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Jan 4, 2012 10:52 AM by Cecilia Stevenson

N.O. start midnight basketball to stem crime

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - This city, struggling to reduce its murder rate, plans to develop a midnight basketball program with the help of the New Orleans Hornets professional basketball team.
Officials hope to keep children off the streets and get them involved in the basketball program. Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the Hornets were expected to announce details about the program
Wednesday.
The city says the midnight basketball program grew out of a crime summit held last September to find solutions to the city's crime problems.
Last year, the murder rate jumped by 14 percent in New Orleans with 199 homicides.

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