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Parish by Parish April 11, 2012

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 7:28pm

Livingston - A big addition to one of the fastest growing parts of the state today.
Walmart opened their doors in the still small town earlier today. The 24 hour store has everything stores in bigger cities have. Parish leaders, as well as shoppers we spoke with say the new store isn't just nice to have, but it's a big help when it comes to Watson's bottom line.

Tangipahoa - An employee of an upward bound program locked up after deputies say he had sexual contact with a student. It's thought to have happened earlier this month. Deputies say James Loyd was having sexual contact with one his 17 year old students. Upward Bound is a federally funded program that helps high schoolers to get the skills needed to get ready for college. Loyd's charged with prohibited sexual contact between an educator and student. More charges could be filed.

Orleans - The parish sheriff is shutting down a jail that holds more than 600 prisoners. The facility is called the house of detention. The prisoners will now be moved to prisons across the state. Parish officials call the move long overdue. Last month federal marshals removed inmates from the facility, and yesterday the Department of Justice released a report about the high number of sexual incidents inside the jail, citing quote “A culture of sexual violence there.” The feds found the facility understaffed and outdated.

That's a look at what's happening - parish by parish.

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