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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The number of doctors who have applied for permission to dispense medical marijuana is edging upward, as the estimated summer start of the program gets closer. In October, only two doctors had submitted applications for the permit required to offer medical-grade pot to patients. Two months later, that has increased to six doctors.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's wildlife and fisheries department has created a new freshwater artificial reef for a Vernon Parish reservoir, to boost fishing opportunities there. The agency deployed the reef into Vernon Lake on Thursday, saying it will provide additional habitat for juvenile fish. The structure, the wildlife and fisheries department's 69th artificial reef across Louisiana, was built with PVC pipe that otherwise would have been trashed.

RUSTON, La. (AP) - Louisiana Tech University has received a more than $1.3 million grant to enhance its cybersecurity programs. The university, in a news release, says the grant was awarded by the National Science Foundation.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana State University says a laptop computer stolen from a university employee may contain information on approximately 5,500 people, including some students, former students and faculty. The university says in a Friday news release that it is mailing letters to the people involved to inform them of the possibility that personal information is on the stolen computer.

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