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Louisiana tax refunds may be going to unclaimed property

Aug. 19, 2022 12:49 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana taxpayers have until Oct. 6 to claim millions in state income tax refunds before they become unclaimed property. The Louisiana Department of Revenue sent letters to 20,400 people and business taxpayers advising them to claim their refunds before...

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Aug. 19, 2022 12:41 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling was expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Solar farm planned at closed Louisiana coal power plant site

Aug. 19, 2022 12:10 PM EDT

PINEVILLE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana utility and a New York-based renewable energy company say a big solar farm will be built near a coal-fired Louisiana plant that closed last year. Cleco Power and D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments LLC have a long-term agreement under which Shaw...

Climate bill's unlikely beneficiary: US oil and gas industry

Aug. 18, 2022 20:05 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. oil industry hit a legal roadblock in January when a judge struck down a $192 million oil and natural gas lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico over future global warming emissions from burning the fuels. It came at a pivotal time for Chevron, Exxon and other industry...

Man drove 330 miles to set off pipe bombs at ex-employer

Aug. 18, 2022 19:06 PM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — An Alabama man who drove 330 miles (530 kilometers) to set off pipe bombs at a company where he had worked was sentenced Thursday to 19 months in prison. Furmon Earl Bozeman, 61, of Gulf Shores, was sentenced Thursday for transporting destructive devices in...

FEMA declares new strategy to engage Native American tribes

Aug. 18, 2022 17:30 PM EDT

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has developed a new strategy to better engage with hundreds of Native American tribes as they face climate change-related disasters, the agency announced Thursday. FEMA will include the 574 federally recognized tribal nations in discussions...

Suit alleges Catholic schools discriminate against disabled

Aug. 18, 2022 16:52 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Catholic church officials in New Orleans are accused in a class-action lawsuit of discriminating against children with disabilities. WWL-TV reports that the lawsuit says the Archdiocese of New Orleans illegally asks questions about student’s disabilities on...

Kemp's ridley sea turtle nests 1st in 75 years in Louisiana

Aug. 18, 2022 12:58 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The world’s smallest and most endangered sea turtles have hatched in Louisiana's wilds for the first known time in more than 75 years, officials said Wednesday. “Louisiana was largely written off as a nesting spot for sea turtles decades ago, but this...

Monkeypox cancels free concert held at Southern Decadence

Aug. 17, 2022 19:58 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Bourbon Street Extravaganza, a free concert held in New Orleans amid Southern Decadence — one of the nation’s largest LGBTQ events — has been canceled over monkeypox concerns, organizers said Wednesday. The concert was scheduled to return Sept. 3 for...

Ruling clears Biden's 2021 pause on new oil, gas leases

Aug. 17, 2022 19:05 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A judge’s order that forced the Biden administration to resume sales of oil and gas leases on federal land and waters was vacated Wednesday by a federal appeals court in New Orleans. It was at least a temporary victory for President Joe Biden but the immediate...