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New LSU leader will get $725K salary, plus other allowances

Jun. 21, 2021 11:10 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The new president of the Louisiana State University System will be paid a $725,000 annual salary under the terms of his five-year employment agreement. With applause and little discussion, the LSU Board of Supervisors approved the contract for...

Analysis: Controversies had unexpected twists in La. session

Jun. 20, 2021 16:20 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's legislative session saw lawmakers engage in many of the same cultural clashes as their counterparts in other states and several of their own unique disputes, but with some surprising outcomes. The majority-Republican House and Senate...

Judge overturns murder conviction over juror-selection bias

Jun. 20, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana judge has overturned a Black man's murder conviction after prosecutors agreed with defense attorneys that it was unlikely that earlier prosecutors struck possible Black jurors by chance. The Times-Picayune ' The New Orleans Advocate...

Store targeted by protests fined $20,000 over security guard

Jun. 20, 2021 14:25 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans store that has been the site of armed protests over a fatal shooting has been fined $20,000 after state officials noted an unlicensed security guard carrying an assault rifle. The Times-Picayune ' The New Orleans...

Louisiana sees racial gaps in dual enrollment courses

Jun. 20, 2021 11:49 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana continues to see major racial gaps in which students take high school classes for college credit, an education consultant told public school and college leaders. The Advocate reports the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and...

North Louisiana school district leader to retire

Jun. 20, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

MANY, La. (AP) — A north Louisiana school district's leader is leaving at the end of the year. Sabine Parish schools Superintendent Sara Ebarb announced Tuesday her plans to retire on Dec. 31. Ebarb said she made the decision after much “prayer,...

Director of naval museum hopeful for move despite delay

Jun. 20, 2021 00:19 AM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic and Hurricanes Laura and Delta have kept the USS Orleck Naval Museum stuck at its location on North Enterprise Boulevard in Lake Charles. Efforts to move the former Navy ship to the Jacksonville Naval Museum in Florida have been on hold for...

Vietnamese community emerges among Alabama’s most vaccinated

Jun. 20, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

BAYOU LA BATRE, Ala. (AP) — At the boat dock in Bayou La Batre, Alabama, shrimp boat Captain Truc Le unties a thick mooring line attached to his blue and white vessel with the name “Lucky Kim” painted on the side. Le and his wife and son are at the dock to restock...

Third-generation producer named Louisiana's top young farmer

Jun. 20, 2021 00:08 AM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Matt Dennis doesn’t mind following in previous generations’ footsteps, or turn rows, on his family farm in East Carroll Parish, even though they’re big shoes to fill. His father and grandfather were both once recognized as top young farmers...

Major damage to Alabama mobile home park amid tropical storm

Jun. 19, 2021 23:03 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Authorities in Alabama say a suspected tornado spurred by Tropical Storm Claudette demolished or badly damaged at least 50 homes in a small town just north of the Florida border. Sheriff Heath Jackson in Escambia County said a suspected tornado...