safety

The bus driver's permit had been denied due to a drug conviction.
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Nine children were injured Wednesday morning when a school bus carrying students for James M. Singleton Charter School overturned on the I-10 high rise. The driver was apparently driving without a permit. 

More than 400 school buses that operate in New Orleans haven't been inspected yet by the city.
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New Orleans' unique system of charter schools does not have centralized busing. Each school is in charge of finding bus services for students, and those services are almost always contracted out to private bus companies. After a city investigation revealed a host of safety concerns around the city’s privately operated school buses, the city council is stepping in to regulate them, similar to the way the city regulates taxis and limos.

The New Orleans Police Department has issued an advisory detailing restrictions on traffic this evening for downtown New Year’s Eve celebrations.

A State Department official is in New Orleans with advice on traveling safely while out of the county. Audiences will include University of New Orleans students and delegates at the AARP convention.