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    US judge strikes down Florida gay marriage ban

    US judge strikes down Florida gay marriage ban

    Updated: 2:45 PM 8/21/2014

    MIAMI - A federal judge has declared Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining state judges in four counties who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot. U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle in Tallahassee ruled Thursday that the ban added to Florida's constitution by voters in... (More)
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    LSU sends collection letter to hospital manager

    LSU sends collection letter to hospital manager

    Updated: 2:36 PM 8/21/2014

    BATON ROUGE - LSU has sent a collection letter to the nonprofit foundation running the university's hospitals in Monroe and Shreveport, saying it owes the LSU System more than $25 million. The money is for physician, transition and other services related to the privatization that should have been paid by... (More)
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    Louisiana casino take about even with July 2013

    Louisiana casino take about even with July 2013

    Updated: 2:31 PM 8/21/2014

    NEW ORLEANS - A 12.4 percent jump in July winnings at Louisiana's land casino kept the 21-casino total about even with July 2013. Casinos took in about $213 million statewide, just $384,300 more than a year earlier. But the land casino's winnings rose from $25.4 million to $28.5 million. Riverboat... (More)
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    Education Dept. to extend teacher evaluations

    Education Dept. to extend teacher evaluations

    Updated: 2:18 PM 8/21/2014

    WASHINGTON - New testing standards are allowing states to hold off on teacher evaluations when student performance test scores come in. Education Secretary, Arne Duncan, says states can now apply for extra time before making teacher personnel decisions based on how well students do on new assessments from Common... (More)
  • Local News

    Driver freed from vehicle after 18-wheeler wreck

    Driver freed from vehicle after 18-wheeler wreck

    Updated: 1:23 PM 8/21/2014

    GEISMAR - Emergency workers freed an 18-wheeler driver who became trapped Thursday afternoon when his truck ran off the road in Ascension Parish. Family members clapped for the rescuers after they cut the driver free and loaded him onto a stretcher. State Police closed the portion of River... (More)
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    Nixon orders withdrawal of Guard from Ferguson

    Nixon orders withdrawal of Guard from Ferguson

    Updated: 1:16 PM 8/21/2014

    FERGUSON, MO - Gov. Jay Nixon is ordering the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old. Nixon announced what he called a systematic withdrawal of Guard officers on Thursday. He says... (More)
  • Local News

    Man gets 10 years in prison on drug, gun charges

    Man gets 10 years in prison on drug, gun charges

    Updated: 1:15 PM 8/21/2014

    AMITE - A 27-year-old man was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he pleaded no contest to marijuana distribution and gun charges on Monday. In August 2013, Hammond police recorded Correy Marshall of Hammond selling six bags of marijuana to an undercover police officer and a confidential informant.... (More)
  • State News

    3 Monroe women plead guilty in fraud scheme

    3 Monroe women plead guilty in fraud scheme

    Updated: 12:45 PM 8/21/2014

    MONROE - Three Monroe grocery store workers have pleaded guilty for their roles in a scheme to exchange SNAP and WIC benefits to customers for cash and ineligible items. U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley said Wednesday 27-year-old Angela Woods, of Monroe, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal conspiracy before... (More)
  • Local News

    2 arrested in Hammond apartment burglary

    2 arrested in Hammond apartment burglary

    Updated: 12:15 PM 8/21/2014

    HAMMOND - Sheriff's deputies in Tangipahoa Parish said they arrested two men in connection with an apartment burglary in Hammond on Wednesday. Witnesses said three men exited an apartment on Honeysuckle Drive and got into a vehicle as deputies were on their way to the scene. One of... (More)
  • State News

    Election sign-up period continues into second day

    Election sign-up period continues into second day

    Updated: 11:36 AM 8/21/2014

    BATON ROUGE - The field of candidates vying to oust Louisiana's embattled congressman, Vance McAllister, has grown larger on the second day of the election sign-up period for the Nov. 4 election. Zach Dasher, a relative of the "Duck Dynasty" reality TV clan, officially qualified Thursday for the 5th District... (More)
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    Of 163 arrests since shooting, 7 from Ferguson

    Of 163 arrests since shooting, 7 from Ferguson

    Updated: 11:35 AM 8/21/2014

    FERGUSON, Mo. - Police records show that 163 arrests have been made in the Ferguson protest zone since the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, but just seven are residents of the St. Louis suburb. Brown was killed Aug. 9 by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson, spurring widespread protests, along with... (More)
  • Local News

    Father faces murder charges after child dies

    Father faces murder charges after child dies

    Updated: 11:28 AM 8/21/2014

    BATON ROUGE - Police upgraded charges against a Baton Rouge father after the child he's accused of beating died Thursday morning. Investigators said Vernell Day now faces first degree murder charges after 5-year-old Jay'v'une Bergin passed away at a local hospital. Detectives said Bergin was taken to the... (More)
  • National News

    New restrictions on hydrocodone to take effect

    New restrictions on hydrocodone to take effect

    Updated: 11:01 AM 8/21/2014

    WASHINGTON - The federal government is finalizing new restrictions on hundreds of medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S. The new rules mean that Vicodin, Lortab and other generic versions will be subject to the same prescribing rules... (More)
  • International News

    US launches more airstrikes in Iraq

    US launches more airstrikes in Iraq

    Updated: 10:54 AM 8/21/2014

    WASHINGTON - U.S. aircraft are continuing their assault on Islamic State militants in Iraq, conducting six airstrikes overnight to help solidify Iraqi and Kurdish forces' efforts to retake and maintain control of the Mosul Dam. The Islamic State group had gained control of large swaths of western and northern Iraq... (More)
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    East Texas city honors native Y.A. Tittle

    East Texas city honors native Y.A. Tittle

    Updated: 10:41 AM 8/21/2014

    MARSHALL, TX - The Marshall school board has voted unanimously to name its high school football field house in honor of hometown sports legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle. Tittle is 87 and lives in Atherton, California. He was born and raised in the East Texas city,... (More)
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