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LSU Health Care Services has reopened a trauma center in New Orleans — the first in the city since Katrina — after operating a temporary trauma center in Elmwood for nearly a year. The trauma unit treats victims of serious accidents and violence (including gunshot wounds) and is therefore a vital part of the city's health-care delivery system. LSU had operated a Level 1 trauma center — the highest rating for such a unit — at Charity Hospital before Katrina. The new unit is at nearby University Hospital.

Habitat for Humanity
is well on its way toward meeting its initial goal of building 1,000 homes for low-income families in the Gulf region after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. More than 700 homes have been built or are under construction, and the organization plans to have its first 1,000 homes completed or under construction by mid-summer. More homes are anticipated after that goal is reached, as Habitat already has begun to acquire land for the next 1,000 homes in this area.

ICF International,
the company hired to administer the state's beleaguered Road Home program, has chosen to use two intermediaries — one in California and another in Florida — to get local appraisers involved in the homeowner grant program. The decision to let local appraisers determine pre-storm home values is long overdue, but paying a California company $275 per appraisal — while the Louisiana appraisers actually doing the work get only $150 — is insane. The Louisiana Recovery Authority should step in and fix this immediately.

Eddie Jordan's office
has let another violent criminal slip through its flimsy grasp. Eugene Treg was allowed to walk out of jail after prosecutors gave up trying to charge him with murder. Prosecutors then failed to resurrect a previously dropped felony gun charge against Treg before he was released. Treg was arrested on the murder rap by federal marshals, but Jordan's office felt it didn't have enough evidence to convict him. Prosecutors were then surprised that he was released on bond — which he posted last June on the gun charge.


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