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Average US price of gas holds steady at $2.94 per gallon

Apr. 11, 2021 13:02 PM EDT

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline held steady over the past two weeks at $2.94 per gallon. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that the price at the pump was likely to remain stable or drop as...

Clementine Hunter exhibit in New Orleans into next year

Apr. 10, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana museum is showing more than 50 works by one of America’s most important self-taught artists, Clementine Hunter. The exhibit includes some rarely seen abstract paintings and a forgery by a man whose cats helped bring him down. The...

Louisiana lawmakers ready for latest session starting Monday

Apr. 10, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers return Monday to the state Capitol for their first full-length regular session since the pandemic began and with far more topics than the coronavirus on the agenda. House Speaker Clay Schexnayder and Senate President Page...

FEMA opening mass vaccination site in Louisiana capital city

Apr. 09, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency will open its first Louisiana mass coronavirus vaccination site in Baton Rouge, capable of administering up to 3,000 shots a day, President Joe Biden's administration announced Friday. The site is expected...

Early voting beginning for Louisiana's congressional runoff

Apr. 09, 2021 01:14 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana voters across New Orleans, Baton Rouge and several southeastern parishes can begin casting early ballots Saturday in the April 24 runoff election to fill a vacant U.S. House seat that will remain firmly in Democratic hands. Two...

$50M suit alleges retaliation over allegations against coach

Apr. 08, 2021 17:55 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — In a $50 million federal racketeering lawsuit, an associate athletic director at Louisiana State University accuses university officials of retaliating against her for reporting racist remarks and inappropriate sexual behavior by former head football coach Les Miles....

2 charged in Louisiana 1-year-old's blunt force trauma death

Apr. 07, 2021 12:26 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two people have been arrested in the death of a 1-year-old girl who suffered blunt force injuries and a large burn last month, according to police. The child’s mother, Christy Fontenot, 35, was booked into jail Monday on charges of cruelty to...

Arson blamed for early morning fire in Baton Rouge

Apr. 07, 2021 12:19 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An early morning fire in a Baton Rouge neighborhood is the work of an arsonist, fire officials said. The blaze broke out Tuesday on East Washington Street, WBRZ-TV reported. Baton Rouge fire officials say they had it under...

LSU's Orgeron gives lawmakers statement on Guice complaint

Apr. 06, 2021 21:16 PM EDT

LSU coach Ed Orgeron maintained in a statement provided to state lawmakers Tuesday that he does not recall speaking with an elderly female security worker who said then-Tigers running back Derrius Guice made offensive sexual advances toward her during an event she was working in 2017. ...

Don't fall back? He wants permanent daylight saving time

Apr. 05, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana official plans to ask his local government join efforts to make daylight saving time last all year. Rowdy Gaudet is a member of the governing council for Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish. He tells The Advocate that he will ask...