BATON ROUGE SHOOTING
1 dead in Baton Rouge shooting
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - At least one person has died in an afternoon shooting in Baton Rouge.
Baton Rouge police were on the scene of the Saturday shooting on the city's Polk Street near Tennessee Street. Emergency medical personnel said one person was killed and another was hospitalized.
Sheriff: Would-be burglar found dead in oven vent
MARRERO, La. (AP) - Authorities in a New Orleans suburb say a business owner arrived at work to find the legs of dead man dangling from an oven vent in the building's kitchen.
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office says the discovery was made Saturday morning by the owner of Greg's Food Mart in Marrero.
The dead man had apparently tried to gain access to the business through a vent opening in the roof. The sheriff's office says it was an apparent burglary attempt.
The man was identified Saturday evening as 44-year-old Ken Singleton, with addresses in Marrero and Gretna. An autopsy was planned to determine the cause of death.
CROSS LAKE DAM
DOTD asks Shreveport to open dam's gates
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development wants Shreveport to open Cross Lake dam's spillway drawdown gates, but the city is refusing.
The Times of Shreveport reports that DOTD wants the gates opened to ensure that people living along the waterway aren't flooded if a substantial storm occurs.
But Barbara Featherston, director of the city's water and sewerage department, says the drawdown gates haven't been opened since the 1920s.
And, according to a 2012 inspection document, city officials believe the gates will get stuck if they are opened, thus draining the lake.
NEW ORLEANS MURDERS
Fewer New Orleans murders so far in 2014
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Data compiled by a New Orleans newspaper shows the city's 2014 murder count was 38 as of Friday.
The figure reported by The New Orleans Advocate is a 21 percent decrease from the 48 murders in the city by the same point last year.
The total for all of last year, 156, was the lowest since 1985.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu attributes the progress to his administration's "NOLA for Life programs." Those include various resources, including job fairs, education and recreational activities for people likely to be caught up in street violence.
The anti-violence campaign continues to expand. Last year, it added a crisis intervention program at the Interim LSU Hospital Trauma Unit. The program is designed to mediate conflicts among surviving victims of gun violence.
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