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News in Brief- September 16, 2018

News in Brief- September 16, 2018

Kenner mayor rescinds city's ban on Nike products

KENNER, La. (AP) — Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn said at a news conference Wednesday he is rescinding his order banning his city's recreation department from purchasing Nike products for use at city recreation facilities.

He said he did so on the advice of the city attorney.

"That memorandum divided our city and placed Kenner in a false and unflattering light on the national stage," Zahn added.

Last week's order in a memo from Zahn came days after the athletic apparel maker began using former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in an ad campaign. Kaepernick ignited a firestorm in 2016 when he began kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and social injustice.

Zahn's order had drawn strong criticism in and outside the city. Louisiana's chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union had called for him to rescind it earlier Wednesday.

Zahn was unapologetic at Wednesday's news conference.

"My patriotism will not waiver," he said. "But my focus needs to be on the city of Kenner and the many great projects we have in store for our city."


Drag racing suspected in fatal New Orleans-area crash

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana State Police investigators believe an illegal drag race led to a crash that killed a 70-year-old man in suburban New Orleans.

A state police news release says the accident happened Tuesday in Jefferson Parish.

The driver of a Ford Mustang attempted to pass another vehicle on the right shoulder of U.S. Highway 61 while traveling at "a very high rate of speed." The Mustang struck a curb and traveled into a parking lot. It struck a Toyota Tundra pickup truck with a force that carried both vehicles about 80 feet.

A man in the pickup, Rafael Canessa Sr. of Metairie, died.

State police say 18-year-old Jordan Marchese of New Orleans was driving the Mustang. He was hospitalized in serious condition. The release said criminal charges were pending.


Louisiana adult obesity rate tops 36 percent, report says

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has the sixth-highest adult obesity rate in the country, and the problem is growing.

Those findings are included in a national report released Wednesday that shows Louisiana's rate tops 36 percent, up from around 23 percent in 2000. The information comes from the nonpartisan Trust for America's Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Louisiana's problem is most acute in people aged 45 to 64, with an obesity rate reaching 43 percent. The data shows disparities by race, with nearly 43 percent of black adults in Louisiana considered obese, compared to 33 percent of white adults.

The report shows Louisiana is one of seven states where adult obesity rates exceed 35 percent of the population. West Virginia ranks highest, at 38 percent. Colorado is lowest, at just under 23 percent.