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A former building inspector for the city of New Orleans has pleaded guilty in a scheme to collect $65,000 in bribes.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans says 56-year-old Kevin Richardson pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges involving the use of an interstate facility to commit a crime.

Court documents say Richardson took payments from homeowners and contractors. In return he either failed to report violations or falsely claimed to have inspected a building.

He also bribed an unidentified city employee to issue permits.

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 The district attorney's office says a New Orleans couple has been charged with murder in the death of the woman's 21-month-old daughter.

District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro announced the news Monday.

A grand jury indicted 27-year-old Tyrell Reddix and 24-year-old Shawnise Sherman on October 24 with second-degree murder and cruelty to a juvenile.

But the district attorney's office says the indictment was not made public to allow law enforcement to arrest Reddix and Sherman.

Police arrested them Monday.

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Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is tackling the race issue, starting with a report called "Divided by Design ."

The report released Friday is based on surveys and interviews with people in in 28 communities in 13 Southern states. It touts efforts to bridge racial gaps. But it also says segregation and inequality remain major barriers to advancement for many. And it notes widespread, conflicting views on racism among African Americans, Latinos and whites.

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New Orleans' mayor says the city has been spending about $400,000 a day to respond to the partial collapse of a hotel more than a week ago.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell spoke Monday during a news conference one day after the city used controlled explosions to bring down two cranes that had been looming over the building.

The Hard Rock Hotel on the edge of the French Quarter was under construction when part of it collapsed. Three people were killed.

One of the bodies has been removed. Cantrell said they are still working on recovering the other two bodies.

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Two Louisiana women have been sentenced to prison for violently abusing an autistic relative, keeping her in a backyard cage and forcing her to do chores in exchange for food and water.

A statement from FBI Special Agent Bryan Vorndran in New Orleans Thursday says Raylaine Knope was sentenced to 28 years, and her daughter, Bridget Lambert, was sentenced to four years. Both pleaded guilty to forced labor charges.

New Orleans Fire Department /

The mayor of New Orleans mayor says she expects a partially collapsed hotel in her city will ultimately be demolished.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell said at a news conference Sunday that officials successfully detonated and toppled two dangerous cranes that had leaned for days over the ruins of the Hard Rock Hotel, which collapsed Oct. 12 while under construction.

She says the first mission now that the cranes have been toppled is to remove the last two bodies from the rubble. Three workers died in the partial hotel collapse but only one body was removed.

New Orleans Fire Department /

Rescue crews on Sunday searched for a worker missing in the partial collapse of a New Orleans hotel that was under construction, their work proceeding cautiously amid fears about the stability of the structure, authorities said.

Red Mass Celebrated For Louisiana Judges

Oct 8, 2019

Louisiana judges, dressed in their robes, gathered at St. Louis Cathedral in JacksonSquare this morning for the 67th annual Red Mass ceremony, traditionally held the first Monday

in October. Judges, lawyers and officials of all faiths were invited to attend the Mass which isoffered for guidance in the administration of justice in the year ahead. 

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The U.S. Department of Labor has ordered a popular New Orleans restaurant to pay $238,000 in back wages to 222 employees who weren’t properly paid for overtime work.

News outlets report an agency investigation determined Superior Seafood and Oyster Bar violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by not combining the hours worked each week by workers who held more than one position. That means a worker who clocked 40 hours as a bartender and another 20 hours as a waiter wasn’t paid any overtime.

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A Louisiana prison inmate tied by DNA evidence to six rape cases from the 1980s has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.

The Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate reports 52-year-old inmate Alfred Berry was sentenced Friday in New Orleans.

He had been acquitted of two rape charges at a trial in 1988. At another trial that year, the jury deadlocked on a rape charge but convicted Berry of armed robbery. The judge gave him 99 years in prison, the maximum sentence.