BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana has created a program for veterans, aimed at helping them start their own businesses. The Louisiana Veteran Entrepreneurship Program opened its inaugural boot camp Tuesday with 19 people in Baton Rouge. The program involves the in-person training at boot camp, an online course and long-term small business counseling. Veterans learn about fundraising, banking, available loans, accounting systems, tax matters and business management skills.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans police officer killed in the line of duty has been laid to rest. WWL-TV reports hundreds gathered Saturday at the Household of Faith Church to say goodbye to 29-year-old Officer Marcus McNeil, who was shot Oct. 13 during a routine patrol. A suspect is in custody, facing charges including first-degree murder.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Louisiana attorney has been elected to fill a judicial vacancy after his challenger in a runoff dropped out of the race. The Louisiana Secretary of State's Office confirmed Friday that Steve Marionneaux officially withdrew from the race to fill a spot on the 18th Judicial District Court. That means Port Allen attorney Kevin Kimball gets an automatic win in the runoff election set for Nov. 18.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An LSU professor has $390,000 to study whether exercise can help avert insulin resistance, pre-diabetes and other disorders in heavy drinkers with HIV. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism awarded the two-year grant to Dr. Patricia Molina, head of physiology at LSU Health New Orleans. The new studies will see whether HIV-positive people who drink too much are also more likely to have metabolic disorders, and whether exercise improves their glycemic control.
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