NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The man charged in the 2015 slaying of a New Orleans police officer has been ruled competent to stand trial. State Judge Karen Herman made the decision after a competency hearing Thursday for 35-year-old Travis Boys. She set an Oct. 23 trial for Boys, who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Officer Daryle Holloway.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Diverging ideas are emerging for how to spend a $100 million-plus surplus expected to be left over when the books are closed on the state's last financial year. House Speaker Taylor Barras says he wants to use the money to refill Louisiana's "rainy day" fund, which was used during the year to pay agency expenses. Senate President John Alario says he wants to "put the money on the side" and not rush to make any decisions on its use.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana's eight metropolitan areas included two of the nation's fastest growing economies and two of its fastest shrinking in 2016. Lake Charles' economy grew 8.1 percent, fastest in the nation according to numbers released Wednesday by the U.S. Commerce Department. Alexandria grew 7 percent, fourth fastest nationwide. Two other urban areas had bad news. The Lafayette area's economy shrank 11.5 percent, third-worst nationwide. The Houma-Thibodaux area economy shrank 10.4 percent.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State regulators are allowing more companies to haul toxic waste in Louisiana, but stopped short of matching the standards sought by state lawmakers in a new law. The Public Service Commission agreed Wednesday to update its trucking regulations. But The Advocate reports the commission didn't go as far as a new state law demands. PSC Chairman Eric Skrmetta says the commission instead will continue with its lawsuit challenging whether lawmakers have the right to decide how truckers operate.
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