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Coroner rules Orleans prison death a homicide

Thursday, 20 November 2014 20:24
The death of a man who collapsed after a fight with a fellow inmate at Orleans Parish Prison has been ruled a homicide by Coroner Jeffrey Rouse, a decision that appears to signal a sharp departure in philosophy from his predecessor, Frank Minyard. In a prepared statement, Rouse said Willie Lee, 40, “suffered a cardiac arrest as a result of an inmate-on-inmate physical altercation.” He also classified as a homicide the death of a man…
OFF AND RUNNING: Track kicks off season
Thursday, 20 November 2014 20:24
After a long, litigious offseason, fans of the Fair Grounds can finally focus on racing. With its 143rd thoroughbred meet opening Friday night with Starlight Racing, the track’s management looks forward to showing off the improvements on which they’ve spent millions of dollars in hopes of appeasing the state’s frustrated horse-racing community and lifting New Orleans racing back to past prominence. “It is good to get the meet kicked off,” said Tim Bryant, president of…
Water board seeks green solutions
Thursday, 20 November 2014 20:24
A more holistic vision of water management that calls for looking to low-tech solutions to improve New Orleans’ drainage is on tap for the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, Executive Director Cedric Grant said Thursday. But after 115 days on the job, he said, his main goal is overhauling a beleaguered agency that is hampered by outdated equipment and frequently criticized for its lack of responsiveness. “By the time (my) term is over,…
Men get life, no parole in murders
Thursday, 20 November 2014 20:24
Two weary mothers made their voices heard Thursday inside an Orleans Parish courtroom. One of them stared down her son’s killer, pleading for a hint of remorse. The other tore into the image of her son as a cold-blooded, murderous gangster, even as he sat gazing at her from a few feet away, showing little emotion as she vouched for his good soul. In the end, two half-brothers and fellow members of the notorious “110’ers”…
Locals weigh in on president's immigration stance
Thursday, 20 November 2014 20:18
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Some locals are praising the president's stance that would allow millions of people in the country illegally to avoid deportation - at least temporarily - and get work permits. Others say it will hurt already economically depressed Americans and create a new underclass. "It's almost like we have two signs at the border," said Susan Weishar, a migration specialist at the Jesuit Social Research Institute at Loyola University. "One says…
Housekeeper arrested after $25,000 in jewelry disappears
Thursday, 20 November 2014 20:18
KENNER, LA (WVUE) - A Metairie woman was arrested Wednesday after police said she stole more than $25,000 from the 71-year-old woman who employed her as a housekeeper in Kenner. Nixirela Rodriguez, 37, of Diane Place, was booked with felony theft. The investigation began Monday, when the victim reported jewelry missing from a safe in her home. The victim told Kenner police that she suspected Rodriguez after discovering a safe key missing. She told police…
Judge: No bad faith in recall
Thursday, 20 November 2014 20:04
GONZALES — A district judge ruled Thursday that the chairman of a recall effort against two Gonzales city councilmen acted in good faith when he provided copies of the recall petitions to one of councilmen targeted in the effort. During questioning from his attorney, Ivy Graham, Gonzales City Councilman Gary Lacombe said he had not received the recall petitions early enough from Chuck LeBlanc, chairman of Save Gonzales — the group that organized the recall…
RDA appoints interim director
Thursday, 20 November 2014 20:04
Longtime public servant Gwen Hamilton was appointed on Thursday to succeed Walter Monsour as the leader of the East Baton Rouge Parish Redevelopment Authority, a public agency fighting to stay afloat amid its financial dire straits. The Redevelopment Authority board approved her in an interim capacity, with a salary of $75,000, which is less than one-third of what Monsour was earning. Monsour had a $265,000 base salary with a $100,000 benefit package, which became an…
Livingston plans for community college
Thursday, 20 November 2014 20:04
Livingston — The Livingston Parish School Board on Thursday agreed to give 12.3 acres of undeveloped land to the state in exchange for a community and technical college. The parish does not have a community college. Under the terms of the recently passed cooperative endeavor agreement, the School Board will transfer a tract of land behind the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center in Walker for the construction of a Northshore Technical Community College campus.
President Obama's executive order will free about 5 million from deportation threat
Thursday, 20 November 2014 19:33
WASHINGTON -- Despite Republican admonition not to do it, President Barack Obama Thursday announced that because Congress failed to act he's issuing an executive order that

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