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Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration has released its final city budget. Landrieu touted a surplus, announced plans for a rainy day fund and continued an emphasis on beefing up the police department.

Researchers at Tulane University are getting $12 million dollars to develop drugs to fight a deadly virus in West Africa, the 'Lassa virus. Researchers will be headed from New Orleans to Sierra Leone and Nigeria to help. 

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu used his final State of the City address Thursday night to highlight achievements, ongoing problems and what the city should do next.

A coalition of community groups is leading a petition drive to recall New Orleans District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro.

A team of more than a dozen University of New Orleans students and experts are heading  to Austria this summer to help locate the remains of a Tuskegee pilot missing since World War Two.

The fight to preserve one of three Confederate monuments set for removal is heading back to court.

Workers in New Orleans have removed the first of four prominent Confederate monuments this morning.

More than 1,400 local, state and federal officials from around the country are in New Orleans this week to focus on hurricane response. Mayor Mitch Landrieu told the group that good communication is vital.
 
Mayor Landrieu said there have been dramatic improvements in disaster response since the days after Hurricane Katrina.
 
“I’m a FEMA fan now. FEMA’s gotten a lot better,” he said.
 
He said people working on hurricane preparedness, response and rebuilding often coordinate with other agencies.

Justice advocates are recommending changes at New Orleans Criminal Court. One suggestion is not locking up victims who refuse to testify. The annual report from CourtWatch NOLA says prosecutors should consider that victims can be afraid of retaliation if they appear in court.

Louisiana homeowners with damage from last year's devastating floods are being asked to take a survey.

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