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

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is considering whether to get involved in a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration over his opposition to Common Core education standards in Louisiana's public schools. But agency officials say they won't receive any state assistance obtaining a law firm if they take that step.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana's 21 casinos took in $203.5 million statewide in June, up half a percentage point from a year earlier. All told, revenues rose at six of the 14 riverboat casinos, while the New Orleans land casino won $29.9 million, up 10.3 percent from a year earlier.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Business First Bancshares Inc. has announced the acquisition of American Gateway Financial Corp., combining two Baton Rouge banks into a single financial institution with $1 billion in assets and 16 locations. The combined company will operate under the Business First brand.

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A major Naval vessel that came to the aid of Hurricane Katrina victims along the Gulf Coast in 2005 is being decommissioned Friday at a ceremony in Gulfport, Mississippi. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 was commissioned in 1943 and has been deployed on humanitarian operations around the world and at home.

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