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News Minute: Here is the latest Louisiana news from The Associated Press at 6:40 a.m. CDT

ATLANTA (AP) - The threat of flooding continues across several southern states as heavy rain soaked the area and prompted new flood watches in the Carolinas while a massive storm system swept eastward. The National Weather Service said flash flood watches early Tuesday extended from southeast Louisiana across Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas and part of southern Virginia.

METAIRIE, La. (AP) - An ambulance that slid into a Louisiana canal had firefighters rescuing two people inside. NOLA.com reports East Bank firefighters helped a patient being transported and the driver out of an ambulance after it entered a canal in Metairie Monday morning.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An inmate hospitalized after a suicide attempt in the New Orleans jail has died. He is the third suicidal inmate to die since the new jail opened in September 2015.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Purchases of off-road vehicles and airboats in Louisiana will continue to be tax-free on the first weekend of September. The House Ways and Means Committee rejected a Senate-approved bill that would have scaled back Louisiana's sales tax holiday for hunting supplies.

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