ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - FEMA chief Craig Fugate and National Hurricane Center Director Rick Knabb are challenging emergency managers to help educate coastal residents and developers about hurricane hazards. Fugate says officials should factor disaster preparedness into coastal development. Knabb says people along the East and Gulf coasts should know if they live in an evacuation zone.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Negative feedback has forced a Chalmette lawmaker to pull his proposal to let school employees with concealed handgun permits to go to work armed. Rep. Ray Garofalo says he wanted to send a message that violent criminals who come to schools will meet armed resistance.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Artists will use weapons as raw materials in a project in New Orleans. City officials and civic leaders gathered at the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery to announce a project called "Guns in the Hands of Artists." On the gallery floor were parts of 186 guns removed from the streets through the police department's gun buyback program.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An ex-jailer at the Orleans Parish Prison has been accused of smuggling cellphones and marijuana to inmates in exchange for cash. Tyrell Sutherland's attorney says his client is expected to plead guilty soon. The charge carries up to five years in prison.
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