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Court tosses suit against Texas county's drive-thru voting

Oct. 25, 2021 18:23 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A 2020 lawsuit to bar drive-thru voting in Houston was rejected Monday by a federal appeals court in New Orleans. The lawsuit was filed ahead of last November’s presidential election by one voter and three candidates for office. The 5th U.S. Circuit...

Edwards heading to Scotland this week for climate conference

Oct. 25, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards and other Louisiana officials will travel Thursday to Scotland to attend an international climate change conference packed with world leaders. The governor's economic development and coastal policy advisors will be among...

Suit: Migrant workers illegally underpaid to truck sugarcane

Oct. 25, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Six migrant workers from Mexico have filed a lawsuit against a Louisiana sugar company claiming they were brought into the country with visas listing them as farm workers, but were put to work as truck drivers hauling sugarcane from farms to a mill — a job carrying a...

Louisiana facing worsening shortages of classroom teachers

Oct. 25, 2021 13:39 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's classroom teacher shortage is growing worse, with rising retirements and declining ranks of new teachers in districts around the state. The Advocate reports that the ranks of students in the LSU School of Education plunged 57% in the...

Bollinger Shipyards delivers Coast Guard ship a week early

Oct. 25, 2021 12:15 PM EDT

LOCKPORT, La. (AP) — Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport delivered its fifth patrol ship to the U.S. Coast Guard in Key West, Florida last week, almost a week ahead of schedule despite a three week shutdown after Hurricane Ida. The Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutter is...

Gaming board OKs Louisiana horse racing track, casino sale

Oct. 25, 2021 12:07 PM EDT

BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) — The state Gaming Control Board has approved the $22 million sale of a northwest Louisiana horse racing track and casino. Rubico Acquisition Corp. still needs approval from the Louisiana Racing Commission, which meets Tuesday, to buy Harrah’s...

AP Top 25 Reality Check: Welcome, back 'Clones; Who's next?

Oct. 25, 2021 02:36 AM EDT

For the first time this regular season, there were no teams making their season debut in The Associated college football poll. Iowa State and BYU rejoined the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank, but the number of teams that have been ranked for at least one week this...

Analysis: Louisiana budget boom continues for another year

Oct. 24, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Rather than crush state finances, the coronavirus pandemic is sending a glut of money to Louisiana's treasury, with Gov. John Bel Edwards and lawmakers facing another year of decisions about how to spend piles of cash available to them. The state...

Nov. 2 deadline for Ida disaster unemployment applications

Oct. 24, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana residents who lost wages because of Hurricane Ida have until Nov. 2 to apply for disaster unemployment assistance, according to the state labor department. The Louisiana Workforce Commission said the jobless aid is available to eligible...

Louisiana prison to hold crafts fair since rodeo canceled

Oct. 24, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — With the latest COVID-19 surge ebbing, the Louisiana State Penitentiary has created a one-day arts and crafts fair to partly make up for the pandemic-prompted cancellation of its rodeo. “Because of waning infection rates and increasing...