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Officer drops appeal of suspension in black man's shooting

Sep. 19, 2019 7:52 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A police officer is dropping his appeal of a three-day suspension over a confrontation with a black man whose shooting death prompted widespread protests in Baton Rouge in 2016. News outlets report attorney Kyle Kershaw announced Thursday morning that client Howie Lake II was...

Louisiana governor election won't uproot Medicaid expansion

Sep. 18, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Democratic governor, John Bel Edwards, moved quickly to expand Medicaid when he took office in 2016, making his state the only one in the Deep South to embrace that signature piece of President Barack Obama's health care law. And in a conservative state that solidly...

No. 4 LSU dredges up old wounds to prep for Northwestern St.

Sep. 13, 2019 11:01 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Football coaches say they never forget losses, as much as they might like to. The most unlikely and upsetting defeats become teaching points, and that is case as LSU coach Ed Orgeron prepares the fourth-ranked Tigers (2-0) for Saturday night's home date with a Northwestern State...

Former Louisiana Gov. Edwards, 92, discharged from hospital

Sep. 4, 2019 7:04 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards has been discharged from the hospital after an overnight stay. A spokesman for the 92-year-old Edwards said he was discharged Wednesday evening from Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center in Baton Rouge. Edwards was hospitalized Tuesday. His daughter said...

4-term ex-Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards in hospital

Sep. 3, 2019 7:57 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards was hospitalized in Baton Rouge after becoming unresponsive Tuesday morning and was expected to stay in the hospital overnight, his daughter said. Anna Edwards said doctors believe dehydration led to a drop in the 92-year-old, four-term governor's...

Cowboys, OL Collins make deal, club's 2nd with Elliott out

Sep. 3, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys and right tackle La'el Collins have agreed on a new contract, the second extension to get settled during star running back Ezekiel Elliott's holdout. The deal signed Tuesday is for $50 million over five years with $35 million guaranteed. It's the second extension...

Basketball-sized world-record grapefruit grown in Louisiana

Aug. 27, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A basketball-sized grapefruit has brought two world records to a Louisiana couple. The giant citrus grew in the yard of Mary Beth and Doug Meyer of Slidell. The Guinness Book of World Records says it's the world's heaviest and largest in circumference. It weighed 7 pounds, 14.6...

Average US price of gas down 8 cents per gallon to $2.66

Aug. 25, 2019 1:47 PM EDT

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has dropped 8 cents per gallon (3.8 liters) over the past two weeks to $2.66. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says Sunday that an abundant supply and low crude oil costs contributed to the decrease at the...

Hundreds of mourners honor former Louisiana Gov. Blanco

Aug. 22, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A bagpiper played a somber "Amazing Grace" as Louisiana's first and only female governor, Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, returned to the state Capitol for her last time Thursday, carried in her casket by an honor guard for public viewing. Her former staff lined the building steps, and...

The Latest: Crowds at Louisiana Capitol for former governor

Aug. 22, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on the memorial services for former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (all times local): 1:55 p.m. Large crowds have assembled at the Louisiana Capitol to pay their respects to former Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, who led the state amid the devastation of...