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New Orleans Council Backs Strong Short-Term Vacation Rental Limits

A ban on “whole home” short-term vacation rentals in residential areas of tourism-dependent New Orleans has won unanimous backing from the City Council. It was a preliminary vote. A final one is expected in 90 days. But the council made …

New Orleans Council Planning to Study Drainage After Massive Flooding

As New Orleans dried out from torrential rains that flooded areas for the second time in two weeks, the City Council called a special meeting to review the drainage system and warning processes. Council President Jason Williams said he plans …

Rainfall in New Orleans Overwhelmed City’s Pump Stations

Officials in New Orleans, La. say heavy rainfall over the weekend has now overwhelmed the city’s pump stations, contributing to flooding in some areas. NOLA.com reported city officials said Sunday that some neighborhoods saw between 8 and 10 inches of …

New Orleans Uber Drivers Let Riders Hail Illegally on Street, Say Cabbies

New Orleans taxi drivers say competitors with ridesharing service Uber illegally let passengers hail them on the street. In papers filed this week in Orleans Parish Civil District Court,The Times-Picayune reported that 26 taxi drivers allege illegal acts by UberX …

Hurricane Protection System for New Orleans Tested by Army Corps

With hurricane season approaching, the Army Corps of Engineers is running through its plans to better protect New Orleans from flooding and testing pumps and floodgates built around this low-lying metropolis since Hurricane Katrina struck 10 years ago. Corps officials …

Louisiana’s Eagan Insurance: Carrying on a Family Tradition

Marc Eagan says he’s fortunate that his four children grew up in and around the insurance business. For Eagan, president of Eagan Insurance Agency located in the New Orleans-area, it means his firm is well-situated to carry on the family …

Federal Judge Says U.S. Liable for Some Katrina Flooding in Louisiana

Ruling in a nearly decade-old lawsuit, a judge in Washington said on May 1 that the federal government is responsible for some of the catastrophic flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina and other storms — flooding blamed on a now-closed navigation …

All Risks South Central Adds Producers in Dallas, Houston, New Orleans

Insurance wholesaler All Risks Ltd. has added three new producers in the South Central region: Zach Burdine in Dallas; Alan Doyle in Houston; and Aaron Ross in New Orleans. Burdine joins the Dallas office as a broker and brings proven …

New Orleans Residents: Police Shortage a Mardi Gras Security Risk

Throughout the quieter parts of the French Quarter, residents and businesses have posted signs that read “Caution: Walk in Large Groups. We (heart) N.O.P.D. We Just Need More.” It’s an unsettling message about violent crime in the Big Easy for …

Federal Judge Sends Oil Companies Suit Back to New Orleans

A federal judge has sent a Plaquemines Parish lawsuit against 19 oil and gas companies back to New Orleans court for trial. U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey’s ruling sets the stage for the return of 27 others suits to state …