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Mississippi vows further appeal after loss on abortion ban

Dec. 14, 2019 12:53 PM EST

Mississippi's outgoing governor vowed Saturday to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold Mississippi's ban on abortion at 15 weeks. "We will sustain our efforts to fight for America’s unborn children," Republican Phil Bryant wrote on Twitter. “Mississippi will continue this mission to the United...

Entergy Louisiana CEO named to state higher education board

Dec. 14, 2019 10:10 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's top higher education board has a new member. Gov. John Bel Edwards tapped the president and CEO of Entergy Louisiana, Phillip May of New Orleans, as his latest appointee to the Louisiana Board of Regents. May was sworn in Wednesday at the board's meeting. The Board of...

Nearly 80 authors on tap for New Orleans Book Festival

Dec. 14, 2019 10:07 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Nearly 80 authors will be featured at the inaugural New Orleans Book Festival next year. Organizers announced Wednesday that 30 more authors agreed to participate in the festival which will be held March 19-21 at Tulane University. The latest group includes Thomas Jessen Adams, Gabriela...

Louisiana education leaders set early college credit goal

Dec. 14, 2019 10:04 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana education leaders are pushing for all high school graduates within a decade to leave school with college credit or an industry-based credential, a target inline with the state's new higher education master plan. The Advocate reports that the Board of Elementary and...

Louisiana sues California over alligator ban

Dec. 14, 2019 9:29 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana is suing the state of California over its decision to ban the import and sale of alligator products, saying the ban will hurt an important Louisiana industry and ultimately could hurt the state's wetlands. In a lawsuit filed Thursday, Louisiana said the economy surrounding...

Australian fans' dream comes true. Visits the Superdome

Dec. 14, 2019 12:01 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Australian Who Dat Bruce Clements and his life partner Lara Kelly made a pilgrimage halfway around the world to watch the Saints play the 49ers on Sunday (Dec. 8). And despite the home team's lip-biting defeat in the final seconds of the game, the pair said their first experience at the...

Mississippi 15-week abortion ban is blocked by appeals court

Dec. 13, 2019 9:11 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals court declared Friday that Mississippi's ban on abortion at 15 weeks is unconstitutional, dealing a blow to those seeking to overturn the landmark Supreme Courtruling that legalized abortion nationwide. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said U.S. District Judge...

Cyberattack, ransomware hobbles New Orleans city government

Dec. 13, 2019 7:00 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ransomware was detected after a suspected cyberattack prompted a shutdown of city government computers in New Orleans on Friday, officials said. The city had not received any ransom demands as of Friday afternoon, however, Mayor LaToya Cantrell said at a news conference. City officials...

Louisiana man accused of killing 3 convicted in first trial

Dec. 13, 2019 6:39 PM EST

CLINTON, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man accused of killing three men and wounding a fourth in shootings in two parishes was found guilty of first-degree murder Friday in one of the deaths. An East Feliciana Parish jury found Ryan Sharpe, 38, guilty in the October 2017 death of Brad Defranceschi, news outlets...

Fractured Louisiana House GOP holds closed-door speaker vote

Dec. 13, 2019 6:01 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A majority of Republicans in the Louisiana House have voted to back a Livingston Parish lawmaker for the chamber's top job. Rep. Sherman Mack, a lawyer from Albany, won a majority of the votes in a closed-door meeting held by the House Republican delegation Friday, the delegation...