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Tropical system to bring heavy rain, flooding to Gulf Coast

Jun. 18, 2021 02:13 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Forecasters predict a tropical system will bring heavy rain, storm surge and coastal flooding to the northern Gulf Coast as early as Friday and throughout the weekend. A tropical storm warning was already in effect for parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and...

Tropical storm warning, flood threat for northern Gulf Coast

Jun. 17, 2021 22:44 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A tropical storm warning was issued Thursday for parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama as a potential tropical cyclone advanced toward the northern Gulf Coast. The warning extends from Intracoastal City, Louisiana, to the Alabama-Florida border,...

Med school chancellor quits a day after reinstatement

Jun. 17, 2021 18:35 PM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — The chancellor of a Louisiana medical school resigned the post Thursday, a day after he was reinstated following an investigation into his handling of students' sexual harassment complaints. Dr. G. E. Ghali had been reinstated Wednesday as...

Louisiana giving away $2.3M in prizes to encourage vaccines

Jun. 17, 2021 18:29 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana will offer residents who have gotten vaccinated against COVID-19 a chance to win a share of $2.3 million in cash prizes and college scholarships, joining the ranks of states hoping financial incentives will persuade those reluctant to get the shots to...

New Orleans health system pushes further into Mississippi

Jun. 17, 2021 18:14 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A large New Orleans-based health system with hospitals in Louisiana and Mississippi plans a merger that will deepen its presence in Mississippi. Ochsner Health and Rush Health Systems said in a news release Thursday that officials expect a proposed...

Citgo to pay $19.7M for Louisiana spill environmental damage

Jun. 17, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Citgo Petroleum Corp. of Houston has agreed to pay $19.7 million for environmental damage from a 2006 spill at a Louisiana refinery, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday. The agreement settles both state and federal environmental claims from...

$176 million now available from FEMA for Laura, Delta aid

Jun. 17, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana parishes recovering from two hurricanes that struck last year are now in line to get a total of more than $176 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday. Edwards discussed the funding at a...

Louisiana state workers get half-day holiday for Juneteenth

Jun. 17, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards is shutting down state offices early Friday, giving workers a half-day off in honor of Juneteenth, the day commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. The Democratic governor recently signed a bill by Rep. Larry...

Tropical system shaping up to be super soaker for Gulf Coast

Jun. 17, 2021 09:27 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Heavy rains could soon be in store of parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama as a tropical system off the coast of Mexico begins moving north ahead of the weekend. Heavy rains should start to affect parts of the northern Gulf Coast on Friday, The...

Edwards agrees to July 31 end to federal unemployment aid

Jun. 16, 2021 19:26 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards has agreed to turn off federal pandemic unemployment payments at the end of July in exchange for a long-term, modest boost to Louisiana's jobless benefits, announcing Wednesday that he's signed a bill that makes the trade. ...