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News in Brief- June 9, 2019

News in Brief- June 9, 2019

Several Southern cities to host 'American Idol' auditions

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Auditions for the upcoming 18th season of "American Idol" will include stops in several Southern cities.

The show will hold auditions in Mobile, Alabama, on Aug. 20, the second of 20 stops between New York on July 23 and Detroit on Sept. 10.

Stops in neighboring Southern states include Tallahassee, Florida and Macon, Georgia, both on Aug. 23; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Aug. 25; Columbia, South Carolina on Aug. 26; and Knoxville, Tennessee on Aug. 29.

While in-person auditions will be possible at those stops, online auditions can be submitted at The site also allows registration for the in-person auditions.

Last season, country music singer Laine Hardy of Livingston, Louisiana, won.


Guns N' Roses, Post Malone, Beck top 2019 Voodoo Fest

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Guns N' Roses, Post Malone and Beck have been tapped to headline the 2019 Voodoo Music and Arts Experience.

WWL-TV reports this year's event is scheduled for Oct. 25-27. Tickets went on sale Thursday, June 6.

Organizers say they've gathered more than 65 bands to perform across four stages for "an unforgettable Halloween weekend in New Orleans."

Others scheduled to perform include Bassnectar, Brandi Carlile, The National, REZZ, Zhu, Young the Giant, Interpol, Sheck Wes, Bring Me the Horizon, Big Gigantic, Clairo, and Glitch Mob.


Louisiana pushes presidential primary back to April in 2020

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana will shuffle election dates in 2020, moving the presidential primary from March to April because of Easter-related scheduling conflicts.

Lawmakers made the adjustment in an elections bill sent to the governor.

Under the change, Louisiana's presidential and municipal primary will be held April 4 next year, rather than its originally scheduled March 7 date.

After 2020, the primary will revert back to the first Saturday in March.

The secretary of state's office said the municipal general election, which comes five weeks after the primary, would have fallen on Easter weekend.

Moving all elections up a week would have pushed Louisiana's presidential primary to Feb. 29, the same day as South Carolina's primary. The secretary of state's office says national political party rules forbid that.

House Bill 563: