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Bob Dean could soon lose control over his affairs, Louisiana workers are still quitting at record levels and the expansion of an Uptown restaurant.

Here’s a look at today’s top stories in New Orleans for Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022.


Embattled nursing home owner Bob Dean could soon lose control over his affairs



Rashell Powell, speaks after a press conference announcing a proposed $12-15 million class action settlement against nursing home owner Bob Dean at the Old Metairie Library in Metairie, La., Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022. Powell was describing the deplorable conditions her father Gerald Cavaliere, 69, experienced while in the care of a Bob Dean nursing home before and after Hurricane Ida.




Former Louisiana nursing home magnate Bob Dean could be stripped of control over his affairs in a pending Georgia court proceeding, according to attorneys involved in a slew of lawsuits over Dean’s botched evacuation of 843 patients last year for Hurricane Ida.

The move could cast Dean to the sidelines as lawyers weigh a proposed class-action settlement over the evacuation of seven south Louisiana nursing homes to a warehouse in Tangipahoa Parish, where conditions quickly soured and his patients languished for days.

It wouldn’t affect Dean’s need to answer to criminal charges he faces in both Louisiana and Oregon, said one Georgia legal expert.

Read the full story here.


Brothers Food Mart founder and business partner avoid immigration, tax convictions at federal trial



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Behind the wheel with some fried chicken from Brothers, the New Orleans convenience store chain known for its spicy chicken.



A federal court jury failed Wednesday to convict the founder of New Orleans’ ubiquitous Brothers Food Mart chain and his business partner of dozens of immigration and tax charges.

Jurors either deadlocked or returned not guilty verdicts, after a two-week trial that probed whether the men had concealed hiring undocumented workers at their outlets, a fixture on the local convenience store scene.

Read more about the trial here.

Tropical disturbance enters the Caribbean, but it is too early to say if it will reach the Gulf of Mexico



Tropical outlook 1pm Sept 22

Hurricane forecasters on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, were tracking a disturbance in the Caribbean and four more in the Atlantic, including Hurricane Fiona and Tropical Storm Gaston. Here’s the outlook as of 1 pm (Image via National Hurricane Center)


A tropical disturbance has entered the Caribbean Sea, but forecasters on Thursday said it is too early to say if it will eventually reach the Gulf of Mexico or be a threat to Louisiana.

If it were to enter the Gulf, the threat to the Gulf Coast is still more than seven days away, according to Hannah Lisney, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Slidell.

The system is expected to develop into a tropical depression in a few days, forecasters said, and will most likely be named Hermine if it strengthens into a tropical storm.

Read the full forecast hrsere.


Uptown restaurant Shaya will expand with a ‘little brother’ restaurant TAVI in Covington



10 Best New Orleans Restaurants for 2017

Fresh-baked pita bread at Shaya restaurant in New Orleans. (Staff photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)


A restaurant now taking shape in downtown Covington will soon serve piping-hot pita from a wood-fired oven, elaborately finished hummus plates and dishes drawing from the same modern Israeli inspiration that brought acclaim to the New Orleans restaurant Shaya.

The new restaurant is called TAVI, and it’s the next from BRG Hospitality (previously called Besh Restaurant Group), the New Orleans company that runs Shaya and many others.

See where and when it is slated to open here.


Louisiana workers are still quitting at record levels



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Jason Richoux stands next to unboxed office chairs for his new company, Argent Lending, in Mandeville on Wednesday, September 21, 2022. (Photo by Chris Granger | The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate)




More than two years after the COVID-19 pandemic first pushed the reset button for many workers’ careers, Louisiana’s workforce is as mobile as ever.

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, 440,000 Louisiana workers have voluntarily left their jobs through July, the state’s highest total for the first seven months of the year since the bureau began tracking the data in 2000. Should the trend hold, the state could once again break its record for quits in a single year.

Here’s why economists say the mobility isn’t necessarily a bad thing.


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