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8:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Road Home Program Repayment Demands Still Unresolved

The Road Home program created after Hurricane Katrina is still causing paperwork headaches nine years after the storm.

The nearly $10 billion program was designed to help residents rebuild so they could return. But 32,000 people remain in legal limbo.

Last year the state sent almost 50,000 letters to homeowners demanding they repay some of their grants.

About 100 people attended a New Orleans City Council committee meeting this week, saying they are caught in a paperwork nightmare.

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9:34 am
Wed July 16, 2014

NOPD Recruitment Focusing On Churches And Military Vets

New Orleans is beginning another round of recruiting police officers. Officials are hoping the efforts will bring the ranks up from under 1,200 to 1,600.

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas and Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced the next recruitment drive will be aimed at military veterans and faith-based groups.

Serpas says the department has the funding and will search nationwide for new recruits.

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7:30 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Murder Suspect Arrested In Texas; 3 Children Safe

A suburban New Orleans man wanted in death of a woman found bludgeoned to death in her bathtub has been arrested in Texas and the three children he disappeared with have been found.

Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies say in a news release 43-year-old Pedro Alberto Monterroso-Navas, of Metairie, was arrested in a trailer park in Katy, Texas, late Sunday night. He faces a second-degree murder charge.

Col. John Fortunato, a sheriff's office spokesman, says his three children who were with him at the time of his arrest are safe.

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6:00 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Women Stage Protest At Hobby Lobby In Elmwood

Over the weekend, locals staged a protest at the new Hobby Lobby in Elmwood.
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  Over the weekend, locals staged a protest at the new Hobby Lobby in Elmwood in reaction to the recent Supreme Court decision. The court upheld the company's right to refuse to cover certain forms of birth control.

The group of about 50 protesters stood on Clearview Parkway for hours on Saturday passing out leaflets supporting the right of women to have access to health insurance that includes certain forms of birth control. They held up signs saying “The Bible is not a health care plan” and “Honk if you have ovaries”.

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9:51 am
Fri July 11, 2014

City Council Votes To Strengthen Enforcement Of Short-Term Rental Law

On Thursday the New Orleans City Council voted to change the definition of transient vacation rentals. Proponents say the change will make it easier to enforce the existing laws that prohibit short-term vacation rentals.

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7:21 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Debris Found In 17th Street Canal Levee

Workers pump cement slurry into the foundation of the 17th Street Canal in March 2011.
Credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The US Army Corps of Engineers says there is no major threat from debris found inside the 17th Street Canal levee.

Corps critics aren’t so sure.

Chunks of concrete, bricks and glass were discovered during work to install sheet piling.

The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection District—East has been assured by the Corps that the material is being removed.

Sandy Rosenthal founded Levees.org after the catastrophic levee breaches following Hurricane Katrina nine years ago.

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4:50 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Feds End Jefferson Parish School Discrimination Probe

Jefferson Parish public schools have agreed to make changes to end a federal investigation into discrimination against English-language learners.
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Jefferson Parish public schools have agreed to make changes to end a federal investigation into discrimination against English-language learners. The U.S. Department of Justice brokered the agreement, along with the Department of Education. 

Jessica Williams is an education reporter at NOLA.com / The Times-Picayune. She says the agreement requires that Jefferson parish make a number of changes.

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7:57 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Former Mayor Nagin's Case Reflects City's Move Toward Reform

Former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin entering federal court before his sentencing.
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New Orleans has turned a major corner with the sentencing of former Mayor Ray Nagin. One political observer says the story speaks to the city’s battle against corruption.

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1:12 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Critical Habitat Designated For Loggerhead Turtles

Federal agencies designate hundreds of thousands of square miles in the Gulf and in the Atlantic as critical habitat for loggerhead sea turtles.
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Federal agencies say 685 miles of beaches and nearly 200,000 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico are critical habitat for threatened loggerhead sea turtles.

Conservation groups say it's the largest such designation ever.

It includes 88 nesting beaches from North Carolina through Mississippi, plus waters just off of those beaches, floating algae mats where baby turtles live and other marine areas.

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5:06 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Former Mayor Nagin Gets 10 Years For Corruption

Former mayor C. Ray Nagin.
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Federal prosecutor Matt Coman talks about the sentence.

Former two-term New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for corruption. The jail time is half of what prosecutors wanted.

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