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July 17, 2017 - 12:00 am
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DRUGS SEIZED

Sheriff: Man arrested for nearly 200k in drugs

(Information from: The News-Star, http://www.thenewsstar.com)

MONROE, La. (AP) — A man has been arrested after authorities say a traffic stop led to the seizure of more than $200,000 in drugs.

The News-Star reports 59-year-old Henry Armstrong was arrested and charged with several offenses including cultivation of marijuana and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. The drugs were allegedly found in his possession during a traffic stop on July 10.

Sixty pounds (27 kilograms) of marijuana, 2 pounds (1 kilogram) of powdered cocaine, several ounces of methamphetamine and more than 700 pills were seized. Authorities say over $70,000 and several vehicles were also seized.

Morehouse Parish Sheriff Mike Tubbs says several search warrants have been executed since the traffic stop.

It's unclear if Armstrong has a lawyer.

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SHOOTING ARREST

Man arrested after gun 'accidentally discharged,' killed man

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A man who authorities say accidentally shot another man to death has been arrested.

News outlets report 21-year-old Skyler Nicoulin was arrested Friday and charged with negligent homicide of a man that was either 19 or 20 years old. Authorities have not released the name of the victim.

New Orleans police said in a statement that responding officers found the victim suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was taken to the hospital, where he died of his injuries.

Investigators later found that Nicoulin was handling a gun when it "accidentally discharged."

Further details have not been released. It's unclear if Nicoulin has a lawyer.

COLLEGE AID-LOUISIANA

More Louisiana students applying for federal college aid

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A growing number of Louisiana's high school seniors are applying for federal aid to help cover college costs, a boom in applications pushed by state officials.

The education department says 65 percent of high school seniors, nearly 27,000 students, submitted the Free Application for Federal Student Aid by a July 1 deadline, up from 58 percent a year earlier.

The Advocate reports the figure is an all-time high in a state whose application submissions had trailed the rest of the nation.

State leaders have been urging students to apply for the aid amid concerns students were leaving money on the table. Available aid includes Pell grants and federal student loans.

Students next year will be required to file applications, or sign a form that says they will not do so.

NUTRIA BOUNTY

Terrebonne Parish leader proposes bigger bounty for nutria

(Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com)

AMITE, La. (AP) — The dreaded nutria could soon fetch a bigger bounty in Terrebonne Parish, where it's doing the most damage.

Parish leaders are considering a proposal that would add $2 or $3 to the $5 that the state already pays for each nutria tail turned in by hunters and trappers.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports Parish Council Chairman Dirk Guidry is proposing to allot $100,000 for the added bounty. He notes the parish spends about $140,000 to rebuild an acre of marsh so the investment in the bounty, he says, could be money well spent.

This year, according to the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 82 percent of the nutria damage surveyed along the Louisiana coast was in Terrebonne. The rate was higher in 2016, when Terrebonne bore 99 percent of all damage.

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MUSEUM GIFT-JOHN WATERS

Museum: John Waters film fest hails part of collector's gift

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Museum of Art is about to begin a John Waters film festival to celebrate a gift of photographs and a sculpture by the movie maker.

Waters' pieces are among more than 80 works donated by Arthur Roger , who the museum describes as a pioneer in bringing contemporary art to New Orleans. He has given his entire personal collection to the museum, which is showing it off in an exhibit running through Sept. 23.

The film festival begins July 28 with two showings of "Pink Flamingos."

Rogers says he began collecting work that gallery viewers rejected.

PRISONERS' CHILDREN

School supplies for Louisiana children with parent in prison

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Children visiting parents at Louisiana's state prisons over the next month will leave with backpacks loaded with school supplies.

The Louisiana Correctional Association's Kitz for Kidz program is holding events at seven state prisons over four weekends to distribute the school supplies.

Louisiana has an estimated 64,000 children who have a parent in prison, according to the correctional association. The organization started the Kitz for Kidz program in 2015 at one prison.

Distribution days this weekend will be at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center, the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women and Raymond Laborde Correctional Center.

From July 21-23, backpacks will be handed out at David Wade Correctional Center and Dixon Correctional Institute, from July 28-30 at the Rayburn Correctional Center and from Aug. 4-6 at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.

LT GOVERNOR-QUEBEC

Louisiana lieutenant governor travels to Quebec this weekend

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser is traveling to Canada to promote Louisiana's French heritage and reaffirm its partnership with Quebec.

The Louisiana lieutenant governor leaves Sunday for Quebec City, along with members from the Council on Development of French in Louisiana and tourism officials.

While there, the lieutenant governor's office says Nungesser will sign an agreement signifying cooperation between Louisiana and Quebec in areas of education and culture to foster French in North America. He'll also participate in meetings and workshops aimed at merging the promotion of French culture and language into tourism and business.

Nungesser's office says the lieutenant governor will leave Canada on Wednesday and head to Maine for seafood promotion events. He'll return to Louisiana on Friday.

GOVERNORS MEETING-MUSK

Elon Musk talks cars _ and humanity's fate _ with governors

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Tesla CEO Elon Musk has warned a bipartisan gathering of U.S. governors that more regulation is needed of artificial intelligence because it's a "fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization."

But first, he's asking for some governors to lift a different kind of regulation: state franchise dealership laws that ban the direct sale of his company's electric cars to consumers.

Musk spoke broadly about emerging technology Saturday at a summer conference of the National Governors Association in Rhode Island. He also met privately with some governors, including Louisiana Democrat John Bel Edwards, who signed a law last month that Tesla says blocks it from selling cars there.

Edwards says he invited Musk to come to Louisiana to meet with him and a dealers association to work out a compromise.

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