NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Country music comes center stage in New Orleans when the Bayou Country Superfest returns to the Superdome the Memorial Day weekend. County icon George Strait headlines the event Sunday. Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves and Midland round out the bill. Midland is scheduled to open the show at 4 p.m. Events also are scheduled Friday and Saturday.
MANDEVILLE, La. (AP) - A paralyzed former sheriff's deputy is heading to Buffalo, New York, for her first marathon. Mary Mayo was paralyzed in June 2007 by a tree that fell on her car at another deputy's funeral. The tree killed Mayo's fiance. She couldn't get out of bed for years. WWL-TV reports that with the help of Flags to the Finish, she raced in a pink chair alongside firefighter Ryan Mast in the Crescent City Classic 10K in March. Now she's going the full length.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Need a flashlight, batteries or portable generator to get stocked for hurricane season? Louisiana residents will get a partial sales tax break this Saturday and Sunday when they're buying hurricane-readiness supplies. During the two-day period, eligible purchases will be subject to 3 percent state sales tax instead of the full 5 percent regularly charged on such items.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The city council in tourist-friendly New Orleans voted Thursday to halt the proliferation of one type of tourist housing: short-term rentals such as those facilitated by Airbnb and Homeaway. Council member Kristin Palmer's measure affects those who rent out entire homes for short-term visitors for as much as 90 days a year.
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