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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.

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Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser closed out the Lt. Governor’s Annual Travel Summit in Baton Rouge on a high note, recognizing the 2019 Travel Champions and True Louisiana Ambassadors. Additionally, the Lt. Governor made several announcements about the state of tourism in Louisiana, including the number of hotel rooms statewide eclipsing the 100,000 mark; the addition of three new golf courses to the Audubon Golf Trail bringing the total number on the trail to 18; and, an international sales mission to Australia in 2020.

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Southern University says its medical marijuana grower has planted its first crop, as Louisiana edges nearer to having product available to patients.

The Baton Rouge university announced Thursday that seeds were planted two days earlier by Ilera Holistic Healthcare. The school estimates its medical marijuana could be in pharmacies by the fall.

Southern says the growing facility located in nearby Baker received the final needed approvals Monday from the state agriculture department, which oversees Louisiana's medical marijuana program.

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 A body found in southwest Louisiana last week has been identified and a murder warrant has been issued in connection with his death.

KPLC-TV reports the body of 29-year-old Zaccheus H. Burton, of Baton Rouge, was found July 17 at the end of a dead-end road near DeQuincy.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso says Burton's body was severely burned and was identified using DNA.

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