NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Officials at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans say nine animals have died after being attacked by a jaguar that escaped its enclosure. Zoo officials announced the ninth animal death Monday: a wounded fox named Rusty. No people were injured when Valerio, a 3-year-old male jaguar, escaped Saturday morning before the zoo's scheduled opening.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A National Institutes of Health grant supporting the Tulane National Primate Research Center has been renewed. A Monday news release from Tulane says the $42 million grant enables the center to continue research seeking cures, treatments and prevention methods for infectious diseases including HIV-AIDS, Lyme disease, malaria and tuberculosis.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A federal judge's order bars Louisiana from carrying out any death sentences for at least one more year. At the request of state authorities, U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick agreed Monday to order a 12-month extension in an order temporarily staying all executions in Louisiana. A lawsuit challenging the state's lethal injection protocols has blocked Louisiana from carrying out any death sentences since 2014.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Tulane University-based research group says New Orleans public schools saw sustained improvement in achievement scores, high school graduation rates and students' college performance following Hurricane Katrina. The Education Research Alliance for New Orleans study, released Monday, credits broad reforms implemented during a state takeover of most of the city's schools with the improvements.
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