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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.

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A Gulf Coast bank is rebranding to combine two historic names. Mississippi-based Hancock Holding Co. announced Tuesday that it's becoming Hancock Whitney Corp., and will use that name on its branches beginning next year. The company had operated as Whitney Bank in Louisiana and Texas, and Hancock Bank in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, since Hancock took over Whitney in 2011.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The deadline is approaching for small businesses impacted by last year's floods to apply for interest-free, partially forgivable recovery loans. The Restore Louisiana Small Business Program, financed by federal aid dollars, won't take applications beyond Oct. 31.

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