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Biden year one takeaways: Grand ambitions, humbling defeats

Jan. 18, 2022 05:30 AM EST

Joe Biden's long arc in public life has always had one final ambition: to sit behind the Resolute Desk of the Oval Office. He achieved it — albeit, at 78, as the oldest person to assume the presidency. After the turbulence and chaos of his predecessor, Donald Trump, Biden was seen...

Tuskegee Airman, police officer honored with street names

Jan. 17, 2022 18:08 PM EST

MANDEVILLE, La. (AP) — Two streets in a Louisiana city will be named after two notable hometown figures: a Tuskegee Airman and the first Black female police officers. The Mandeville City Council voted recently to rename streets for the airman, Samuel Sams Jr., and for law officer...

Groups seek to boost the number of Black men teaching

Jan. 16, 2022 00:08 AM EST

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Tina Fletcher figured out her life’s purpose when she met her ninth-grade civics teacher. Mrs. Payne was Black, like Fletcher, and was one of the first teachers of color Fletcher had in her rural Arkansas town. “I knew from that point...

New Orleans downs Nicholls in Southland Conference opener

Jan. 15, 2022 22:18 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Troy Green scored 26 points and Derek St. Hilaire added 23 and New Orleans beat Southland Conference preseason favorite Nicholls 78-66 on Saturday. It was the second time the duo scored 20-plus in the same game. They also did it against the Colonels on Feb. 27,...

Louisiana seeks gov. money to plug thousands of orphan wells

Jan. 15, 2022 00:03 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) — Louisiana is home to 4,605 orphan oil and gas wells, some of them threatening the environment, and now plans to ask the federal government for a Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act grant to help pay the estimated $401.7 million cost of plugging them. ...

Gators fouled by diesel spill get a scrubbing, teeth cleaned

Jan. 14, 2022 22:50 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Wildlife rehabilitators are decontaminating dozens of alligators, brushing their pointy teeth and scrubbing their scaly hides in the weeks after a pipeline rupture dumped 300,000 gallons (1.1 million liters) of diesel fuel into a New Orleans area wetland. Diesel...

Pilot, passenger presumed dead in Louisiana helicopter crash

Jan. 14, 2022 22:44 PM EST

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — A pilot and passenger are presumed dead after the crash Friday of a helicopter in a south Louisiana marsh, a local government official said. The sheriff's office in coastal Lafourche Parish got a call from a witness who saw the aircraft going down about 10:15...

With its agenda stuck, WH puts focus back on infrastructure

Jan. 14, 2022 14:08 PM EST

President Joe Biden on Friday tried to put behind recent setbacks on voting rights and his economic agenda by outlining progress made in implementing his $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package. “When we invest in infrastructure, we’re really investing in opportunity,”...

Ex-building inspector sentenced to prison for taking bribes

Jan. 14, 2022 11:45 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former New Orleans building inspector has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in federal prison for taking at least $65,000 in bribes. The sentence was handed down Thursday for Kevin Richardson, 59, The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reported. ...

Oldest WWII veteran to be remembered at museum service

Jan. 14, 2022 10:50 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Family and friends of a New Orleans man who was the oldest World War II veteran when he died earlier in January will gather to remember him at a ceremony in a museum memorializing the war. Funeral services will be held Saturday at The National WWII Museum in New...