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Habitat for Humanity
announced last week that it plans to construct a "musicians village" with a high-end goal of $15 million to fund the construction of as many as 200 homes for displaced musicians. Local chapter President Jim Pate announced the plan at a news conference last week along with Mayor Ray Nagin and musicians Branford and Ellis Marsalis.

Jim Hudson,
president and CEO of Omni Bank in New Orleans, was honored as Community Banker of the Year by American Banker recently in New York City. Hudson was recognized for helping establish shared bank branches after Hurricane Katrina, and for helping create a system to expand "deposit insurance" coverage.

Warren Riley,
the newly installed New Orleans police chief, ordered the firing of 60 police officers and suspended more than 25 others who failed to show up for duty in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Defending the overall performance of the force's 1,500 offcers, Riley is sending a strong, early signal of his leadership.

Mayor Ray Nagin
continued his unfortunate pattern of poor communication last week when he came under fire from both the City Council and business leaders. City Council members accused Nagin of failing to consult with them before designating group trailer parks, while business leaders accused Nagin of not working more closely with them in moving the city forward.

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