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Mitch Landrieu

Treasurer: Put Charity Hospital development plans on hold

Treasurer John Kennedy wants Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration to leave any planning about the future of the shuttered, historic Charity Hospital in New Orleans to Louisiana's next governor and lawmakers. Kennedy said Monday that the Hurricane Katrina-ravaged hospital, an Art Deco landmark built in the 1930s, is a valuable state asset. He said Jindal, who has fewer than five months left in office, shouldn't make quick decisions on his own about possibly selling the facility. "I don't want to see this administration do this, make a deal with somebody in the private sector going out the door. It's too important," Kennedy, a Republican, told the Press...