What to know in New Orleans this week (April 24-30, 2018)

MEDICAL MARIJUANA COMING AS EARLY AS FALLMedical marijuana could be available to Louisiana patients as early as September — 40 years after state lawmakers first approved marijuana for medical use.   Officials from Louisiana State University (LSU) and Southern University — the stewards of the state crops to be processed into cannabis-based medicines — presented rough timelines and budgets to the joint House and Senate agriculture committees April 18.

What to know in New Orleans this week (April 17 - 23, 2018)

'JUSTICE FOR LOUISIANA WOMEN' DAYAT STATE CAPITOLMore than 100 women — many of them affiliated with women's advocacy groups including Lift Louisiana, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Feminist Majority Foundation, Women With a Vision, New Orleans Abortion Fund and Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault — convened at the state Capitol April 11 to call for "Justice for Louisiana Women." The event was part lobbying day, part activist workshop and part response to a legislative session that has included many bills that are consequential for women.

What to know in New Orleans this week (April 10 - 16, 2018)

FOUR MAYORS AT LOYOLAThree of New Orleans' five living mayors, as well as Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell, appeared April 5 at Loyola University's Roussel Hall to discuss "One New Orleans: Five Perspectives" with Gambit Political Editor Clancy DuBos.   Mayor Moon Landrieu (1970-1978), Mayor Sidney Barthelemy (1986-1994), Mayor Mitch Landrieu (2010-2018) and Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell.

What to know in New Orleans this week (April 3 - 9, 2018)

MINIMUM WAGE, EQUAL PAY BILLS FAIL IN STATE LEGISLATURE The Louisiana Senate last week failed to pass three bills designed to close gender-based pay disparities and lift families out of poverty. The defeated measures included a bill increasing the minimum wage by $1.25 an hour.

What to know in New Orleans this week (March 27 - April 2, 2018)

City surveillance camera plan deadAfter months of debate over a requirement for businesses that sell alcohol to install a surveillance camera that streams into a law enforcement monitoring center, the New Orleans City Council has dropped the proposal at the request of Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration.   The 22-page ordinance proposed a series of changes to how businesses apply for liquor licenses, but a few sentences within that proposed ordinance were requirements for alcohol beverage outlets (ABOs) to install a street-facing camera to pipe into the recently opened Real Time Crime Monitoring Center, under the watch of the city's Office of Homeland Security and shared with the New Orleans Police Department, FBI and other law enforcement partners.

What to know in New Orleans this week (March 20-26, 2018)

Tom Benson: 1927-2018Tom Benson, the 7th Ward native who grew a car dealership into a billion-dollar business empire that included the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans, died March 15 at age 90. He had been hospitalized with the flu for a month.

What to know in New Orleans this week (March 13 - 19, 2018)

Council approves Entergy plant in N.O. EastDozens of New Orleans East residents challenged Entergy's plan to build a 128-megawatt, gas-fired power plant in Michoud, but after six hours of public comments on March 8, the New Orleans City Council approved the utility's plan by a 6-1 vote.   Council members hoped to remedy the city's inability to generate local power after routine power outages underscored the city's defective energy infrastructure.

What to know in New Orleans this week (March 6 - 12, 2018)

Cantrell transition team still working The transition team helping build the agenda for New Orleans Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell is halfway through its meeting schedule, but details about what the team's recommendations will look like and who will head up the new administration are still taking shape.

What to know in New Orleans this week (February 27- March 5, 2018)

NOLA students join gun control pushNew Orleans area students are joining a national movement to pressure lawmakers to support stronger enforcement of gun control measures following the shooting deaths of 17 people at Parkland, Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Feb. 14. Groups across the U.S. have organized rallies for March 24.

What to know in New Orleans this week (Feb. 20-26, 2018)

RECYCLE ME SOMETHING, MISTERIf you're looking to unload those 40-pound sacks of plastic headed for the back of your closet, consider making a trip to one of several branches of the New Orleans Public Library, which is partnering with the Arc of Greater New Orleans to recycle Mardi Gras beads and other parade throws.   Arc of Greater New Orleans helps create wage-earning jobs for people with intellectual disabilities to sort and repackage throws for future Carnivals.

What to know in New Orleans this week (Feb. 13-19, 2018)

Bywater's Sun Yard hotel on hold until MarchThe New Orleans City Planning Commission (CPC) has deferred action on zoning plans for the proposed Sun Yard hotel on St. Claude Avenue in Bywater, buying more time for developers to amend their plans or work with the CPC on a compromise. The CPC decided last week to delay action on the plans until its March 13 meeting.

What to know in New Orleans this week (Feb. 6 - 12, 2018)

Workers protest club shutdownsUnder the neon daiquiri-shop lights and to the cheers of barkers in bad suits, hundreds of gentlemen's club workers and allies converged for a Feb. 1 march that filled Bourbon Street. It was the second in as many days organized by workers to protest investigations and raids of eight strip clubs in January, which resulted in suspended liquor and tobacco licenses.

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