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News Minute: Here is the latest Louisiana news from The Associated Press

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INDEPENDENCE, La. (AP) - St. Charles Parish sheriff's deputies a 34-year-old Destrehan man suspected of killing his girlfriend and attacking her mother has been arrested. Authorities say Bruce Bourgeois (BOORZ'-wah) Jr. faces charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery.

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette Parish School System has hired more than 170 new teachers who will start the first day of school on Aug. 12. Last week, the district declared a critical shortage of teachers with about 40 vacancies, the majority in areas such as math, science and special education. District officials say it has made more hires in the past week.

HOUMA, La. (AP) - Terrebonne Parish public high school students will start the school year Aug. 11 with more classes as the district moves into seven-period days. District officials made the decision late last year after they determined seven-period days would boost academic achievement, improve comprehension skills and accommodate different learning levels.

MIAMI (AP) - Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Puerto Rico, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and other nearby islands as Tropical Storm Bertha approaches the Caribbean. The storm's maximum sustained winds early today are near 45 mph with no significant change in strength expected over the next two days.

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