NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Unemployment fell for the sixth straight month in Louisiana, but payrolls moved in the wrong direction in October. The jobless rate fell to 4.8 percent in September from 5.1 percent in September, as more people entered the labor force and more found jobs. Louisiana's unemployment rate dropped out of the 10 worst states for the first time in years. The separate payroll survey, economists' top labor market indicator, continued a multi-month downward trend, falling below 1.98 million in Louisiana.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has cut one Louisiana abortion law from a suit filed by an abortion clinic and its doctors, and has narrowed challenges to four other laws. Attorney Zoe Levine of the Center for Reproductive Rights says the law no longer in the suit forbids reimbursement or compensation for any part of an aborted fetus, including money spent for storage and handling.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration has lost its latest effort to persuade House Republicans to back contract extensions for Louisiana's Medicaid managed-care companies. Friday was the second time House GOP lawmakers voted to block the deals. The companies coordinate health services for 1.5 million people.
DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (AP) - The state fire marshal's office is investigating a fire that left a man and his granddaughter dead and two other family members injured. Investigators responded about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday to a report of a fire in Denham Springs. Firefighters entered the house and found the bodies of 57-year-old Jesse Lowrance and his 6-year-old granddaughter, Kenley Lowrance. Their bodies were sent to the Livingston Parish Coroner's Office for autopsies. Two others are being treated at burn centers.
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