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Recount sets two-candidate runoff for Louisiana Senate seat

Oct. 17, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A vote recount has pushed one Republican candidate out of the runoff for a Louisiana state Senate seat. News media report that a hand count of paper absentee and early voting ballots Thursday determined Franklin Foil narrowly edged Steve Carter out of the second-place spot. Both men...

Coast Guard, Mexican Navy search for plane, surgeon pilot

Oct. 17, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A U.S. Coast Guard plane and a Mexican Navy vessel searched the Gulf of Mexico for a small plane Thursday after a trauma surgeon flew the aircraft hundreds of miles (kilometers) beyond its intended destination. Steven Schumacher's family reported him overdue at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, two...

Edwards strikes at Rispone on Medicaid, ties to GOP donor

Oct. 17, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards on Thursday accused Republican opponent Eddie Rispone of intending to kick hundreds of thousands of people off Louisiana's Medicaid expansion program, ending their health insurance coverage, if he wins the runoff election. The Deep South's only Democratic...

Alabama student accused of making LSU bomb threat over bet

Oct. 17, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A University of Alabama student allegedly called in a bomb threat against Louisiana State University's stadium during a football game because of a bet. News outlets report 19-year-old Alabama freshman Connor Croll of Crozet, Virginia, is charged with making the threat during LSU's...

Louisiana high court upholds sentence in mom's bedsore death

Oct. 16, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court has let stand a Baton Rouge woman's 40-year prison sentence in the 2014 bedsore-related death of her 82-year-old mother. The Advocate reports 58-year-old Joleslie Looney was convicted last year of manslaughter in the death of Bessie Looney. The state 1st...

Donor offers judgeship backing if Senate candidate left race

Oct. 16, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Republican donor trying to keep a three-way Louisiana Senate runoff from giving Democrats an advantage offered to help a GOP candidate run for judge if he dropped out of the Senate race. GOP businessman Lane Grigsby, a high-spender on political campaigns, confirmed Wednesday to...

Louisiana Police transfer troopers amid cadet injury reports

Oct. 16, 2019 1:26 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State Police officials say three troopers have been transferred out of the agency's training division following reports that cadets were injured during exercises that went beyond "normal parameters." State Police Col. Kevin Reeves said Tuesday that the trainees were...

Louisiana Senate race candidate asks for vote recount

Oct. 15, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — One Republican candidate headed to an unusual three-person Louisiana state Senate runoff election is asking for a vote recount. State Rep. Franklin Foil filed the request Tuesday with the East Baton Rouge Parish clerk of court. Foil initially had an eight-vote lead over Republican...

Edwards, Rispone launch attacks in Louisiana governor runoff

Oct. 15, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards and his Republican opponent Eddie Rispone are trading attacks in their first TV ads of the Louisiana governor's runoff election. In his 30-second spot released statewide Tuesday, the Deep South's only Democratic governor suggests that Rispone would...

Alabama student accused of threatening Louisiana stadium

Oct. 15, 2019 8:16 AM EDT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A University of Alabama student is accused of threatening Louisiana State's Tiger Stadium during the school's Saturday night football game against the University of Florida. The Tuscaloosa News reports 19-year-old Connor Bruce Croll of Crozet, Virginia, was arrested by officers at...