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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A newly released report finds big changes are being made at Orleans Parish Criminal Court. But the system is far from perfect, as Court Watch NOLA found out.

Last year, 104 Court Watch NOLA volunteers sat in on 2,500 different hearings at Tulane and Broad.

Executive Director Brad Cousins says, "We think the citizens have the right and duty to know what's going on and let the rest of the city know about that.

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Local hotelier Francis Grayson dies
Sunday, 20 April 2014 00:30
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

A familiar, smiling face in some of Baton Rouge's nicest hotels has died. Hotelier Francis Grayson passed away Friday, friends confirmed.

Grayson served as General Manager of Hotel Indigo since it opened Downtown in 2011. Prior to that he worked to open the Belle of Baton Rouge and the Sheraton Hotel. His career began some 30 years prior at what is now the Ramada Inn.

Grayson also owned a hospitality management company called Nu Vieux, and could often be found overseeing events at the Lyceum Ballroom and the Kress Building.

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Two people are accused of trying to keep witnesses from testifying in a trio of murder and armed robbery cases.

Kirrasha Nicholas, 25, was booked on Friday, April 18th. The police say Nicholas's boyfriend, Erick Scott, contacted her from the inside of the EBR Parish Prison and asked her to intimidate witnesses. And finally, Christopher Smith was booked into prison on Monday. He is accused of agreeing to murder one of the witnesses at Scott's request.

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - Thousands of Crescent City Classic runners pounded the pavement with a purpose.

"I've been running off and on since I was about 13 years old," said Patrick Gavin, the First New Orleanian to cross the finish line.

With a number pinned to his chest and memories in his heart, Gavin finished the 10k in just under 36 minutes.

"It's actually the reason I got into running. My dad and I used to do this race.

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Man accused of rape, victim now pregnant
Saturday, 19 April 2014 21:01
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

A man is accused of forcible rape and other charges after allegedly forcing sexual acts on a minor who later became pregnant.

According to a probable cause report from the BRPD Sex Crimes Division, 33-year-old Norman J. Coleman of New Orleans, committed the violations on two separate occasions at a Baton Rouge residence, earlier in February 2014.

On March 26th, the victim described the first incident to officials, saying Coleman said he wanted to show her something.

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -- New Orleans Police Detectives are searching for a man who committed a simple robbery in the French Quarter. The incident occurred Saturday at 3:30 a.m. in the 1200 block of Chartres Street.

According to police, the victim was walking within the block when he was approached by an unknown African-American man. The man punched the victim, knocking him to the ground. The man then tried to take the victim's wallet and ripped the victim's pants pocket in the process.

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CADDO-BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) -

Saturday, the Shreveport - Bossier community is honoring a little girl by doing what she would have wanted: helping others.

In July of 2009 an Ark-La-Tex girl lost her life in a bus accident. 12-year old Maggie Lee Henson was among a group of people from First Baptist Church in Shreveport headed for camp. Even on the day she died, Maggie along with 22 other children from First Baptist Church were headed to help others in need.

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Jazz Fest tickets on sale Monday
Saturday, 19 April 2014 16:30
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -

Tickets to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will be available starting Monday at the Superdome's box office.

The box office is located at the Superdome's Gate A on the ground level and is open for extended hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday. It will close at 6 p.m. April 28; 7 p.m.

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MARRERO, LA (WVUE) - A man who may have been attempting to rob a store in Marrero died after getting stuck in the vents.

Jefferson Parish Police responded to a 911 call at Greg's Food Mart on Westwood Drive after the owner came to work to find a man's legs dangling from an oven vent in the kitchen.

According to Sheriff Newell Norman, investigators determined the man appeared to be breaking in to the building through the vents after seeing the rest of his body stuck in an entry point on the roof.

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