NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A woman has fallen overboard from a cruise ship into the Gulf of Mexico while sailing from New Orleans. Carnival Cruise Line spokesman Vance Gulliken told news outlets that a 44-year-old woman fell from the Carnival Triumph on Sunday night. The company says rescue efforts for the missing woman have been under way.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The $25.3 billion worst-case scenario Louisiana operating budget outlined by Gov. John Bel Edwards would shutter health services and eliminate 80 percent of financing for the TOPS college tuition program. Edwards' spending plan for the year beginning July 1 assumes lawmakers will refuse to replace $1 billion in expiring sales taxes and force widespread slashing across state government. He's required to submit a budget accounting only for dollars expected to be available.
ATLANTA (AP) - Parts of the Deep South are under the threat of severe thunderstorms as a weather system moves into the region. The national Storm Prediction Center has placed most of Alabama _ along with parts of eastern Mississippi and west Georgia _ in a zone that will be at marginal risk of severe storms Monday. A line of thunderstorms was already moving through central and eastern Louisiana and western Mississippi before dawn Monday. It was heading toward Alabama.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court says it will take up a dispute over Louisiana timberland that the federal government called critical habitat for an endangered frog found only in Mississippi. The justices agreed Monday to review a lower-court ruling that upheld a federal agency's designation of the 1,500-acre (607-hectare) tract owned by the Weyerhaeuser (WEHR'-how-zur) Co. and others as the only potential breeding ground outside Mississippi for dusky gopher frogs.
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