Associated Press

BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) — A new medical marijuana health clinic is opening in northwest Louisiana.

News outlets reported the Total Health Clinic was opening in Bossier City on Monday.

Dr. Chad Rossitter, an internal medicine doctor in Acadiana, said he became interested in marijuana prescriptions because of his work and his family. Rossiter said he has lost family members to the opioid crisis. He says many of those additions occur because people are in pain.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is called the Pelican State, and now its officials are designing two projects to shore up coastal islands with an eye to improving nesting grounds for the namesake bird.

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A northwest Louisiana school board member, a fourth-grade teacher and the teacher's husband face federal steroids charges.

Bossier Parish school board member Michael Mosura was indicted in September along with Caddo Parish teacher Julie Landry and Brant Landry.

The indictment, unsealed last week, alleges the three conspired to sell illegal performance-enhancing drugs at gyms.

CLAYTON, La. (AP) — A Louisiana mayor says the town stopped paying its water system contractor because it can't afford the bills.

Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a water emergency Friday in the Concordia Parish town of Clayton after learning that the contractor had quit running the system because it hadn't been paid.

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Investigators continue to look into how an explosive device ended up on an interstate bridge in northwest Louisiana.

The Shreveport Fire Department's bomb squad tells local news outlets it found something explosive on the Interstate 220 bridge over Cross Lake Friday night. Authorities had received reports of something suspicious on the bridge.

Investigators didn't describe the explosive device in more detail.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A historic New Orleans church dating back to 1906 to minister to Norwegian sailors and eventually became an important venue for jazz performances is closing.

Local media reports the Scandinavian Jazz Church will end operations by Dec. 31 and the building is under contract to be sold to a new owner by the end of the year. The buyer has not been disclosed.

The facility was founded as a Seamen's Mission under the patronage of Norway and became known as the Norwegian Seamen's Church as it ministered to Norwegians traveling through New Orleans.

MIAMI (AP) — A tropical storm off Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula has rapidly strengthened and could become a dangerous hurricane before an expected midweek strike on the Gulf Coast in the Florida Panhandle, forecasters said Monday.

By Monday morning, Tropical Storm Michael's maximum sustained winds were near 70 mph (110 kph). The National Hurricane Center expected Michael to become a hurricane later in the day.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The governor of Louisiana has met with eight major film production companies to discuss filming opportunities in the state.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU senior Bryce Jordan will skip his final season of eligibility because of issues from a 2017 knee injury that caused him to redshirt his junior year.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports Jordan finishes his collegiate baseball career hitting .269 with 80 hits and 54 RBIs in 116 games. In 2016, Jordan was an All-SEC designated hitter, hitting .293 with 33 RBIs in addition to .333 in the SEC season.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The trade disputes with China are hurting Louisiana's soybean farmers at a time when rain during harvest season has also hit them badly, a Republican congressman from the state said, asking the federal government for help.

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