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7/18/06-New Orleans

Doctor, Nurses Arrested In Katrina Hospital Deaths

 A doctor and two nurses have been arrested in New Orleans on suspicion of second-degree murder.

It's a result of the deaths of patients at a New Orleans hospital after Hurricane Katrina hit the city last year.

The state attorney general's office says the three were arrested late yesterday.

The hospital -- Memorial Medical Center -- was cut off by flood water after the storm hit. Power went out, and the temperature inside rose past 100 degrees, as patients waited four days to be evacuated.

During that time, at least 34 patients died there. Ten were patients of the hospital's owner, and the others were in a facility run by a separate company.

A coroner said several months ago that samples were taken from dozens of patients who died at various hospitals and nursing homes, to test for potentially lethal doses of drugs.

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Posted By 6pm News Producer Kelly Hefelfinger

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