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45 Mississippi counties primary ag disaster areas

Aug. 19, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has named 45 Mississippi counties primary natural disaster areas because of freezing, flooding, flash flooding and excessive rain. Producers who had losses from those causes since Jan. 15 may be eligible for Farm Service Agency emergency loans....

Losing bidders for Louisiana Medicaid contracts file protest

Aug. 19, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two Louisiana Medicaid contractors are challenging a decision by Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration to oust them from that lucrative work next year, accusing the health department of a biased bid review. Louisiana Healthcare Connections and Aetna Better Health filed lengthy...

2 arrested in 38-year-old cold case in Louisiana

Aug. 19, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — A sheriff's office in Louisiana has announced two arrests in a decades old cold case. News outlets report 64-year-old Leo Laird and 54-year-old Gary Haymon have been charged in the death of 18-year-old Donna Gayle Brazzell. A Facebook post Monday from the Rapides Parish Sheriff's...

Tulsa, Louisiana Tech agree to home-and-home series

Aug. 19, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa and Louisiana Tech have agreed to a home-and-home football series for the 2024 and 2025 seasons. Tulsa made the announcement on Monday. The first game will be on Sept. 21, 2024, at Joe Aillet Stadium in Ruston, Louisiana. The second will be on Sept. 27, 2025, at Tulsa's H.A....

Memorials, funeral for ex-Louisiana gov Kathleen Blanco

Aug. 19, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Three days of public events from Thursday through Saturday will honor former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco, the state's first female governor who died after a yearslong struggle with cancer. The Democrat who led Louisiana during hurricanes Katrina and Rita will be memorialized...

Grower: 5,000 in Louisiana medical marijuana program so far

Aug. 19, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two weeks after Louisiana patients began receiving medical marijuana, the program is humming along without supply disruption and with thousands of people receiving the drug for medical use, regulatory officials and the head of one growing operation said Monday. John Davis, president...

Ex-Gov. Kathleen Blanco dies, led Louisiana through Katrina

Aug. 19, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Even after Hurricane Katrina ended her political career and as cancer ate away her strength, former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco still described her life as "charmed." With strength in her faith and her family, the state's first elected female governor time and again refused to...

Memorials, funeral for ex-Louisiana gov Kathleen Blanco

Aug. 19, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Three days of public events will honor former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco, the state's first female governor who died after a yearslong struggle with cancer. The Democrat who led Louisiana during hurricanes Katrina and Rita will be memorialized Thursday at an interfaith service...

NOPD car crashes; 2nd pulls over, is hit by civilian vehicle

Aug. 19, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans police say a vehicle ran off Interstate 10 and injured a police officer who had pulled onto the shoulder to investigate another officer's one-car crash. Police spokesman Aaron Looney said in a news release Monday that the injured officer is listed in stable condition at a...

1 person dead, 2 rescued from Louisiana seaplane crash

Aug. 19, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Coast Guard officials in Louisiana say one person has died and two more were rescued when a seaplane with a company known for taking fisherman out to the state's barrier islands crashed into the water. Coast Guard officials in New Orleans confirmed a seaplane with Bourgeois Fishing...