Louisiana

MARRERO, La. (AP) — A teen has been arrested and charged with setting a fire in the Halloween section of a Walmart store in Louisiana earlier this month.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Capt. Jason Rivarde told news outlets that 18-year-old Jerrold Jackson of Marrero has been charged with aggravated arson.

Deputies say Jackson is accused of setting a fire Sept 19 in the Walmart in Marrero.

Firefighters and the store sprinkler system had the blaze under control in minutes.

No one was hurt. The fire closed the store for the rest of the day.

Downtown Monroe
B. Lenox / KEDM

A downtown renaissance is happening in Monroe and West Monroe. New businesses are flocking to once vacant buildings and food and night life are following. KEDM's Policy and a Pint took a look at what is encouraging investment our downtowns and how to market what we've got. 

Our expert panel joined a live audience at Trapp's in West Monroe for a lively discussion. 

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans police say they've identified "prime suspects" in a summer shooting that killed three people and wounded seven others, but they need help to "close" the case.

Police Superintendent Michael Harrison told news outlets Tuesday that they've identified suspects, but that "doesn't mean we have enough evidence." The July shooting killed 28-year-old Jeremiah Lee, 38-year-old Kurshaw Jackson and 27-year-old Taiesha Watkins.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former sergeant with a Louisiana sheriff's office drew a 30-month prison sentence for beating a jail inmate and ordering a police dog to bite him, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday.

David Prejean had pleaded guilty in February to the 2012 assault at the Iberia Parish Jail. Prosecutors said he was a K-9 sergeant with the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office and had been called to the jail to assist with a shakedown.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Researchers say Louisiana soybean farmers are reaping a good crop as roughly 60 percent of it has been harvested.

The Beauregard Daily News reported Sunday yields are slightly down from last year because of weather, and farmers in some areas are dealing with grain quality issues.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that a New Orleans charter school must recognize a union whose members have voted for collective bargaining rights.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal ruling, dated Sept. 21, upheld a National Labor Relations Board ruling affecting the International High School of New Orleans. The charter is operated by the nonprofit Voices for International Business and Education, formed in 2009.

The ruling says the school's employees voted to have United Teachers of New Orleans represent them in collective bargaining.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A guard at a Louisiana prison has been arrested and charged with misconduct after officials said they found she had "non-professional relationships" with at least four inmates.

The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections said that 35-year-old Valerie Victor of Baton Rouge was arrested Monday.

Victor worked at the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel. Prison officials said in a news release that Victor said an inmates had texted her nude photos and videos of himself.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Six people have been sentenced to prison for their role in a Medicare fraud scheme in the New Orleans area.

Nola.com/The Times-Picayune reported four doctors, a biller and an office manager were sentenced this week for their convictions in May.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said the scheme involved more than 20 people and netted millions of dollars in fraudulent Medicare reimbursements.

Those sentenced have been ordered to pay $30 million in restitution.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Thousands of Louisiana flood victims who have been barred from homeowner rebuilding grants because they borrowed money through the federal Small Business Administration could soon see that change.

A deal to rework federal disaster-relief policy was included in a compromise struck by congressional leaders Saturday on an unrelated reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana school board has approved a $15 minimum wage for its food service workers.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports the Orleans Parish School Board voted last week to ensure a minimum wage of $15 per hour for food service workers for the 2019 fiscal year. The raise affects 66 workers serving 14 schools at 15 different campuses.

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