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No severe impacts from Imelda as it moves through Texas

Sep. 18, 2019 9:09 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Tropical Depression Imelda has deluged parts of Southeast Texas with rain, but officials in Houston and surrounding communities said Wednesday that so far there have been no severe consequences. Glenn LaMont, deputy emergency management coordinator in Brazoria County, located south of...

2 Louisiana parishes named ag disasters; 11 more covered

Sep. 18, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

The federal government has declared agricultural disasters in two Louisiana parishes because of floods during the past year. A news release emailed Wednesday says farmers in another 11 adjacent parishes can also apply for low-interest emergency loans. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says flooding between...

Goodyear ordered to pay $6.7M for death from exploding tire

Sep. 18, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. must pay more than $6.7 million in damages in the death of a garbage truck driver killed when a tire he was inflating exploded, a judge in a New Orleans suburb has ruled. Elwood Breaux Jr. was working for Plaquemines Parish when the "zipper failure"...

Louisiana governor election won't uproot Medicaid expansion

Sep. 18, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Democratic governor, John Bel Edwards, moved quickly to expand Medicaid when he took office in 2016, making his state the only one in the Deep South to embrace that signature piece of President Barack Obama's health care law. And in a conservative state that solidly...

Governor race: Higgins backs Abraham, sheriffs back Edwards

Sep. 18, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and his leading Republican opponent Ralph Abraham each have picked up high-profile endorsements. Abraham, a third-term congressman, won the support Wednesday of U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins. Higgins is the first Republican member of Louisiana's...

Building fire prompts university to hold classes online

Sep. 18, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Officials at a university in Louisiana say students and faculty are holding classes online this week because of a fire over the weekend. Southern University and A&M College said on its social media pages Monday that its nursing building will be closed for this week. A fire...

Mid South Extrusion to expand in north Louisiana

Sep. 18, 2019 4:40 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A company is investing $4.5 million to add a 10th production line at its facility in north Louisiana. Gov. John Bel Edwards and Mid South Extrusion President Ron Mason announced the expansion Tuesday. In a news release, the family-owned company said the upgrade at its Monroe,...

Houston area preparing for heavy rain, flooding from Imelda

Sep. 17, 2019 9:21 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Officials in the Houston area were preparing high-water vehicles and staging rescue boats Tuesday as Tropical Storm Imelda moved in from the Gulf of Mexico, threatening to dump up to 18 inches of rain in parts of Southeast Texas and southwestern Louisiana over the next few days. The storm,...

Necropsy finds dog was dead before being dragged by car

Sep. 17, 2019 7:04 PM EDT

WILSON, La. (AP) — A driver accused of dragging a leashed dog to death behind a car in Louisiana will not be charged with animal cruelty. News outlets report a necropsy performed by the Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory determined the dog was already dead before the dragging occurred Sunday...

Saints QB Brees: Confident in surgery, dedicated to rehab

Sep. 17, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Injured Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he has surgery on his throwing thumb scheduled on Wednesday in Los Angeles. In a text message to news outlets including The Associated Press, Brees says he is "confident in the surgery that will take place" and that he'll dedicate himself to a...