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Election Results: Runoffs in Races for Traffic, Magistrate Judge

With the October 19 election results in, it is now clear that New Orleanians can look forward to returning to the polls in November to decide the fate of a pair of runoffs between candidates for judge. Meanwhile, a measure to reform the structure of Sewerage and Water Board passed overwhelmingly. Voter turnout for the races was between 10.3 and 10.8 percent, according to the Louisiana Secretary of State's office.

Vote Today: Judges, Sewerage & Water Board Changes on Saturday's Ballot

The rains came Saturday morning, but democracy won't be damped down in New Orleans. Polls are open until 8 p.m., as the Crescent City votes in fall elections. While it might not be a presidential election or even Election Day-proper, New Orleanians have a chance to put their mark on decisions including who will occupy two judicial benches at Tulane and Broad, and a pair of changes to the city charter.

Judge-ment Day

Magistrate Judge Race, Sewerage and Water Board on Saturday's Ballot

There's two days to before the October 19 election. In addition to a pile-up of candndates for Traffic Court Judge, the ballot will also feature candidates for the Criminal District Court Magistrate judgeship. Also on the docket are a pair of City Charter changes, including a measure that would amend the makeup of the Sewerage and Water Board.

Boil Water Advisory Lifted

Drink whatcha wanna and take a long shower, Uptown. The boil water advisory has been lifted, the City announced. Tests for bacteria confirmed that the water is safe to drink in the red zone following Tuesday''s water main break in the 7800 block of Cohn St.

Water Main Break in Carrollton, Boil Water Alert Issued (PHOTOS)

Updated 11:50 a.m.

A water main break in the Carrollton area is causing street flooding, and low water pressure in the Uptown area. The break was reportedly in the area of Spruce and Burdette Sts. The Sewerage and Water Board called the incident a large break, and did not immediately release a timetable for cleanup.

Uptown Construction to Shut Broadway, Freret Block

The long Uptown construction season continues, as road closures that already snarled the likes of Napoleon and Jefferson Ave. are set to expand to more main thoroughfares. Broadway and Freret St. are the next two pieces of pavement to be shut to cars.

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. 

Boil Water Advisory Still in Effect, Next Update Mid Afternoon

East Bank residents are beginning to appreciate the convenience of tap water, and Mayor Mitch said to keep the kettles whistling. Landrieu's Office said the boil water advisory is still in effect, and public officials still have a few more hours before they can give citizens the go-ahead to drink from the sink. 

Sewerage and Water Board Rate Increase Passes Despite Calls for More Time

by M.D. Dupuy

The votes are in, and our water bills are about to go up. The City Council voted to increase Sewerage and Water Board rates, despite concerns from two members and many citizens over lack of public input in the voting process. According to the new plan, rates will double over the next eight years, pulling in $583 million by 2020.

Council Vote Set on Plan to Double Sewerage and Water Board Rates

After a day of politickin' by da Mayor and others, the City Council's budget committee signed off on a proposal that will raise Sewerage and Water Board rates by more than double over the next 10 years. During the four hour meeting, Council President Stacy Head came out against the proposal, but it ultimately passed 2-1. The move sets the stage for the full Council to vote on the proposal at their meeting today, which begins at 10 a.m., and streams here.

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