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A Different Ballgame: Richmond, Scalise Ready to Face Off on Diamond

While most of Louisiana is focused on this weekend’s super-regional matchup between Louisiana State University (LSU) and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette (ULL), a couple of Boot natives will be focused on a different ball game. On Thursday (6.11), Representatives Steve Scalise and Cedric Richmond will square off in the annual congressional baseball game.

FEMA Grants City $9 Mil for Road Repair

Nine years after Katrina, many of the City's roads still are damaged, but some help is on the way. A 9 million dollar award has been granted to the city of New Orleans for road repairs in the Desire and Gentilly Terrace corridors. Streets damaged during Hurricane Katrina will receive long overdue treatment, funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Senator Mary Landrieu, Chair of Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee U.S. Representative Cedric Richmond and Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced the funds today (10.07).

Suit Challenges NOLA-BR Congressional District Bounds

A lawsuit filed recently in federal court alleges that the State of Louisiana is in violation of the 14th Amendment by drawing new voting districts that attempt to distill the impact of African-American voters in the Congressional district that runs from New Orleans to Baton Rouge.

Obama Makes Port in New Orleans

President Barack Obama needed a break from his usual surroundings up north this week, where he felt like he just wasn't being understood. So, as many people have before, he came to New Orleans Friday to soak in some local hospitality.

Federal Government Shutdown Ends, 4 La. Reps Vote Against Deal

From Michoud to Jean Lafitte, New Orleans-area offices and lands run by the federal government are back in business on Thursday. The U.S. House and Senate reached a deal to reopen the federal government through January, 15, 2014, and raise the debt ceiling through February 7. President Barack Obama made it official with his signature just after midnight. Click through to see how Louisiana reps voted.

Local Leaders Reflect on 8th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

New Orleanians are known for living in the moment, but when the calendar turns to August 29 the city is given to a day of reflection. Though it is now eight years since the destruction brought by Hurricane Katrina, the levee breaches and the response crisis, the events of 2005 continue to shape the City. The anniversary of the hurricane making its second landfall in Louisiana and Mississippi brought an outpouring from local leaders.

Rep. Richmond on Trayvon Martin: 'That's Me on a Daily Basis' (VIDEO)

In the wake of nationwide protests and President Barack Obama's Friday afternoon remarks on the Trayvon Martin case, the Sunday morning news shows took on the topics of race and justice today. Among the speakers were a pair of New Orleanians. Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-New Orleans) took Obama's remarks a step further on CNN, while former NOLA Mayor Marc Morial addressed issues of urban violence on Meet the Press.

Flood Map Fight Moves to Senate Committee

The flap over flood insurance finally got some members of Congress waving their arms on Tuesday. A U.S. Senate subcommittee signed off on a provision contained in the Homeland Security appropriations bill offered by U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu that would allow some home and business owners to grandfather in past rates instead of seeing skyrocketing premiums next year.

S&WB Gets FEMA Dollars for Drains

Most New Orleanians have frolicked through a flash flood, but trudging through the streets may soon become a thing of the past. Mary and Mitch have joined forced with Rep. Cedric Richmond to get $27million in FEMA funds to replace sub par sewers. Mayor Landrieu and Senator Landrieu announced the repairs today, coming to Filmore, West End, St. Roch, Dillard, and Gentilly Woods neighborhoods in Orleans, as well as to St. Bernard Parish. 

Avondale Shipyard Owners in Talks with New Clients

The conglomerate that owns the Avondale Shipyard is in talks with new manufacturing clients, and is opening an office focused on attracting new buisness to the endangered economic engine. Huntington Ingalls Industries announced they are opening a Houston office that is currently "in active discussions" with oil and gas infrastructure companies involved in manufacturing.

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