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The Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB)

had its "high risk" financial status rescinded by state regulators for the first time since 2004. The OPSB had been closely supervised by the Department of Education since before Hurricane Katrina, and the removal of the "high risk" designation means OPSB will have more discretion over where to spend federal funds.

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Rouses Markets

has offered temporary jobs to employees of Hubig's Pies, who were put out of work indefinitely after a July 27 fire destroyed the company's longtime bakery in the Faubourg Marigny. Displaced Hubig's employees will work at Rouses supermarkets on Baronne Street, Tchoupitoulas Street and North Carrollton Avenue.

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Wish of a Lifetime,

an organization that fulfills the wishes of senior citizens across the country, recently fulfilled Irene Menier's wish to see her beloved New Orleans. Menier, 86, was a longtime resident who was evacuated from the city following Hurricane Katrina and now lives in a nursing home near family in Cincinnati. Wish of a Lifetime made it possible for Menier to visit the French Quarter and enjoy the city's food, music and people one last time.

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John White,

Louisiana's superintendent of education, won't release records showing how schools were chosen to participate in Gov. Bobby Jindal's new statewide voucher program. White's department is claiming a "deliberative process privilege" — the same ruse often cited by Jindal to hide records from public view. White says he will release the records in September, after voucher assignments are final. He claims that releasing the records sooner might "confuse" parents. More likely it would show how inadequate the department's vetting process was.

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