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Demonstrators walk along Pennsylvania Avenue as they protest the death of George Floyd, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Latest: Explosions hit 50 ATMs in Philadelphia

Jun. 3, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

The Latest on the May 25 death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: TOP OF THE HOUR: — Thousands gather again near White House to protest death of George Floyd. — Fifty ATMs vandalized in Philadelphia....

Edwards names new chairman of Louisiana gambling board

Jun. 3, 2020 6:33 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards quickly tapped a new leader for Louisiana's gambling regulatory board Wednesday, only two days after the Senate surprised the governor by blocking confirmation of his previous pick who had held the job for seven years. The Democratic governor announced that Lt....

Sens. Bodi White, R-Central, left; Eddie Lambert, R-Gonzales, center; and Franklin Foil, R-Baton Rouge, vote on bills on the Senate floor as the Louisiana Legislature wrapped up its regular session on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Republican lawmakers add mistake in signature business bill

Jun. 3, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — After a last-minute scramble to pass the business lobby's top priority for the regular session, Republican legislators quickly realized they mangled the language of the bill aimed at limiting damage claims against insurance companies in car wreck lawsuits. Now, GOP lawmakers are...

Louisiana readying as Tropical Storm Cristobal takes aim

Jun. 3, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana residents are being warned to ready for Tropical Storm Cristobal, which is on track for a direct hit to the state by the weekend. Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday that state officials are preparing for a storm that the National Weather Service has said could dump as...

A protester holds up an American flag as about a dozen people gather on the corner of Esplanade Ave. and N. Claiborne Ave., Friday, May 29, 2020, in New Orleans, La.,  to protest the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died in police custody after he pleaded for air as a white police officer kneeled on his neck in Minneapolis. (Max Becherer/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate)

Louisiana governor praises state's peaceful Floyd protests

Jun. 3, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards on Wednesday thanked the people of Louisiana for holding peaceful demonstrations in the aftermath of George Floyd's death. The state has avoided the violence and property damage seen in other parts of the country. “Almost without exception, every single...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Jun. 3, 2020 2:21 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ May 31 The American Press on giving the elderly an alternative to nursing homes: The devastating death toll in the nation’s nursing homes has given new emphasis on possible alternatives for the care of the country’s senior citizens. Nationally, the...

Catie Quinn, operations manager, gives food to a student at Paul Habans Charter School in New Orleans, Monday, March 16, 2020, after public schools closed because of the coronavirus pandemic. (David Grunfeld/The Advocate via AP)

66% of those eligible seek Louisiana student meal aid

Jun. 3, 2020 2:07 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — About two thirds of those who are eligible have signed up for a program aimed at making sure Louisiana children from low-income families can get healthy meals while schools are closed for the coronavirus pandemic, the state education department said Wednesday. The deadline for signing...

Dead zone prediction: Larger than average; not near record

Jun. 3, 2020 11:50 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — High rivers and high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus from farm and urban runoff mean a larger than average oxygen-starved “dead zone” is likely this year in the Gulf of Mexico, researchers said Wednesday. But the predicted area for an area with too little oxygen for...

A man holds up a signy during a peaceful rally in downtown New Orleans, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. They were protesting over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

New Orleans police chief: Keep protests peaceful

Jun. 2, 2020 9:47 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans' police chief said Tuesday that protests in the city over the police custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis have been peaceful so far, and he warned that police are on alert for anyone who might be traveling to the city to incite violence. “We have received...

Prosecutor probes reports 2 died in police custody

Jun. 2, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Louisiana prosecutor is investigating allegations that two men died two weeks apart last April in the custody of a police department, and says police files are incomplete. Caddo Parish District Attorney James E. Stewart Sr. asked the public on Tuesday for any video, witness...