New Orleans Police to set up Early Morning Checkpoints

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin says city
officials and police have "had it" with violence in the city. There have been nine murders already this year.

The mayor has announced that police plan to set up checkpoints beginning Wednesday. They'll be in effect between two and six am and will target drug and alcohol violations. The first is to be set up in a crime-plagued area of the city.

Nagin says police will also increase foot patrols and the number of surveillance cameras in some areas.

Efforts to stop crime will focus on murders, according to Nagin. He says his plan includes swift trials for homicide cases.

Officials stopped short of imposing a curfew after tourism leaders said it would hurt struggling businesses.

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