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Police probe latest New Orleans shooting

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Police in New Orleans say they have begun a homicide investigation in connection with a death in the city's Algiers area.

Police said the victim in the Monday morning incident was a 23-year-old man.

Police said they were responding to a call at 6:45 a.m. about a man who had been shot. They found the victim in a grassy area between a canal and an apartment complex.


Man, 19, booked in alleged shooting, rapes

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Bond has been set at more than $1 million for a Baton Rouge man booked on charges including attempted first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated rape in connection with a series of weekend crimes.

WAFB-TV reports that 19-year-old Andre Young was arrested Sunday.

Police said the crimes began around 4:30 a.m. Sunday when three people are suspected of committing a series of robberies.

One suspect is believed to have forced two women into a car. Police said they were driven to a park and raped. That suspect has also been connected to a later shooting.

Police said Young was arrested after police spotted the shooting victim's vehicle. Young allegedly abandoned the car and later was found hiding under a house. It was unclear if he has an attorney.


Plans proceeding for McNeese basketball arena

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - McNeese State University Athletic Director Bruce Hemphill says McNeese's plans for building an on-campus basketball arena are "moving forward quickly."

Hemphill tells The American Press that the school has secured financing for the project and signed contracts with a local architect.

A start date has not been set but Hemphill said he hoped to be in the new facility, which will house the Health and Human Performance Department, in four years.


Teachers get 'advanced placement' training

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A program in Lafayette is helping 150 Louisiana teachers learn how to bring the rigor of advanced placement education to their students.

The Advertiser reports that the Lafayette Parish School System and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette are hosting an Advanced Placement Summer Institute for middle and high school teachers. The institute began July 14 and continues through this week.

Participating teachers are learning about new techniques, testing procedures and resources for AP classes.

Lafayette Parish Academic Specialist Randy Bernard said the institute is working with both new and experienced advanced placement teachers.


Police probe early morning death in Shreveport

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Shreveport police are investigating a death in the city's Highland neighborhood.

Police got a call early Monday about a possible shooting.

They went to an apartment near Centenary College and found a male victim who had been shot at least once.

A roommate of the victim was being interviewed but police said he was not considered a suspect.


NOLA to host top travel trade show in 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans will host the largest travel industry show in North America in 2016.

The U.S. Travel Association's show, called IPW, was last held in New Orleans in 2002.

The group had planned to hold the five-day show in Greater Miami and The Beaches. However, the City of Miami Beach Commission decided to renovate and expand its convention center. The three-year project is scheduled to start next year.

Association President and CEO Roger Dow says it's a great reason to have to change venues, and he's sure the organization will return to Miami Beach after the expansion.

New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Stephen Perry says it will be great timing for promotion of New Orleans' tricentennial in 2018.


Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Record coal exports in recent years are helping the U.S. appear to be making more progress on global warming than it is. But they may not be helping the planet.

As America gets greener, and produces more energy, it has sent more dirty fuels abroad, saddling other countries with cleaning up the exported pollution.

This fossil fuel trade threatens to undermine President Barack Obama's plans to curb global warming. But the administration doesn't want to figure out how much coal exports are contributing to global warming. It says the impact is small.

U.S. coal consumption declined by 195 million tons from 2008 to 2013. About 20 percent of that coal was exported.

Exports are expected to grow as global demand grows and the U.S. further cleans up its power sector.


Lafourche schools may expand social media use

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - More Lafourche Parish schools may be using Facebook soon to improve communication with parents.

The Daily Comet reports the School Board's policy committee voted to allow schools to create official Facebook sites.

Some Lafourche schools already have set up social media pages without formal district recognition.

School Board members will decide at their Aug. 6 meeting whether to declare the sites as official, clearing the way for more schools to set up sites under the district's oversight.


Grant will fund research on tiny structures

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The National Science Foundation has awarded a $405,000 grant to a University of New Orleans chemistry professor to support research on fabricating microscopic structures.

John Wiley began his work in 2011.

The tiny chemical structures are about one ten-thousandth the size of a human hair. They consist of chains of particles surrounded by a ceramic-like sheet.

Wiley says the research could lead to advances in optical, electronic or medical devices and in using sunlight to convert water to hydrogen gas, a clean fuel source.

The grant is spread over a 3-year-period.


Audit: Test more school bus drivers for drugs

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - An internal audit has found that the Caddo Parish school system has been testing far fewer bus drivers than it should for drugs and alcohol.

Federal regulations require random testing each year of at least half the employees with a commercial driver's license for drugs. At least one-quarter must be tested randomly for alcohol.

But The Times reports that the audit found that only 15 percent of the bus drivers were tested for alcohol and 17 percent for drugs.

The auditors also found that none of the driver education teachers got either test - and that 41 percent of the transportation department employees chosen for tests were never notified.

The report noted that administrators sometimes exclude employees selected for testing, but did not give any reasons for some exclusions.

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