Louisiana

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

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.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A man stopped breathing shortly after he was handcuffed by New Orleans police officers who tried unsuccessfully to save him using CPR and an opioid-overdose antidote, authorities said Wednesday.

The man died early Wednesday at a hospital, Police Chief Michael Harrison said. Speaking at a news conference, Harrison said three officers responded to calls Tuesday night about a screaming man and a break-in at a residence.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal authorities say a south Louisiana pastor has pleaded guilty to theft of government funds in a $200,000 Social Security scheme.

A news release from U.S. Attorney Peter Strasser says 59-year-old Otho Schilling entered the plea Tuesday. Prosecutors said the crime happened while Schilling served as pastor of a church in Bush. He had the church pay his personal expenses, such as his health and car insurance premiums, in lieu of a salary.

MONROE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana prosecutor says his office will confer with Mississippi counterparts before trying a man who has been accused of murder in both states.

Assistant District Attorney Geary Aycock tells The News-Star of Monroe that no decision has been made on trying Quinton Tellis there after a Mississippi jury couldn't reach a verdict on separate murder charges.

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Louisiana has the highest FAFSA submission rates in the nation according to a new report. That means more students than ever are applying to see what financial aid they qualify for when it comes to post-secondary education. Ed-Tech Senior Consultant Stephanie Marcum says the 84 percent participation rate comes down to a new mandate for graduating high school seniors.

It appears that The board of secondary education has implicated a policy for incoming graduate students that they MUST complete a FAFSA or TOPS application. 

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana man is accused of setting a New Orleans gas pump on fire with a lighter stolen from the gas station's convenience store.

Citing a Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal release, The New Orleans Advocate reports 32-year-old Marlon Coleman was arrested Sunday and charged with aggravated arson. The release says Coleman put the lit lighter near where the pump's nozzle connected to the fuel tank of his truck.

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