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Rice company's new product line brings 20 new jobs in Acadia

May. 25, 2022 18:28 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana economic development officials said Wednesday that 20 jobs will be created in Acadia Parish when a rice milling company invests $16.2 million in facilities to make ready-to-eat products. Supreme Rice is making the investment to develop parboil...

Infrastructure plan: $33M to clean up hundreds of oil wells

May. 25, 2022 17:57 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — About $33 million of the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan recently signed into law by President Joe Biden will go toward cleanning up 277 of an estimated 15,000 abandoned oil and gas wells on federal land, the nation's interior secretary said Wednesday. ...

Bill would outlaw school spankings without consent

May. 25, 2022 17:01 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Spanking a student in Louisiana schools would be forbidden unless school officials have written permission from the child’s parent, under legislation approved Wednesday by the state House. The bill by Rep. Stephanie Hilferty, a Metairie Republican, had...

Bill blocking state, local vaccine mandates defeated

May. 25, 2022 14:10 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Legislation that would have kept state or local governments from requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for entry into public places or private businesses was narrowly defeated Wednesday by a state Senate Committee. Rep. Thomas Pressly of Shreveport had...

13-year-old in custody, accused of shooting Louisiana deputy

May. 25, 2022 12:42 PM EDT

WALDHEIM, La. (AP) — A 13-year-old boy is accused of shooting a Louisiana sheriff's deputy who was investigating a burglary early Wednesday, authorities said. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Deputy Kenneth Doby went to Waldheim, north of Covington, after a suspected business burglary...

Louisiana closer to removing Confederate-themed holidays

May. 24, 2022 14:53 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two Confederate holidays would be erased from Louisiana law under legislation approved 4-2 Tuesday by a state Senate committee. The House-passed bill by Rep. Matthew Willard, a New Orleans Democrat, goes next to the full Senate. Neither...

Nursing home owner loses US funding after Ida evacuations

May. 24, 2022 12:42 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A nursing home owner in Louisiana who lost the state licenses for his seven facilities after moving hundreds of residents to a poorly equipped warehouse as Hurricane Ida approached has now been barred from federal health care programs. State officials found...

Deputies in rural Louisiana parish to get body cameras

May. 24, 2022 11:57 AM EDT

FRANKLINTON, La. (AP) — Deputies in a rural Louisiana parish are getting body cameras in an effort, the sheriff hopes, will help increase transparency. A growing number of law enforcement agencies nationwide have equipped their officers with the cameras in recent years after...

Louisiana gov faces decision on transgender athlete bill

May. 23, 2022 17:07 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A bill to keep transgender women and girls in Louisiana from competing on college and K-12 women’s and girls’ athletic teams won final legislative passage Monday in the state Senate, meaning Gov. John Bel Edwards, who has been critical of the measure, will have to decide...

FEMA: proposed Hurricane Ida housing site comment period

May. 23, 2022 12:24 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A three-day comment period opens Tuesday for a proposed group housing site for Hurricane Ida survivors in one southeast Louisiana parish, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Monday. Up to 75 families could be housed at the site in the St. Charles...