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With forecasts putting New Orleans in the path of Tropical Storm Nate, one big question looms in the minds of residents and business owners: Will the pumps work?

 Nate is forecast to make landfall in southeast Louisiana early Sunday, possibly as a Category 1 hurricane.

 An unexpected Aug. 5 rainstorm caused flash floods that revealed personnel and equipment problems at the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board, the agency that runs the antiquated pump system that drains the city.

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A hurricane warning has been issued for a stretch of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Grand Isle, Louisiana, to the Alabama-Florida border.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says residents in those areas should brace for possible storm surges amid the expected strengthening of Tropical Storm Nate. The storm battered Central America with rain this week, killing at least 21 people.

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A small jet with six people aboard went off the end of a runway at New Orleans' main airport. 

     No injuries have been reported and commercial flights were not interrupted.  

     A news release from Louis Armstrong International Airport says a Learjet 35 ran off the end of a runway and came to a stop a little before 8 a.m. Tuesday. 

     The jet had four crew members and two passengers on board.  

     Airport spokeswoman Michelle Wilcut said the runway was closed but the airport remained open. 

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U.S. Army officials say a soldier from Texas serving with the 10th Mountain Division's Louisiana-based brigade combat team has been killed by an improvised explosive device in Iraq. 

     Officials at Fort Drum in northern New York say 20-year-old Spc. Alexander Missildine, of Tyler, Texas, was killed Sunday when an IED detonated near his convoy. 

     Missildine served with the division's 710th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team based at Fort Polk, Louisiana. The division's other two brigade combat teams are based at Fort Drum. 

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The death of a Louisiana State University student who was reported missing and later found dead has been ruled a suicide.  

     East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner William "Beau" Clark said Monday that 21-year-old Michael Nickelotte Jr. died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Officials say the investigation into his death will remain closed unless further details emerge.  

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - After years of enrollment declines amid repeated budget cuts, Louisiana's university systems are reporting an uptick in their student counts this year.

 The Advocate reports that enrollment figures from the LSU System, University of Louisiana System and Southern University System show a 1.3 percent increase in student count across their campuses. Nearly 151,000 students are attending their universities.

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A big decision about the future of a little fish is attracting the attention of ocean conservation groups.

 Industry players are petitioning the Marine Stewardship Council to certify the menhaden (men-HAY-den) fishery as sustainable. The London-based council's sustainability certification is one of the most recognized seafood labels in the marketplace.

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TELLICO PLAINS, Tenn. (AP) - U.S. Navy officials say an instructor and a student pilot have died in a plane crash in southeastern Tennessee.

 The T-45 Goshawk training jet crashed Sunday afternoon in Tellico Plains, about 45 miles (70 kilometers) southwest of Knoxville.

 Lt. Liz Feaster said Monday that the names of the two who died are being withheld until 24 hours after family members are notified.

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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Authorities say a Louisiana police officer has been fatally shot after he responded to a call at a convenience store.

 News outlets report a Lafayette police officer was fatally shot at a Big Boy convenience store Sunday night.

Master Trooper Brooks David with the Louisiana State Police says authorities received a call about a battery and shots fired around 10 p.m. When the officer arrived, the suspect allegedly opened fire, which led to a shootout. The officer was pronounced dead at the scene.

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Mississippi woman has been arrested following a fatal hit-and-run in Louisiana. 

 Senior Trooper Dustin Dwight with the Louisiana State Police says 59-year-old Albert Watson was driving on Interstate 12 early Sunday morning when his car was hit from behind and thrown off the road by a car driven by 52-year-old Deana Collier of Sandersville, Mississippi. Dwight says Watson was not wearing a seat belt, and died at a hospital. 

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