Associated Press


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - After years of enrollment declines amid repeated budget cuts, Louisiana's university systems are reporting an uptick in their student counts this year.

 The Advocate reports that enrollment figures from the LSU System, University of Louisiana System and Southern University System show a 1.3 percent increase in student count across their campuses. Nearly 151,000 students are attending their universities.

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A big decision about the future of a little fish is attracting the attention of ocean conservation groups.

 Industry players are petitioning the Marine Stewardship Council to certify the menhaden (men-HAY-den) fishery as sustainable. The London-based council's sustainability certification is one of the most recognized seafood labels in the marketplace.

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TELLICO PLAINS, Tenn. (AP) - U.S. Navy officials say an instructor and a student pilot have died in a plane crash in southeastern Tennessee.

 The T-45 Goshawk training jet crashed Sunday afternoon in Tellico Plains, about 45 miles (70 kilometers) southwest of Knoxville.

 Lt. Liz Feaster said Monday that the names of the two who died are being withheld until 24 hours after family members are notified.

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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Authorities say a Louisiana police officer has been fatally shot after he responded to a call at a convenience store.

 News outlets report a Lafayette police officer was fatally shot at a Big Boy convenience store Sunday night.

Master Trooper Brooks David with the Louisiana State Police says authorities received a call about a battery and shots fired around 10 p.m. When the officer arrived, the suspect allegedly opened fire, which led to a shootout. The officer was pronounced dead at the scene.

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Mississippi woman has been arrested following a fatal hit-and-run in Louisiana. 

 Senior Trooper Dustin Dwight with the Louisiana State Police says 59-year-old Albert Watson was driving on Interstate 12 early Sunday morning when his car was hit from behind and thrown off the road by a car driven by 52-year-old Deana Collier of Sandersville, Mississippi. Dwight says Watson was not wearing a seat belt, and died at a hospital. 

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A team of attorneys is seeking nearly $400,000 in fees and costs after successfully challenging a Louisiana law that blocked foreign-born U.S. citizens from getting married if they couldn't produce a birth certificate.

 In a court filing Tuesday, the attorneys asked a federal judge to award them nearly $387,000 in fees and more than $11,800 in costs for their work on the case. Lawyers for the state and three parish clerks didn't immediately respond to the request.

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LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A state district court jury has found a Louisiana teen guilty of first-degree murder in the June 2016 shooting of 79-year-old Robert Colston Sr.

 Jurors deliberated an hour and 20 minutes Tuesday before reaching a decision. 

 Johnson, now 17, was 16 when he killed Colston. 

 Colston crashed his truck into a tree on June 5, 2016. When he was removed from the vehicle, medics saw he had been shot in the back.

 Public defender Carla Edmondson did not say whether they will appeal.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards says there are "more effective ways" to protest than to refuse to stand during the national anthem. But Louisiana's governor dismissed suggestions the New Orleans Saints should lose its state subsidies because several of its players wouldn't stand.

 Edwards, a former Army Ranger, acknowledged that people have a right to protest, but he encouraged people to be on their feet for the anthem.

 Ten Saints players wouldn't stand for the national anthem during Sunday's game. 

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Authorities say a Louisiana man whose brother's body was found underneath his truck has been arrested. 

 East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks says the body of 32-year-old Kirk Hebert was found underneath 30-year-old Stephen Hebert's Dodge truck Tuesday. Stephen Hebert was discovered in a semi-conscious state on the driver's side of the still-running truck. 

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 A Lafayette man is in custody after a domestic dispute turned deadly.

 Twenty-five-year-old Damarkus Adams is accused of fatally shooting his father, 48-year-old John Adams, during an altercation.

 KATC-TV reports Lafayette police responded to a residence. in reference to a shooting at 10:15 p.m. Friday. Upon arrival, officers discovered the elder Adams dead inside the home from an apparent gunshot wound.

 Damarkus Adams was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder. Jail records did not show if he's represented by an attorney.