By: E&P Staff
The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, which has managed to print an abbreviated edition since just days after Hurricane Katrina knocked it out of town, today expanded the number of pages and the number of copies it is printing. The decision came as some residents are returning home and a few businesses reopen.
In another switch, today’s paper was printed at The Mobile Register, which, like The Times-Picayune is owned by Advance Publications. Since early September, just after Katrina struck, the paper has been printed at The Houma Courier, where editorial offices were also set up.
Today’s issue contains 32 pages in three separate sections with extensive sports coverage.
“Moving our printing to Mobile allows us to increase the number of pages in the paper to meet advertiser and reader demand, as well as expanding our color capabilities,” Ashton Phelps Jr., Times-Picayune publisher, said in a story in Thursday’s issue of that paper. “We are forever grateful to The Courier for stepping in without notice to house some of our staff and allow us to print in the early days after the storm,” he said. The paper evacuated its Howard Avenue plant as floodwaters rose on the morning of Aug. 30.