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NEW ORLEANS -- It's a recovery milestone for some New Orleanians who thought they'd never see the day they could come home.
The Housing Authority of New Orleans celebrated the grand opening of the Columbia Parc Senior Center in Gentilly on Wednesday.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu, City Council President Jackie Clarkson and Councilwoman Cynthia Hedge-Morrell were on hand for the ribbon cutting.
Local leaders say the developer spared no expense. The luxury apartments are completely energy efficient and even outfitted with solar panels.
U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite on Wednesday challenged New Orleans business leaders to hire ex-offenders returning from prison and to play a part in tackling Louisiana's recidivism problem.
"We can't build a jail big enough to get out of this violent crime problem," Polite said in a speech at the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting in the Hyatt Regency downtown. "We can't arrest our way out of this problem."
Polite, recently appointed U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, offered up a proposal for businesses, a program known as "30-2-2.
After seeing his wife and son leave their Algiers home early one morning in 2011, David Marx, carrying a crossbow, crawled out from underneath the house where was he hiding and snuck inside, where he waited patiently for his wife to return home before killing her.
A jury sat listening in a hushed courtroom Wednesday to the taped confession of the former U.S. Navy chief petty officer standing trial for the fatal crossbow shooting of his wife in 2011.
Louisiana's higher education commissioner said Wednesday that he won't seek a contract renewal when his current deal as the state's chief policy leader for public colleges ends in March.
Jim Purcell, who has been in the job since February 2011, notified the Board of Regents about his decision at its monthly meeting.
"I'm appreciative of the privilege to serve the board and the campuses, faculty and students and citizens of this great state of Louisiana. I look forward to working with you all over the next few months during the search for the next commissioner and the transition as needed," he said.
Big Chief Jerod “Rody” Lewis, of the Black Eagles Mardi Gras Indian tribe, who had one of the most distinctive and powerful voices in New Orleans’ entire Mardi Gras Indian community, died Nov. 25 at Ochsner Medical Center of a cerebral aneurysm. He was 49.
Lewis was widely known as Big Chief Rody. Although the name was often spelled as Roddy, his family said the Rody spelling was correct. The family also said his first name was correctly spelled Jerod rather than Gerod or Gerard, as some sources had it.
In what amounted to his first stump speech since taking office in September, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite Jr. on Wednesday pledged to bring the full resources of the federal government to bear on New Orleans’ violent crime problem, without diminishing his office’s long-standing focus on public corruption.
Speaking to a crowd of several hundred people at the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting, Polite departed a bit from the law-and-order themes that his predecessor, longtime U.S. Attorney Jim Letten, typically struck at such events.
SANTO DOMINGO (Reuters) - Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz said a letter from Dominican authors and intellectuals questioning his loyalty to his country of birth was "a ham-fisted attempt to silence" his criticism of a controversial court ruling on birthright citizenship.
Diaz and three other authors have come under attack in the Dominican Republic after they published a letter in the New York Times that criticized a September decision by the country's constitutional court that stripped Dominican citizenship from children of illegal immigrants, most of whom are descendants of Haitians.
A US student accused of killing his maths teacher has pleaded not guilty to murder, rape and robbery.
Philip Chism, 14, was charged as an adult in the October killing of Colleen Ritzer, 24, at Danvers High School in the US state of Massachusetts.
JEFFERSON PARISH, La. - A Jefferson Parish deputy was fired after the sheriff said he admitted getting prescription painkillers for a relative.
According to our partners at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, Sheriff Newell Normand fired Deputy Adam Norris Wednesday. Normand said the accusations surfaced while administrators were trying to figure out why the seven-year veteran repeatedly turned in reports late.
When questioned about the drug allegations, Norris admitted to soliciting friends and acquaintances for hydrocodone, the sheriff said.
No criminal charges have been filed.
Normand said he'll consult with the DA's office about the case.
BATON ROUGE, La. - Three Louisiana state agencies were notified by JP Morgan Chase Wednesday that a data breach may have exposed the personal information of some Louisiana citizens, Division of Administration Commissioner Kristy Nichols said.
The Louisiana Department of Revenue, the Louisiana Workforce Commission, and the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services were told that hackers had penetrated Chase's computer security systems. Chase officials said the breach is not isolated to Louisiana.
About 6,000 Louisiana recipients of pre-loaded debit cards used by LDR to distribute state income tax refunds could have been compromised, as well as about 5,300 child support debit cardholders and about 2,200 Louisianans receiving unemployment benefits via a Chase debit card.
According to the bank, the data exposure affects cardholders who registered their cards on the Chase UCard Center website and, between July and September 2013, performed certain actions online. Chase is notifying affected cardholders by email of the specific way their information was compromised.
Chase said there's no evidence that the information has been used fraudulently, and they continue to monitor the security status for all cardholders.
An investigation into the cause of the security violation is ongoing.
"We will be working with law enforcement officials as this investigation continues," said Nichols. "We will hold JP Morgan Chase responsible to make certain that the rights and personal privacy of these Louisiana citizens is protected."