Gov. Kathleen Blanco
risked political controversy in exchange for Louisiana's economic gain when she visited Cuba last week. The state's historic economic ties to the island nation -- suspended under an American trade embargo -- are expected to resume following Cuba's promise to purchase $15 million of products from the state over the next 18 months.
New Orleans firefighters
for the second time in a year, put out the fire in a burning car -- but failed to notice the body of a murder victim inside the vehicle, fire officials acknowledge. The latest incident involves a murdered 250-pound man found by a passerby in the back of a burned-out car near Audubon Park -- six hours after firefighters had extinguished the blaze. Superintendent Charles Parent is awaiting the results of an internal review.
the city's chief administrative officer, oversaw a flawed process for choosing high-tech parking meters that could cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. The winning bid by Standard Parking, a national firm, and local partner Parking Solutions LLC, was neither the lowest bid nor the one ranked highest by a city evaluation committee -- nor did it meet all the bid specifications.