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Oakwood Home for Women: The house that saves lives

Aug. 18, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — It was a cold and raining night when Jessica Ritchie found herself crying under a carport of an abandoned house. "I just want to go home; I just want to go home," she kept saying to herself. She had once lived in that house. It was her father's, but now it was empty after they lost...

Researchers search for Bigfoot in Kisatchie National Forest

Aug. 18, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — In the middle of Kisatchie National Forest, a Bigfoot researcher who calls himself "Tex-La", lets out four howls in an area that he and another researcher, Claude, say has visible signs of Bigfoot activity. Several seconds go by with only the sounds of insects heard all around. Then,...

New Orleans: Pilot told tower of problems before plane crash

Aug. 17, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The pilot of a small plane in a deadly crash near New Orleans' Lakefront Airport radioed the control tower shortly after takeoff about unspecified problems and sought clearance to return, federal investigators said Saturday. The pilot and an award-winning television journalist aboard...

Coast Guard searching for man in Mississippi River

Aug. 17, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard is searching for a man in the Mississippi River in New Orleans. News outlets report the Coast Guard received a report of a person entering the water at 9:03 a.m. Saturday. The man, described as being in his mid-60s, was seen wearing pajamas with a white shirt. Authorities...

Judge disqualifies Norton from seeking election to Senate

Aug. 17, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Louisiana judge has disqualified state Rep. Barbara Norton from seeking election to the state Senate. News outlets report District Judge Craig Marcotte ruled Friday that there was "clear and convincing evidence" Norton does not live in the house she claims as her residence. The...

New general in Louisiana National Guard

Aug. 17, 2019 12:48 PM EDT

PINEVILLE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana National Guard's newest general is a high school assistant principal and sports coach in daily life. Damian "Keith" Waddell of Lake Charles was promoted to brigadier general Saturday recently at Camp Beauregard in Pineville, according to a news release. His new rank...

Graves: Livingston Parish to get $5.3M to elevate 88 homes

Aug. 17, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) — Louisiana U.S. Rep. Garret Graves says Livingston Parish will receive a $5.3 million federal grant to fund the elevation of 88 homes that were substantially damaged during the 2016 flood. Graves says the money is part of the $300 million in federal hazard mitigation funds he worked...

Fraud plagues disaster relief efforts

Aug. 17, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — As the scale and frequency of major disasters escalate, millions of dollars in federal, state and insurance payments intended for recovery efforts are being stolen by fraudsters taking advantage of chaos and the pipeline of aid flowing into the stricken areas. Last year,...

Grocery stores specialize to compete in crowded market

Aug. 17, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — In the span of a typical week, Courtney Bush will often visit three, sometimes four, different supermarkets to pick up groceries for her family. She'll make a run to Trader Joe's — closest to her home near the Perkins Road overpass — at least once a week for produce,...

All-charter school district experiment still faces questions

Aug. 17, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two decades ago, a group of frustrated New Orleans educators proposed a radical idea: start an open-enrollment charter school that would educate kids better by freeing the school from the bureaucracy of a poorly performing district. The response was overwhelming. In its first year, about...