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Public Health
5:28 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Child's Death Linked To Rare Amoeba

Left: Electron microscope image of Naegleria fowleri in its cyst stage. Center: EM image of Naegleria fowleri in its ameboid trophozoite stage. Right: EM image of Naegleria fowleri in its flagellated stage.
DPDx and GS Visvesvara Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Federal and state health regulators have confirmed that a child, who died from encephalitis caused by a rare amoeba, contracted the illness while visiting a home in St. Bernard Parish.

Louisiana's Department of Health and Hospitals said Thursday that while water samples taken from the home tested positive for the Naegleria fowleri amoeba, initial tests of the parish water system are negative for it.

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Latest News
9:05 am
Thu September 5, 2013

5-Alarm Bywater Fire Damages Homes, Warehouses

New Orleans firefighters battled the blaze and Press at Urquhart Streets.
Credit April Siese

 

The New Orleans Fire Department battled an early morning five-alarm fire in the city's Bywater neighborhood.

There were reports of damage to at least two homes and two warehouses in the area. No injuries were reported.

The fire was reported around 1 a.m. It was under control by 3 a.m., but firefighters stayed on the scene through the morning to battle hot spots.

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Latest News
9:58 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Appeals Court Vacates Gill Pratt's Sentence

A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a former Louisiana lawmaker found guilty of scheming to steal more than $1 million from taxpayer-funded charities but also ordered a lower court to resentence her.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a decision Wednesday, affirmed former state Rep. Renee Gill Pratt's conviction but vacated her sentence and returned the case to the district level for resentencing.

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Education
9:10 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Board Of Regents Hopes To Lure Louisianians Home

The Board of Regents, the state's top higher education panel, is hoping to entice thousands of Louisiana college graduates who left the state to return home and fill what is expected to be a wave of new high-technology jobs.

The initiative, called Operation Recall, will target more than 40,000 people, many of whom have degrees in computer science and engineering.

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Head Start
9:26 am
Tue August 27, 2013

State Audits New Orleans Head Start Program

An audit finds a Head Start contractor in New Orleans didn't enroll enough preschoolers to justify its federal grant. The report from the state legislative auditor's office says the nonprofit Total Community Action needed at least 2,510 students to comply with its grant but had enrolled only 1,951 in December.

In addition, the grant required that at least 10 percent be students with disabilities. The center was found to have a smaller percentage, although the audit did not specify the figure.

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Power Outage
7:01 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Thousands Without Power In New Orleans

Entergy New Orleans says its workers are trying to restore electrical service to several thousand customers in the city.

Entergy spokeswoman Charlotte Cavell said the cause of Friday's power outages wasn't immediately known.

Between 10,000 and 12,000 customers in New Orleans lost power. Entergy estimates most of the outages will be restored by 9 p.m.

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7:21 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

New Orleans Police Find Body In Lake Pontchartrain

New Orleans Police have found a body in Lake Pontchartrain near the University of New Orleans campus.

Shortly before 11 a.m. Thursday authorities received reports that a body had been found in the water.

Witnesses told The Times-Picayune that the body was found floating face-up in the water and bystanders were crying as it was pulled out of the water.

Authorities have not identified the body to determine whether it is that of 21-year-old Ksanwy Chavez, who went missing Tuesday after trying to rescue a friend.

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Education
1:58 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

State Appeals Court Panel Hearing Post-Katrina School Firings Case

A five-judge state appeal court panel must decide whether to uphold a ruling that thousands of New Orleans public school employees were wrongfully fired after Hurricane Katrina shut down the city and its schools in 2005.

A lawyer for the fired workers told the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal panel Thursday that the Orleans Parish School Board and the state violated the rights of teachers and school workers fired after the storm. She urged the panel to uphold last year's ruling by Judge Ethel Simms Julien.

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New Orleans Hornets
10:55 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Hornets Send Suns To Record 7th Straight Home Loss

Anthony Davis scored 20 points, Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson added 17 apiece and the New Orleans Hornets handed the Phoenix Suns their franchise-record seventh consecutive home loss, 95-92 on Sunday night.

Luis Scola scored 17 for the Suns, losers of a season-worst nine straight overall and 15 of their last 17. Markieff Morris and Jared Dudley scored 15 apiece for Phoenix.

New Orleans Hornets
12:09 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Vasquez, Anderson Lead Hornets Past Cavaliers

Greivis Vasquez scored 25 points and Ryan Anderson added 23 to lead the New Orleans Hornets to a 112-92 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night.

Anthony Davis had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Brian Roberts scored 15 and Eric Gordon 14 for the Hornets, who snapped a two-game losing streak, including a blowout loss to Miami on Friday. Davis' double-double was his 17th, tops among NBA rookies.

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