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New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) shoots in front of Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward (20) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Williamson has double-double, Pelicans top Celtics 123-108

Jan. 26, 2020 9:14 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Zion Williamson had 21 points and 11 rebounds in 27 minutes, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Boston Celtics 123-108 on Sunday for their first victory since the rookie star joined the lineup. Jrue Holiday had 25 points, JJ Redick scored 17 and Brandon Ingram added 16 for New...

3 missing after barge crash on Mississippi River

Jan. 26, 2020 6:33 PM EST

LULING, La. (AP) — Three people were missing after two barge towing vessels collided Sunday on the Mississippi River in an accident that also may have released a small amount of toxic vapor into the air, the Coast Guard said. The Coast Guard said in a news release that the two vessels collided Sunday...

Longtime New Orleans reporter Susan Finch dies

Jan. 26, 2020 4:50 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Susan Finch, an award-winning reporter who developed a reputation of being tough but fair during nearly 40 years in New Orleans journalism, died Saturday, The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reported. She was 74. The newspaper said she died at a hospice following complications...

Analysis: Louisiana Medicaid dispute lingers into new term

Jan. 26, 2020 4:00 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The contracts at the center of a Louisiana Medicaid dispute are worth billions, accounting for one-quarter of the state's annual operating budget and covering services to one-third of its residents. With that much money at stake, Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration was certain to...

Rural property owners want metro-area property code changes

Jan. 26, 2020 11:03 AM EST

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Angry property owners from a rural area of north Louisiana are urging public officials to make changes in a local building and property code. Residents showed up at a recent meeting of the Caddo Parish Commission to complain that the parish Unified Development code infringes on...

Black History Month panel to honor Ernest Gaines

Jan. 26, 2020 10:41 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Fans of the late Louisiana author Ernest J. Gaines, who wrote such storied works as “A Lesson Before Dying" and “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman," are gathering to remember his work as part of Black History Month celebrations. The Louisiana Center for the Book...

Louisiana high court to hear 3 cases at Tulane University

Jan. 26, 2020 10:36 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tulane University students are about to get an up-close look at Louisiana's Supreme Court without having to leave campus. The justices usually hear cases at the courthouse in New Orleans' French Quarter. But, on Monday, the court will hear oral arguments in three cases at Tulane...

A rat in a haystack: Barn hunts test dogs' hunting skills

Jan. 26, 2020 12:02 AM EST

DOWNSVILLE, La. (AP) — On a rainy afternoon in Downsville, Louisiana, a border collie named Mickey pawed at a pile of hay to notify her owner, Karla Gracia, she'd found her quarry. "Rat!" Gracia yelled, then carefully lifted a rodent-laden PVC tube from the hay horizontally, handed the tube off to someone...

Louisiana-Lafayette routs Louisiana-Monroe 81-60

Jan. 25, 2020 11:02 PM EST

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Jalen Johnson scored a career-high 27 points on with seven rebounds and three blocks and Louisiana-Lafayette easily defeated Louisiana-Monroe 81-60 on Saturday night. Tirus Smith scored all 11 of his points in the second half and also had three blocks for Louisiana-Lafayette (8-13,...

Harvey scores 22, leads Nicholls St. past New Orleans, 77-72

Jan. 25, 2020 10:11 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Elvis Harvey Jr. had 22 points as Nicholls State held off New Orleans to earn a 77-72 win, it's fourth straight on the road, Saturday night. Warith Alatishe had 13 points and eight rebounds for the Colonels (14-7, 8-2 Southland Conference). Andre Jones added 12 points. Kevin Johnson had...