NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana has dedicated a monument to the families of people who died in the line of duty during military service — and the veteran who has pushed for such monuments nationwide will celebrate his 95th birthday in Louisiana.

The National World War II Museum will hold a reception and celebration Tuesday for Hershel "Woody" Williams, who won the Medal of Honor as a Marine on Iwo Jima during that war.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Health officials found no significant lead levels in the drinking water of a dozen of Louisiana's older public schools.

The Advocate reports some of the tests found some lead, but the results were below the 15 parts per billion that would've initiated action by state authorities.

Louisiana's health officer, Dr. Jimmy Guidry, cautioned that a dozen test results aren't enough to make sweeping statements. Guidry says school systems should test their own water.

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Dr. George Cannon has been hired as the new director of the Monroe Civic Center. 


GRETNA, La. (AP) — A Louisiana sheriff says a slaying suspect who fled the country has been arrested in Panama.

The New Orleans Advocate reported Saturday that Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto says 40-year-old Saleh Omar, of Terrytown, has been charged with second-degree murder.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The National World War II Museum has a veteran of the war in the Pacific as its new board chairman.

C. Paul Hilliard, 93, is the first World War II veteran to be appointed board chairman for the museum, which opened in 2000, the museum said Monday.

The oil and gas executive joined the board in 2006 and, as chair of its collections and exhibits committee, oversaw the initiative to digitize artifacts and make them available online, according to a news release. He also has spent years on the board's executive committee.

BATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi jurors on Sunday began deliberating the fate of a man accused of murder following a second trial over charges that he set a woman on fire in 2014.

The case, tried in Batesville before jurors from another county, concluded after six days of testimony in the death of 19-year-old Jessica Chambers. Jurors deliberated for nearly five hours before recessing Sunday evening with plans to resume their consideration of the case Monday morning, member reports said.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An arrest has been made in the shooting death of LSU basketball player Wayde Sims.

Baton Rouge police said Saturday that 20-year-old Dyteon Simpson has been charged with second-degree murder and is at East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

Sims was shot early Friday during a street fight caught on video near the Southern University campus.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana city with an aging bus fleet has been awarded a $6.3 million grant for 17 new buses.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority hasn't replaced most of its fleet since just after Hurricane Katrina.

The agency announced the grant Tuesday. It's one of more than 100 organizations nationwide awarded Federal Transit Administration grants to help states and agencies replace buses and bus depots.

GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) — A plan to build an airport in a Louisiana wildlife refuge has shocked conservationists who say it could harm important bird habitat on a coastline disappearing under encroaching Gulf of Mexico waters.

The proposal calls for paving over part of Elmer's Island Wildlife Refuge to build a commercial airport serving small jets and private planes, NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune report ed Wednesday.

SLIDELL, La. (AP) — A former LA Fitness employee in Louisiana says her supervisor called her Afro hairstyle inappropriate and used a racial slur before she was fired.

Aireial Mack tells news outlets a white assistant general manager at the Slidell gym used the slur in a text stating she was taken off the schedule because of her hair. The 26-year-old African-American says she was fired days after complaining to the general manager.