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FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2015, file photo, a man walks in front of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. Texas should be allowed to halt a common second-trimester abortion procedure, the state's lawyers told a federal appeals court Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in a hearing punctuated by debates over fetal pain and the rights of women to medically safe abortion. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman, File)

Appeals court revisits Texas ban on abortion procedure

Jan. 21, 2021 2:54 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Texas should be allowed to halt a common second-trimester abortion procedure, the state's lawyers told a federal appeals court Thursday in a hearing punctuated by debates over fetal pain and the rights of women to medically safe abortion. A 2017 Texas law, which has never been enforced,...

Driver found unconscious in car submerged in Kenner canal

Jan. 21, 2021 9:37 AM EST

KENNER, La. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a motorist was found unconscious inside a car submerged in a canal. The 58-year-old man was rescued from the canal in Kenner Wednesday evening, The Times Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reported. Kenner police brought him to a hospital. The man's...

Rosser lifts New Orleans past Texas A&M-CC 87-68

Jan. 20, 2021 11:38 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Damion Rosser had 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead five New Orleans players scoring in double figures as the Privateers beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 87-68 on Wednesday night. Rodney Carson Jr. added 14 points for the Privateers (4-9, 3-2 Southland Conference). Troy Green chipped...

State Sen. Troy Carter, D-New Orleans, speaks about his campaign for the 2nd Congressional District seat after signing up for the race on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Baton Rouge, La. The seat is vacant because former U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond resigned to work for the Biden administration. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Candidate qualifying begins in Louisiana congressional races

Jan. 20, 2021 5:40 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Candidate registration opened Wednesday for Louisiana's March 20 election to fill two vacant U.S. House seats, one representing a majority-minority district centered in New Orleans and the other a rural district covering the state's northeast and central parishes. The special...

Louisiana advocate for ex-inmates among those pardoned

Jan. 20, 2021 2:32 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former federal prisoner who operates a Louisiana nonprofit aiding ex-inmates is among those pardoned in the final hours of the Trump administration. Syrita Steib-Martin’s pardon was announced by the White House early Wednesday. The Louisiana native pleaded guilty in 2000 to...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Jan. 20, 2021 1:09 PM EST

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ Jan. 20 The Advocate on President Joe Biden's inauguration: Presidential inaugurations are designed to be reassuring. They are proof that our system is strong and stable, and can transcend even the most vicious of political campaigns. They are national celebrations...

FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2020, file photo, New Orleans Saints defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen looks on during an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in New Orleans. A person familiar with the situation says Nielsen has agreed in principle to become LSU’s next defensive coordinator. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, because some contractual details were still pending. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman, File)

AP sources: Saints' Nielsen passes on LSU job, stays in NFL

Jan. 19, 2021 3:59 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Saints defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen informed LSU on Tuesday that he will not take the Tigers' defensive coordinator job after initially agreeing in principle to do to so, two people familiar with the situation said. The people spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday on...

FILE - Festival goers attend the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans on April 28, 2018. Organizers of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival say they now plan to hold this year's version of the event in October. Jazz Fest is usually held every spring but it didn't happen last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. This year, with the virus still a threat, the event has been postponed until fall. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

New Orleans Jazz Fest 2021 pushed back to October

Jan. 19, 2021 3:03 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic, which forced cancellation of last year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, is forcing postponement of the festival this year. “ Jazz Fest ” is usually a spring event that begins on the last weekend in April. But festival producers announced...

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees waves to his family and fans after an NFL divisional round playoff football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in New Orleans. The Buccaneers won 30-20. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Signs point to Saints entering new era in 2021

Jan. 18, 2021 8:13 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Signs point to new era dawning for the New Orleans Saints, even if an opportunity remains to keep together much of the young core that has powered the club to four straight NFC South titles. The Saints must be ready for Drew Brees to retire after he started at quarterback for 15 years....

Department of Corrections starts women's seminary program

Jan. 18, 2021 9:13 AM EST

PEARL, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Corrections has launched a seminary program for incarcerated women, more than 10 years after beginning its seminary for men. Inmates in the 29-member inaugural women’s class will be enrolled in a four-year accredited seminary program taught through...