1. STATE OFFICIALS TOUT MEDICAID EXPANSIONOne day after President-elect Donald Trump held a New York news conference in which he repeatedly vowed to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a group of Louisiana leaders gathered at University Medical Center in New Orleans to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Gov. John Bel Edwards' executive order expanding Medicaid.
1. CITY WILL NEARLY DOUBLE TRAFFIC CAMERAS IN 2017Something to add to your New Year's resolutions: Stop speeding — or at least keep an eye out for the 55 new "traffic safety cameras" City Hall will deploy in school zones in early 2017.
1. ALL STATE POLICE TO BE FITTED WITH BODY
CAMERAS IN 2017All state troopers will be equipped with body cameras starting next year, Louisiana State Police (LSP) Superintendent Mike Edmonson said at a press conference last week.
1. LANDRY PREVAILS OVER JBE IN LGBT LAWSUITIn a blow to LGBT rights in Louisiana, Baton Rouge's 19th Judicial District Court Judge Todd Hernandez ruled against the inclusion of anti-discrimination language in state contracts, which Gov. John Bel Edwards authorized in an executive order this year.
1. THE RED INK FLOWS ONGov.
1. WAGE PROTEST DOWNTOWNMore than 100 service workers and supporters took part in a "Fight for $15" protest in downtown New Orleans Nov. 29, marching with a brass band from Armstrong Park on North Rampart Street to Canal Street near a McDonald's between Royal and Bourbon streets.
1. FREE FLU SHOTS FOR HOSPITALITY WORKERSMusicians, bartenders and other hospitality workers can receive free flu shots at the second annual Shots 4 Shots clinic, presented by Tales of the Cocktail and the New Orleans Musician's Clinic & Assistance Foundation (NOMAF).
1. JINDAL TO TRUMP'S CABINET?A Wall Street Journal report last week about President-elect Donald Trump's transition team and potential cabinet included one very familiar name: Gov.
1. ZEPHYRS GET NEW NAME NEXT WEEKNext week, the New Orleans Zephyrs will be gone for good.
1. Voting rights complaintsElection Day, Nov. 8, is almost here (thank goodness) and U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced last week he had appointed Assistant U.S. Attorney Irene Gonzalez as district election officer for the Eastern District of Louisiana, which covers Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, St. Tammany and nine other parishes.
1. LONDON CALLINGRegional officials joined executives from British Airways last week in announcing nonstop flights from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport to London's Heathrow Airport — the first nonstop flight from New Orleans to Europe since 1982, according to Michael Hecht, president of Greater New Orleans Inc. The airline will fly a Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner with 214 seats and wil offer four flights a week (each way) beginning March 27, 2017.