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Helping Evacuees Return to Louisiana

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and Houston Mayor Bill White are discussing ways to help Hurricane Katrina evacuees return to Louisiana.

They said three centers -- with information on housing and job opportunities in New Orleans -- will open in Houston. Also, a Return to New Orleans Housing Task Force will be created.

The two mayors met yesterday in Houston.

Nagin says he doesn't want the "small segment" of evacuees arrested for various crimes to burden the Texas criminal justice system. He says authorities are discussing how some evacuees could be moved from jails in Houston to Louisiana.

White says evacuees who don't want to return are welcome in Houston if they get jobs. He says the city will keep providing job training programs for hurricane victims.


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