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News in Brief- August 14, 2019

News in Brief- August 14, 2019

Audit: Spending rises on Louisiana boards and commissions

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana made a tiny dent in the number of state-created boards and commissions, but spending on them continues to rise.

Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office released its annual report on the entities, finding 472 boards and commissions, down five from the prior year.

The auditor's office tallied the panels' spending for the financial year that ended June 30 and found $1.3 million spent on per diem, $2 million for salaries and $2.1 million for travel expenses. Total spending is up $300,000 from last year's report.

A group of Louisiana lawmakers has repeatedly sought to reduce the number of boards and commissions, but with little success. As they remove some panels, lawmakers also have created new ones.

Purpera's office identified 17 inactive boards out of the 472 total.

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Average US price of gas down 6 cents per gallon to $2.74

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has dropped 6 cents per gallon over the past two weeks to $2.74.

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says Sunday that increased refinery production and lower crude oil costs contributed to the decrease at the pump.

The price is 18 cents lower than what it was a year ago.

The highest average price in the nation is $3.63 a gallon in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The lowest average is $2.16 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The average price of diesel is down 2 cents, to $3.03 per gallon.

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Immunization records available online, free in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Department of Health is reminding parents that immunization records are available online — and at no cost — as students begin returning to school.

The Advertiser reports the records are available through LA.MyIR.net. Officials say residents can securely view, download and print official copies of immunization records on demand. The records are accepted by schools, employers, state agencies and other organizations that require proof of immunization.

Officials say it's also an efficient way to share vaccine information when visiting a new healthcare provider for the first time.

LA.MyIR.net is part of a pilot program funded and supported by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Vaccine Program Office.

Information from: The Advertiser, http://www.theadvertiser.com

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Louisiana's ballot will feature unusual candidate nicknames

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's fall election ballot will again be filled with colorful nicknames.

In the governor's race, Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards and his two major Republican challengers, U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham and businessman Eddie Rispone, may be the most well-known. But GOP contender Patrick "Live Wire" Landry might draw some eyeballs with that nickname.

Among legislative races, "Fox Rich" Richardson, of New Orleans, is running for Senate. House contenders include "Phil Cowboy" Lemoine in Ville Platte; Paul "Polo" Carter in Carencro; and Belden "Noonie Man" Batiste in New Orleans.

"Mike Chicken Commander" Boyter is running for Caddo Parish sheriff.

One gubernatorial candidate without a moniker on the ballot is Gary Landrieu. He's threatening to sue because the secretary of state's office wouldn't let his name appear as Gary "Go Gary" Landrieu.

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Dreadful heat, humidity to invade South as misery continues

ATLANTA (AP) — Forecasters say most of the South — from Texas to parts of South Carolina — will be under heat advisories and warnings as temperatures will feel as high as 117 degrees.

The most intense heat Tuesday is expected in Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Alabama; and in areas near Memphis, Tennessee.

The warnings come one day after the temperature and humidity combined for a Monday heat index of 121 degrees in Clarksdale, Mississippi. It was only a few degrees cooler in West Memphis, Arkansas.

In Alabama, the highest reported heat indexes Monday were 112 degrees in Florence, Tuscumbia and Gurley.

Forecasters say the heat index is what the temperature actually feels like.

A break from the heat is expected by Wednesday as a front pushes through.