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New Orleans Pelicans
10:52 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Pelicans To Pick Sixth In NBA Draft

The New Orleans Pelicans landed the number-six pick in last night’s NBA Draft lottery in New York City.

It’s the system the league uses to determine the order in which teams draft players each year. The Pelicans were hoping to reprise their lottery win last year, when they selected star Anthony Davis first overall. However, they only had an 8.8 percent chance of getting the top pick this year.

Instead, the Cleveland Cavaliers came away with the top selection for the June 27 draft. This is the Cavaliers’ second number-one pick in the past three years.

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Red River Radio
9:07 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Christus Health To Close Main Shreveport Hospital

Christus Health will close its Christus Schumpert St. Mary's Place medical complex in Shreveport and consolidate many services into its Highland Medical Center in Shreveport. CEO Stephen Wright announced at a news conference Monday that the cost cutting move will eliminate 200 jobs over the next two years, trimming its workforce by about 10 percent. Wright said the Sutton Children’s Medical Center, which has been running a $10 million annual deficit in recent years, will also close.

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Environment
7:00 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Louisiana Wetlands Experts Exchanging Ideas At Vietnam Conference

Members of the America’s Wetland Foundation are in Vietnam this week to collaborate on river management. Dutch experts are also participating.

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WRKF
5:33 am
Tue May 21, 2013

State Lawmakers Weigh Medicaid Options

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 9:38 am

A House bill that aims to secure state health care spending passed out of the Senate Finance committee yesterday.

The measure would create the "Hospital Stabilization Fund," which would utilize some hospital profits to draw down more federal dollars to help with uninsured patients.

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Music
4:20 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Professional Street Musicians Undaunted By Second-Line Shooting

The TBC Brass Band performing during a second-line parade this past weekend.
Maureen McMurray WWNO

The Mother’s Day shootings, which injured 20, rattled residents of New Orleans and led some to question the security around second-line parades. For many, the prevailing tradition brought them out to yesterday’s Divine Ladies Parade, but for the professional musicians who participate in the parades it was also a matter of their livelihood.

“This is how I eat. This is how I feed my family. Without this, I have to go look for another job. I never worked a day in my life. I play music all the time,” says Chris Terro, a percussionist with the TBC Brass Band.

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Community
11:13 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Second-Line Parades Continue In Defiance Of Last Week's Violence

The Divine Ladies Social Aid & Pleasure Club hit the streets of Central City for their annual parade on Sunday.
Maureen McMurray WWNO

As the New Orleans Police Department continues to investigate the motives behind last week’s Mother’s Day parade shooting, the city’s Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs are sticking to their second-line schedules.

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State Legislature
8:30 am
Mon May 20, 2013

State Legislature Continues Its Session This Week

The Louisiana State Capitol building.
Stuart Seeger Flickr

The Louisiana state legislature continues its session this week. Kelly Connelly from our partner WRKF brings us this update from Baton Rouge.

On Friday the Senate Finance Committee continued to comb through the budget, and discovered there’s a lot left to fund this session.

To get a summary, Senator Fred Mills asked Legislative Fiscal Officer John Carpenter to detail the five top worries that keep him up at night.

His first answer:

“That I won’t have a job after the session is over.”

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Faith
7:00 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Dalai Lama Brings Timely Message To New Orleans

The Dalai Lama, at a press conference in New Orleans last week.
Credit Thomas Walsh / WWNO

The Dalai Lama reflects on the world's problems.

The Dalai Lama has wrapped up his first visit to New Orleans. He brought a message of peace and compassion.

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New Orleans Police
6:33 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Times-Picayune/NOLA.com Report Suggests More Behind Crime Stat Gap

Erin Krall WWNO

Every month, New Orleans police file crime statistics with the federal government. These numbers turn into lists of the nation’s most violent cities, and those lists impact factors from economic development to residents’ sense of safety. The Sunday edition of the Times-Picayune and Nola.com features reporting from John Simerman and Gordon Russell on these stats.

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WRKF
5:32 am
Mon May 20, 2013

More State Budget Woes Left To Tackle

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 5:10 pm

Friday, the Senate Finance Committee continued to comb through the budget, and discovered there’s a lot left to fund this session.

To get a summary, Senator Fred Mills asked Legislative Fiscal Officer John Carpenter to detail the five top worries that keep him up at night.

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