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Race complaints in La. gov's plan to merge schools

Eye-level watermarks, gutted buildings and rows of mobile classrooms linger as reminders of the flooding from Hurricane Katrina that nearly wiped out Southern University at New Orleans in 2005. Full story

New Orleans mayor, police chief take aim at murder rate

The New Orleans mayor and police chief vowed on Friday to better address violent crime in a city where the murder rate is more than 10 times the national average. Full story

New Orleans warms up for Mardi Gras

With ideal weather as a backdrop, crowds poured onto the streets Sunday in the traditional warm-up for Carnival's big show on Fat Tuesday. Full story

Rising seas threaten 180 U.S. cities by 2100: study

Rising seas spurred by climate change could threaten 180 U.S. coastal cities by 2100, a new study says, with Miami, New Orleans and Virginia Beach among those most severely affected. Full story

Reminder: New Orleans is an American city

   Rachel Maddow emphasizes that New Orleans belongs to the United States and we all have a responsibility to not just because we are literally united states but because of the city's cultural, environmental and industrial significance to the entire nation.

Gulf oil spill could hit your wallet

The calamitous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico isn't just a mess for the people who live or work on the coast. If you drink coffee, eat shrimp, like bananas or plan to buy a new set of tires, you could end up paying more because of the disaster. Full story

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Butler Bulldogs head coach Brad Stevens greets fans after his team defeated the Florida Gators in overtime during their NCAA Southeast Regional college basketball game in New Orleans, March 26, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

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Gators' Tyus celebrates a second half score as teammate Wilbekin looks on during their NCAA Southeast Regional college basketball game against the Butler Bulldogs in New Orleans
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Florida Gators' forward Alex Tyus celebrates a second half score as teammate Scottie Wilbekin looks on during their NCAA Southeast Regional college basketball game against the Butler Bulldogs in New Orleans, March 26, 2011. REUTERS/Misty McElroy (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

Florida Gators Macklin drives past Butler Bulldogs Smith in the first half during their NCAA Southeast Regional college basketball game in New Orleans
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