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In this recent photo, lifelong friends Cissie McLeod and Angel Wright, who were roommates at LSU when their alma mater won its first national title in 1958, pose in New Orleans. The pair were in New Orleans as they watched their beloved Tigers capture another title. (Kathleen Hilliard/American Press via AP)

Lifelong friends, former LSU roommates reminisce on history

Jan. 18, 2020 12:01 AM EST

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — “The greatest gift of life is friendship,” said Hubert H. Humphrey. Such is true of Cissie McLeod and Angel Wright. The two women, born and raised in Lake Charles, were college roommates at LSU in 1958 when the university won its first national title. They’ve...

In this undated photo, volunteer worker Wanda Percle sorts donations at Gym Dandy, Thibodaux, La.'s oldest thrift store.  (Dan Copp/The Houma Courier via AP)

Oldest local thrift store provides deals for bargain hunters

Jan. 18, 2020 12:01 AM EST

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — There’s a treasure in Thibodaux but you don’t need a secret map to find it. Hundreds of bargain hunters converge on 811 Jackson St. every month to find a good deal at Gym Dandy, Thibodaux’s oldest thrift store. “It’s always busy,” said Alma...

Louisiana, Alaskan tribes file UN climate change complaint

Jan. 17, 2020 7:05 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Four coastal Louisiana tribes and one in Alaska that say the U.S. government violated their human rights by failing to take action on climate change have submitted a formal complaint to the United Nations in Switzerland. The complaint was filed Wednesday, The Advocate reported....

FILE - This Oct. 12, 2019, file photo, shows damage of a partial collapse at the Hard Rock Hotel under construction in New Orleans. New Orleans officials say an unstable hotel building that partially collapsed while under construction last fall will be imploded. Officials say the implosion is expected as early as mid-March. Implosion had been considered, then rejected in the weeks after the Oct. 12 collapse at the planned Hard Rock Hotel. But officials said Friday they've revived the implosion plan. It's deemed safer than having workers on site taking the structure apart. And it means work will be done sooner. Demolition had been expected to last until December. Three workers died in the collapse. The remains of two remain in the wreckage.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Implosion back on for partially collapsed New Orleans hotel

Jan. 17, 2020 7:05 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Plans are on again to implode a New Orleans hotel building that partially collapsed last fall, killing three workers, city officials said Friday. Mayor LaToya Cantrell and Fire Superintendent Tim McConnell said at a news conference that the implosion is expected to take place in...

Appeals court rules against convict over gender pronouns

Jan. 17, 2020 6:30 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A transgender convict has lost a federal appeal to have her name changed in court records — and to have the appeals court refer to her with feminine pronouns. The case of Norman Varner — now Katherine Nicole Jett — divided a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit...

Disaster loans: Closed Mississippi beaches hurt businesses

Jan. 17, 2020 5:21 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Low-interest disaster loans are available for small Mississippi businesses hurt by toxic bacteria that closed every mainland beach in the state during the summer. Those in adjacent counties in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana also are eligible. The federal Small Business...

Appeals court won't rehear Mississippi 15-week abortion case

Jan. 17, 2020 3:24 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals court said Friday that it will not reconsider its ruling that Mississippi's law banning most abortions after 15 weeks is unconstitutional. The 2018 state law remains blocked and Mississippi's only abortion clinic remains open. The owner has said the clinic d oes...

President Trump, right, points out LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, during a ceremony honoring the members of the Louisiana State University NCAA college championship football team in the East Room at the White House, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Trump welcomes LSU Tigers to White House

Jan. 17, 2020 2:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump paid tribute to the national champion Louisiana State University football team on Friday, saying it would long be remembered as one of the greatest in college football history. The undefeated Tigers visited the White House after defeating Clemson on Monday night in...

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2016 file photo, Mayor Ken Ritter, right, and State Sen. Page Cortez talk together at Youngsville City Hall, in La. Cortez, the Louisiana Senate's new Republican president will continue a tradition for bipartisan leadership across the majority-GOP chamber's subject-matter committees, but Republicans will take charge of the key financial and redistricting panels. Cortez, a Lafayette Republican unanimously elected to the top job, released the membership breakdown of the Senate's 17 standing committees Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (Scott Clause/The Daily Advertiser via AP, File)

GOP leaders tapped for Louisiana Senate's budget, tax panels

Jan. 17, 2020 1:27 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Senate's new Republican president will continue a tradition for bipartisan leadership across the majority-GOP chamber's subject-matter committees, but Republicans will take charge of the key financial and redistricting panels. Senate President Page Cortez, a Lafayette...

Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck points at the screen as he yells at line judge Jim Slayton during the second half of the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game against Auburn Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Minnesota sets nonconference football schedule for 6 seasons

Jan. 17, 2020 12:55 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota comppleted its nonconference football schedules for the next six seasons Friday, securing home games against Rhode Island and Nevada in 2024 and with Buffalo in 2025. The Gophers host Florida Atlantic, Tennessee Tech and BYU in 2020. They play Miami of Ohio and Bowling Green at...