Associated Press

Police in Louisiana say actor and musician Corey Feldman has been charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license after his tour bus was pulled over for speeding over the weekend.

Mangham, Louisiana, police say they pulled over a recreational vehicle driven by Feldman on Saturday and took him to a police station after discovering his license was suspended. Police say an officer at the station smelled marijuana and the drug was found in the RV following a search.

Police say Feldman was released after paying a fine.


mollybob / /

 A southeast Mississippi utility is making progress toward power restoration after Hurricane Nate, while officials continue to assess damage.

 Singing River Electric Power Association reports Monday morning it has fewer than 1,400 customers remaining without power Monday morning, down from 33,000 at the height of the storm.

 Singing River serves a strip of southeast Mississippi running north from Pascagoula.

Chad Cooper / /

A state audit is criticizing how Louisiana's education department monitors charter schools.

 The report from Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office found the education department weighed critical and non-critical violations equally in determining school performance ratings. The department, auditors say, should be judging charter schools based on the severity of a violation.

 The education department says it is working to update the scoring system to more adequately account for differences in offense types. 

LWYang / /

 A Louisiana man accused of stealing a car last month has been arrested after leading police on a chase. 

 The Advocate reports that Baton Rouge police responded to reports of a disturbance and spotted a pickup truck speeding away Saturday. Authorities say the vehicle failed to stop and the driver, later identified as 23-year-old Chancellar Williams, fled on foot.

 An arrest report says the truck was reported stolen, and that authorities later found several items, including a marijuana cigar, while searching the vehicle. 

Gamene / /

With forecasts putting New Orleans in the path of Tropical Storm Nate, one big question looms in the minds of residents and business owners: Will the pumps work?

 Nate is forecast to make landfall in southeast Louisiana early Sunday, possibly as a Category 1 hurricane.

 An unexpected Aug. 5 rainstorm caused flash floods that revealed personnel and equipment problems at the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board, the agency that runs the antiquated pump system that drains the city.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center / /

A hurricane warning has been issued for a stretch of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Grand Isle, Louisiana, to the Alabama-Florida border.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says residents in those areas should brace for possible storm surges amid the expected strengthening of Tropical Storm Nate. The storm battered Central America with rain this week, killing at least 21 people.

Lau Svensson | /

A small jet with six people aboard went off the end of a runway at New Orleans' main airport. 

     No injuries have been reported and commercial flights were not interrupted.  

     A news release from Louis Armstrong International Airport says a Learjet 35 ran off the end of a runway and came to a stop a little before 8 a.m. Tuesday. 

     The jet had four crew members and two passengers on board.  

     Airport spokeswoman Michelle Wilcut said the runway was closed but the airport remained open. 

Program Executive Office Soldier | /

U.S. Army officials say a soldier from Texas serving with the 10th Mountain Division's Louisiana-based brigade combat team has been killed by an improvised explosive device in Iraq. 

     Officials at Fort Drum in northern New York say 20-year-old Spc. Alexander Missildine, of Tyler, Texas, was killed Sunday when an IED detonated near his convoy. 

     Missildine served with the division's 710th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team based at Fort Polk, Louisiana. The division's other two brigade combat teams are based at Fort Drum. 

Jebb | /

The death of a Louisiana State University student who was reported missing and later found dead has been ruled a suicide.  

     East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner William "Beau" Clark said Monday that 21-year-old Michael Nickelotte Jr. died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Officials say the investigation into his death will remain closed unless further details emerge.  


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.