News roundup: AT&T investing $2M to modernize B.R. office … Galatoire's announces groundbreaking event for new B.R. locale … New Orleans mayor touts anti-homicide initiative
Dialed in: AT&T says it's spending $2 million to upgrade and modernize its Baton Rouge central office downtown: what the company calls its "nerve center" of Capital Region operations. The project began with the removal of a large antennae from the roof of the building. The next phase includes installing two new standby generator engines and the equipment needed to power it, with the final phase to consist of a major overhaul of the electrical system. The first phase of the upgrades are expected to be complete in April of next year, with total completion by the end of 2013. AT&T says the investment will improve service to customers by better preparing the central office for hurricanes, floods and power outages.
Getting cooking: A groundbreaking celebration for the new Galatoire's Bistro location at the corner of Perkins Road and Acadian Thruway will take place on Wednesday, May 30, at 11 a.m. Guests will get a sneak peek of the new restaurant, enjoy samples of Galatoire's signature cuisine and hear from speakers including Galatoire's lead investor John Georges, Commercial Properties Realty Trust executives and Mayor Kip Holden. The restaurant, scheduled to open in December, will include a bar, private dining space and an outdoor dining area. See a rendering of the new restaurant here.
Murder in the city: New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is calling for the creation of a special federal strike team to combat the city's stubbornly high murder rate. Landrieu's plan was unveiled today during his annual State of the City address. The proposed strike force of federal law enforcement officials and prosecutors would come to New Orleans on a six-month detail to build cases and prosecute violent gang members and drug lords. The strike force proposal is part of a multiphase effort to prevent killings through stepped-up law enforcement and community outreach. The plan is called NOLA for Life. Other elements include improved recreation for young people and efforts to increase employment opportunities.
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