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Coaxum elected as Chairman of lobbying group Business Council of New Orleans | Business News

Coaxum elected as Chairman of lobbying group Business Council of New Orleans | Business News

New Orleans businessman Henry L. Coaxum, Jr., has been elected to serve as the next chairman of the Business Council of New Orleans and The River Region, a lobbying group for business interests in the region.

He will start the two-year term in the New Year, replacing Joseph Exnicios, president of Hancock Whitney Bank.

Coaxum is the owner/operator of three McDonald’s restaurants in New Orleans, as well as having interests in New Orleans International airport concessions, including Munch Factory, Cure and Chili’s. He is also a past chairman of the New Orleans Business Alliance, the city’s economic development agency.

“Henry brings remarkable leadership, experience, and commitment to the Business Council’s core mission of engaging diverse stakeholders to shape public policies and implement clear, predictable laws that foster honest and accountable government,” said Exnicios, in a statement released by the council.

In addition to the Business Council, Coaxum’s past and present board positions include the New Orleans Museum of Art, Audubon Nature Institute, New Orleans & Company, GNO Inc., National World War II Museum, University of New Orleans Foundation, New Orleans African American Museum, Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, Committee of 100 Louisiana, 100 Black Men of New Orleans, United Way, Louisiana Arts Works, Louisiana Restaurant Association Self Insurers Fund and the City’s Hospital Service District A Board that oversaw the redevelopment of the New Orleans East Hospital.

The co-Vice Chairs of the council next year will be Alden McDonald, who is President and CEO of Liberty Bank and Trust Company, and Vanessa Brown Claiborne, President and CEO of Chaffe & Associates.

Other officers include Justin Augustine, of Transdev Services, as Secretary and Lee Anne Sciambra, of KPMG, as treasurer.

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Girl, 4, found dead in New Orleans Central Business District; coroner cites blunt force trauma | Crime/Police

Girl, 4, found dead in New Orleans Central Business District; coroner cites blunt force trauma | Crime/Police

A 4-year-old girl was found dead of blunt force injuries in New Orleans’ Central Business District, authorities said Tuesday.

The Orleans Parish coroner’s office identified the child as Jo’nyri Hawkins and said she died in the 500 block of Canal Street on Saturday. Police didn’t immediately name any suspects or release additional details other than to say homicide and child abuse detectives are investigating. Public records show police encountered the girl while responding to a report of an unclassified death in the 500 block of Canal on Saturday at about 5:20 a.m.

Two victims scatter after gunfire erupts in 100 block of Camp Street

Attempts to contact Hawkins’ parents Tuesday were unsuccessful.

She was by far the youngest of three people reported killed Saturday in New Orleans. Eddie Profit, 23, was fatally shot at the intersection of Hayne Boulevard and Jahncke Road in the Little Woods section of New Orleans East about 5:50 a.m., the coroner’s office said. And Lester Jones, 19, was shot and killed about 9:50 p.m. in the 3400 block of Second Street in Central City.

Two people killed in New Orleans were identified Tuesday by the coroner’s office as Akiem Jolla, 37, who was stabbed to death about Sunday at 7:15 p.m. during a fight in the 1500 block of Newton Street in Algiers, and and Jamil Hill, 35, fatally shot Sept. 30 in the 2500 block of Washington Avenue in Central City. 

New Orleans entered Tuesday with at least 144 homicides reported this year. As of Tuesday afternoon, overall crime had fallen nearly 12% in New Orleans in 2020 when compared to this time last year. But homicides had jumped by more than 45%, and non-fatal shootings were up 43%, according to unofficial statistics kept by the City Council.  

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