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News in Brief- March 10, 2019

News in Brief- March 10, 2019

Judge approves Louisiana school religion lawsuit settlement

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A federal judge has approved a settlement in a lawsuit over religious activities at a Louisiana school system.

U.S. District Court Judge Maurice Hicks Jr. on Wednesday approved an agreement reached in January between the Bossier Parish School District and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State.

The group sued the school district in February 2018 after several parents complained their children had been subjected to unwanted religious messages.

Hicks' order calls for the school board to revise part of its religious expression policy.

Both the school district and the group said the decision was a victory.

The group said the ruling will ensure that the religious beliefs of all students are respected. The school district said the agreement preserves a student's right to exercise religious freedom.


Official: School illegally moved medical marijuana plants

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State University's Agricultural Center and its medical marijuana growing partner illegally moved their cannabis crop into the school's primary growing facility, a state official said.

The center and its private partner GB Sciences violated state law when they moved the crop, news outlets quoted state Agriculture and Forestry Department Commissioner Mike Strain as saying.

Strain's agency sent an inspector to the site on Monday to verify that the college and its private partner had begun moving the plants, the outlets reported.

LSU AgCenter Coordinator Ashley Mullens responded to the charges in a letter, saying the state medical marijuana program director had granted permission to move the plants. AgCenter officials have said the plants would die if not moved into the main facility from a temporary growing pod.

Strain said he wouldn't seek to seize the plants before the situation could be addressed in a court hearing.

Ongoing disputes over regulating medical marijuana have delayed it from being available to patients, although it's been legal in Louisiana for years. LSU's AgCenter and a center at Southern University are the only two licensed growers in the state.


2 runner-up tickets sold in Louisiana for Powerball drawing


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two Powerball tickets sold in the New Orleans area are each worth $50,000.

Louisiana Lottery officials said Thursday that one of the winning tickets for Wednesday's drawing was sold in Slidell at the Racetrack gas station on Gause Blvd. and the other was sold in Destrehan at the Corner Market on Airline Highway.

Both tickets matched four of the five white balls drawn and the Powerball.

The winning numbers were: 6, 10, 21, 35, 46 and Powerball 23.

None of the tickets sold matched all five numbers and the Powerball to win the estimated $382.1 million jackpot. Saturday's prize rises to an estimated $414 million.


Mississippi River flooding threat delays Bourbon Street work

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The possibility of flooding along the Mississippi River has delayed reconstruction work on New Orleans' famed Bourbon Street.

The city said in a news release Thursday night that work will not resume as scheduled now that Mardi Gras celebrations are over. Contractors had stopped most work last month to minimize the impact on Mardi Gras events.

Officials say work will not resume until the Mississippi River water level in New Orleans drops. That's not expected until the end of March.

City officials say the second phase of the project is more than halfway finished. Reconstruction has been completed in several blocks, with a better drainage and sewer system.

There also are new sidewalks and smoother pavement.

The project is to be completed by the end of summer.