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Louisiana would follow other conservative states in seeking to ban abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected, typically around the sixth week of pregnancy, under a bill that took its first steps Tuesday in the Senate.

Senators on a judiciary committee voted 5-2 to advance the proposal to the full Senate for consideration. But they rewrote the measure by Sen. John Milkovich so the prohibition only would take effect if a federal appeals court upholds a similar law in Mississippi.

The Advocate has won a Pulitzer Prize in local reporting for its coverage of Louisiana's criminal conviction system.

The newspaper produced a series that included reports on a Jim Crow-era law that let only 10 jurors convict people in criminal cases. Voters overturned the law after the series was published. The Pulitzer committee called the series "a damning portrayal of the state's discriminatory conviction system" in its announcement Monday.

Officials say a New Orleans police officer has been shot and wounded in the leg.

In a brief statement, police said an officer sustained a gunshot wound to the body and was taken to a nearby hospital.

Jonathan Fourcade of the New Orleans Emergency Medical Services told The New Orleans Advocate that the officer had a leg wound that was serious but not considered life-threatening.

The officer has not been identified, and no further details of how the shooting unfolded have been released.

One tenant catches rats in spring-loaded traps. Another tries to open her oven door — and it comes off in her hands.

So goes another day at Peace Lake Towers.

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon announced that the owners and an employee of Scholars First, LLC, a provider of bus transportation services to several New Orleans area charter schools, have been served by Louisiana Department of Insurance (LDI) Fraud Division investigators with cease and desist (C&D) orders for their roles in the fraudulent or misrepresented submission of multiple altered insurance documents including certificate of insurance documents and Louisiana auto insurance identification cards. / wisegie /

The mayor of New Orleans plans an apology to Italian Americans for what's considered the nation's most deadly lynching — violence in which 11 Italian immigrants were killed after acquittals in a police chief's murder.

"This has been a longstanding wound," said Michael Santo of the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy. The lynching in 1891 and responses to it prompted Italy to close its embassy in the U.S., followed by a reciprocal U.S. Embassy closing in Italy, he said.

A New Orleans teen has been charged in the death of a man who was shot and wounded nearly three months ago. Times-Picayune reported 18-year-old Rontrell Keller was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Webster Rainey. Rainey was shot as he sat on the porch of his home Jan. 9. A 9-year-old boy was also struck in the ankle by the gunfire.

Rainey died Feb. 7 from his injuries. Keller was charged Jan. 11 with two counts of aggravated battery. He was later formally charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder.

Almost 8,000 repurposed Christmas trees will be used to help restore an eroding wildlife refuge. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's annual "Christmas Tree Drop" into Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge will be conducted Thursday.

Officials say the trees will get a new life as breakwaters in refuge impoundments. They say the breakwaters slow wave and water movement, trap silt and encourage the growth of marsh grasses.

Universities in New Orleans are presenting two days of discussions about climate change.

On Friday, Tulane University is holding a conference titled "Democracy in Retreat? Master Planning in a Warming World." Panel discussions at Tulane's River and Coastal Center will bring together architects, planners, scholars, artists, and others whose work includes planning for climate change. Columbia University's Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture is a co-sponsor, along with the University of New Orleans.

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Three people have been arrested for a dorm fire at Tulane University in New Orleans that a campus group says was politically motivated.

News outlets reported Tulane police arrested 21-year-old Robert Money, 20-year-old David Shelton, and 20-year-old Naima Okami and charged them with arson. Tulane spokesman Mike Strecker says Money and Shelton are Tulane students. He says Okami attends Brown University in Rhode Island.