Louisiana

A Fort Polk soldier was sentenced Monday to 135 months in prison for manufacturing and detonating a chemical weapon in the Kisatchie National Forest adjacent to the Fort Polk Army installation.

ULM

The University of Louisiana at Monroe has won a $352,500 grant to study diabetes and obesity.

The grant is funded by the Department of Health and Hospitals and is awarded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases.

Louisiana had the sixth highest rate of obesity and the fourth highest rate of diabetes in the United States in 2017. Researchers at ULM hope to use this funding to improve therapies for treating obesity and diabetes, which will lead to a healthier Louisiana.

Sentencing is scheduled Monday for a soldier who pleaded guilty to making bombs that released chlorine gas in a forested training area near a U.S. Army base in Louisiana.

Twenty-five-year-old Ryan Keith Taylor, of New Llano, could get life in prison and a $250,000 fine on the single count of using a chemical weapon, a charge he pleaded guilty to in June.

Expected to testify at the sentencing is an investigator who says he now struggles to breathe as a result of chemical exposure while collecting the evidence.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Coast Guard says it has suspended its search for a man in the Mississippi River at Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The man was seen entering the river about 7 a.m. Saturday.

His name was not released. He was reported to be about 20 years old with short hair and a goatee and was wearing shorts and a yellow shirt.

The Coast Guard worked with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Department and the Baton Rouge Police Department. Workers spent nine hours searching 30 square miles (78 square kilometers) of the river before the search was suspended.

MARRERO, La. (AP) — A Louisiana sheriff says one of his deputies shot a masked man in the leg after the man shot a gas station clerk and then aimed a gun at the deputy.

Nobody died in the shootings that happened early Sunday in the New Orleans suburb of Marrero.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto says in a statement that the masked man was identified as 24-year-old Janarius Carey. Both Carey and the gas station clerk were treated at a local hospital.

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — An arts center in Louisiana has chosen a new director.

The Daily Advertiser reports Samuel Oliver will lead Acadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayette. He is a native of the city.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU coach Ed Orgeron compared his team to an overconfident fighter who drops his hands and subsequently gets "hit in the face."

Rather can get knocked out, the sixth-ranked Tigers woke up.

Nick Brossette scored three touchdowns, Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed for a career-high 136 yards and two TDs, and LSU beat Louisiana Tech 38-21 on Saturday night in a game infused with far more tension than expected.

"We won the game, but it wasn't good enough," Orgeron said. "Obviously, we're not happy."

CLINTON, La. (AP) — It's been 15 years since inmate Lonnie Payne called Louisiana's East Feliciana Parish Prison his home, but a sheriff's official says that's about to change.

Criminal Deputy Greg Phares said late Friday that Payne escaped the prison in Clinton in 2003 while serving time for burglary. He says the now-44-year-old was arrested in Mexico and is now jailed in Conroe, Texas, awaiting a return to the Louisiana prison — possibly by Monday.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana U.S. Sen. John Kennedy wants federal officials to release billions of dollars in unclaimed retirement benefits to states, saying they're better equipped to try to locate the people owed the money.

The Republican senator met with U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta on Wednesday to pitch his idea that uncashed and undistributed retirement benefits be returned to their rightful owners through states' unclaimed property programs.

Groundbreaking season for LDCC

Sep 20, 2018

Monroe-Louisiana Delta Community College is breaking ground on its Tallulah Campus. The main building will be getting an expansion. Currently, the main building stands at 30,727 sq. ft. The new addition will ad 6,767 sq ft, totaling out at 37,494 sq ft. The cost of the new addition is $2.5 million from the state plus $465,031 is the local match. 

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