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23 Jan
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Audit: Work on ex-prison warden’s homes may have broken law

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The former warden of Louisiana’s largest prison may have violated state law by using prison resources and public funds to renovate and furnish his homes, according to a government report released Monday. An audit report ...

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20 Jan
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Judge won’t delay impact of charter school funding decision

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — State financing for more than 30 Louisiana public charter schools could end as early as next week, after a judge’s ruling Friday. A state appellate court ruled this month that money from Louisiana’s public school ...

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20 Jan
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$1.2B Louisiana flood aid plan backed by recovery task force

LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s flood recovery task force has agreed to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ proposal to spend $1.2 billion in federal aid allocated by Congress, with most of the money targeted for homeowners. Under the plan approved Friday, ...

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20 Jan
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New Orleans Trump protest: ‘Jazz Funeral for Lady Liberty’

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It was an oddly festive and uniquely New Orleans-style of protest: A brass band played mournfully as demonstrators lowered a replica of the Statue of Liberty into a black coffin and began wheeling it through city ...

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20 Jan
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Among latest commutations: 2 dozen from Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — About two dozen people convicted in Louisiana are among the 330 federal inmates granted sentence reductions in one of Barack Obama’s last acts as president. The commutations were announced Thursday by the White House. They affect ...

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19 Jan
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House Republican leader offers his plan for $304M in cuts

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The leader of Louisiana’s House Republican delegation is offering his proposal for closing a $304 million midyear deficit without needing a special legislative session. Alexandria Rep. Lance Harris’ plan would levy the deepest reduction, $147 ...

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18 Jan
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Court upholds rule dividing Gulf red snapper season

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court ruling means there will continue to be different red snapper fishing limits in federal Gulf of Mexico waters for charter fishing boats and recreational anglers who have their own boats. The 5th ...

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18 Jan
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Man charged with murder in Ruston homicide

RUSTON, La. (AP) — A man previously in custody in Lincoln Parish on a burglary charge has now been charged with one count of first-degree murder in connection with a fatal December shooting. Media outlets report 24-year-old Taylor Keyonta Burr ...

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17 Jan
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Man seeking new trial in 1971 rape claims state hid evidence

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man serving a life sentence for the rape of a nurse in 1971 claims authorities concealed evidence that the crime was committed by another man linked to two similar attacks. In a court ...

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17 Jan
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Study: Operation costs higher in charter-heavy Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The percentage of public school dollars going to school operation costs such as transportation and administrative salaries is higher in New Orleans — and the percentage devoted to actual instruction is lower — than in other ...

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15 Jan
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3-parish African-American museum opening Feb 4 in Houma

HOUMA, La. (AP) — A segregation-era high school for black students will reopen next month as a museum celebrating African-American history in Terrebonne, Lafourche and St. Mary parishes. The Courier reports (http://bit.ly/2j1iLCi) that the Finding Our Roots African American Museum ...

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13 Jan
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Edwards plans special session to close deficit topping $300M

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards said Friday he intends to call a special legislative session to rebalance the state budget after Louisiana’s midyear deficit was projected to reach $313 million. The state income forecasting panel, known ...

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13 Jan
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Group: New Orleans inmates held months after sentences end

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two New Orleans inmates held in a north Louisiana jail well past the time their sentences ended could be released as early as Friday. However, attorneys for inmate advocates say they believe there are others in ...

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12 Jan
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FEMA extends temporary housing program for La. flood victims

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Hundreds of Louisiana families displaced by August’s historic flooding are getting more time to stay in government-subsidized hotel and motel rooms. The Federal Emergency Management Agency agreed Thursday to extend its Transitional Sheltering Assistance program ...

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12 Jan
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AG touts supportive letters from union, prosecutor, sheriff

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana’s attorney general is touting letters of support from a New Orleans police union, the city’s top prosecutor and the sheriff as he disputes accusations that he’s overstepping his authority with an anti-crime task force. Last ...

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