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As hurricane season approaches, the Army Corps of Engineers is making sure area pumping stations are operating properly. The system is working as planned.

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The recent outbreak of the Zika virus has New Orleans on edge. The Gulf Coast is considered the most vulnerable part of the U.S. Mayor Mitch Landrieu has asked Congress for money to fight Zika, as the city continues local efforts to understand the mosquito-borne disease.

Officials gathered in the Lower Ninth Ward for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the new CVS store. Festivities featured an unexpected reunion for Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

A nonprofit monitoring New Orleans courts says that more than 10 years after Hurricane Katrina destroyed evidence kept in a basement that flooded, evidence remains at risk. It’s recommending alternative storage be used, and other improvements inside courtrooms are needed.

This weekend the Lusher Charter School board rejected a petition to recognize a teachers union and start a collective bargaining process.

The vote came after hours of public comment from over 50 people, mostly teachers but also parents and community members. Many spoke in support of the union.

Two members of families shattered in the Danziger Bridge shooting 11 years ago say they can live with seeing police officers who opened fire that day have their sentences cut by decades.  The prison terms were cut Wednesday by the same federal judge who sentenced them – and later ordered new trials for prosecutors’ misconduct. Relatives say it was more important that the officers admit what they did.

Governor John Bel Edwards released a new budget proposal on Wednesday, and it includes major cuts to Louisiana's college scholarship program.

The proposed budget - which would go into effect July 1 - slashes TOPS scholarship funding by over 60 percent. It provides only about a third of the nearly $300 million needed to fund the program.

The University of New Orleans quality of life survey shows Orleans Parish residents aren’t as optimistic as they had been about the city’s future. Jefferson Parish respondents remain much more satisfied with their community.

New Orleans officials say the police department has shortened response times by reorganizing shifts and putting experienced officers back on the streets. They say the department could be even better – if it gets more money.

A new national report finds Louisiana with the biggest lifetime wage gap for women in the United States. The National Women’s Law Center based findings on projections of women’s wages spanning 40 years on the job.

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