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Ray Nagin: New Orleanians will one day recognize my good workupdated: Wed Mar 24 2010 08:08:00

Time is running out for Ray Nagin, the charismatic and controversial figure who was destined to lead storm-ravaged New Orleans through its most tumultuous moments in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Katrina ruling surprises Naginupdated: Thu Nov 19 2009 18:01:00

A ruling against the Army Corps of Engineers could open the door to thousands of Hurricane Katrina-related lawsuits.

New Orleans mayor hails Katrina rulingupdated: Thu Nov 19 2009 18:01:00

Calling the ruling "huge," New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin on Thursday reacted to a federal judge finding the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' failure to maintain a shipping channel led to catastrophic flooding during Hurricane Katrina.

New Orleans mayor learns about disaster response in Cubaupdated: Sat Oct 17 2009 14:38:00

New Orleans, Louisiana, Mayor Ray Nagin arrived in Cuba late Friday on a mission to learn about how to deal with storms, a spokeswoman said.

CNNMoney: Black businesses hit hard in New Orleansupdated: Thu Aug 20 2009 14:30:00

Brad Pitt ensured that the nation noticed Hurricane Katrina's utter destruction to hundreds of shotgun houses and Creole cottages in New Orleans' working-class Lower Ninth Ward.

Travelers to China risk 'random' quarantineupdated: Sat Jun 20 2009 03:32:00

Travelers to China who display flu-like symptoms may be randomly quarantined over concerns of the swine flu virus, the U.S. State Department warned.

Nagin quarantined in Chinaupdated: Mon Jun 08 2009 01:15:00

China quarantines New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin after a fellow airline passenger shows symptoms consistent with the H1N1 virus.

New Orleans mayor quarantined in China for possible flu exposureupdated: Mon Jun 08 2009 01:15:00

The mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana, has been quarantined in China after possible exposure to the H1N1 virus, his office said Sunday.

Louisiana governor: Speed up power grid repairsupdated: Wed Sep 03 2008 19:36:00

The governor of hurricane-battered Louisiana said Wednesday that the prospect of some areas of the state being without electricity for weeks, as power company officials have warned, is unacceptable.

Bush: Storm response went wellupdated: Wed Sep 03 2008 19:36:00

During a visit to survey damage by Hurricane Gustav, Pres. Bush said the government's response to the storm went well. New Orleans Largely Spared by Gustavupdated: Tue Sep 02 2008 01:00:00

Mayor Ray Nagin warned New Orleans evacuees scattered across the country by Hurricane Gustav they may have to wait in shelters and motels a few days longer

Concerns about New Orleans-area levee easeupdated: Mon Sep 01 2008 23:42:00

Efforts to bolster a private New Orleans-area levee that had been in danger of failing because of Hurricane Gustav appeared to be working Monday night, the president of a parish said.

Concerns linger from Gustavupdated: Mon Sep 01 2008 23:42:00

CNN's Campbell Brown talks to Lt. Gen. Russel Honore about concerns relating to Gustav's impact. Gustav Fades Going Toward New Orleansupdated: Mon Sep 01 2008 19:00:00

Hurricane Gustav slammed into the heart of Louisiana's fishing and oil industry with 110 mph winds Monday, delivering only a glancing blow to New Orleans

Fleeing Gustavupdated: Sun Aug 31 2008 22:25:00

CNN's Anderson Cooper reports on the major evacution of nearly 2 million of Louisiana's coastal residents. New Orleans Braces for Gustavupdated: Sun Aug 31 2008 15:00:00

With another potentially devastating hurricane bearing down, residents with memories of Katrina aren't taking any chances

Mandatory evacuations to begin Sunday morning in New Orleansupdated: Sun Aug 31 2008 00:38:00

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin ordered a mandatory evacuation of the city beginning 8 a.m. Sunday but urged residents to consider escaping "the mother of all storms" before then. Evacuation Orders for New Orleansupdated: Sat Aug 30 2008 14:00:00

Mayor Ray Nagin gave the mandatory evacuation order late Saturday, but all day New Orleans residents took to buses, trains, planes and cars to flee from the path of Hurricane Gustav

Nagin: Levees big questionupdated: Wed Aug 27 2008 23:37:00

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin discusses his city's preparations for Gustav while attending the Democratic Convention.

Louisiana governor declares emergency ahead of Gustavupdated: Wed Aug 27 2008 23:37:00

Tropical Storm Gustav's impending arrival in the Gulf of Mexico, potentially as a major hurricane, has prompted Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to declare an emergency for the state.

Crime a blues refrain for New Orleansupdated: Mon Jun 09 2008 12:27:00

Jazz musician Henry Butler calls himself an ambassador of New Orleans music. He loves the city where he was born and lived for decades. But like tens of thousands of others displaced by Hurricane Katrina, he has yet to return to live. N. Orleans Mayor Rips FEMA Planupdated: Wed Feb 27 2008 08:35:00

A FEMA plan to transplant Hurricane Katrina victims because of concerns about formaldehyde fumes will not work New Orleans' mayor Ray Nagin said

Katrina-ravaged Gulf Coast struggling 2 years laterupdated: Wed Aug 29 2007 23:00:00

Two years after Hurricane Katrina devastated coastal areas of Louisiana and Mississippi, residents say much of America has forgotten their plight.

Priest posts names of victimsupdated: Wed Aug 29 2007 22:54:00

Priest posts names of victims

Names of victims fill church's 'murder board'updated: Wed Aug 29 2007 22:54:00

Father Bill Terry of St. Anna's Episcopal Church in New Orleans wants everyone to know what's happening in New Orleans: too many murders with too few people held accountable. New Orleans' White-Collar Exodusupdated: Tue Jul 10 2007 17:15:00

Will the Crescent City's reforms come fast enough to keep businesses from leaving? Could Jefferson's Fall Be Nagin's Gain?updated: Mon Jun 18 2007 13:45:00

The New Orleans mayor could fill a vacuum if the state's most influential African-American politician goes down

New Orleans mayor: Where is the promised money?updated: Mon Jan 29 2007 19:16:00

About half of New Orleans' residents have returned since Hurricane Katrina, but red tape and race and class issues have held up recovery efforts, Mayor Ray Nagin said Monday.

Fortune: The long, strange resurrection of New Orleansupdated: Tue Aug 29 2006 12:38:00

Ruthie Frierson's dining room does not look like the birthplace of a populist rebellion. The room is quiet, insulated from any street noise, with treatments in heavy fabric around the windows.

Is New Orleans ready for another Katrina? updated: Mon May 22 2006 09:43:00

With the hurricane season just days away, officials in New Orleans and across Louisiana are revising emergency plans, fortifying the levee system and preparing residents for the worst.

Re-elected New Orleans mayor: It's time to healupdated: Sun May 21 2006 09:20:00

In a city struggling to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina, newly re-elected Mayor Ray Nagin urged residents of New Orleans to "start the healing process."

Nagin wins nail-biting New Orleans electionupdated: Sat May 20 2006 21:00:00

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin fought off a challenge from Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu to win re-election Saturday night.

New Orleans evacuation plan has holesupdated: Thu May 11 2006 16:47:00

New Orleans' plan to evacuate its residents in the event of a major hurricane strike this summer may not be as complete as city officials made it sound last week when they unveiled the plan, according to a CNN review.

New Orleans disaster plan: Get out of townupdated: Tue May 02 2006 15:52:00

New Orleans officials detailed a new disaster-preparedness plan on Tuesday that depends more on evacuation by bus and train and won't use the Superdome and Convention Center as shelters.

Forman endorses Landrieu in New Orleans mayoral raceupdated: Mon Apr 24 2006 16:24:00

Ron Forman, who placed third in last week's mayoral election, will endorse Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu in the runoff slated for May 20, his press secretary said Monday.

Nagin, Landrieu head for New Orleans runoffupdated: Sun Apr 23 2006 00:01:00

Controversial Mayor Ray Nagin, who was criticized for predicting New Orleans would remain a "chocolate city" with a black majority, was far enough ahead in the mayoral race by early Sunday that it appeared he and Louisiana Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu would face each other in a May 20 runoff.

Favorites lead in early New Orleans tallyupdated: Sat Apr 22 2006 07:47:00

New Orleans voters cast ballots Saturday in what has shaped up to be one of the oddest mayoral elections in U.S. history.

New Orleans election in 'uncharted waters'updated: Fri Apr 21 2006 18:43:00

New Orleanians are trying to elect a mayor Saturday in a poll in which voters -- six in 10 of whom no longer reside in the city -- have to choose between 21 candidates.

Voting for Big Easy mayor not so easyupdated: Fri Apr 21 2006 09:37:00

The lawn signs advertising mold and debris removal companies are being crowded out all over New Orleans by political placards.

23 wannabe mayors vie to win New Orleans voteupdated: Fri Apr 21 2006 07:11:00

New Orleans residents will take time out Saturday from their struggles to reclaim their lives to vote in one of the oddest mayoral elections in U.S. history -- a contest to pick the person who will oversee the Crescent City's comeback fight.

Nagin rejects limits on rebuilding in New Orleansupdated: Tue Mar 21 2006 04:36:00

All New Orleans residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina should be allowed to rebuild if they choose, and the city will not stand in the way of reconstruction in areas considered vulnerable to flooding in future storms, Mayor Ray Nagin announced Monday.

Poll: New Orleans mayor's race cloudy after Katrinaupdated: Tue Feb 28 2006 15:23:00

Though most New Orleanians approve of their mayor's handling of the Hurricane Katrina aftermath -- and are willing to overlook his "chocolate city" remark -- Ray Nagin is no shoo-in for re-election, a recent poll shows.

The big blank canvasupdated: Mon Feb 27 2006 11:58:00

They still love to party in New Orleans. It's just that lately the laughs come kind of hard. The Mardi Gras season that wraps up this week will have consisted of just eight days of parades and whatever gamy fun goes with them. In most years, it goes on for 12. Marching bands have been in short supply, their members still scattered to Houston and Atlanta. The crowds along the parade routes have been sparser too. On the bright side, that has made it easier to score the strands of colored beads flung by people on parade floats. Hustle, and you could grab 50 or so in just a few hours. Making the most of misfortune -- that's a very New Orleans thing to do.

Nagin apologizes for 'chocolate' city commentsupdated: Tue Jan 17 2006 02:50:00

Mayor Ray Nagin on Tuesday apologized for urging residents to rebuild a "chocolate New Orleans" and saying, "You can't have New Orleans no other way."

Katrina evacuees weigh possible returnupdated: Tue Jan 10 2006 19:08:00

James Anthony, who fled Hurricane Katrina like tens of thousands others, is facing a wrenching decision: whether to return home and help rebuild a shattered community or make a new home elsewhere, essentially from scratch.

Levee plan prompts call to 'come home'updated: Thu Dec 15 2005 13:38:00

In an effort to ensure the levee breaches that put much of New Orleans, Louisiana, underwater after Hurricane Katrina don't happen again, the Bush administration announced Thursday it will spend $3.1 billion to repair the system and make it "stronger than it ever has been."

Atlanta's Katrina evacuees wary about return homeupdated: Sat Dec 03 2005 18:17:00

Three months after he fled Hurricane Katrina and his home, Morris Jordan had one question for New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin on Saturday: Can I go home?

New Orleans mayor gets an earfulupdated: Tue Nov 29 2005 19:27:00

Frustrated New Orleans residents appeared before Mayor Ray Nagin Tuesday with complaints about the response to Hurricane Katrina, with two speakers asking why a nation fighting to stabilize Iraq can't resolve a crisis at home.

Big Easy bouncing backupdated: Wed Nov 23 2005 18:07:00

Krewes, start your float preparations because Mardi Gras is coming back to the Big Easy -- as is some semblance of law and order.

Mayor moves to heal New Orleans' lifeblood industryupdated: Fri Oct 07 2005 18:41:00

Mayor Ray Nagin called Friday for a major expansion of casino gambling in hurricane-hit New Orleans in a desperate attempt to quickly heal its battered lifeblood industry -- tourism.

New Orleans to lay off 3,000 workersupdated: Tue Oct 04 2005 15:04:00

New Orleans will lay off 3,000 city workers -- about half the workforce -- because of financial constraints caused by Hurricane Katrina, Mayor Ray Nagin said Tuesday.

New Orleans to rebuild amid uncertainty updated: Mon Oct 03 2005 20:32:00

How many people in New Orleans will have to make major repairs to or completely rebuild their homes?

Mayor picks panel to revive New Orleansupdated: Fri Sep 30 2005 14:00:00

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin on Friday unveiled a panel of civic leaders tasked with developing a plan for the city's rebirth by the end of the year, while more residents were given permission to return a month after Hurricane Katrina.

Floating casinos may come ashoreupdated: Thu Sep 29 2005 04:23:00

After all 13 of Mississippi's floating casinos were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, Mississippi lawmakers are considering a plan to rebuild closer to land.

FEMA's Brown puts blame on Louisiana officials updated: Wed Sep 28 2005 11:39:00

In sometimes heated testimony before a congressional committee Tuesday, former Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Michael Brown blamed Louisiana's leaders for dragging their heels last month as Hurricane Katrina approached the Gulf Coast.

Ugly homecoming in St. Bernardupdated: Wed Sep 28 2005 07:57:00

Residents returning to St. Bernard Parish, just east of New Orleans on the Gulf of Mexico, are finding near total destruction.

New Orleans police superintendent retiresupdated: Tue Sep 27 2005 16:11:00

After post-Katrina New Orleans was overrun with looters and nearly a third of the police force subsequently failed to show up for duty, the head of the city's police said Tuesday he will retire.

Brown puts blame on Louisiana officials updated: Tue Sep 27 2005 10:55:00

In sometimes heated testimony before a congressional committee Tuesday, former Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Michael Brown blamed Louisiana's leaders for dragging their heels last month as Hurricane Katrina approached the Gulf Coast.

Katrina's odd coupleupdated: Mon Sep 26 2005 17:29:00

The men charged with rebuilding New Orleans -- Mayor Ray Nagin and President Bush's Katrina recovery chief, Coast Guard Vice Admiral Thad Allen -- are an unlikely pair.

New Orleans' 9th Ward floodsupdated: Fri Sep 23 2005 06:36:00

As water continued to pour over patched levees in New Orleans, Mayor Ray Nagin late Friday told CNN, "This nightmare just continues for us."

New Orleans has fingers crossed on leveesupdated: Thu Sep 22 2005 15:31:00

Metropolitan New Orleans was included in a tropical storm warning Thursday, as the Army Corps of Engineers fretted over how much rain the city's fragile levees could take.

Louisiana braces for Ritaupdated: Tue Sep 20 2005 01:04:00

Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco asked President Bush to declare an emergency for her state Tuesday ahead of Hurricane Rita's arrival somewhere on the Gulf Coast.

Mayor halts return to New Orleansupdated: Mon Sep 19 2005 02:37:00

Mayor Ray Nagin halted the return of New Orleans residents to the city Monday, citing the threat from the strengthening Tropical Storm Rita.

Feds, locals out of sync on repopulationupdated: Sun Sep 18 2005 10:09:00

More New Orleanians are expected to return to their city Monday despite local and federal officials being at odds about when and how evacuees should come home.

Admiral asks New Orleans residents to delay returnupdated: Sat Sep 17 2005 07:08:00

New Orleans business owners started trickling into the city on Saturday and residents were expected to return next week, but the head of the federal government's response to the storm said he wished they wouldn't.

Business cleanup starts Saturdayupdated: Fri Sep 16 2005 04:52:00

Shortly after sunrise Saturday, the streets of three major areas of New Orleans will begin to fill as people return to check on their shops, restaurants and clubs.

Leadership vacuum stymied aid offersupdated: Thu Sep 15 2005 09:58:00

As violence, death and misery gripped New Orleans and the surrounding parishes in the days after Hurricane Katrina, a leadership vacuum, bureaucratic red tape and a defensive culture paralyzed volunteers' attempts to help.

Mayor: Parts of New Orleans to reopenupdated: Thu Sep 15 2005 08:27:00

Mayor Ray Nagin said Thursday that significant areas of New Orleans will begin to reopen this weekend, almost three weeks after Hurricane Katrina slammed the Gulf Coast on August 29.

Louisiana governor: 'We will rebuild'updated: Wed Sep 14 2005 04:58:00

Conditions seemed to be improving in the New Orleans area Wednesday, more than two weeks after Hurricane Katrina ripped across the Gulf Coast, and Louisiana's governor pledged, "We will rebuild."

Bush arrives for New Orleans tourupdated: Sun Sep 11 2005 08:21:00

President Bush arrived in Louisiana Sunday as the official death toll from Hurricane Katrina climbed past 400 and the search for bodies continued nearly two weeks after the storm hit the Gulf Coast.

Setbacks after Katrinaupdated: Fri Sep 09 2005 10:07:00

The confusing odyssey for New Orleans evacuees began while Hurricane Katrina was still churning in the Gulf of Mexico.

Coast Guard admiral to lead relief effort updated: Fri Sep 09 2005 04:17:00

Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Michael Brown was replaced Friday as the man in charge of the Hurricane Katrina federal relief effort.

Legal answers for New Orleans residentsupdated: Thu Sep 08 2005 15:42:00

A catastrophe such as Hurricane Katrina has shown how lines of authority can become blurred when it comes to handling an emergency. CNN spoke with a number of legal experts to discuss the law governing the removal of residents from New Orleans.

Dean: U.S. must face 'ugly truth' about Katrinaupdated: Thu Sep 08 2005 11:05:00

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said that in Hurricane Katrina's wake Americans need to face the "ugly truth" that race and class played a significant role in who lived and died.

At least 30 found dead in nursing homeupdated: Wed Sep 07 2005 02:28:00

Authorities in a suburban parish began retrieving the bodies of more than 30 people from a nursing home Wednesday, while New Orleans police prepared to start forcing the evacuation of up to 15,000 remaining residents.

Campaign reportedly urged self-reliance for poor updated: Tue Sep 06 2005 12:34:00

Weeks before Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans, government officials reportedly were organizing a campaign to warn the city's poor that they would need to find their own way out in the event of an evacuation.

Evacuees desperate to find loved onesupdated: Tue Sep 06 2005 10:54:00

Posted: 5:35 p.m. ET CNN's Sean Callebs in Houston, Texas

New Orleans will force evacuationsupdated: Tue Sep 06 2005 02:31:00

New Orleans' mayor ordered law enforcement agencies Tuesday night to remove everyone from the city who is not involved in cleaning up after Hurricane Katrina, whether they want to go or not.

House-to-house rescues under way in New Orleansupdated: Sun Sep 04 2005 02:25:00

Nearly a week after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, military helicopters circled above New Orleans on Sunday to drop supplies and rescue people trapped in the nearly deserted city.

The big disconnect on New Orleansupdated: Fri Sep 02 2005 13:07:00

Diverging views of a crumbling New Orleans emerged Thursday, with statements by some federal officials in contradiction with grittier, more desperate views from the streets. By late Friday response to those stranded in the city was more visible.

Mayor to feds: 'Get off your asses'updated: Fri Sep 02 2005 10:11:00

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin blasted the slow pace of federal and state relief efforts in an expletive-laced interview with local radio station WWL-AM.

New Orleans mayor lashes out at fedsupdated: Fri Sep 02 2005 06:50:00

As his city skidded deeper into chaos, New Orleans' embattled mayor accused federal officials of dragging their feet while people are dying in deplorable conditions.

Convoys bring relief to New Orleansupdated: Fri Sep 02 2005 06:43:00

Four days after Hurricane Katrina devastated much of the northern Gulf Coast, tired and angry people stranded at the convention center in New Orleans welcomed a supply convoy carrying food, water and medicine with cheers and tears of joy.

The disaster response: 'Magnificent' or 'embarrassment'?updated: Fri Sep 02 2005 03:11:00

When it comes to assessing the effectiveness of the emergency response to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, two divergent -- and incongruous -- views have emerged over more than three long days of misery.

FEMA chief: Victims bear some responsibility updated: Thu Sep 01 2005 19:41:00

The director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Thursday those New Orleans residents who chose not to heed warnings to evacuate before Hurricane Katrina bear some responsibility for their fates.

Relief workers confront 'urban warfare'updated: Thu Sep 01 2005 02:48:00

Violence disrupted relief efforts Thursday in New Orleans as authorities rescued desperate residents still trapped in the flooded city and tried to evacuate thousands of others living among corpses and human waste.

New Orleans mayor: Trying to get everybody in synchupdated: Wed Aug 31 2005 10:05:00

Conditions worsened Wednesday in New Orleans from still-rising floodwater, looting and rapidly deteriorating conditions in the Superdome, where up to 30,000 people sought shelter.

New Orleans evacuations under wayupdated: Wed Aug 31 2005 07:45:00

The first of New Orleans' evacuees began arriving in Texas early Thursday as the Gulf Coast began to grasp the magnitude of what President Bush called "one of the worst natural disasters in our nation's history."

Mayor blasts failure to patch levee breachesupdated: Wed Aug 31 2005 03:29:00

A day after Hurricane Katrina dealt a devastating blow to the Big Easy, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin on Tuesday night blasted what he called a lack of coordination in relief efforts for setting behind the city's recovery.

New Orleans faces double 'nightmare' updated: Wed Aug 31 2005 02:39:00

New Orleans faced two crises Wednesday that Louisiana's governor called nightmares: stopping rising floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and evacuating survivors of the deadly storm.

New Orleans shelters to be evacuatedupdated: Tue Aug 30 2005 02:01:00

New Orleans resembled a war zone more than a modern American metropolis Tuesday, as Gulf Coast communities struggled to deal with the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

CNNMoney: Hurricane insuranceupdated: Mon Aug 29 2005 12:01:00

As Hurricane Katrina continues on its destructive path through Louisiana, residents there are bracing for catastrophe.

New Orleans braces for 'the big one'updated: Sun Aug 28 2005 10:08:00

A solemn New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin ordered mandatory evacuations Sunday as his city faced its worst fear -- the threat of a direct hit from a major hurricane that could swamp the low-lying city.

New Orleans braces for monster hurricaneupdated: Sun Aug 28 2005 07:59:00

New Orleans braced for a catastrophic blow from Hurricane Katrina overnight, as forecasters predicted the Category 5 storm could drive a wall of water over the city's levees.

Ivan's impact on statesupdated: Fri Sep 17 2004 08:35:00

Hurricane Ivan came ashore early Thursday near Gulf Shores, Alabama, and was felt all along the Gulf Coast.

Big Easy becomes Big Queasyupdated: Tue Sep 14 2004 23:32:00

The Big Easy became The Big Queasy as the usually laid-back party town worried about deadly Hurricane Ivan rumbling north through the Gulf of Mexico toward the U.S. coast.

Gulf Coast residents begin evacuationsupdated: Tue Sep 14 2004 01:46:00

Residents along the Gulf of Mexico began evacuating Tuesday ahead of Hurricane Ivan, a Category 4 storm projected to make landfall somewhere between the Florida Panhandle and Louisiana on Thursday morning.

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