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News in Brief- December 12, 2018

News in Brief- December 12, 2018

Wife released after reporting she shot her abusive husband

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Authorities in a New Orleans suburb say a woman who reported that she had fatally shot her husband has been released without charges.

The shooting happened Friday night in Metairie. A statement Saturday from the Jefferson Sheriff's Office said the woman called shortly before 9 p.m. to say she had shot her husband, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

The statement said the woman had evidence of years of physical and psychological abuse. She also had multiple physical injuries that gave credence to her story that she shot her husband Saturday because she feared for her life.

An investigation was continuing and the results were to be turned over to the Jefferson Parish District Attorney's Office.

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Ochsner hikes minimum wage by $4 an hour to $12

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's largest nonprofit health care system, Ochsner Health System, is raising its minimum wage to $12 per hour — about $4 per hour more than the roughly 1,200 affected employees were previously making.

The New Orleans Advocate reports that Ochsner made the announcement Thursday.

The move is effective Jan. 20 and will affect more than 1,200 employees across the system.

Ochsner is also the state's largest private employer.

The legal minimum wage is currently at $7.25 but Ochsner was already paying a minimum of $8.10 per hour.

The health care company made the change based on recommendations drawn from a recent human resources review. The review focused on initiatives to improve the financial well-being of its employees.

Information from: The New Orleans Advocate, http://www.neworleansadvocate.com

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NOLA ChristmasFest Returns December 20th 

NEW ORLEANS, La. – This year’s NOLA ChristmasFest will be bigger than ever with an additional 35,000 square feet of activities, rides and games. The festival, in its sixth year, opens at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 20th in Hall H at the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Convention Center.

New attractions include the debut of Breakfast with Santa; Bouncy, billed as “the World’s Tallest Snowman;” and Snowzilla, Jr., providing attendees with a thrilling slide down a 90-ft. ramp. Other attractions such as polar golf, curling games, and a step-inside snowglobe for selfie photos will also be added to NOLA ChristmasFest.

The expanded floorplan increases the size of the festival and provides ample space for rides, ice skating, craft areas, entertainment, family gatherings, birthday parties and corporate events.

NOLA ChristmasFest will be open every day from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m., December 20-31, including special hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Last year, nearly 45,000 visitors from across the country enjoyed the Christmas festivities.

For more information, please visit www.nolachristmasfest.com.