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The controversy over how the pumps operated in the city of New Orleans during the weekend flooding event is not over. The city council called a meeting just before Sewerage & Water Board Executive Director Cedric Grant announced his retirement saying he’d learned his staff hadn’t been honest about the event. The board’s Superintendent, Joe Becker, said that the system is not designed to handle that much rain in a short period of time.

 Some New Orleans officials say they're not satisfied with the city's response to weekend flooding, after heavy rainfall overwhelmed the city's pump stations

. Local news media report Council President Jason Williams says the council will meet Tuesday to seek answers about the pumping system. Some neighborhoods saw between 8 and 10 inches (20 and 25 centimeters) of rain over a few hours Saturday. City officials said that was too much for the Sewerage & Water Board's 24 pump stations to cope with even though all were operating.

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A lawsuit has been filed by the MacArthur Justice Center, a non-profit civil rights legal organization,  on behalf of two Orleans Parish Inmates who were being housed at a prison in Lake Providence, Louisiana.

The lawsuit states that Jessie Crittindon and Leon Burse were held in custody for five months after they should have been released. The men were held the East Carroll Parish Riverbend Detention Center and were eligible for release in August 2016. Crittindon and Burse were released in January 2017.

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Authorities in Louisiana arrested three people after a woman tried to claim a suitcase filled with marijuana in an airport's lost and found section. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports deputies found about 10 pounds of marijuana in the suitcase at Louis Armstrong International Airport on June 29. The next day 38-year-old Safiya Zina attempted to claim the suitcase.  Zina told the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's deputies she was paid $1,000 to take the bag from California to New Orleans and exchange it for money.

A car fleeing Louisiana State Police troopers has crashed in New Orleans, killing a 2-year-old girl and a man who were thrown from the vehicle. Police say a third man killed himself at the scene. 

Trooper Melissa Matey said the chase began Wednesday afternoon in downtown New Orleans when troopers noted a car with stolen license plates. It ended in eastern New Orleans when the car struck another vehicle, veered off the road and crashed into a fence.

Matey did not release the names of the deceased.

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Louisiana State Police say 13 people have been arrested in connection with an insurance fraud scheme involving staged automobile crashes.

 A news release says Thursday's arrests followed an investigation that began with complaints from insurance companies. 

Investigators say the scheme involved a group of people who regularly participated in reporting fictitious automobile crashes, bogus injuries and property damage in southwestern Louisiana.  

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Louisiana lawmakers soon will again be asked to approve what amounts to a minimum age of 21 for strippers.

A law passed last year was blocked in March by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier.

Barbier said the law was unconstitutionally vague. And, he noted inconsistencies in state law defining a naked breast.

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Sixteen New Orleans inmates being brought back to the city from a north Louisiana jail were aboard a bus involved in a morning accident.

The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office says the accident happened Thursday morning on Interstate 55 in Tangipahoa Parish, northwest of New Orleans. Two correctional officers from East Carroll Parish also were aboard.

The Sheriff's Office news release says no inmate or officer required hospitalization but a medical team was standing by in New Orleans to examine them upon their arrival.

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Prosecutors and defense attorneys have agreed on an April 19 sentencing date for the New Orleans man convicted of killing former Saints star Will Smith last year.

The sentencing date for Cardell Hayes was set Thursday in state Judge Camille Buras's courtroom.

Smith was shot to death during a confrontation after a traffic crash.

The 29-year-old Hayes claimed self-defense but a jury convicted him of manslaughter in Smith's death, and attempted manslaughter for wounding Smith's wife.

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It's 30 days and counting until nearly 600 performers converge on the New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course for the annual celebration of music known as Jazz Fest.

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival will be held over two weekends, April 28-30 and May 4-7 featuring Stevie Wonder, Maroon 5, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Harry Connick Jr., Aaron Neville, Snoop Dogg, Nas, Meghan Trainor, Herb Alpert, Alabama Shakes and Darius Rucker.

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