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13 Dec
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State police: 2 in car dead after crossing in path of train

NATALBANY, La. (AP) — Louisiana state troopers are investigating the death of two people in a passenger car that was hit by a passenger train in Tangipahoa (TAN’-jih-pah-HO’-ah) Parish. Trooper Dustin Dwight says witnesses told investigators Tuesday’s crash happened after ...

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13 Dec
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FEMA disaster recovery centers shutting down in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The remaining federal disaster recovery centers open in Louisiana to help flood victims are closing this week. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says the centers in Tangipahoa and Ascension parishes close Wednesday, while the centers ...

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13 Dec
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Rep. Boustany drops lawsuit over prostitution allegations

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany has dropped his defamation lawsuit over a book that alleges the Republican Louisiana congressman was involved with prostitutes who were later killed. Boustany sued the author and publisher of “Murder in ...

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13 Dec
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Decision on size of Louisiana budget gap pushed to January

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s income forecasting panel has delayed until January a decision on how deeply to downgrade the state’s tax collection estimates. The move stalls creation of a new financial gap that would force deep cuts and ...

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13 Dec
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Size of Louisiana budget shortfall expected to grow Tuesday

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s multimillion-dollar budget gap is about to get worse. The state’s income forecasting panel, called the Revenue Estimating Conference, is meeting Tuesday to trim back its income projections for this budget year. The news is ...

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13 Dec
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Residents weigh in on proposed New Orleans power plant

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Residents are weighing in on plans for a $216 million power plant Entergy wants to build in New Orleans east. The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/2hAgWyv ) that most of the residents at a Monday night city council ...

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13 Dec
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Report: Deepen Mississippi River for bigger cargo ships

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Mississippi River should be dredged to let three southeast Louisiana ports accept the enormous cargo ships built to take advantage of the Panama Canal’s expansion, the Army Corps of Engineers says. Many other U.S. ports ...

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13 Dec
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10 more chimps arrive at north Louisiana sanctuary

KEITHVILLE, La. (AP) — A northwest Louisiana sanctuary for chimpanzees that once were used for research has taken on 10 new residents. The nonprofit Chimp Haven says in a Monday news release that the chimps have arrived from the Alamogordo ...

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12 Dec
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Congressman criticizes Louisiana’s flood spending plan

BATNO ROUGE, La. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Garret Graves says he expects Louisiana to need additional congressional aid to recover from the August flood, and he’s displeased with the plan to spend the money received so far. Graves raised objections ...

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12 Dec
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Audit: Banned inmates working in Louisiana state buildings

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s state prisons agency has done an inadequate job ensuring that violent criminals aren’t assigned to work in the State Capitol and Governor’s Mansion, the state’s legislative auditor concluded in a report released Monday. None ...

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12 Dec
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Police investigating officer-involved crash in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Police are investigating an officer-involved crash that happened in Baton Rouge. WBRZ-TV reports ( http://bit.ly/2gwqbQ4 ) the crash happened around 7:45 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Siegen Lane and Rieger Road. Baton Rouge Police ...

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12 Dec
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Neighbors help man after Christmas lights hit by tornado

PAINCOURTVILLE, La. (AP) — Neighbors of a Paincourtville man whose house was struck by a tornado earlier this year, destroying his Christmas decorations, are helping him celebrate the holiday spirit. WAFB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2gDkQES ) that neighbors came out Sunday to ...

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11 Dec
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UNO hosts talk about 1838 Georgetown sale of slaves

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The University of New Orleans is hosting a program this week about the 1838 sale of hundreds of slaves to benefit Georgetown University. The event Wednesday is titled “Sold South: Tracing a Jesuit Slave Community from ...

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10 Dec
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Congress Oks more than $1.25B for Louisiana flood recovery

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Congress has approved more than $1.25 billion for Louisiana’s flood recovery. The additional allocation approved Friday means Congress has dedicated between $1.8 billion and $1.9 billion, including an initial $438 million in disaster relief funds, for ...

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Louisiana state treasurer John Kennedy addresses supporters at his election watch party, after being elected to the senate seat vacated by Sen. David Vitter, R-La., in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016. Left is his wife Becky Kennedy. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
10 Dec
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Kennedy: ‘Lot of work left’ as treasurer before Senate term

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Fresh off a landslide win, U.S. Sen.-elect John Kennedy said Sunday he’ll head to Washington this week for orientation, but doesn’t plan to immediately relinquish his job as state treasurer. The Republican winner of this ...

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