In just six weeks the NCAA men’s Final Four returns to New Orleans. The Superdome has hosted more Final Fours than any other venue, but this one may be the most important yet. David Grubb has the story.
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The New Orleans Police Department is investigating the mysterious death of a UNO student who died hours after getting into a Uber after spending Friday night attending parades in Metairie. Jeff Palermo has the story…
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A shooting at a club rental in Alexandria kills a 17-year-old male and injures two others. Alexandria Police spokesperson Lt. Lane Windham says they were called to Club 318 just before midnight Saturday after shots were fired inside the building.
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A 16-year-old male was also shot, he has been treated and released from the hospital and the 19-year-old victim is expected to be released soon with non-life-threatening injuries.
Windham says they are looking into the nature of the event that was held.
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As for security, Windham says at least one person spoke with investigators that he was hired for the event.
Windham says they are also investigating why several hundred people were in attendance Saturday evening at the club in the 2100 block of Lee Street.
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Police are asking for anyone with information about the shooting to contact them.
In just six weeks the NCAA men’s Final Four returns to New Orleans. The Superdome has hosted more Final Fours than any other venue, but this is the first since 2012. Today, the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, and Governor John Bel Edwards started the unofficial countdown to the championship and touted the impact of the return of one of the nation’s biggest sporting events.
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The timing of the Final Four’s return couldn’t be better for a city and state that rely on tourism. Two years of COVID and severe weather have taken a major bite out of the industry. However, the Final Four is expected to bring more than 75-thousand visitors to The Crescent City, generating an economic impact of $170 million.
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With Mardi Gras already in full swing, and Festival season following right behind, Mayor Cantrell is excited to see the city reopening itself to the world. She said that New Orleans has done its part by reducing COVID rates in the city after 2020 and rallying its civic and business partners.
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The National Semifinals will be held on April 2nd with the Championship game played on Monday, April 4th.
Authorities say no fatalities or major injuries are reported at an explosion at the Marathon Refinery plant in Garyville this morning. St. John Parish President Jaclyn Hotard says it happened shortly after 9 am.
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Hotard says they’ve received several calls from those in the community that heard the explosion of the unit at the refinery.
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Hotard says Marathon is monitoring air-quality in the area.
The State Fire Marshal’s office says a six-year-old child rescued from a burning mobile home in New Iberia has died. Spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue says two adults and six children were inside the home on Sunday afternoon when the blaze started and the six-year-old was the only one that didn’t get out safely
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Rodrigue says based on statements made by individuals in the home, the blaze started in the six-year old’s room
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Rodrigue says this latest fatal fire in New Iberia brings the number of fatal fires in Louisiana to 19 this year, resulting in 23 deaths
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