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USA TODAY
March 21, 2019 - 2:07 pm
Third-seeded LSU has advanced in the East Regional of the NCAA Tournament, holding off upset-minded Yale 79-74. The Tigers led 45-29 at halftime and pushed the edge to as many as 18 points before the Bulldogs rallied down the stretch with a barrage of 3-pointers. But LSU made enough free throws to...
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Firefighters battle a petrochemical fire at the Intercontinental Terminals Company Monday, March 18, 2019, in Deer Park, Texas. The large fire at a Houston-area petrochemicals terminal will likely burn for another two days, authorities said Monday, noting that air quality around the facility was testing within normal guidelines. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
March 21, 2019 - 8:02 am
HOUSTON (AP) — National Guard troops have been called in and residents are being told to say inside after elevated levels of benzene were detected near a Houston-area petrochemicals storage facility that caught fire this week. Harris County officials said Thursday that the Guard and hazardous...
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March 21, 2019 - 7:51 am
Kevin Barnhart reporting... St. Martin Parish sheriff deputies arrested a Broussard, Louisiana mother after she allegedly left her two children, ages 1 and 5, unattended in a vehicle at a truck stop casino for about an hour and a half while she played video poker inside. The vehicle was un unlocked...
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USA TODAY
March 20, 2019 - 9:02 pm
(WWL.com) Governor John Bel Edwards says he’s “not prepared” to echo calls from former Board of Regents Chairman Richard Lipsey for LSU President F. King Alexander and Athletic Director Joe Alleva to be fired for their handling of Will Wade and other sensitive topics. Edwards says Wade’s recruiting...
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March 20, 2019 - 2:15 pm
Matt Doyle | WWL.com The Rosedown Plantation in St. Francisville is under fire for posting an exhibit sign that described the slaves who worked the plantation as "happy." A state parks official says the sign has been removed and admits it was in poor taste. Southern University Political Science...
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March 20, 2019 - 1:52 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards is asking lawmakers to spend $19 million more this year on higher education than was budgeted, to fill gaps in the TOPS college tuition program, help schools facing accreditation reviews and pay for boosted online resources for students. The items are...
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AP
March 20, 2019 - 9:35 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Nearly 14 years after Hurricane Katrina hit, there's a place in New Orleans' Gentilly neighborhood that looks as though the floodwaters only recently receded. It's all an illusion, though. Artists working with the nonprofit Levees.org have transformed two rooms in a long-empty...
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USA TODAY
Chris Miller
March 20, 2019 - 9:04 am
March Madness is about to begin! You have probably already got the email about filling out your brackets for the company pool. Despite conventional wisdom about "lost productivity" in the office, the basketball tournament could be good for business. The Robert Half company surveyed senior managers...
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Jim Hanzo
March 20, 2019 - 8:52 am
Including all expenses, how much do you think you spend on average in a day? The amount is just under $165 per day. Too high or too low? According to a recent report from GOBankingRates Americans cough up a lot of dough in a single day. And it's gone up 25 percent in the last 20 to 25 years. Roland...
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March 19, 2019 - 6:57 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The federal Medicaid agency described a November audit that said Louisiana's Medicaid expansion program may have spent as much as $85 million on ineligible enrollees as "deeply troubling" and said it could seek repayment of misspent money. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and...
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