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6:01 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Temporary Agreement Reached For Orleans Parish Prison

Orleans Parish Prison must be upgraded, according to a federal consent decree.
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Lawyers for the city of New Orleans and Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman have reached an agreement, for now, on how to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to reform the city’s violent jail.

The sheriff’s office is under federal court order to improve conditions at the jail.

Today’s agreement covers about one-quarter of nearly $1.9 million provided last year for extra security, medical workers and pay raises for staff at the current jail.

The remaining money will be used to look at numerous other issues, like plans for a new jail set to open later this year.

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5:49 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama And Governor Jindal To Deliver Commencement Addresses

First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the commencement at Dillard University. Gov. Jindal will deliver a keynote at Liberty University in Virginia.
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First Lady Michelle Obama will address graduating students and their families at Dillard University’s 2014 commencement ceremony in May.

In a news release Thursday, the White House said that Dillard University was chosen because of "its legacy as one of America’s top historically black universities."

On the same day — May 10 — Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will also deliver a commencement address at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Liberty is a private Christian college founded by the late Reverend Jerry Falwell.

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5:19 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

New Orleans Children's Hospital Says Fungus Did Not Cause Any Deaths

The New Orleans Childrens' Hospital said Thursday that a deadly fungus was not the cause of death for five child patients at the facility.
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Doctors and officials at New Orleans Children’s Hospital held a press conference Thursday afternoon to address questions related to the deaths of five children who died after contracting a deadly fungus transferred to them through contaminated linens.

The Medical Director for Children's Hospital, Dr. John Heaton, acknowledged that a fungal outbreak was detected at the hospital in 2008 and 2009, and he said “an alarm went off” when lesions were detected on at least two of the young patients who later died.

BP Oil Spill
2:14 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

BP Exec Who Led Cleanup Settles On Charges Of Insider Trading

BP Mobile Incident Commander Keith Seilhan talks with oil cleanup workers in Gulf Shores, Ala., in July 2010. Seilhan has settled with SEC regulators who say he avoided $100,000 in stock and options losses by trading on inside information related to the spill.
Dave Martin AP

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 5:59 pm

A former BP executive who led the company's cleanup of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill has agreed to pay $224,000 in penalties and restitution in a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly trading on inside information on the disaster.

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4:42 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Annual Concert Series Kicks Off In Armstrong Park

Armstrong Park's fifth season of Jazz In The Park starts Thursday.
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People United for Armstrong Park is an organization with the mission of "establishing the park as a nurturing, living environment for the arts."

Toward that end, a few years ago they established an annual jazz concert series, which opens its 2014 season on Thursday.

Mary Steele of People United for Armstrong Park says there is a lot to look forward to this year.

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4:14 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Recovered Guns Become Art In New Orleans

Artists choose guns to use in their art from a selection of weapons in NOPD's gun buy-back program.
Janaya Williams WWNO

Weapons will become raw materials for artists in a project getting underway in New Orleans.

City officials and artists gathered Wednesday at the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery to announce a project called "Guns in the Hands of Artists."

On the floor of the gallery were parts of 186 guns removed from the streets of New Orleans through the police department's gun buyback program.

Artist Skylar Fein said that in his eyes, the guns are already art.

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2:15 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

NOPD To Conduct Thursday Night Sobriety Checkpoint

The New Orleans Police Department's Traffic Division will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Thursday night.
Credit Erin Krall / WWNO

The New Orleans Police Department's traffic division will conduct a Thursday night sobriety checkpoint in Orleans Parish, the department said in a press release.

The NOPD checkpoint will begin at approximately 9 p.m. on the night of Thursday, April 17. Motorists are advised to have proper documentation, including a driver's license and proof of insurance, and should expect only minimal delays, according to the police department.

The checkpoint will conclude at approximately 5 a.m. Friday morning.

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1:27 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Holy Bible Could Become Louisiana's Official Book

Hurricane Katrina holdout Hazzert Gillett reads his Bible in his New Orleans home in September 2005. The state's Legislature is considering a bill to make the Holy Bible the official state book.
Brian Snyder Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 12:58 pm

The "Good Book" could become the official book of Louisiana if a bill sent to the state's Legislature passes in a vote that could come as early as this week.

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11:13 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Charter School Group Accused Of Violating Students' Civil Rights

A civil rights complaint filed Tuesday against New Orleans charter school managers Collegiate Academies alleges harsh discipline that violates federal laws.
Eric E Castro Flickr

This story has been updated.

A group of lawyers, students and parents have filed a civil rights complaint against three local charter schools. They're asking state and federal officials to investigate the discipline policies at Carver Preparatory, Carver Collegiate Academy and Sci Academy, all operated by Collegiate Academies. These schools have the highest suspension rates in the city.

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5:24 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

House Panel Advances REAL ID Legislation

Louisiana is one of several states in the U.S. scrambling to come into compliance with federal ID laws.
Kurykh Wikimedia Commons

Louisiana driver's licenses could move in line with a federal identification law, under a proposal that won the backing of the House Transportation Committee.

The bill is designed to keep state residents from running into domestic flying difficulties by 2016, if licenses aren't deemed compliant with the REAL ID law.

Lawmakers enacted a prohibition against compliance with the federal law in 2008, because of concerns about privacy.

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