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Coast Guard: Rescue underway after commercial boat capsizes

Apr. 13, 2021 23:24 PM EDT

GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) — The Coast Guard and multiple other boats rescued six people onboard a commercial lift boat that capsized off the coast of Louisiana on Tuesday night and were searching for more, the agency said. The U.S. Coast Guard Heartland said in a statement...

Body found in Mississippi River at Reserve

Apr. 13, 2021 19:42 PM EDT

RESERVE, La. (AP) — A body was pulled Tuesday from the Mississippi River at Reserve, the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office said. Sheriff Mike Tregre said a crewmember on a tugboat spotted the body in the middle of the river and called the Sheriff’s Office...

Louisiana fraternity brothers pay off former cook’s mortgage

Apr. 13, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

BAKER, La. (AP) — Members of a Louisiana State University fraternity chipped in more than $50,000 to pay off the mortgage of a woman who fed them when they were students. About a dozen members of Phi Gamma Delta surprised Jessie Hamilton with the money for her 74th...

Louisiana lawmakers advance sales tax collection overhaul

Apr. 13, 2021 16:08 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A business-backed effort to centralize Louisiana's sales tax collections began Tuesday working its way through the state House, where Republican leaders are pushing to get rid of the state's unusual system of letting a hodgepodge of local government agencies do the...

Louisiana med school chancellor on leave after complaints

Apr. 13, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — The head of a Louisiana medical school is on administrative leave while the university investigates allegations that he suppressed students’ complaints about sexual harassment and retaliated against faculty members who supported the students. ...

Louisiana pauses use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

Apr. 13, 2021 14:18 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's health department told the state’s vaccine providers Tuesday to stop administering the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine immediately, after federal officials announced they are investigating possible links between the one-shot vaccine and severe...

Coroner: Louisiana inmate died of problems with diabetes

Apr. 13, 2021 04:40 AM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Louisiana coroner says an investigation showed that an inmate died last month of problems related to diabetes. Casey Louis Simpson, 31, was found unresponsive March 16 in his cell at Caddo Correctional Center, where he had been jailed several...

Ingram, Williamson help Pelicans hold off Kings 117-110

Apr. 13, 2021 01:21 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Brandon Ingram scored 34 points, Zion Williamson added 30 and the New Orleans Pelicans held off a furious Sacramento Kings comeback bid for a 117-110 victory on Monday night. Steven Adams had 16 rebounds and Eric Bledsoe scored 13 points for the...

Lawyer: 2 arrested had no role in Confederate chair theft

Apr. 12, 2021 19:58 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A lawyer for of the two people arrested on charges of possessing a stolen Confederate monument that was taken from an Alabama cemetery said the pair had nothing to do with the theft of the artifact, calling it a misunderstanding. The chair-shaped...

Louisiana's latest legislative session moves past pandemic

Apr. 12, 2021 19:42 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Despite the coronavirus outbreak, the Louisiana Legislature opened a regular session Monday that seems more like those of pre-pandemic times, with debates planned on taxes, sports betting, transgender rights and other issues far beyond the virus' aftermath. ...