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Nov 4, 2013 9:04 AM by AP

Orleans Coroner, EMS offices closer to completion

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Long after Hurricane Katrina shunted them to temporary quarters, the New Orleans coroner's office and the city's Emergency Medical Services are getting closer to moving into a new, permanent home.

The New Orleans Advocate reports that work on the $11.2 million, 37,000-square-foot building began in July after years of delays caused by design, money and environmental issues.

Deputy Mayor Cedric Grant says construction is expected to be completed by mid-October 2014.

A former funeral home has served as a base for the coroner, Dr. Frank Minyard, and his staff for the last seven years, even after it caught on fire two years ago.

Bodies have been stored in refrigerated trucks in the old funeral home's parking lot since the coroner moved into the building.

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