BATON ROUGE (AP) — The furlough of more than 3,000 state employees, almost all from Louisiana State University's hospitals and medical schools in New Orleans, has been approved by the state Civil Service Commission.
The facilities were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
Yesterday, the commission decided that paychecks, which have continued since Aug. 29, will stop Monday.
Before Katrina, the two charity hospitals had a $156 million annual payroll.
What will become of the LSU medical students? With the displaced doctors, nurses and other medical professionals no longer employed by the charity hospital system, it is beginning to look as though the class purge in the Crescent City is in forward motion.
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