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.
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.
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.
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New 7th District police station opens in New Orleans East.