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Kenneth Helmer, a native Louisianan and longtime commercial fisherman, poses for a photo at  the Louisiana Shrimp Shack in Columbus, Miss. He felt the area needed a go-to seafood establishment.From his deep bayou-based drawl to the varying fishing accessories coating the walls of the Louisiana Shrimp Shack, owner Kenneth Helmer is as genuine as it gets. (Ben Portnoy/The Commercial Dispatch via AP)

Louisiana Shrimp Shack owner brings cuisine to Columbus

Nov. 29, 2020 12:01 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — From his deep bayou-based drawl to the varying fishing accessories coating the walls of the Louisiana Shrimp Shack, owner Kenneth Helmer is as genuine as it gets. A commercial fisherman by trade, he opened the restaurant in its current location earlier this spring as an attempt to...

Doctors successfully reattach young Louisiana mother's arm

Nov. 29, 2020 12:01 AM EST

LEESVILLE, La. (AP) — “What my daughter is — is a miracle,” said Susan Gordy of Hineston, wiping away tears. “More so a miracle that God worked through these doctors,” she said of those who were in the Rapides Regional Medical Center Trauma Center the day her daughter...

Baylor's Mark Vital (11) fouls Louisiana-Lafayette's Theo Akwuba during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

No. 2 Baylor wins delayed opener 112-82 over La-Lafayette

Nov. 28, 2020 11:08 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Baylor’ hadn't been on a basketball court for a game in 266 days, until Saturday night. And it showed — for a moment. The Bears shook off a sluggish start to the season, MaCio Teague scored 21 points and No. 2 Baylor won its delayed season opener 112-82 over...

Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Levi Lewis (1) scores a touchdown against Louisiana-Monroe defensive lineman Seth Mason (94) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Monroe, La., Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

Lewis accounts for 5 TDS, No. 23 ULL beats ULM 70-20

Nov. 28, 2020 8:18 PM EST

MONROE, La. (AP) — Louisiana-Lafayette coach Billy Napier didn't complain about being stuck at home recovering from COVID-19 while the No. 23 Ragin' Cajuns prepared for a rivalry game. Rather, Napier saw it as an opportunity for key players to put their leadership on full display — and he wasn't...

Wells leads Texas-Arlington past Northwestern St. 80-71

Nov. 28, 2020 6:32 PM EST

RUSTON, La. (AP) — Shahada Wells had 15 points to lead five Texas-Arlington players in double figures as the Mavericks defeated Northwestern State 80-71 on Saturday. Patrick Mwamba and Fredelin De La Cruz both had double-doubles for the Mavericks (1-2) Mwamba had 13 points and 12 rebounds, De La Crus 12...

Jackson, Benjamin lead UAB past SE Louisiana 84-59

Nov. 28, 2020 5:45 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Quan Jackson had 18 points to lead five UAB players in double figures as the Blazers easily defeated Southeastern Louisiana 84-59 on Saturday. Jalen Benjamin added 16 points for the Blazers. Tavin Lovan chipped in 14, Trey Jemison scored 12 and Michael Ertel had 10. Jamon Kemp had...

Saints tackle Armstead on COVID-19 list, out vs. Broncos

Nov. 28, 2020 5:34 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints placed starting left tackle Terron Armstead on their COVID-19 reserve list on Saturday, leaving him ineligible for Sunday's game against the Broncos in Denver. The Saints also ruled out return specialist Deonte Harris, who had been listed as questionable a day...

Louisiana education leaders look to improve child literacy

Nov. 28, 2020 12:20 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's education leaders are working on plans aimed at improving reading skills for the state's youngest students, hoping to reverse years of neglect that has stifled education achievement for decades. The Advocate reports that students from kindergarten through second grade...

Rescued Kemp’s ridley sea turtles receive care at Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020.  Thirty endangered sea turtles rescued from the beaches of Cape Cod are now safe in New Orleans after their Thanksgiving travel plans went awry.  They were being taken to a Louisiana rehabilitation center when bad weather and damage to a propeller grounded their plane in Chattanooga.  Wildlife experts scrambled to find overnight homes for the turtles. They were then driven to New Orleans on Thanksgiving.   (Thom Benson/Tennessee Aquarium via AP)

Rough rescue: Storms, broken plane force layover for turtles

Nov. 28, 2020 12:10 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — They might have gotten there faster by walking, but at any rate, these endangered turtles had a lot to be thankful for on Thanksgiving. Bad weather, a damaged propeller and an unscheduled stop in Tennessee complicated the rescue of 30 critically endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles...

5 finalists named for Louisiana Delta Community College post

Nov. 28, 2020 11:23 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Five finalists have been chosen in the Louisiana Community and Technical College System's search for a new chancellor for Louisiana Delta Community College. On Wednesday each finalist will participate in separate online public forums with the northeast Louisiana school's students,...