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Audubon plans new event to show support for police

May. 15, 2021 15:16 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The cancellation of an event aimed at showing support for the New Orleans Police Department prompted “unintended fallout” and now the Audubon Nature Institute is planning another appreciation day. Ron Forman, the Audubon's president and CEO, on...

4 artificial reef buoys gone; other ways to avoid net snags

May. 15, 2021 11:44 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Markers are missing from four artificial reefs that were created a year ago, and shrimpers need to know where they are to avoid snagging their nets on them, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says. A combination of weather, moving...

Shreveport kicks off $36 million drinking water renovation

May. 15, 2021 11:26 AM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — After a winter freeze that crippled drinking water systems across the region, the city of Shreveport is launching a $36.5 million project designed to improve its drinking water infrastructure. The city is renovating its service pump station that...

2 finalists for Louisiana school district's next leader

May. 15, 2021 11:00 AM EDT

VIDALIA, La. (AP) — Two finalists remain in the running to lead an east-central Louisiana school district. The Concordia Parish School Board cut the field of five last week, leaving Montrell Greene and Toyua Watson still being considered to replace Superintendent Whest...

'Justice Lab' aims to expose, litigate claims of police bias

May. 15, 2021 08:52 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A woman forced to the ground by two sheriff’s deputies in an arrest recorded by her son. Demonstrators tear-gassed and hit by rubber projectiles while protesting the death of George Floyd. A man stunned with a Taser as he tried to flee what advocates say was an unjust...

Former students recall integration of Acadiana schools

May. 15, 2021 00:04 AM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — As schools in Acadiana and across the South began to integrate 50 years ago, families and community were heading into new territory. Parents prepared their children for a changing academic environment and prayed the changes would go smoothly;...

Baton Rouge man to command modern version of WWII-era ship

May. 15, 2021 00:02 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As a youngster, Matt Noland explored the USS Kidd Veterans Museum in Baton Rouge — and the World War II-era ship in his hometown played a part in his decision to follow a career in the Navy. Now he’s second in command of the modern USS Kidd,...

The Latest: New Mexico adopts CDC guidance on facemasks

May. 14, 2021 21:14 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. -- New Mexico has adopted guidance on facemasks from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that says fully vaccinated Americans no longer need to wear masks indoors or outside in most cases. Under revisions Friday to the state’s emergency public...

Barefaced, footloose: New Orleans eases masking, OKs dancing

May. 14, 2021 19:16 PM EDT

People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can go mask-free in most of New Orleans, Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced Friday. And, they can celebrate by dancing. The latest easing of restrictions in the city that was once a Southern hot spot for the coronavirus...

Migrant crawfish workers allege 60-hour weeks, low wages

May. 14, 2021 17:20 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two migrant workers from Mexico are suing a Louisiana crawfish processor over wages they say fell well below the minimum wage. The federal lawsuit filed this week in Alexandria says the two routinely worked 10 or more hours a day, six days a week,...