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4:26 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

In New Orleans, Surveillance Cameras Help Catch Criminals

Police investigating Sunday morning's shooting on Bourbon Street could be assisted by camera footage in the area.
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Ten people were wounded in a shooting early Sunday morning on Bourbon Street. One of the victims remains in critical condition, four others are hospitalized in stable condition.

A high-definition, robotic camera on the balcony of a popular karaoke bar called the Cat’s Meow caught it all on tape: First, total chaos, then bystanders rushing in to help the victims.

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7:44 am
Mon June 30, 2014

McAllister May Not Be Leaving Office After All

Embattled Congressman Vance McAllister.
Credit Vance McAllister's Congressional Office

Republican Congressman Vance McAllister may be having second thoughts about keeping his job.

He’s holding what his staff is calling a “special press conference” later this morning in Monroe. McAllister was in his eighth month in office when he was caught on video kissing a staff member.

He announced that he would not seek re-election.

McAllister was serving the final year of the two-year congressional term of Rodney Alexander, who abruptly announced his resignation in August 2013.

Republicans, including Governor Bobby Jindal, called on McAllister to resign.

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7:41 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Bourbon Street Shooting Suspects Remain At Large

New Orleans police are still searching for two men who exchanged gunfire on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter.

Nine people were shot in the crossfire, including two who are in critical condition.

Images captured from a surveillance camera above a bar showed people running down the street in the chaos of the shooting at 2:45 a.m. Sunday.

New Orleans Police Chief Ronal Serpas said six victims were hospitalized in stable condition. 

The other victim's condition wasn't available. Some of them were tourists. Their names weren't immediately released.

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6:08 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

Bourbon Street Shooting Leaves Nine Injured

New Orleans police are investigating a shooting on Bourbon Street that injured nine people, two critically. Two men opened fire, injuring bystanders.

New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas says three officers were patrolling the area when gunfire erupted early Sunday morning.

He says it started with two men arguing, then opening fire. He says eyewitnesses are being interviewed and video surveillance tapes are being reviewed. The shooting was only a few blocks from Jackson Square and among several popular bars on the crowded street.

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11:20 am
Sat June 28, 2014

BP Asking Court To Order Some Claim Repayments

BP takes issue with claims process.

BP is stepping up efforts repayment of claims it finds unjustified.

The company is battling the system established to cover damage caused by BP’s oil spill four years ago in the Gulf of Mexico.

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5:40 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Mandeville City Council Delays Vote On Fracking

In the end, the Mandeville City Council deferred action on a proposed resolution to ban fracking. Council members said they needed more time and more information about the practice before making a decision.

About a half-dozen Mandeville residents spoke during the meeting to make the case against fracking. But no one from Helis Oil and Gas was there.

Helis is a New Orleans company. They’re seeking permits to drill a well just north of Interstate 12 and use the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, method to extract oil and gas.

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7:27 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Free HIV Testing Offered In New Orleans

It’s National HIV Testing day on Friday — and there are several options available for a free test.

Nola.com/The Times-Picayune reports federal health officials rank Baton Rouge and New Orleans second and third nationally in the rate of new HIV infections.

Walgreens is offering free screenings at several locations Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Also look for free testing during Essence Festival weekend.

There will be a mobile unit outside Walgreens at 900 Canal Street on July 3, and at the Morial Convention Center July 4-6.

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7:24 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Town Of Jean Lafitte Honoring Its Namesake And Community

The Town of Jean Lafitte is unveiling an official state historical marker Saturday.

Local officials are proud of the community named after the smuggler who became a military hero in the war of 1812.

Say what you will about Jean Lafitte — smuggler, pirate, scoundrel — but his name still draws a crowd. There’s the bar in the French Quarter, and the Jefferson Parish town with his name.

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10:11 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

NOLA For Life Program Helps Ex-Offenders Get Jobs

Mayor Mitch Landrieu launched the NOLA for Life homicide reduction strategy in 2012.
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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu launched another pillar of his NOLA for LIFE homicide reduction plan on Wednesday: helping ex-offenders leaving prison get jobs and homes.

Mayor Landrieu said the challenge of stopping violence in the city is everyone’s responsibility, including private companies who hold jobs. He said that people leaving prison have to be given an opportunity to make better choices.

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5:24 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

More Students Entering College Without Needing Remedial Work

More Louisiana students than last year scored well enough on the exam to enter college without remedial work.
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More Louisiana high school students are earning college-ready ACT scores.  

The Department of Education said today that more than 23,000 students scored an 18 or higher this year. That’s almost 1,500 more students than last year who scored well enough on the exam to enter college without remedial work.

The number of graduates who scored well enough to earn scholarships through the state TOPS program also increased by more than 1,000 students.

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