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HOSPITAL FUNGUS

Children's Hospital apologizes for slow response

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Five years after five children died with a fungal infection contracted from hospital linens, Children's Hospital has started notifying families to tell them their loved ones were affected by the outbreak.

NOLA.com ' The Times-Picayune reports Dr. John Heaton, medical director for the New Orleans pediatric hospital, said Thursday the hospital didn't act appropriately in informing patients' families of the outbreak.

Heaton says he was appalled that families were finding out about the problem through the media. He says the hospital did not maliciously try to hide the information but they didn't make an extraordinary effort to communicate either.

He says the hospital now has a policy of "full disclosure" to tell families of affected patients - whether living or dead - of any outbreaks of hospital-acquired infections.

TAX PREPARER ARRESTED

New Orleans tax preparer arrested on fraud charges

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A New Orleans woman has been arrested for allegedly defrauding the state of more than $900,000 through the filing of false tax returns.

The state Department of Revenue said Thursday that 28-year-old Kenshika Jiles was arrested Wednesday and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on two felony counts of computer fraud and injuring public records. Bond was set at $70,000. It was not immediately known if she remained in custody or was represented by an attorney.

Investigators say Jiles, owner of S&A Tax Service, prepared and submitted tax returns containing false information including phony business expenses, unreimbursed employee expenses and improper child care tax credit claims. Her alleged actions resulted in $923,751 in unpaid taxes and fraudulent refunds.

LATE SHOW-NEW ORLEANS

Mayor pitches New Orleans as home for Late Show

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Los Angeles and New York have been making their cases. Now, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is pitching his city as the new home for the "Late Show" when Stephen Colbert takes over that CBS program from David Letterman next year.

Landrieu on Thursday released a letter he wrote to the president of CBS, touting New Orleans as a great fit for the young-adult audience the networks covet. He also noted the state's generous tax credits for movie and television production.

OBIT-PARKER

Former SLU president Clea Parker dies

HAMMOND, La. (AP) - Former Southeastern Louisiana University President Clea (CLEE) E. Parker has died.

University officials told The Daily Star that Parker died Tuesday at North Oaks Medical Center. He was 87.

Parker, a 1948 graduate of Southeastern, served as president from January 1968 to 1980. During his tenure, the university says Southeastern transitioned from a college to a university and experienced 40 percent enrollment growth. Under Parker's administration, the university also saw the construction of the C.E. Cate Teacher Education Center, the Athletic Building, D Vickers Hall, the Health and Physical Education Building and the University Center.

President John L. Crain described Parker as a "consummate gentleman."

Funeral services are set for Monday at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Hammond.

NEW ORLEANS JAIL REFORMS

Funding pact reached in Orleans jail reform battle

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Lawyers for the city of New Orleans and the local sheriff have reached agreement, for now, on how to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to reform the city's violent jail.

The pact reached in federal court Thursday marks the latest truce in an often nasty legal and political battle between the city, which funds the jail, and Sheriff Marlin Gusman, who operates it.

Late last year, the city agreed to provide nearly $1.9 million for court-ordered jail reforms. According to the latest agreement, about $950,000 of that remains unspent. Thursday's pact earmarks more than $457,000 for several new jail management positions. The remaining money will be used to look at numerous other issues, some dealing with plans for a new jail set to open later this year.

PELICANS WRAPUP

Davis provided hope for Pelicans, but needs help

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The way Anthony Davis blossomed into an All-Star in his second pro year provided the New Orleans Pelicans with hope for the future during an otherwise bleak season.

But to lead New Orleans back to the playoffs for the first time since 2011, Davis will need a lot more help than he's gotten so far. The Pelicans went 34-48, finishing 15 games behind Dallas, the eighth and final playoff team in the West.

Coach Monty Williams and general manager Dell Demps aren't certain how much of the help Davis needs is already on the roster. The Pelicans' top six scorers combined for 202 missed games because of various injuries.

Demps says he likes the Pelicans' young core of top players and says they need more time to grow together.

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