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A more affordable court option for low-income defendants

Jan. 23, 2021 11:29 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana city has agreed to waive fees for some low-income people charged with traffic offenses or other municipal crimes who want to enter a probation program that leads to charges being dropped. The settlement led to the Jan. 15 dismissal of a federal lawsuit filed by criminal...

Lafayette airport adds flights to Charlotte in April

Jan. 23, 2021 11:29 AM EST

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Starting in April people will be able to fly to Charlotte, North Carolina on American Airlines via the Lafayette airport, officials announced. The Daily Advertiser reported Monday that the direct flights on American Airlines between Lafayette Regional Airport and Charlotte Douglas...

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks about the state's COVID-19 outbreak and vaccination efforts on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte

Louisiana governor increases sentence commutations in 2020

Jan. 23, 2021 10:32 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards commuted 36 prison sentences last year, allowing more people a chance at parole in 2020 than during his entire first four-year term in office. The latest clemency actions were taken quietly. Edwards granted the awards throughout the year for the people who...

U of Louisiana-Lafayette mini-satellite zipping around Earth

Jan. 23, 2021 8:33 AM EST

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A cubical satellite small enough to sit on the palm of your hand is zipping around the world and sending data about radiation to the Louisiana students who designed and built it. The satellite, called CAPE-3, carries a chip designed and built by students at the University of...

Williams leads UTEP past Louisiana Tech 82-74

Jan. 22, 2021 11:23 PM EST

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Bryson Williams had 28 points as UTEP defeated Louisiana Tech 82-74 on Friday night. Souley Boum added 24 points for the Miners. Boum also had 11 rebounds. Keonte Kennedy had 13 points and six assists for UTEP (7-6, 3-4 Conference USA). Jamal Bieniemy added seven rebounds and six...

Russell carries Louisiana-Lafayette over Arkansas St. 81-68

Jan. 22, 2021 10:13 PM EST

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Cedric Russell scored 26 points, tying his season high, as Louisiana-Lafayette defeated Arkansas State 81-68 on Friday night. Theo Akwuba added 24 points for the Ragin’ Cajuns. Akwuba also had 10 rebounds and three blocks. Mylik Wilson had 10 points for Louisiana-Lafayette...

Small carries Texas St. past Louisiana-Monroe 57-47

Jan. 22, 2021 9:31 PM EST

MONROE, La. (AP) — Isiah Small posted 15 points as Texas State topped Louisiana-Monroe 57-47 on Friday night. Caleb Asberry had 11 points and eight rebounds for Texas State (10-4, 4-1 Sun Belt Conference), which won its fourth straight game. Louisiana-Monroe scored 13 first-half points, a season low for...

7 face charges in last year's attack on restaurant hostess

Jan. 22, 2021 7:29 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Seven people have been charged in an attack last year on a restaurant hostess trying to enforce COVID-19 dining rules. The teenage hostess was punched multiple times in the face and hit with a “wet floor” sign during the Aug. 9 confrontation at a Chili's restaurant in...

Julia Letlow, widow of Republican U.S. Rep.-elect Luke Letlow, makes her way into the Louisiana State Archives to sign up to run for the 5th District seat on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Baton Rouge, La. Luke Letlow won a December election for the congressional seat but died of COVID-19 complications in December, before he could be sworn into office. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)

Louisiana congressional candidate registration period ends

Jan. 22, 2021 7:04 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — More than two dozen candidates vying to be Louisiana's newest U.S. House members registered by Friday's deadline to run in the March 20 special election to fill the two vacant congressional seats. Thirteen contenders filed paperwork to appear on the ballot for the 5th District seat...

Dr. Angel Temponi, left, administers the second dose of the Moderna vaccine to Dr. Barton Bernstein Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 at Yuma Regional Medical Center in Yuma, Ariz. (Randy Hoeft/The Yuma Sun via AP)

The Latest: Arizona COVID-19 cases down despite high rate

Jan. 22, 2021 6:26 PM EST

PHOENIX -- Health officials say the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Arizona are declining despite the state having the worst infection rate in the country. Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ said Friday that the number of patients and even the positivity test rate have dipped...