MIAMI (AP) - Forecasters say chances are increasing for the first tropical weather system of the year in the Gulf of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center said Thursday a mass of low pressure in the western Caribbean is becoming better defined and will likely become a subtropical or tropical depression by late Saturday. They're putting the chances of formation at 80 percent over the next five days. Downpours could dampen the Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of tourist season.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed into law Louisiana's first government-wide policy against sexual harassment. The law requires state and local government agencies to enact anti-sexual-harassment policies that include a process for handling complaints, a ban against retaliation when someone files a complaint and mandatory prevention training each year. The requirements will take effect Jan. 1.
PINEVILLE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana National Guard is sending help to the U.S. Border Patrol to aid efforts at protecting the Texas-Mexico border. LANG officials, in a news release Wednesday, said Gov. John Bel Edwards signed off on a request for help from the state of Texas and the Louisiana Guard sent an aviation team to provide air support. The request for support has been approved for an initial 90-day deployment.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Recreational red snapper seasons open Friday in federal waters off Louisiana and Mississippi. Openings are scheduled June 1 off Texas and Alabama and June 11 off of Florida's west coast for the popular sport and table fish. The states announced those dates in April, after the federal government authorized two-year experimental permits to let states along the Gulf of Mexico manage recreational seasons for red snapper.
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