will only have that lane to itself during peak traffic hours, sharing the pavement with automobiles most of the day.

The plans also include a bike lane down the same corridor -- but only on one side of the street, heading toward the Central Business District.


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