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Louisiana House member wins uncle's state Senate seat

Jun. 13, 2021 18:27 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Democratic state representative from New Orleans has won the Louisiana state Senate seat his uncle left for Capitol Hill. State Rep. Gary Carter Jr. had 60 percent of the vote Saturday against three opponents in the 7th District, which includes...

New Orleans man accused of leading chase in stolen ambulance

Jun. 13, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

GRETNA, La. (AP) — A New Orleans man is accused of stealing an ambulance outside a New Orleans emergency room and then leading a chase through suburbs across the Mississippi River. Kevin Arnold, 33, was arrested early Sunday on charges including aggravated flight,...

Analysis: Big decisions await governor, voters after session

Jun. 13, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers wrangled their votes, worked out their deals and wrapped up their session. But they still have two hurdles to getting their most significant measures enacted: persuading the voters and surviving the governor's veto pen. One...

Average US price of gas rises 2 cents per gallon to $3.13

Jun. 13, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline rose 2 cents to $3.13 per gallon over the past three weeks. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that crude oil prices rose more during the same period but these...

Louisiana would expand gambling on horse racing under bill

Jun. 13, 2021 11:52 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's off-track betting parlors would be able to add hundreds of new slot-like machines, under legislation that won final passage and awaits a decision from the governor. Sen. Gary Smith, a Norco Democrat, said his bill would generate new...

Louisiana lawmakers make Juneteenth a legal state holiday

Jun. 13, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has recognized Juneteenth, the day commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, as a legal state holiday. The third Saturday in June will be celebrated as Juneteenth Day under a bill passed without any nay votes and signed by...

Saturn Bar’s new owners vow to revive a New Orleans original

Jun. 13, 2021 00:04 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In the constellation of quirky, wonderfully weird New Orleans bars, the Saturn Bar was in an orbit all its own. A product of age, weather, clutter, and a gruff but undeniably compelling presence, it was a bar that couldn’t happen just anywhere. ...

Teacher experiences unusual start to rewarding profession

Jun. 13, 2021 00:03 AM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Anna Istre, a second grade teacher at Lake Charles Charter Academy, had two very unusual starts to her career. She graduated McNeese State University and began teaching right before the March 2020 COVID-19 shutdowns and then began again with the difficulties of the...

Decades-old case in Louisiana ends with husband's arrest

Jun. 12, 2021 18:21 PM EDT

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — A more than four-decade-old murder case in Louisiana has been closed with the arrest of the victim's now elderly husband, authorities said Saturday. Chester Vegas Sr., 78, of Cut Off, was arrested Friday on a charge of second-degree murder in the...

Court orders new look at minister's virus restriction suit

Jun. 12, 2021 13:30 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court has revived a Louisiana minister’s lawsuit challenging now-expired coronavirus restrictions on church services. Tony Spell repeatedly flouted the public health restrictions last year at his Life Tabernacle Church in the...