Louisiana health officials say they are reopening some oyster harvest areas where the threat of flooding from Tropical Storm Karen has diminished.
Louisiana harvest areas 13 to 23 will open Sunday morning. They were among the areas ordered closed because of the possibility of contamination from flood waters.
Saturday's announcement said a precautionary closure of oyster harvest areas one through 12 would remain in effect until health officials determine the waters meet standards set by the National Shellfish Sanitation Program.
New Orleans police have arrested two teenagers accused of opening fire on a 31-year-old woman and her 7-year-old daughter as they walked in a neighborhood with a man thought to be the target.
A third suspect remains at large.
Officer Frank Robertson, a police spokesman, says 19-year-old Cornell Williams and 18-year-old Shannon Cooks were arrested early Friday on two counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count of aggravated assault.
A 71-year-old man who was convicted in the slaying of a prison guard has died less than a week after a judge freed him from a Louisiana prison after he spent more than four decades in solitary confinement.
Herman Wallace's attorneys said he died Friday at a supporter's home in New Orleans. Wallace had been diagnosed with terminal liver cancer and stopped receiving treatment.
Louisiana will continue operating a nutrition program for more than 140,000 low-to moderate income women and children even though the federal government is in the midst of a partial shutdown.
The Department of Health and Hospitals said Thursday that Louisiana's Women, Infants and Children Program, commonly called WIC, will be funded until the end of October, using money set aside from the prior fiscal year.
Traffic at the mouth of the Mississippi stopped Friday as coastal Louisiana prepares for a possible strike by Tropical Storm Karen, which is churning in the Gulf of Mexico.
Karen is forecast to hit the northern Gulf Coast over the weekend as a weak hurricane or tropical storm. A hurricane watch was in effect from Grand Isle to west of Destin, Fla. A tropical storm warning was issued from Grand Isle to the mouth of the Pearl River, including the New Orleans area.
A West Feliciana Parish grand jury has re-indicted New Orleans resident Herman Wallace for the 1972 murder of a prison guard just two days after a federal judge overturned the terminally ill man's conviction and ordered him released from prison after serving more than 46 years for armed robbery and murder.
U.S. District Chief Judge Brian Jackson ordered Wallace released Tuesday and ordered a new trial because women were unconstitutionally excluded from the grand jury that indicted Wallace in the fatal stabbing of Brent Miller.