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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tulane University is holding a free conference about black women's health Friday and Saturday. The topic is "Matters of the Heart: Cardiovascular Disease, Health and Healing." Most sessions of the third Biennial Black Women's Health Conference will be held at Myra Clara Rogers Memorial Chapel, with the keynote luncheon Saturday at the Lavin-Bernick Center. Organizers ask that people who can register online do so, so they know how many to expect. The five speakers include the dean of Tulane's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and a Baton Rouge cardiologist.

COVINGTON, La. (AP) — A 42-year-old Louisiana man has been convicted of making a video without telling the woman he was having sex with, and then posting the video on a website for porn. District Attorney Warren Montgomery says in a news release Wednesday that a St. Tammany Parish jury took only 20 minutes Tuesday to convict Sean T. Bass of Slidell on the charge of video voyeurism. Montgomery says the sex last year was consensual, but the woman did not know about the video until a friend of hers saw it online months later, and told her about it.

AMITE, La. (AP) — A truck driver has been killed in a crash involving an Amtrak train in Louisiana. A press release from the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office says the accident happened around 2 p.m. Wednesday at a railway crossing on Louisiana Highway 51. Details have not been released. The train was carrying 98 passengers. The sheriff's office said some suffered minor injuries. Dawn Panepinto, spokeswoman for the sheriff's office, told The Advocate that the driver of the 18-wheeler was killed.

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A man who authorities say threatened to kill a member of Congress from Louisiana has been sentenced to 2½ years in prison.

U.S. Attorney David Joseph's office said in a Wednesday news release that 50-year-old Sohail Rana (SOH'hail RAH'-nah) was sentenced for a July 2017 threat called in to the Lafayette office of Rep. Clay Higgins.

Prosecutors said the call was made while Rana was in Colorado. The call was traced to his cellphone. The release said Rana, who is from Lafayette, threatened to "end Higgins' career and kill Higgins."

ATLANTA (AP) — With the midterm elections less than a month away, a strong majority of Americans are concerned the nation's voting systems might be vulnerable to hackers, according to a poll released Wednesday.

That is roughly unchanged from concerns about election security held by Americans just before the 2016 presidential election, but with a twist. Two years ago, it was Republicans who were more concerned about the integrity of the election. This year, it's Democrats.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Political donors aren't breaking out their checkbooks in Louisiana's secretary of state race.

Most contenders for the job in the Nov. 6 special election have limited dollars to get their messages out in the final weeks of a race that has drawn little interest from campaign contributors or voters, even though it's the only statewide competition on the ballot.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on Wednesday drew his first Republican challenger in next year's governor's race, a deep-pocketed Baton Rouge businessman who said he's ready to spend millions of dollars challenging the Democratic incumbent.

Eddie Rispone filed state paperwork with the ethics administration office declaring his candidacy for the 2019 election.

"I am definitely running. This is it," Rispone said in an interview with The Associated Press.

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State Police say a suspect shot by Lafayette police is in stable condition.

News outlets cite a state police release that says Lafayette police officers responded to "criminal activity" Tuesday night and encountered the suspect. The release does not say what lead to police shooting at the suspect, who was taken to a hospital.

A school teacher in Louisiana has been arrested and charged with having illegal sexual contact with a student.

The New Orleans Advocate reports that Kim Minor has been charged with prohibited sexual contact between an educator and a student.

Minor is a social studies teacher and baseball coach at Thomas Jefferson High School in Gretna.

Capt. Russell Lloyd said the student is a girl. Lloyd would not provide other information Tuesday.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Trial began Tuesday in a federal lawsuit that accuses Louisiana prison officials of "grossly deficient" medical care policies that have caused death and suffering at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola. The class-action lawsuit was filed in 2015 on behalf of inmates represented by several advocacy groups. A trial expected to last as long as three weeks opened Tuesday.

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