- A Whopper of an honor: Local company named top Burger King franchisee (11/15/17)3
- Decisions coming soon on steel mill, smelter in New Madrid (11/17/17)1
- Southern Illinois farmer's grapevines destroyed by dicamba; four years of work lost (10/29/17)2
- Cape attorney Brandon Cooper to run for judge (11/20/17)2
- State audit: Bollinger County tax levies violate state law; county commission disagrees (11/17/17)3
- Aldi store reopens after renovations (11/14/17)3
- Cape native co-directs Thanksgiving-related indie film, 'Drinksgiving' (11/17/17)
- The Tungsten Groove to release first album featuring original songs (11/17/17)
- Son of Westboro Baptist Church patriarch discusses abuse, faith (11/15/17)6
- 1 dead, 3 hurt in accident on Highway 72 (11/19/17)
Ex-New Orleans worker pleads guilty
NEW ORLEANS -- A former city employee pleaded guilty Wednesday to taking kickbacks for city contracts, the first closed case in federal and city investigations of alleged corruption at City Hall.
Wallace Schief, chief engineer for the city's property management department, took payments totaling $15,500 from the owner of G&M Electric Sales Co., according to a statement Schief signed before a federal judge. He is scheduled for sentencing Dec. 18.
The city's investigation has resulted in more than 60 arrests, most of them taxi cab drivers accused of bribing city workers for permits. The probe began after Mayor Ray Nagin was inaugurated in May; the FBI's started investigating more than a year earlier.