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Indictment: man shot into packed car, killed 1 of 8 in car

Aug. 6, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An 18-year-old New Orleans man was indicted Thursday on charges accusing him of shooting into a car packed with eight people, killing one and wounding five. Dijon Dixon is charged second-degree murder in the death of of 17-year-old Cornelius Smith, District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro said...

Report: Teachers positive for COVID-19 days before school

Aug. 5, 2020 8:13 PM EDT

GRETNA, La. (AP) — Since returning to their classrooms to prepare for the opening of in-person instruction next week, a “handful” of Jefferson Parish teachers have tested positive for the coronavirus, a newspaper reported Wednesday, citing school officials. The exact number of infections were...

FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2015, file photo, Marlin Gusman, sheriff of New Orleans, speaks outside a new jail facility in New Orleans as buses transferring inmates from the old jail arrive. Gusman can be put back in control of the city’s notoriously troubled jail despite still-serious problems that triggered a 2012 lawsuit and U.S. Justice Department oversight, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

New Orleans sheriff regains authority over troubled jail

Aug. 5, 2020 7:27 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The sheriff of New Orleans can be put back in control of the city’s long-troubled jail despite still-serious problems that triggered U.S. Justice Department oversight and a 2012 lawsuit, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. Sheriff Marlin Gusman had agreed to cede authority over the...

New Orleans prosecutor faces $50,000 penalty in records case

Aug. 5, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans' district attorney has been ordered to pay more than $50,000 in penalties for failing to produce public records related to a 2015 request. Civil District Judge Ethel Julian's ruling was issued July 27 against District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro in a public records lawsuit...

FILE - In this Thursday, May 26, 2016 file photo, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, left, talks with general manager Mickey Loomis during NFL football practice in Metairie, La. Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says unusual circumstances surrounding this pandemic-altered NFL season haven't changed high expectations; the Saints seek a fourth-straight playoff appearance. Loomis says it's an advantage that he and coach Sean Payton have worked together since 2006 and that there has been little turnover on the staff or roster recently. Loomis spoke Tuesday, July 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Payton: Saints expanding on NFL pandemic protocols

Aug. 5, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton says the club’s decision to occupy four floors of a hotel during training camp is simply an effort to cut down on the sheer number of people going their separate ways each day during a pandemic. Payton said that along with 80 players on the roster during...

FILE - In this May 3, 1965, file photo, Shirley Ann Grau, winner of a Pulitzer for her third novel

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Shirley Ann Grau dies at 91

Aug. 5, 2020 3:42 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Shirley Ann Grau, a Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction writer whose stories and novels told of both the dark secrets and the beauty of the Deep South, has died. She was 91. Grau died Monday in a New Orleans-area memory care facility of complications from a stroke, her daughter Nora McAlister...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Aug. 5, 2020 2:24 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ Aug. 4 The Advocate on the live music industry during the coronavirus pandemic: Many individuals and businesses are hurting badly these days, and each segment of the economy faces its own particular challenges. So the demands for congressional attention and aid...

18-month sentence in $10 million telemarketing scam

Aug. 4, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Mexican citizen convicted in a $10 million telemarketing scam was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in prison by a federal judge. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Orleans said the sentence was handed down Tuesday in the case of Jesus Adrian Ledesma Bernal, 32. Bernal had pleaded...

Natasha Blunt poses for a portrait in New Orleans, Friday, July 31, 2020. Blunt owes thousands of dollars in back rent after she lost her banquet porter job. She has yet to receive her stimulus check and has not been approved for unemployment benefits. Her family is getting by with food stamps and the charity of neighbors. (AP Photo/Dorthy Ray)

Wave of evictions expected as moratoriums end in many states

Aug. 4, 2020 12:10 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Kelyn Yanez used to clean homes during the day and wait tables at night in the Houston area before the coronavirus. But the mother of three lost both jobs in March because of the pandemic and now is facing eviction. The Honduran immigrant got help from a local church to pay part of...

Appeals court: NOAA can't make rules for offshore fish farms

Aug. 3, 2020 9:51 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court in New Orleans has upheld a decision that throws out rules regulating fish farms in the Gulf of Mexico. The law granting authority over fisheries to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration does not also let the agency set rules for offshore fish...