1. CHARBONNET STEPS DOWN TO RUN FOR MAYORMunicipal Court Judge Desiree Charbonnet resigned her judgeship last week so she can officially run for mayor.
1. FRENCH QUARTER TRAFFIC PLAN
DRAWS GRIEVANCESAt an April 4 meeting that was supposed to be about a recent traffic study conducted by city contractor AECOM in connection with the Bourbon Street redevelopment project, frustrated French Quarter residents and business owners convened for a Festivus-style airing of grievances about the plan.
1. 2016: MORE DRUG DEATHS
IN NEW ORLEANS THAN HOMICIDESDrug-related overdoses killed 211 people in New Orleans in 2016 — more than twice the number of deadly overdoses in 2015.
1. GOP health care plan YANKED BEFORE voteJust minutes before U.S. House Republicans pulled the GOP-backed American Health Care Act — the legislation that would repeal the Affordable Care Act — Louisiana Rep. Ralph Abraham was on the House floor, urging his fellow Republicans to get behind the bill.
1. ADDING SAME-SEX COUPLES
TO STATE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE STATUTESProposed legislation by state Rep. Pat Connick, R-Marrero, aims to close a longstanding loophole in Louisiana's domestic violence statutes by including same-sex couples.
1. RESPONSE TO OBAMACARE REPLACEMENT TEPID TO NEGATIVEU.S. House Republicans last week unveiled their proposed alternative to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but the revised American Health Care Act (AHCA) was greeted with little support from Louisiana politicians — with the notable exception of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.
1. THE SPEECH THAT WASN'T GIVENLast week, the White House invited the presidents of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to the signing of an executive order President Donald Trump said signaled his administration's commitment to HBCUs (with few specifics).
1. CASSIDY TOWN HALL: FRUSTRATION — AND FUNDRAISINGTown halls around the country are fractious affairs these days for Republican members of Congress and the Senate, but the crowd of hundreds that showed up at the Jefferson Parish East Bank Regional Library in Metairie Feb. 22 for a town hall with U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy was so raucous and furious that CNN began carrying it live.
1. BIKE SHARE PILOT PROGRAM ROLLS OUTA citywide bike-sharing program will bring 700 bikes to 70 racks across parts of the city this fall.
1. TORNADO AID: HOW YOU CAN HELPA massive EF-3 tornado that touched down in New Orleans East Feb. 7 damaged hundreds of homes and properties and injured more than 30 people (see p. 7).
1. LOCAL REFUGEE AGENCIES REACT TO IMMIGRATION BANRefugee resettlement agencies — including one in New Orleans — and their clients face an uncertain future following President Donald Trump's order banning immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries and freezing refugee entry, a move that raised constitutional questions, protests across the nation and locally (pictured) and lawsuits following Trump's first full week in office.