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More than 4,000 city computers have been affected by Friday's cyber attack.
Jess Clark / WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio

Updated 6:27 p.m.

Starting Tuesday, specialists will be going computer by computer checking for infiltration from Friday's ransomware attack on New Orleans city government. Ransomware infects a computer or network and encrypts its data so that it becomes unusable unless the owner pays a ransom. The engineers have more than 4,000 individual computers to get to before city operations can return to normal, and Mayor Latoya Cantrell said that work will likely go into next week.

New Orleans police chief Shaun Ferguson told reporters investigators believe the shooting of ten on Canal Street stemmed from a personal feud.
Jess Clark / WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio

New Orleans police still haven't made an arrest in the shooting of ten people on Canal Street in the French Quarter early Sunday morning. Previous reports put the number of victims at 11, but police lowered the number Monday to ten.

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Eleven people were shot on Canal Street after gunfire broke out early Sunday morning, according to NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson. Two of the victims are in critical condition, police say. 

“We do not know how it started,” said Ferguson at a press conference at the scene of the shooting. “Our officers were on this block when they heard shots fired. They were right there when it occurred.”

One person was detained at the scene, but police say they are not a suspect in the case.  Police say they do not know what caused the shooting and are still looking for suspects.

Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change, 2019

Climate change will affect today’s children at every stage of their life. That’s one of the takeaways from a new study from the Lancet Countdown, a project of the medical journal The Lancet.

To talk more about the study, and what it means for the Gulf Coast, reporter Travis Lux spoke with Dr. Jeremy Hess. Hess is a professor of emergency medicine, environmental health, and global health at the University of Washington, and is one of the authors of the report.

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According to his lawyers, Joel Ramirez Palma was on the thirteenth floor of the Hard Rock Hotel building when it began to fall. He survived by jumping down into the floors below him as the concrete and steel collapsed overhead. Ramirez Palma was one of many injured. Three of his coworkers died.

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A bill that could increase the amount of royalty money Louisiana gets from offshore oil and gas drilling advanced in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.

The bill, called the Conservation of America’s Shoreline Terrain and Aquatic Life Act, or COASTAL Act, is sponsored by Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La). It would reduce how much oil and gas money goes to the federal government, and increase the amount that goes to states along the Gulf of Mexico -- Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards at the rally at the Capitol on Youth Justice Day.
Sarah Hunt / Louisiana Center for Children's Rights

Louisiana's Democratic governor John Bel Edwards has been re-elected to serve a second term. According to the Associated Press, the unofficial results show Edwards will win the election over his Republican challenger, businessman and political donor Eddie Rispone.

Jessica Rosgaard / WWNO

This year in Louisiana almost 37,000 people became eligible to vote, thanks to a law that reinstated voting rights for formerly incarcerated people after they’ve served five years of parole. But only a small portion of those people have actually registered to vote in time to participate in the statewide election.

Has Louisiana Cracked The Code to Treating Hepatitis C?

Nov 14, 2019
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Louisiana isn't usually considered a trailblazer when it comes to public health policy, but the state's novel plan to treat and cure the vast majority of Hepatitis C cases through an innovative payment structure is being closely watched by other states and health officials around the world.

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