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New Orleans, LA. (WVUE) - Twenty-six thousand people will hit the pavement this Saturday for the Crescent City Classic.

"We grew our out of town folks, people out of Louisiana runners by 27 percent," says Ricky Thomas.

All 50 states are represented and runners from 17 countries are here.

"It's a lot of memories for us. We enjoy the party aspect of it and it's an incentive to keep running. We come back to visit New Orleans," says Ken Wagner.

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BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) - Hancock County authorities are reopening the 40-year-old kidnapping and murder case of 15-year-old Mary Ann Farve, a Bay St. Louis teen who was abducted on April 22, 1974.

Authorities say Farve was riding her bike from her home in Bay St. Louis to bring her sister to school about a mile away. Her sister made it to school, but Farve never returned home.

Her body was found in January 1975 in a field near the Discovery Bay subdivision in Pass Christian.
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

A New Orleans woman is upset that it took police a full day to respond to her repeated calls for help after her mother's home was broken into off Airline Highway.

Police say it points to the need for additional manpower.

It happened on Monday. Catina Williams' daughter discovered the family home was broken into, and three flat-screen TVs were gone. Burglars had busted one window on the left side of the home, but decided a rear window on the right would give easier access.

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

Some local state lawmakers think it is time to talk about changing Louisiana law given revelations about the deadly fungal infection at Children's Hospital.

Currently state law does not require the reporting of hospital acquired infections.

Children's Hospital said that when it learned there was an outbreak of mucormycosis it did a "rapid" investigation and contacted the state health departments as well as the Centers for Disease control, a federal government agency.

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METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) -

A three-alarm fire damaged at least two units at a Metairie apartment complex Friday afternoon.

The fire broke out just before 3 p.m. in the 4600 block of Yale Street near Clearview Parkway.

Several fire units responded to the blaze, and it appeared to be extinguished by 3:30 p.m.

It was not immediately known how many people were displaced.

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

The last weekend of Lent means lots of people are making last-minute seafood runs. Bottom line: They want crawfish, and area seafood markets are doing what they can to keep up.

At Michael's Seafood on Jefferson Highway, there was no shortage of mudbugs on Good Friday.

Owner Michael Gangi's holiday weekend sales prediction number are high.

"Between my two places, [we'll sell] 70,000 to 80,000 pounds," Gangi said.

Which is good news, considering that too much cold weather put a pinch on this year's crawfish season.

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

Revelations about the 2008, 2009 deadly fungal infection at Children's Hospital that only recently came to light have some state lawmakers calling for a change in the law.

Currently, state law does not require hospitals to report acquired infections.

Children's Hospital says when it learned there was an outbreak of the deadly fungus mucormycosis, it did a rapid investigation and notified the Centers for Disease Control and the state health department.

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An attorney for former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is seeking to reduce the amount of money Nagin might have to forfeit as a result of his conviction on federal corruption charges.

Prosecutors last week said Nagin, who plans an appeal of his conviction, should be forced to turn over more than $501,000 related to his February conviction on bribery, wire fraud and money laundering charges. Nagin's lawyer, Robert Jenkins, said in a Friday filing that, in two instances, Nagin shares liability with others named in the indictment against him.

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

Family and friends will bury an Atlanta firefighter in North Louisiana on Saturday.

Frank Guinn will be buried in his hometown of Haynesville one week after he was killed while training for the Ironman race in New Orleans.

A vehicle struck and killed the 36-year-old as he was cycling on Chef Menteur last Friday.

Guinn leaves behind a wife and three children.

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Saints re-sign Robert Meachem
Friday, 18 April 2014 12:15

Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis announced Friday that team has re-signed wide receiver Robert Meachem to a one-year contract.

Meachem is a seven-year NFL veteran who was originally the club's first round draft pick in 2007.

The 6'2", 215-pound former University of Tennessee standout has played in 92 regular season games with 33 starts and has posted career totals of 171 receptions for 2,800 yards with 27 touchdowns.

Spending the 2012 season in San Diego, all but 14 of the catches and two of the touchdowns have occurred in a Saints uniform.

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