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After 41 years as an emergency medicine physician. Dr. Jay Kaplan knows a disaster when he sees one. And he knew early on that the coronavirus was going to be bad.

Nate Jones has been nurse anesthetist since 2011, practicing in New York City. Four years in, he and his wife, Annie, moved to New Orleans because they loved it here.

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Congressman Ralph Abraham will not seek a fourth term to represent the sprawling 5th District, he announced on Twitter.

The district runs from Baton Rouge north to Monroe and includes Alexandria.

Abraham is a staunch supporter of President Trump and says he’s proud of his support of the administration’s military and economic policies. He tweeted that Trump had asked him on a trip to the College National Championship in January to reconsider and seek a fourth term, but he said he stood by his decision six years ago to serve only three terms.

State and federal agencies will provide back up for New Orleans police and city departments heading into this year’s Carnival season. 

Trump Administration tariffs on things like steel and aluminum have been hard on ports across the country. But  officials at the Port of New Orleans say diversification has kept it in strong financial shape.

The criminal justice monitoring group Court Watch NOLA is calling for the end of recording phone conversations between attorneys and their incarcerated clients.  

A New Orleans judicial watchdog group says bail is being set unevenly in Orleans Parish, resulting in dangerous criminals being released while nonviolent offenders get stuck in jail.  

The Trump Administration has deported almost 85,000 people for about half of this year.

In New Orleans, many immigrants are worried about their future. Hundreds held a candlelight vigil last night to protest deportations.  

A study by the University of New Orleans shows the regional economy is robust in some sectors. But, there is some room for improvement.

Five years ago on April 20, the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded off the Louisiana coast. Scientists are still studying the effects of more than 3 million barrels of oil that a federal court determined gushed into the Gulf of Mexico. And those evaluating the effects on birds are still unsure what to expect.

Oil-covered pelicans became the icons of what happened when the oil seeped into the marshes on the Louisiana coast. That damage was clear.

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