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The National Park Service is expected to decide soon whether to make the closed Huey P. Long Medical Center a historic building.


A decision could come by next month on whether the building should be added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The National Park Service is taking public comment now on the significance of the building.

In April, a state review panel unanimously endorsed adding the medical building to the National Register and sent its recommendation to the National Park Service.

The family of Staff Sgt. Thomas Florich, Louisiana National Guardsman killed in a helicopter crash in the Gulf of Mexico, has received approval for him to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Sec. John McHugh said Friday he'd approved an exception to policy that will allow the 26-year-old Florich to be buried there.

Florich's father says the family is happy with the final decision.  Military officials had previously cited policy in not giving the family permission for burial at the cemetery. 

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Area Development magazine has awarded Louisiana a 2015 Silver Shovel Award for posting one of the best economic development performances in the U.S. during the past year.

The honor was based on 10 of the state’s most significant projects. The 2015 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards recognize states with the most significant impact from their 10 leading investment and job creation projects during 2014.

This is the sixth consecutive year that Louisiana has won Area Development’s Silver Shovel Award, following previous awards in 2010 through 2014.

A committee set up to find the next president of Grambling State University has narrowed the list to five.

Candidates will sit for public interviews Tuesday and Wednesday on Grambling's campus. The University of Louisiana System Board is expected to announce a decision Thursday.


  Monroe Police Chief Quentin Holmes says he will apply for a competitive federal grant that would be used to purchase body cameras for all officers.

Approximately $2 million is available through the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, a component within the U.S. Department of Justice.

The police department originally planned to ask the city council permission to purchase the cameras for 160 officers with funds from the police department's budget.

The total cost for the cameras will be around $54,000.

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(AP) -Percy Sledge, the soul singer who took "When a Man Loves a Woman" to the top of the charts in 1966, died this morning at his Baton Rouge home.  He was 73.

According to East Baton Rouge Parish coroner Dr. William "Beau" Clark, Sledge died of natural causes while under hospice care.

(AP) - One Louisiana lawmaker had a particularly rough first day of the 2015 legislative session.

  The Louisiana National Guard has released the names of the four-person flight crew of a Black Hawk helicopter that crashed off the Florida Panhandle last week.

All eleven on board were killed when the helicopter crashed in about 25 feet of water in the Santa Rosa Sound.

Three members of the crew were from Louisiana and one was from Virginia.

Private hospitals say Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget proposal would shutter a program that cares for sickly babies and cut money they're paid for emergency room care for Medicaid patients.

Louisiana Hospital Association President Paul Salles said Wednesday those $25 million in cuts are included in Jindal's spending recommendations for the fiscal year that begins July 1.


Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon has picked up a challenger to his re-election efforts.

Political newcomer Matt Parker, a businessman from West Monroe, officially announced his candidacy Monday for the Oct. 24 election.

Both men are Republicans.

In a statement, Parker criticized Donelon for taking campaign contributions from the insurance industry, saying that leads to higher insurance rates. Parker described his campaign as a "crusade for the consumers ofLouisiana."