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Tropical weather buffets Gulf coast with brisk winds, rain

Jun. 18, 2021 16:03 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A disorganized storm system carrying tropical storm-force winds churned through the Gulf of Mexico toward the Southern U.S. on Friday, lashing coastal communities with bands of rain, threatening Father's Day tourism business and forcing the postponement of Juneteenth...

Man charged with killing security officer at basketball game

Jun. 18, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans man has been charged with killing an off-duty university police officer outside a high school basketball game where he’d shown up without a mask. John Shallerhorn, 35, was indicted on a charge of first-degree murder in the Feb. 26...

Edwards signs Louisiana assessor car allowance bill into law

Jun. 18, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — All of Louisiana's tax assessors can now give themselves car allowances up to 15% of their salaries, under a bill signed into law by Gov. John Bel Edwards that will authorize the parish officials to pocket an extra $20,000 or more annually. The...

Louisiana man, 69, dies in boating accident; body found

Jun. 18, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is investigating a boating accident that killed a 69-year-old man, the agency said Friday. Agents who had been searching for two days found the body of Clifford Jewell, of Columbia, on Thursday in...

County where Ahmaud Arbery slain hires Black police chief

Jun. 18, 2021 10:59 AM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The coastal Georgia county where Ahmaud Arbery’s slaying raised an outcry over racial injustice has hired its first full-time Black police chief. Glynn County commissioners voted Thursday for Jacques Battiste to lead an embattled department that...

Tropical storm warning, flood threat for northern Gulf Coast

Jun. 17, 2021 22:44 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A tropical storm warning was issued Thursday for parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama as a potential tropical cyclone advanced toward the northern Gulf Coast. The warning extends from Intracoastal City, Louisiana, to the Alabama-Florida border,...

Med school chancellor quits a day after reinstatement

Jun. 17, 2021 18:35 PM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — The chancellor of a Louisiana medical school resigned the post Thursday, a day after he was reinstated following an investigation into his handling of students' sexual harassment complaints. Dr. G. E. Ghali had been reinstated Wednesday as...

Louisiana giving away $2.3M in prizes to encourage vaccines

Jun. 17, 2021 18:29 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana will offer residents who have gotten vaccinated against COVID-19 a chance to win a share of $2.3 million in cash prizes and college scholarships, joining the ranks of states hoping financial incentives will persuade those reluctant to get the shots to...

New Orleans health system pushes further into Mississippi

Jun. 17, 2021 18:14 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A large New Orleans-based health system with hospitals in Louisiana and Mississippi plans a merger that will deepen its presence in Mississippi. Ochsner Health and Rush Health Systems said in a news release Thursday that officials expect a proposed...

Citgo to pay $19.7M for Louisiana spill environmental damage

Jun. 17, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Citgo Petroleum Corp. of Houston has agreed to pay $19.7 million for environmental damage from a 2006 spill at a Louisiana refinery, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday. The agreement settles both state and federal environmental claims from...