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LSU officials issue all-clear after report of armed intruder

Aug. 20, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State University officials issued an all-clear Tuesday evening after a report of an armed intruder on campus. LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard said a shelter-in-place order was lifted and the university returned to normal operations after police conducted a room-by-room search...

The Latest: LSU gives all-clear after armed intruder report

Aug. 20, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on reports of an intruder at Louisiana State University (all times local): 5:15 p.m. Louisiana State University officials have given the all-clear after a report of an armed intruder on campus. LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard says a shelter-in-place order is over and...

Shreveport police officer arrested on malfeasance charge

Aug. 20, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Louisiana police officer has been arrested on a charge of malfeasance in office. A Shreveport Police Department news release says Dylan Hudson turned himself in on Tuesday and his bond was set at $25,000. It says he was put on paid leave Aug. 8 because of information that he might...

Saints' Brees dismisses concerns about arm strength, stats

Aug. 20, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees sees discussions about his arm strength and recently declining passing yardage as moot points. Efficiency is what wins, the 40-year-old, record-setting Saints quarterback says — and that will be a driving factor in determining his longevity. "I can't throw the ball 70...

Coast Guard: 800-to-1000-gallon oil spill to be burned

Aug. 20, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard plans to burn off oil that spilled last week in a marsh about 42 miles (more than 65 kilometers) south-southeast of New Orleans. A news release said the burn will take place Wednesday if weather allows, or otherwise Thursday. About 800 to 1,000 gallons (3,000 to 3,800...

Louisiana: 9 West Nile cases include 5 dangerous infections

Aug. 20, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Department of Health reports the first nine human cases of this year's West Nile virus season, including five dangerous infections of the brain and spinal cord. Those five cases include two in Washington Parish and one each in East Baton Rouge, St. Tammany and Livingston...

Man, 70, tries to put out house fire, dies

Aug. 20, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

CROWLEY, La. (AP) — A 70-year-old Louisiana man has died after trying to put out a fire in his rented house in Crowley. The state fire marshal says a woman who also lived there told investigators that a window air conditioner was sparking about 8:45 p.m. Monday. She said the man was trying to extinguish...

Police: Man puts car in reverse, drags officers before chase

Aug. 20, 2019 2:53 PM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man is accused of injuring two officers by dragging them with his car. News outlets report that 31-year-old Francois Scricca Jr. also led Lafayette police on a chase and was arrested Thursday. Police spokeswoman Cpl. Bridgette Dugas says officers were responding to a...

Louisiana Army reservist dies in Saudi Arabia

Aug. 20, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

A Louisiana sheriff's deputy and Army reserve military police officer died from a fall in Saudi Arabia. The Winn Parish Sheriff's Office says in a Facebook post that deputy Clayton Horne fell from a tower in Riyadh. The Army said in a news release Tuesday that the 23-year-old died Saturday from wounds in an...

Protests could stall Louisiana Medicaid contract negotiation

Aug. 20, 2019 1:38 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Despite an ongoing challenge to the contract awards, Louisiana's health department wants to continue negotiating terms with four companies chosen to manage Medicaid patient care, saying delays could put health services at risk. Health Secretary Rebekah Gee filed the request Monday...