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16 Dec
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November Louisiana jobless rate dips as labor force shrinks

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana’s unemployment rate dipped to 6.2 percent in November as more people left the labor force. The jobless rate fell from 6.3 percent in October, but remained above the 5.9 percent level from November 2015. Fewer ...

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16 Dec
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Suspect shot, officer injured in Louisiana police chase

GRETNA, La. (AP) — A teenage suspect driving a stolen car was shot by police during a chase near New Orleans as he traded gunfire with patrol cars and struck one officer with his vehicle while plowing through a barricade, ...

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15 Dec
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Times archives still in question… Probable jeopardy.

Sadly, this week saw something totally expected, but alarming.  The Times headquarters now dons U-Haul logo signage on its facade, as well as a new LED “Open” sign inviting customers of U-Haul into the building for trade.  As of now, ...

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15 Dec
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Health contracts approved with LGBT-rights language stripped

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A stalemate over contracts to provide health insurance next year for 10,000 state employees, retirees and family members has ended. House lawmakers had stalled the contracts because they objected to having language from Gov. John ...

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15 Dec
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Lafayette, La, and Baltimore win EPA air monitoring award

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Cities in Louisiana and Maryland have won a national Environmental Protection Administration contest for plans to have residents set out hundreds of air pollution sensors, with results made public. Lafayette, Louisiana, and Baltimore each get $40,000 ...

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15 Dec
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$313M deficit from last year closed; Colleges take $12M cut

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Lawmakers and Gov. John Bel Edwards have reached a compromise to close a $313 million deficit. The plan, approved by the joint House and Senate budget committee Thursday, lessens a proposed cut to public colleges ...

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15 Dec
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Doctors say wounded Louisiana deputy’s recovery going well

HOUSTON (AP) — A Louisiana sheriff’s deputy who was critically injured in a July shootout that killed three other Baton Rouge law-enforcement officers is recovering remarkably well at a Houston hospital, doctors said Thursday. Since his transfer last month to ...

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15 Dec
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FEMA extends deadline for flood victims living in motels

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has agreed to extend a temporary housing program that is paying for hundreds of Louisiana families to stay in hotel and motel rooms after this summer’s historic flooding. At the ...

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15 Dec
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Jeff Davis to fix 10 bridges closed by state inspectors

JENNINGS, La. (AP) — Jefferson Davis Parish has contracts to fix 10 bridges closed by state inspectors and has agreed to ask for bids to fix an 11th. The American Press (http://bit.ly/2gFYxeL ) reports that the Police Jury awarded bids ...

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15 Dec
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Report: Louisiana has large wealth gap between rich, poor

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has one of the highest income inequality rates in the country. That’s the finding of a left-leaning organization that advocates for low- to moderate-income families, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The center’s ...

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15 Dec
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New Orleans board to review offer for former Six Flags site

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The public board that owns the former Six Flags park in New Orleans will review an offer to buy the overgrown site, which was abandoned after Hurricane Katrina. News outlets report New Orleans Industrial Development Board ...

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15 Dec
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White shrimp season closing Monday in most of Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The fall white-shrimp season is about to close for most waters in Louisiana. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/2hxI2FX ) the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced most inshore waters will be closed to harvesting white shrimp ...

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15 Dec
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Police investigate shooting of New Orleans teenager

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Police are investigating the shooting of a New Orleans teenager outside an apartment building. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/2hoNMRP ) witnesses heard multiple gunshots late Wednesday in the 8400 block of Stroelitz Street. New Orleans police said ...

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15 Dec
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Congressman-elect Mike Johnson resigns statehouse seat

BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) — Newly elected 4th District Congressman Mike Johnson is resigning from his statehouse seat. Media outlets report that State Rep. Johnson, a Republican from Bossier City, sent his letter of resignation Tuesday to Louisiana House Speaker ...

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14 Dec
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Melancon out as Louisiana wildlife and fisheries secretary

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s wildlife and fisheries secretary, Charlie Melancon, is leaving his leadership post after a short tenure marked with controversy. “Charlie and I have agreed that we should move the agency in a different direction,” Gov. ...

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