Latest New Orleans News

Spillway opening Friday to safeguard New Orleans levees

Apr. 2, 2020 6:04 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Mississippi River is so high that a spillway north of New Orleans must be opened to safeguard the city's levees, an Army Corps of Engineers official announced Thursday. That will make an unprecedented third straight year, and the sixth time this decade, that the Bonnet Carré...

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards gives a media briefing on the presence of the coronavirus in Louisiana, Thursday, April 2, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (Hilary Scheinuk/The Advocate via AP)

Louisiana virus cases spike as testing expands statewide

Apr. 2, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's confirmed number of coronavirus cases spiked 42% higher Thursday as a backlog of test results poured in and confirmed Gov. John Bel Edwards' message that the virus's footprint across the state is much wider than limited testing has been able to document so far. Nearly...

Saints agree to re-sign free agent cornerback P.J. Williams

Apr. 2, 2020 3:11 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have agreed to bring back free agent cornerback P.J. Williams. General manager Mickey Loomis said Thursday the Saints were bringing Williams back, though terms of the new contract have not been released. Williams, who entered the NFL when the Saints selected him in...

CORRECTS MAYOR'S LAST NAME TO CANTRELL INSTEAD OF CAMPBELL - FILE - This April 28, 2019, file photo, shows Ellis Marsalis during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced Wednesday, April 1, 2020, that Marsalis has died. He was 85. (AP Photo/Sophia Germer, File)

Son: Jazz great Ellis Marsalis Jr. dead, 85; COVID involved

Apr. 2, 2020 11:07 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ellis Marsalis Jr., the jazz pianist, teacher and patriarch of a New Orleans musical clan, died late Wednesday from pneumonia brought on by the new coronavirus, leaving six sons and a deep legacy. He was 85. “My dad was a giant of a musician and teacher, but an even greater...

Son of New Orleans jazz great Ellis Marsalis Jr. says musician died of pneumonia brought on by COVID-19

Apr. 1, 2020 11:16 PM EDT
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Son of New Orleans jazz great Ellis Marsalis Jr. says musician died of pneumonia brought on by COVID-19.

New Orleans mayor says jazz patriarch Ellis Marsalis Jr. dead at 85; pianist, father of musician sons Wynton, Branford

Apr. 1, 2020 9:52 PM EDT
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans mayor says jazz patriarch Ellis Marsalis Jr. dead at 85; pianist, father of musician sons Wynton, Branford.
Opera singers Irini Hymel and Bryan Hymel sing to quarantined residents of Lambeth House, where a cluster of the coronavirus has formed, in New Orleans, Friday, March 20, 2020. Several resident have died of the virus. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

47 Louisiana long-term care sites seen as virus 'clusters'

Apr. 1, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As coronavirus cases spike ever higher in Louisiana, the state's nursing homes, assisted living sites and adult residential care facilities are showing more and more “clusters” of the virus, but the full scale of the outbreak at those sites remains uncertain....

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2018, file photo, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) smiles with head coach Sean Payton after being taken out in the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in New Orleans. Saints coach Sean Payton said he didn't mean to insinuate on a television appearance this week that record-setting quarterback Drew Brees had informed him of plans to retire after the upcoming season. “I'm a big dummy,” Payton said Wednesday, April 1, 2020, during a conference call with media in New Orleans. “I honestly don't know if it’s his last year. I think the thing he's done, and we've all done, is taking it year by year.” (AP Photo/Bill Feig, File)

Payton back at work, unsure if Brees plays beyond 2020

Apr. 1, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton said he didn't mean to insinuate on a television appearance that record-setting quarterback Drew Brees informed him of plans to retire after the upcoming season. “I'm a big dummy,” Payton said Wednesday during a conference call with media in New...

FILE - This Oct. 12, 2019, file photo, shows damage of a partial collapse at the Hard Rock Hotel under construction in New Orleans. Dozens of protesters marched from the site of the partially collapsed Hard Rock Hotel on the edge of the French Quarter to City Hall on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 demanding that something be done about the hotel and that the two bodies still inside be recovered.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

City, developer clash over demolition of collapsed hotel

Mar. 31, 2020 8:33 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Plans to demolish the Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans, which partially collapsed in October, remain in limbo as the city and developers disagree over how to safely bring down the structure. The hotel developer, 1031 Canal Street Development, is pushing for a different contractor, who...

FILE - In this May 10, 2019 file photo, workers open bays of the Bonnet Carre Spillway, to divert rising water from the Mississippi River to Lake Pontchartrain, upriver from New Orleans, in Norco, La. The major flood control structure on the Mississippi River may have to soon be opened up to ease pressure on New Orleans levees, federal authorities said Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The river is expected to crest above 17 feet (5.2 meters) at a key New Orleans gauge as early as Friday, April 3, 2020, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said in a news release. 
That would likely lead to the opening of a structure that diverts water through the Bonnet Carré Spillway. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Louisiana spillway may open for record 3rd consecutive year

Mar. 31, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A major flood control structure on the Mississippi River may have to soon be opened up to ease pressure on New Orleans levees, federal authorities said Tuesday. The river is expected to crest above 17 feet (5.2 meters) at a key New Orleans gauge as early as Friday, the U.S. Army Corps...