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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard says it rescued three crewmembers aboard an uninspected towing vessel taking on water and reportedly grounded in Lake Pontchartrain.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans' command center received a report Tuesday that the UTV Todd Michael was grounded on rocks near the Lakefront Airport with three people aboard. The agency says it launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, which hoisted two people from the ship, and a response boat crew, which removed one person on a barge attached to the towing vessel.

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Political analyst Jim Engster addressed the difference of opinion recently made public between Gov. Bobby Jindal and State Superintendent of Education John White. Jindal has gone on record opposing the implementation of Common Core testing in Louisiana releasing a statement Monday.

"We share the concerns of these legislators and also of parents across Louisiana. We're hopeful that legislation will move through the process this session that will address the concerns of parents or delay implementation until these concerns can be addressed.

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From LSU Sports

METAIRIE, La.— LSU defeated Southern Miss 13-5 in the 11th Wally Pontiff Jr. Baseball Foundation Classic Tuesday night at Zephyr Field.

The Tigers, winners of eight of their last nine games, improved to 28-9-1. Southern Miss dropped to 21-17.

LSU travels to Oxford, Miss. to face Ole Miss beginning Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU. Fans can listen to the game on the LSU Sports Radio Network (98.1 in Baton Rouge).

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

Police responded to a double shooting Tuesday night in the 7th Ward.

At about 8:30 p.m., responding officers found two men shot inside a car near the corner of New Orleans and Hope streets.

Both victims were taken to the hospital in critical condition.

No further information was immediately available.

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

The Regional Transit Authority wants to build a massive transit hub in downtown New Orleans to ease the commute for thousands of public transportation riders. The announcement comes as a non-profit highlights the struggles that many riders face.

The five thousand to seven thousand bus riders who passed through or near the intersection of Tulane Avenue and Elk Place Tuesday were greeted with a welcome sight: 200 folding chairs lined various bus stops, courtesy of the non-profit Ride New Orleans.

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Federal health officials expect more than 76,000 new cases of melanoma, or skin cancer, this year. Of those, a small percentage of patients will unfortunately see the cancer spread to other organs, advancing to metastatic melanoma. When this happens, the survival rate is grim.
Currently, doctors have very few affective ways to treat the advanced cancer, but a new class of drugs could soon change that.
"It targets the interaction between the tumor cell and the immune system, takes the brake off of the immune system and enhances the patient's anti-tumor immunity," said surgical oncologist Dr.

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CENTRAL, LA (WAFB) -

The widening of Hooper Road, in the City of Central, has been planned for several years. City officials say it has been one of the planned projects on Mayor Kip Holden's Green Light Plan.

Tuesday evening, residents were able to have their questions answered from the contractor doing the work and representatives from the Department of Transportation and Development. People in Central have said they are ready for the project to start, but there are some who are concerned.

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Newly-elected Port Allen Mayor sworn in
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 22:30
PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) -

It's official. The newly-elected Mayor of Port Allen took the oath of office Tuesday night.

Richard Lee defeated three other candidates, including Former Mayor Deedy Slaughter on April 5.

He is a retired Baton Rouge Police officer and a lifelong resident of Port Allen.

Lee believes Port Allen is primed for a bright future, but says it will take teamwork.

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Police investigating triple shooting
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 22:30
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Baton Rouge police are investigating a triple shooting. Police say two people were shot on Leonard Drive and one person on Avis Avenue.

It happened after 9 p.m. Tuesday night between Staring Lane and Perkins Road.

The incident is still being investigated.

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Heart of Louisiana: Lafitte Museum
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 21:15
LAFITTE, LA (WVUE) -

Until recently, anyone traveling to the town of Lafitte to learn about the famous pirate would have had a tough time finding any connection to Jean Lafitte. But a new museum is putting some of that pirate lore on display. In tonight's Heart of Louisiana, FOX 8's Dave McNamara takes us to southern Jefferson Parish, where you can learn about pirates and pirogues and fishing and trapping in the town of Jean Lafitte.

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