BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana is searching for its next higher education commissioner. Joseph Rallo, in the position since January 2015, plans to retire in about nine months. The Board of Regents announced Wednesday that Rallo, whose contract ends in December, has agreed to stay until June while the board searches for a new commissioner.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans officials say repairs and beefed up manpower mean the city is better able to handle heavy rain than it was on Aug. 5, when flash flooding revealed problems with the city's drainage system. But officials declined to estimate how much rain the system can handle as they watch a tropical weather system in the Gulf.
MONROE, La. (AP) - Foster Farms, one of the largest private employers in north Louisiana, is doing a $30 million upgrade to the poultry processing plant. Gov. John Bel Edwards and the company announced the plans for the Farmerville plant on Wednesday, saying the upgrade will create 50 new jobs.
CALHOUN, La. (AP) - A 6-year-old boy pulled his drowning toddler twin cousins from a backyard pool in Louisiana. The twins' father, Steven Kelley of Calhoun, says 6-year-old Branson Lee pulled his own little brother from the pool's top step, then saw his cousins floating face-down in the water, hauled them out and yelled for help. He says his twins were limp and blue, but are fine now. He calls their complete recovery a miracle.
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