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October 05, 2018 - 12:00 am


US education secretary wraps up tour in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is wrapping up a southern tour by visiting two public charter schools in New Orleans.

DeVos brought her "Rethink School" tour to New Orleans on Friday.

DeVos visited Edward Hynes Charter School to observe what it calls "academically rich, innovative programs."

Her schedule also included a stop at the New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy where she was scheduled to take part in a discussion and learn about the Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer's Training Corps.

U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana accompanied her.

DeVos started the tour in Atlanta on Wednesday and also visited Huntsville, Alabama. She visited Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Lexington and Jackson, Mississippi, on Thursday.


Coroner: Missing Louisiana woman died in accidental drowning

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana coroner's office says a woman who went missing this summer while sailing on a lake accidentally drowned.

News outlets report the Thursday announcement by the Orleans Parish Coroner's Office has ruled out foul play in the death of 31-year-old Sadie Thibodeaux (TIB-uh-doh).

An empty sailboat washed up on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain (PONCH-uh-trane) one night in early August, and authorities rescued boat owner 43-year-old Michael Farley the next morning.

Thibodeaux was last seen on the boat with Farley and was reported missing. Her body was found in the lake two days later by a group known as the United Cajun Navy. Farley told The New Orleans Advocate the two went swimming and were separated from each other and the boat.

Thibodeaux had recently moved from Baton Rouge to New Orleans.


Library's "Drag Queen Story Time" postponed indefinitely

(Information from: The Advertiser,

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana library's "Drag Queen Story Time" has been postponed indefinitely, as the college that planned to host says it cannot over safety and other concerns.

The Daily Advertiser reports South Louisiana Community College has announced it wouldn't hold the event Saturday afternoon as planned. Interest in the Lafayette Public Library's event was so high that it had been moved to an auditorium at college last week.

The college says in a statement that law enforcement told school officials they were aware of plans to protest. It also says the school has a limited capacity to manage the large crowds anticipated.

Library officials say in a statement they aren't permanently canceling the program and that many families have expressed support. It was planned to have men in drag reading to children.



Police use selfie on stolen phone to track robbery suspects

(Information from: The New Orleans Advocate,

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Police in Louisiana are using a selfie taken on a stolen phone to track two people believed to have snatched the phone days earlier.

The New Orleans Advocate reports city police released the selfie Thursday and asked for help identifying the pair.

The woman says her phone was stolen Monday and she later noticed a new photo had been synced to her cloud account. The woman says it's a selfie of the people who struck her in the face and head before stealing her purse and phone.



2 relatives pleaded not guilty in death of grandmother

(Information from: The Advocate,

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two granddaughters of a 77-year-old Louisiana woman found suffering from severely infected bedsores and living in deplorable conditions have pleaded not guilty to manslaughter.

The Advocate reports 37-year-old Chasity Lewis and 22-year-old Carlnessa Butler pleaded not guilty to the charge Thursday.

Barbara Lewis-Brown died in July after being found suffering from severely infected bedsores and living in deplorable conditions. A coroner said autopsy results showed the woman died from complications of infected deep pressure ulcers with superimposed fecal contamination. She also was suffering from malnourishment and dehydration.

Lewis' attorney says his client wasn't primary caregiver for her grandmother. Butler's attorney says his client wasn't living with Lewis-Brown at the time of her death.

Lewis-Brown's son and daughter, Carl and Chira Lewis, have been indicted on manslaughter. They'll be arraigned Oct. 18.



New Orleans police veteran is next Tulane U police chief

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tulane University has named a new police chief.

The private New Orleans university announced Thursday that Kirk Bouyelas (boy-AHL'-ess) will take on the job starting Oct. 15.

Bouyelas was part of the New Orleans Police Department for 32 years. More recently, he has served as chief of investigations for the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office.

At the police department, Bouyelas served as both the deputy chief of the Investigations and Support Bureau and the deputy chief of the Operations Bureau. Prior to his promotion to deputy chief, he served as commander of New Orleans' Second Police District, which includes Tulane.


State cancels proposal to open airport in Louisiana refuge

(Information from: The Times-Picayune,

GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) — Bowing to public pressure, Louisiana officials have canceled a proposal to develop an airstrip in a wildlife refuge.

Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet announced the cancellation Thursday, just before the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission was to have its first public hearing on the proposal.

Montoucet had signed an agreement with the airport's developer, the Grand Isle Independent Levee District, in August without consulting the commission, conservation groups or scientists who conduct research at the refuge. Times-Picayune reports Audubon Louisiana and other groups blasted the proposal, saying it ran counter to the purpose of a wildlife refuge and would harm critically important habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife.



Edwards: New plans for former Avondale Shipyard site

AVONDALE, La. (AP) — Four years after it was shuttered for good, Avondale Shipyards is getting a new lease on life.

Gov. John Bel Edwards says the former shipyard site has been purchased and will be redeveloped into a global logistics hub. Edwards joined executives of the companies forming the joint venture — President and CEO Adam Anderson of T. Parker Host and CEO Roberto Perez of Hilco Redevelopment Partners — at a ceremony Thursday to announce the new plans. The purchase price was not disclosed.

Edwards says the project represents a "great opportunity to bring new investment, jobs and prosperity back to Avondale, with a sharp focus on attracting logistics and manufacturing leaders in the global economy."

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