the legendary zydeco pioneer who died in May, was honored with a 2001 National Heritage Fellowship Award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The prestigious fellowship is the country's highest honor for traditional artists and comes with a $10,000 award. Although the award is usually only given to living artists, the NEA made an exception for Chavis, who was selected as an honoree before his death. The money will go to his wife, Leona Chavis.
The Saints and Gov. Mike Foster
are continuing their negotiations to keep the NFL franchise in New Orleans, despite passing a self-imposed deadline for a new deal last week. Foster, who admits he's not a big football fan, has gone the distance in attempting to mollify Saints owner Tom Benson, who says his team faces a cash crunch. The Saints, meanwhile, have put together a new proposal in response to the state's latest offer.
continued to squabble over "slush funds" in the final days of the annual legislative session. Rural lawmakers griped because their "development" funds (which lawmakers dole out individually and with little oversight) remained cut while the urban slush funds, which initially had been cut as well, were restored in the Senate. The infighting proved that lawmakers care more about their own pork than pressing statewide problems.