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Sanity hearing delayed for man who said God told him to die

Feb. 21, 2020 3:05 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A sanity hearing was delayed for a Louisiana man who told authorities God instructed him to end his life before a fiery crash that killed another driver. Jordan was indicted on a second-degree murder charge in a 90 mph (145 kph) crash in July 2019 that killed Stephanie Payne, 51....

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks during his inauguration at the state Capitol in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)

After criticism, Louisiana governor seeks $500 teacher raise

Feb. 20, 2020 9:38 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Facing criticism that he broke a campaign promise to teachers, Gov. John Bel Edwards reversed course Thursday and proposed a reworked K-12 budget proposal that would include a direct $500 pay hike for public school teachers. The Democratic governor's education policy adviser,...

High winds postpones Big Easy's Mardi Gras parades Thursday

Feb. 20, 2020 9:33 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A high wind advisory for southeast Louisiana prompted a postponement of three parades scheduled to roll Thursday as New Orleans kicks into high gear ahead of Fat Tuesday. The Krewe of Muses said its parade will be rescheduled to 4:45 p.m. Friday. The Krewe of Babylon will follow at 5:15...

File-This Sept. 13, 2019, file photo shows Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, second from left, the governor's chief budget adviser, speaking to budget analysts and lawmakers at the House and Senate budget committee meeting, in Baton Rouge, La. Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration accused Louisiana's treasurer and other state leaders Thursday of sidelining one of the nation's largest banks from working on multimillion-dollar state borrowing deals because of the bank's firearm restriction policies for corporate customers. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte, File)

Edwards administration: Politics involved in banks selection

Feb. 20, 2020 9:26 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration accused Louisiana's treasurer and other Republican state leaders Thursday of sidelining one of the nation's largest banks from working on multimillion-dollar state borrowing deals because of the bank's firearm restriction policies for corporate...

Higher red snapper 'target' for charter boats now permanent

Feb. 20, 2020 9:19 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — After Gulf of Mexico charter boat captains stayed within federal limits for red snapper, regulators are making permanent a rule that lets them catch more of the fish. The rule initially was to be just for one year. The change will likely mean that the 2020 charter boat season for red...

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019 file photo, New Orleans Saints owner Gayle Benson waves to the crowd before the first half of an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints in Atlanta. Benson, who inherited the team following her husband Tom Benson's 2018 death, said the team's senior vice president of communications advised Archbishop Gregory Aymond to be “honest, complete and transparent” about clergy abuse. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

NFL Saints backed by church in effort to keep emails secret

Feb. 20, 2020 4:53 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An attorney for New Orleans' Roman Catholic archdiocese Thursday strongly defended the New Orleans Saints' behind-the-scenes help in dealing with the clergy sex abuse crisis, saying the legal effort to release hundreds of confidential emails between them is aimed at trying to shame those...

Former Louisiana council member found dead amid fraud case

Feb. 20, 2020 4:33 PM EST

BELLE CHASSE, La. (AP) — The body of a former Louisiana elected official who had been indicted on charges of fraud and tax evasion has been found in an isolated, wooded area, authorities said Thursday. Chris Roberts, 42, was found dead of an apparent suicide late Wednesday night in Plaquemines Parish, the...

Louisiana high school principal accused of indecent conduct

Feb. 20, 2020 3:12 PM EST

BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) — A high school principal was arrested Thursday on charges that include producing juvenile pornography and 46 counts of indecent behavior with juveniles, Louisiana State Police said. Brian Biggs, 54, was being held on $1 million bond after the arrest at his home in Bossier City, said...

Louisiana school crossing guard struck, killed

Feb. 20, 2020 2:04 PM EST

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — A school crossing guard in south Louisiana was hit by a vehicle and killed early Thursday. Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre said it happened in the northern part of the parish on La. 20 near Chackbay Elementary School.The crossing guard was Larry Boudreaux, 67, of Thibodaux,...

Emergency personnel work at the scene after a person was run over and killed by a float during The Mystic Krewe of Nyx Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)

Woman struck and killed by Mardi Gras float during parade

Feb. 20, 2020 2:04 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans is mourning the death of a woman who was run over by a parade float as the city celebrates the season leading up to Mardi Gras. Police are still investigating the accident, spokesman Juan Barnes said Thursday. The Orleans Parish Coroner's Office identified her Thursday as...