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United Way's Women's Leadership Initiative
recently awarded a $50,000 grant to Kingsley House for its "Success by 6" demonstration project. The program works in partnership with the Family-to-Family Early Head Start Program to better prepare children for school. The grant allows Kingsley House to expand two branches of the program involving child-development assessment and parental involvement.

Carl Coleman,
former head of Orleans Parish Public Schools' insurance department, appeared to violate state law governing contracts he mismanaged, says state Legislative Auditor Dan Kyle. The audit says Coleman paid one contractor, Horizon Group of Louisiana, nearly twice as much as necessary for repair jobs, and that Horizon gave Coleman thousands of dollars' worth of work to his house. Federal agents are investigating other deals Coleman handled.

NOPD and the District Attorney's office
offered conflicting excuses as to why two teens who allegedly broke into a Mid-City home and killed Christopher Briede were out on the street in the first place. The pair had been arrested in connection with several violent crimes. Each agency blamed the other for freeing Darryl Franklin and Bryan Nelson. The snafu comes after a recent Metropolitan Crime Commission report criticized the agencies for a lack of coordination.

Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove
backpedaled on an agreement he made earlier this year to reverse the southbound lanes of I-59 to accommodate northbound Louisiana residents evacuating a hurricane. Musgrove cited complaints that the plan would require too many public workers, and said Mississippi hadn't received an official request from Gov. Mike Foster. Musgrove also said Louisianans would be fine if they just followed early evacuation notices -- a statement that ignores the inherent unpredictability of hurricanes.

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