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Sixteen New Orleans inmates being brought back to the city from a north Louisiana jail were aboard a bus involved in a morning accident.

The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office says the accident happened Thursday morning on Interstate 55 in Tangipahoa Parish, northwest of New Orleans. Two correctional officers from East Carroll Parish also were aboard.

The Sheriff's Office news release says no inmate or officer required hospitalization but a medical team was standing by in New Orleans to examine them upon their arrival.

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Saturday, April 8th the Northeast Louisiana Master Gardeners Association is holding its annual spring plant sale, Spring Fest. The sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and pre sale, Friday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., will be held at the West Monroe Farmer's Market under the water tower.

A 74-year-old man has confessed to killing his son-in-law in North Carolina on the 24th anniversary of the crime.

Maj. Tom Effler of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office in North Carolina says Allen Deaver admitted to authorities Feb. 7 to killing Sydney Maurice Gregory on Feb. 7, 1993.

Gregory, who was in his 20s, was beaten and left inside a mobile home that was set on fire in Seven Springs, North Carolina.

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An attorney for an Arkansas death row inmate whose lethal injection was halted by a judge says there's little for the state to be proud of in the same ruling that allowed several other executions scheduled for this month to move forward.

Assistant federal public defender John Williams said Thursday that attorneys for Jason McGehee were pleased with U.S. District Court Judge D. Price Marshall Jr.'s order blocking McGehee's April 27 execution.

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A chemical manufacturer is moving its headquarters from Houston to Lake Charles.

 

Gov. John Bel Edwards and Lotte Chemical USA announced Thursday its headquarters will be located with its $1.1 billion chemical plant under construction in the city.

 

The two facilities will create 130 new jobs with an average annual salary of more than $80,000 plus benefits, according to the governor's office. Fifty of the jobs are tied to the headquarters move. The plant is expected to start operations in 2019.

 

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The Ouachita River system is in a perilous situation. The lack of commercial barge traffic on the river may mean reduced federal funds for dredging and repairs to locks and dams. This lack of upkeep has forced some shippers off the river and if total commercial tonnage doesn’t pick up the river could return to a natural state.

Randy Denmon of Ouachita River Valley Association (ORVA) will be a panelist at KEDM’s Policy and a Pint: Ouachita Runs Dry. We will discuss the dangers of a declining river system.

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Louisiana lawmakers, struggling with budget shortfalls, are again looking to restructure the TOPS college tuition program to lessen costs.

 

Proposals include boosting the grade point average required to get the award or steering more of the money to needy students. Another measure would require students who receive TOPS to work in Louisiana after college or repay some money spent on their tuition.

 

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John Stringer talks to Cory Crowe about the potential for budget cuts concerning the Ouachita River. He shares the risks associated with lower funding, why the river is important to the area, and sheds light on organizations that are trying to help.

Mr. Stringer shares that if action is not taken, "we'll have a meandering stream going through sandbars" where we once had the Ouachita. 

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The Senate has cleared the way for a Friday confirmation vote on President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court.

On Thursday, the Senate voted 55-45 to successfully block Judge Neil Gorsuch, denying Republicans the 60 votes they needed to move forward. Republicans then voted to eliminate the 60-vote threshold, allowing them to proceed to the Friday vote with a simple majority.

A bus transporting prisoners housed in River Bend Correctional Center was involved in an accident near Manchac, Louisiana. The accident occurred on Interstate 55 as the Orleans Parish inmates were being transported from Lake Providence to New Orleans. The crash closed I-55 and inmates were treated at the accident site. 

East Carroll Parish Sheriff Wydette Williams said East Carroll's correctional center houses a small number of Orleans Parish prisoners. Sheriff Williams said that the 16 inmates and 2 officers were unhurt in the incident.

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