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2009-12-08 15:10:00

NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- "On schedule and on budget" was the central theme of a recent progress report on the four-story, 411,000-square-foot, $110 million Federal City Marine Forces Reserve (MarForRes) building, the largest tilt-up project in the Gulf Coast region and the largest ever for military end use. "We are right on target with our construction timeline and our financial budget for the Federal City site," said Algiers Economic Development District (ADD) Chairman Jeff...

2009-01-06 11:01:00

Storm-damaged facility updated with state-of-the-art features NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Mayor C. Ray Nagin, joined by members of the New Orleans City Council and local arts organizations, today officially announced the line-up of programs and entertainers that will highlight the re-opening of the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts. Opening events will begin on Thursday, January 8, with a special program featuring New Orleans performers. The week-long celebration will...

2008-09-29 03:00:20

By Cohen, Ariella New Orleans officials must take a stronger lead in protecting its infrastructure and buildings from future hurricanes, said the planner behind the city's forthcoming 20-year land-use master plan. At the long-awaited launch of the citywide rezoning and planning initiative, planner David Dixon emphasized the need to "harden" city infrastructure against future hurricane threats. He said that without more storm-resistant power lines, buildings and sewerage systems, the city...

2008-09-08 15:00:33

"The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools." -- Herbert Spencer Hurricane Gustav last week spared New Orleans a Katrina-like onslaught. While it was still a bad Category 2 storm, the levees held. And federal, state and city officials managed to evacuate most of the city before Gustav arrived, in a nice display of inter- governmental cooperation. Mayor Ray Nagin, who was in charge during Katrina, put it forcefully: "You need to get your...

2008-09-04 09:00:22

By Adam Nossiter and John Schwartz Thayer Evans contributed reporting from Houma, Louisiana. * A mostly smooth evacuation from Hurricane Gustav turned sour as many New Orleans-area residents trying to return to their homes were turned away at roadblocks into the city or were stranded in parking lots across the region. Mayor C. Ray Nagin said Tuesday night that most residents would have to wait until after midnight Thursday to come back because power and medical care were not back to...

2008-09-04 09:00:03

By Mary Foster and Melinda Deslatte Associated Press NEW ORLEANS -- Thousands of people who fled Hurricane Gustav forced the city to reluctantly open its doors Wednesday, but nearly 1.2 million homes and businesses across Louisiana were still without electricity and officials said it could take as long as a month to fully restore power. As residents came home to New Orleans, President Bush returned to the site of one of the biggest failures of his presidency to show that the government...

2008-09-03 15:00:02

By GUY ADAMS The men who predicted New Orleans would be destroyed by "the mother of all storms" faced charges of over-reacting yesterday as residents dusted themselves down and tried, with limited success, to pick their way home to the battered city. A day after Hurricane Gustav swept through Louisiana, causing eight deaths and widespread storm damage - but crucially failing to produce any significant flooding - officials were forced to defend the decision to evacuate more than two...

2008-09-03 09:00:21

Officials in southeast Louisiana said Wednesday they were preparing for a flood of Hurricane Gustav refugees to stream back into their part of the state. In New Orleans, however, Mayor Ray Nagin announced that residents wouldn't be allowed back until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, as city crews were working to restore electricity, The Times-Picayune newspaper in New Orleans reported. "It's my humble opinion that the city is still in a very, very vulnerable state," Nagin said. "We need a little...

2008-09-03 09:00:02

By Becky Bohrer and Doug Simpson Associated Press NEW ORLEANS -- Millions fled the Gulf Coast in fear of Hurricane Gustav, billed as the apocalyptic "mother of all storms." It didn't deliver. Now, with three other storms lining up in the Atlantic some fear people might not listen next time. And "next time" could come as soon as this week with Tropical Storm Hanna expected to head toward the east coast of Florida, Georgia or South Carolina after killing at least 21 in Haiti. New Orleans...

2008-09-02 18:00:00

By LIAM CHRISTOPHER HURRICANE Gustav crashed into a mainly-deserted US Gulf coast and delivered only a glancing blow to New Orleans as it weakened and headed inland. An estimated 2m people fled the state of Louisiana over the weekend as the hurricane prompted fears of death and destruction on a similar scale to that caused by Katrina three years ago. But "the storm of the century" lost much of its power as it landed south west of New Orleans, which resembled a virtual ghost town, and...


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