BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Entergy Louisiana says it has state permission to build an $872 million power plant fired by natural gas. Spokesman Mike Burns says construction is expected to begin next year in Westlake, near Lake Charles. The company says the plant will save money by reducing dependence on aging, less efficient plants, and will avoid about $600 million in transmission projects that would otherwise be needed in the area.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana would be uniquely penalized in the calculation of federal spending on state Medicaid programs under the Senate GOP's proposed health law rewrite, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday. The Democratic governor said the new per-capita payment calculator that would be used to divvy up Medicaid dollars uses a formula that would downplay an enrollment boost in Louisiana's program due to Medicaid expansion.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Four suspects have now been arrested in a violent, video-recorded attack and robbery on two Boston-area visitors to New Orleans' French Quarter. The attack left one victim, Tim Byrne, in critical condition. All four suspects face second-degree robbery charges.
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Louisiana State Police say the first black woman to become a state trooper has died. Trooper Brooks David, a state police spokesman, says funeral services were scheduled Wednesday for 68-year-old Joyce Stephanie Isaac Thibodeaux, who died last Wednesday. David says he does not know her cause of death. He says Thibodaux joined the department in 1976 and retired in 1997 after 21 years as a detective in the gaming division.
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