Baton Rouge

Louisiana is hosting its annual state book festival celebrating readers and writers for a 16th year in Baton Rouge.

The event will be held at the Louisiana State Capitol, the nearby state library and the surrounding grounds on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More than 230 authors and other presenters will participate in 100 book-themed programs across the day, along with book signings. For young readers, the festival will have storytelling, crafts, face painting and other activities.

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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards swiped at Republican opponent Eddie Rispone on Monday for missing another candidate forum ahead of the runoff election, accusing the businessman of dodging public events to limit scrutiny of an undefined agenda.

The Deep South's only Democratic governor, battling to reach a second term and targeted by the national GOP for ouster, started and ended his appearance before the Press Club of Baton Rouge by asking: "Where is Eddie?"

"What are the specific things that he wants to do?" Edwards asked.

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Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards and his Republican challenger Eddie Rispone will meet in an Oct. 30 debate.

The two contenders have agreed to an event planned by Louisiana Public Broadcasting and the Council for A Better Louisiana that will air statewide. The Baton Rouge debate may be the only head-to-head sparring the candidates do ahead of the Nov. 16 runoff.

Rispone, a businessman making his first run for public office, hasn't announced his willingness to participate in any other proposed forums so far.

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The Louisiana Office of Tourism (LOT) will hold additional meetings in New Orleans and Baton Rouge to plan the new Louisiana Civil Rights Trail. These additional meetings continue the planning process started in the spring with a series of meetings held across the state.

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A police officer is dropping his appeal of a three-day suspension over a confrontation with a black man whose shooting death prompted widespread protests in Baton Rouge in 2016.

Attorney Kyle Kershaw announced Thursday morning that client Howie Lake II was withdrawing his appeal with a civil service board. Kershaw said that continuing to appeal wasn't worth it because the discipline was relatively minor.

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U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, the leading Republican candidate for Louisiana governor, is pledging to keep his campaign ire focused on Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards, after another GOP contender in the race unleashed an attack ad against Abraham.

Businessman Eddie Rispone's decision to launch a TV ad Tuesday slamming Abraham has drawn backlash from some Republicans who call it the wrong strategy to defeat Edwards. They worry about repeating the GOP infighting of the 2015 governor's race that helped Edwards become the Deep South's only Democratic governor.

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Louisiana's 16th annual state book festival needs volunteers for the November event.

This year's festival in Baton Rouge will be held Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will feature 250 authors and panelists.

The free festival is held in and around the Louisiana Capitol, with readings for adults and children, music and food. Events, exhibits and author talks happen in the House and Senate chambers, in legislative committee rooms, around the Capitol grounds and across the street at the state library and state museum.

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An LSU graduate student was killed during a robbery at a Baton Rouge gas station.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office says a man entered Mr. Lucky's Valero Gas Station around 3:30 a.m. Saturday and shot and killed the clerk, 29-year-old Md Firoz Firoz-Ulamin, before robbing the store.

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Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards has been discharged from the hospital after an overnight stay.

A spokesman for the 92-year-old Edwards said he was discharged Wednesday evening from Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center in Baton Rouge.

Edwards was hospitalized Tuesday. His daughter said he had suffered a drop in blood sugar after becoming dehydrated.

Spokesman Leo Honeycutt says "all tests and vital signs are good" for the former governor.

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The Louisiana Office of Cultural Development, in concert with Baton Rouge Music Studios, and the National Endowment for the Arts, announces two newly-scheduled workshops designed to provide veterans with the opportunity to learn the craft of songwriting. The Songs of Survivors workshops will be led by professional educators, songwriters, and touring musicians. The first two workshops, held in Baton Rouge and Lake Charles, helped veterans tell their stories through music.