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Gulf Oil Spill
9:23 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Engineer Arrested, Feds Probe BP's Spill Response

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — By arresting a former BP engineer, federal prosecutors are showing their hand in the Gulf oil spill case. They have been probing whether BP PLC and its employees broke the law by intentionally lowballing how much oil was spewing from its out-of-control well. The arrest came two years and four days after the drilling-rig explosion. 

BP Oil Spill
4:00 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Former BP Engineer Charged With Obstructing Justice

A former BP engineer is the first person facing criminal charges stemming from the oil spill two years ago in the Gulf of Mexico. Allegations center on deleted text messages.

Former BP engineer Kurt Mix of Katy, Texas, is facing two counts of obstruction of justice. He’s accused of deleting 200 text messages exchanged with a company supervisor. Prosecutors say Mix was discussing internal information about failing efforts to cap the gushing underwater well.

New Orleans Jail
10:37 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Feds Find 'Alarming Conditions' at N.O. Jail

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Justice Department says its recent inspection of the New Orleans jail found "alarming conditions" and uncovered persistently high rates of prisoner-on-prisoner violence and staff misconduct. Authorities have been negotiating terms of a consent decree that would require certain changes at Orleans Parish Prison.

Gulf Oil Spill
10:57 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Gulf Residents to Get Extra $64M for Spill Claims

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Justice Department says more than $64 million will be paid to about 7,300 people and businesses whose claims with BP's $20 billion compensation fund were shortchanged or wrongfully denied after the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  The department says an independent audit found significant errors in its processing of claims.

The Lens: Orleans Parish Prison
2:01 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Gusman closes House of Detention

Gusman and his top brass announced he is closing the House of Detention.
Tom Gogola The Lens

Surrounded by deputies, Orleans Parish Sherriff Marlin Gusman announced today that he is closing the Orleans Parish Prison House of Detention facility on Perdido Street.

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New Orleans Police
4:00 am
Wed February 8, 2012

City Reaches First Consent Decree Deal With Justice Department on NOPD Reform

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, right, joins Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas, left, and City Council member Jon Johnson, at opening of new 7th District police station in New Orleans East. Landrieu announced the start of citizen advisory boards.
Eileen Fleming WWNO

Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the city has agreed to establish Police Community Advisory Boards in each of the eight police districts.

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