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Here she is: Miss North Dakota has been crowned Miss America 2018.

 She bested a field of 51 competitors from each state and the District of Columbia during the weeklong event's finale Sunday night in Atlantic City.

 

Miss America 2017, Savvy Shields, former Miss Arkansas, placed the crown on her teary-eyed successor's head as the new Miss America accepted applause and cheers from the audience and judges.

 

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      A New Orleans fire truck has responded to an apparent fire at a Sewerage and Water Board plant. 

      The New Orleans Advocate reports that smoke could be smelled outside Wednesday, and city homeland security chief Aaron Miller was talking with fire personnel. 

      Board spokesman Robert Jackson tells The Associated Press he doesn't yet have any details. Fire department spokesmen did not immediately respond to phone and email messages. 

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 LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' governor has set a November execution date for a convicted killer, marking the first scheduled date since the state put four men to death in April. 

     Gov. Asa Hutchinson's office said Friday that the governor scheduled a Nov. 9 execution date for Jack Greene, who was convicted of killing Sidney Jethro Burnett in 1991 after Burnett and his wife accused Greene of arson. Rutledge said Greene has exhausted his appeals and there's no stay of execution in place. 

 Some New Orleans officials say they're not satisfied with the city's response to weekend flooding, after heavy rainfall overwhelmed the city's pump stations

. Local news media report Council President Jason Williams says the council will meet Tuesday to seek answers about the pumping system. Some neighborhoods saw between 8 and 10 inches (20 and 25 centimeters) of rain over a few hours Saturday. City officials said that was too much for the Sewerage & Water Board's 24 pump stations to cope with even though all were operating.

Authorities in Louisiana say a man suspected of dealing drugs tried to flee undercover detectives, ramming an unmarked sheriff's vehicle and then jumping into a canal.

Once he was in the water, he stopped resisting and started yelling for help, saying he can't swim. A detective jumped into the canal and brought him to shore.

News outlets report detectives found suspected crack cocaine, more than $2,000 in cash and two pistols in the wrecked car of 31-year-old Kyle Anderson. A woman in his car was injured and hospitalized.

More than 200 new Louisiana laws take effect with the start of August.

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  A Louisiana state lawmaker says she's dropping out of the state treasurer's race because she's been diagnosed with breast cancer.Rep. Julie Stokes, a Jefferson Parish Republican, announced her decision and her diagnosis Thursday with a statement posted to her campaign website.Stokes says she'll have at least five months of chemotherapy treatment.

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  A lawsuit accuses Black Lives Matter and five of the movement's leaders of inciting violence that led to a gunman's deadly ambush of law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge last summer. DeRay Mckesson and four other Black Lives Matter leaders are named as defendants in the suit filed Friday on behalf of one of the officers wounded in the July 17 attack by a black military veteran, who killed three other officers before he was shot dead. The suit doesn't name the officer, but its description of the plaintiff matches East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Deputy Nicholas Tullier.  The attorneys

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Authorities in Louisiana arrested three people after a woman tried to claim a suitcase filled with marijuana in an airport's lost and found section. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports deputies found about 10 pounds of marijuana in the suitcase at Louis Armstrong International Airport on June 29. The next day 38-year-old Safiya Zina attempted to claim the suitcase.  Zina told the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's deputies she was paid $1,000 to take the bag from California to New Orleans and exchange it for money.

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 Authorities say they've captured a Louisiana inmate at a motel in Natchez, Mississippi. 30-year-old Curtis O. Scott was arrested Monday at a Red Carpet Inn along with a woman who wasn't charged.

 Adams County Sheriff Travis Patten says Scott and two other inmates escaped from the Madison Parish facility by climbing over the fence and going through razor wire. He says the other two inmates were captured, but Scott escaped by stealing a vehicle. 

Patten says Scott also stole a cellphone, which allowed police to locate him at the motel.

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