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Louisiana at 2 a.m. Monday.

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LOUISIANA TOP STORIES

The following items moved Sunday for Monday newspapers.

CONCRETE REEF RESCUE

(Information in the following story is from: WLOX-TV, http://www.wlox.com)

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources says four injured boaters from Louisiana were rescued after their boat wrecked on a concrete reef southeast of Bay St. Louis. Two were seriously injured and the others had minor injuries, Spokeswoman Lauren Thompson told WLOX-TV (http://bit.ly/SXxk3m). All four are from Baton Rouge.

PUBLIC RECORDS

(Information in the following story is from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com)

BATON ROUGE, La. — A letter obtained by The Advocate contradicts a Jindal administration statement that it doesn't tell state agencies how to answer public records requests. The newspaper (http://bit.ly/WkGA7a), reports that the letter says Gov. Bobby Jindal's top lawyer suggested using the "deliberative process privilege" to withhold documents about budget cuts and privatization at public hospitals.

LT GOVERNOR-FRANCE

BATON ROUGE, La. — Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne is leading a delegation of Louisiana's education and economic development leaders on a 10-day trip to France and Belgium. The visit begins Monday. It's designed to strengthen cultural and business ties with the francophone nations. By Melinda Deslatte.

ORLEANS JAIL

NEW ORLEANS — Disigreement about what it would cost to fix up the Orleans Parish jail have stalled lawsuit settlement talks.

BEAUREGARD COURTHOUSE TAX

DERIDDER — A judge finds that a tax proposed to renovate and repair the Beauregard Parish Courthouse meets the standard needed to get it on the ballot.

COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS

NEW ORLEANS — Federal grants have been awarded to 16 community health centers in Louisiana to improve care and ensure more women are screened for cervical cancer. The centers are among 810 nationwide that received grants from the Department of Health and Human Services to help them become "medical homes" that will coordinate patients' care. DHH says patients seen in such practices get more preventive services, including cervical cancer screening.

CHIRPING FROG FIND

(Information in the following story is from: American Press, http://www.americanpress.com)

MOSS BLUFF, La. — Fifth-grader A.J. Williams of Moss Bluff already has a scientific publication. The 126-word-long note in "Herpetology Review" reports that the Rio Grande chirping frog — native to Mexico and far south Texas — is living in Moss Bluff. A.J. helped his father — LSU-Eunice biology professor Avery Williams — hunt through woods for the half-inch-long frog.

SOUTHERN-BRAZILIANS

(Information in the following story is from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com)

BATON ROUGE, La. — Southern University has entered into an agreement to exchange students and possibly faculty with a university in Brazil starting as early as next spring. The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/RRp5tg) Chancellor James Llorens signed a memorandum of understanding this past week with Jorge da Silva, a professor and social scientist from Rio de Janeiro State University.

JEFFERSON-HOME IMPROVEMENT

(Information in the following story is from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com)

GRETNA, La. — Elderly and disabled Jefferson Parish residents wanting to improve their homes could soon receive free assistance through a new program announced this past week by parish President John Young. The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/RRi3Vk) Young unveiled the "Jefferson Joining Forces" program at the Parish Council meeting, and called it an innovative public-private partnership to help those in need while improving Jefferson's housing stock. The program will provide professional renovation of homes of elderly and disabled residents who can't afford to make repairs on their own.

LOUISIANA NEWS IN BRIEF

LSU-NURSING GRANT

NEW ORLEANS — The School of Nursing at the LSU Health Sciences Center has been awarded a $700,000 federal grant over two years to help students pursuing advanced practice primary care nursing degrees meet educational expenses. The grant was awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services The money can be used for tuition, books fees, and reasonable living expenses.

DELGADO-REGISTERING VETERANS

NEW ORLEANS — Delgado Community College is offering registration assistance for the spring semester to students who are military veterans and their dependents. Representatives of the college's academic divisions and student services departments will be on hand this week at two sessions.

HALLOWEEN-CHILDREN'S MUSEUM

NEW ORLEANS — The Louisiana Children's Museum is planning a basket of Halloween season activities on Oct. 28. Dubbed the Museum Mash, a dance party, games, trick-or-treating and entertainment are set from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

PEOPLE-FLUTIST RECITAL

NATCHITOCHES, La. — Flutist Sergio Pallottelli will present a recital Wednesday in the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts Recital Hall at Northwestern State University. Admission is free and the performance, at 7:30 p.m., is open to the public. .

TAX PREP WORKSHOP

HAMMOND, La. — The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University is offering a seminar for tax preparers, certified public accountants and others engaged in payroll tax documentation.

The following items moved Sunday for Monday newspapers.

LOTTO-POWERBALL

NEW ORLEANS — Nobody won the jackpots for big weekend lotteries in Louisiana. The Louisiana Lottery Corp. says that boosts Wednesday's estimated jackpots to $70,000 for Easy 5, $500,000 for Lotto and $70 million for the Powerball.

ST BERNARD-911 CENTER

(Information in the following story is from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com)

CHALMETTE, La. — The St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office 911 communications center has been renamed and dedicated in the honor of Col. Gerald "Jerry" Rathburn, who died in April.

UNCLAIMED PRIZE

BATON ROUGE, La. — A $203,543 Louisiana Lottery Easy 5 jackpot won in May has yet to be claimed. As of Friday no one has claimed the prize from the May 16, 2012, drawing.

BIODIVERSITY GRANT

NEW ORLEANS — The University of New Orleans will receive a grant of more than $966,000 from the National Science Foundation for its role in a project to conserve biodiversity in central African rainforests.

ST MARY-ROAD CLOSED

(Information in the following story is from: The Daily Review , http://www.daily-review.com/)

MORGAN CITY, La. — Louisiana Highway 324 between Louisiana Highway 326 and Louisiana 87 at the Charenton swing bridge will be closed until Nov. 2, state transportation officials say.

FRAUD PLEA

NEW ORLEANS — An 80-year-old New Orleans doctor has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Dr. Jerry Haskin entered the plea Friday before U.S. District Judge Lance Africk.

ULM GALA

MONROE, La. — The University of Louisiana-Monroe's College of Education and Human Development is planning a benefit gala Oct. 18. Tickets are $40 per person. Proceeds support the college's programming and faculty advancement.

BOSSIER-ARTS

(Information in the following story is from: The Times, http://www.shreveporttimes.com)

BOSSIER CITY, La. — Paintings by members of the Shreveport Pastels Society will be on display Oct. 16-Nov. 30 at the Bossier Arts Council East Bank Gallery.

LAFOURCHE-NAACP

(Information in the following story is from: Daily Comet, http://www.dailycomet.com)

THIBODAUX, La. — The Lafourche NAACP will honor Bernette Joshua Johnson at its banquet in November.

LOYOLA-READING

NEW ORLEANS — Irish author Claire Keegan will present a reading of her work on Oct. 24 in the Whitney Room of Thomas Hall on the campus of Loyola University.

ANALYSIS

LOUISIANA SPOTLIGHT-ANALYSIS

BATON ROUGE, La. — Anyone thinking the end of the 2012 presidential election cycle will lessen Gov. Bobby Jindal's out-of-state travel and return his focus squarely to Louisiana likely can put those assumptions aside. Jindal's been tapped to lead the Republican Governors Association next year, a position that can bolster his political ambitions, help him stay in the national spotlight and most certainly keep him on the road and the GOP fundraising circuit. By Melinda Deslatte.

MEMBER EXCHANGES

LOSING THE KEYS

(Information in the following story is from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com)

BATON ROUGE, La. — Whether it's due to dementia or other age-related health conditions, elderly people at some point often find they must give up driving. It might be something they realize on their own, or others might have to take the lead on the issue, but the road to that decision is anything but clearly marked. And it's one that many people have to take. By Ellyn Couvillion, The Advocate.

GRAND OLE AUCTIONEER

(Information in the following story is from: The Courier, http://www.houmatoday.com)

HOUMA, La. — Becoming a fast-talking, item-collecting, bid-taking auctioneer was Grover Phipps' destiny. "It's in my blood," said the 62-year-old North Carolina native. His parents and family were in the auction business. "I'm retiring from my real job next year and all I want to do is auctions." By Kris Johnson, The Advertiser.

LOUISIANA SPORTS

The following items moved Sunday for Monday newspapers.

T25-SOUTH CAROLINA-LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. — Sam Montgomery's philosophical musings have led him to the conclusion that LSU has regained a certain focus, intensity and chemistry that had been lacking in recent weeks. The proof came in the Tigers' 23-21 triumph Saturday night over a previously undefeated South Carolina team that came in ranked No. 3, a result which vaulted LSU back up the rankings from ninth to sixth. By Brett Martel.

AP Photos LAGH123-1013122206, LAGH117-1013122234, LAGH119-1013122232.

MISSISSIPPI TOP STORIES

ONWARD STORE

ONWARD, Miss. — The Onward Store is keeping alive the story of Teddy Roosevelt's famous 1902 bear hunt, as it has done for generations. The store, first opened in 1913, was closed in the spring to undergo renovation, according to the Vicksburg Post (http://bit.ly/W0m793). It reopened over the weekend.

The following items moved Sunday for Monday newspapers.

CONCRETE REEF RESCUE

(Information in the following story is from: WLOX-TV, http://www.wlox.com)

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources says four injured boaters from Louisiana were rescued after their boat wrecked on a concrete reef southeast of Bay St. Louis. Two were seriously injured and the others had minor injuries, Spokeswoman Lauren Thompson told WLOX-TV (http://bit.ly/SXxk3m). All four are from Baton Rouge.

JACKSON WATER BILLS

(Information in the following story is from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com)

JACKSON, Miss. — Water bills in the city of Jackson could go up significantly if the City Council agrees to buy new water meters at the heart of a $90 million water and sewer improvement project. The proposal doesn't include a rate increase. But The Clarion-Ledger reports (http://on.thec-l.com/OzBfY1) that as meters age they show less water than people are really using, so new meters would increase bills for most of the city's 65,000 customers.

ECONOMIC ALLIANCE

(Information in the following story is from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, http://djournal.com)

HOUSTON, Miss. — Chickasaw, Pontotoc and Union counties have created an economic alliance to attract new jobs. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal http://bit.ly/TjRKEp reports that it's modeled after the Pontotoc Union Lee Alliance, which helped bring Toyota Motor Corp. to Blue Springs.

BILOXI BEACH CLOSURE

BILOXI, Miss. — A sewage discharge has closed a 7-to-8-mile stretch of beach in Biloxi. Public Works Director Richard Sullivan says a brief power failure Saturday caused the discharge at a pump station.

HS FOOTBALL COACHES' PAY

Also moving on state sports wires.

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Pay varies widely for high-school football coaches. The Hattiesburg American reports (http://hatne.ws/W9l46E ) that the six public school districts in Forrest and Lamar counties pay their head coaches anywhere from $7,000 to more than $41,000 for coaching responsibilities only. That doesn't include their base pay as teachers or administrators.

COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS (NewsNow time-spotted for 10 a.m.; short WT time-spotted for 10:30 a.m.)

JACKSON — Federal grants have been awarded to 17 community health centers in Mississippi to improve care and ensure more women are screened for cervical cancer.

MISSISSIPPI NEWS IN BRIEF

TECH CENTER-STENNIS

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. — Mississippi State University will open its science and technology center at the Stennis Space Center in Hancock County on Tuesday. U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., is scheduled to speak.

NATCHEZ-ADAMS MAGNET SCHOOL

NATCHEZ, Miss. — Natchez-Adams schools superintendent Frederick Hill hopes to get approval by January to start a magnet program at the former Robert Lewis Middle School. Magnet schools have a specific theme or mission that drives their curriculum, such as fine arts or science. Magnet schools still must be racially balanced.

The following items moved Sunday for Monday newspapers.

BILOXI BEACH CLOSURE

BILOXI, Miss. — A sewage discharge has closed a 7-to-8-mile stretch of beach in Biloxi. Public Works Director Richard Sullivan says a brief power failure Saturday caused the discharge at a pump station.

MUW-TRANSIT SURVEY (NN at 9:22 a.m.) COLUMBUS, Miss. — Mississippi University for Women students who either commute or find on campus parking challenging are being asked if they would support a new transit system. WTVA-TV reports (http://bit.ly/WZZLlZ) that MUW officials have been surveying students, faculty and staff after the proposal.

PHILADELPHIA POLICE CHIEF (NN at 9:31 a.m.) PHILADELPHIA, Miss. — The board of alderman has interview eight applications for police chief in Philadelphia. Mayor James A. Young tells the Neshoba Democrat (http://bit.ly/VZYD42) that the candidates were "very positive, very professional and presented themselves very well" to the board.

MISSISSIPPI SPORTS

The following items moved Sunday for Monday newspapers.

TENNESSEE-DEFENSIVE STRUGGLES

Identifying Tennessee's problem is simple: Its defense gives up too many points. Solving the problem has been more complicated. The Volunteers have allowed 31.5 points per game, the highest average since the 1893 team gave up 42.7 in a six-game season. Tennessee's struggles this season continued Saturday with a 41-31 loss at No. 19 Mississippi State — which racked up 450 yards on offense. By Steve Megargee.

AP Photos MSRS108-1013122014, MSRS125-1014122323, MSRS133-1013122108, MSRS121-1013121917, TNKNN102-1014122344.

HS FOOTBALL COACHES' PAY

Also moved on state news wires.

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Pay varies widely for high-school football coaches. The Hattiesburg American reports (http://hatne.ws/W9l46E ) that the six public school districts in Forrest and Lamar counties pay their head coaches anywhere from $7,000 to more than $41,000 for coaching responsibilities only. That doesn't include their base pay as teachers or administrators.

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