Parish by Parish June 20, 2012

POSTED: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 7:00pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 7:04pm

Orleans - A historic Tuesday for the Southern Baptist Convention as it elects its first black president. Cheers went up as pastor Fred Luter was announced as the new president of the 167 year old group. Luter, a former street preacher, had tears in his eyes as he accepted the position. The denomination has 16 million members, and is predominantly white. Luter received a standing ovation from thousands attending the convention's annual meeting in New Orleans.

Natchitoches - The Natchitoches Fire Department was busy Tuesday putting out a fire at the two hundred year old Levy East House on Jefferson and Front Street. The fire started just before six in the morning. The fire department was only three blocks away, but by the time they got to the scene a lot of the damage had already been done. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Ouachita - The city of West Monroe and Plaquemines parish have signed a new partnership to provide shelter to evacuees in the event of a major hurricane. West Monroe mayor Dave Norris and Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser were on hand Tuesday morning to sign off on the "Memorandum of Understanding." West Monroe will house 250 evacuees at the West Monroe sports complex. This partnership between Plaquemines parish and West Monroe will last through 2015.

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

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