MARKSVILLE, La. (AP) - Jurors have convicted a Louisiana law enforcement officer of manslaughter in a shooting that killed a 6-year-old autistic boy. Multiple news outlets report the jury late Friday found Derrick Stafford guilty on manslaughter and attempted manslaughter charges.
(AP) - Storms demolished mobile homes in Arkansas and a church in Louisiana as a menacing weather system threatened several states across the South and Midwest, authorities said. A tornado destroyed four mobile homes and damaged others near Cato, Arkansas, late Friday night, the National Weather Service confirmed on Saturday. An apparent tornado destroyed the Ringgold Assembly of God Church in Ringgold, Louisiana, late Friday night
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Agriculture students from Slovakia learned a bit about alligator farming and uses for 'gator hides during an eight-day visit to Louisiana State University. One of them, Lukás Sýkora (LOO-kahsh SEE-koh-rah), said he was surprised that a creature he'd considered an exotic predator could grow on a farm. The LSU AgCenter's coordinator of international programs, Ivana Tregenza (tray-GEN-zuh), says alligator farming is an example of how to come up with innovative solutions in a changing industry.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A new study says New Orleans tourism last year broke a record set before Hurricane Katrina, with nearly 10.5 million visitors in 2016. The record had stood at 10.1 million since 2004, the year before the hurricane struck. The University of New Orleans' Hospitality Research Center conducted the study for the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau and the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp.
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