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  • At press time, Mayor Mitch Landrieu was scheduled to spend the weekend of June 21-24 at the annual Conference of Mayors. This year's conclave, held in Las Vegas, had Vice President Joe Biden as a scheduled speaker; President Barack Obama is still in dutch with Vegas pols for a 2010 remark where he suggested that during tough times Americans shouldn't "blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you're trying to save for college." ...

  • District B City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell read aloud a resolution on June 20 that recognized June as LGBT Pride Month in New Orleans. "This is the first time in the city that we are putting forth and will adopt a resolution of this kind," she said. "It's time to wish all of our city's lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual residents a happy pride month." All seven councilmembers added their names to the resolution. "This is history in the making," Cantrell said. ...

  • New Orleans City Council members voted 7-0 on June 20 to pass four ordinances that update the city's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program, which guarantees at least 35 percent of the city's contracts be awarded to minority business owners. The approval was met with a 10-second burst of cheers and applause from the audience. ...

  • Last week Gov. Bobby Jindal signed into law Senate Bill 58, also known as "Hunters for the Hungry," which clarifies the legality of donating a wide variety of game meat to food banks and missions. The bill, which had been passed unanimously in both the state Senate and House, came about after a health inspector destroyed some venison that had been donated to a food program for the hungry in Shreveport. SB 58 makes it clear it's OK for "a not-for-profit entity or a charitable organization to receive or use any commercial or game fish, migratory and resident game bird, game quadruped ... alligator, or feral hog in food or meal distribution at no cost to an individual." — Alex Woodward & Kevin Allman

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