ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Normally packed with vacationers over the Memorial Day weekend, beaches along the eastern U.S. Gulf Coast are largely empty as a slowly strengthening storm carrying brisk winds and heavy rain approaches. Subtropical Storm Alberto was moving north up the Gulf of Mexico Sunday morning National Hurricane Center forecasters said that as of 8 a.m., the storm was about 165 miles (265 kilometers) southwest of Tampa.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Close to 7,000 teachers are expected to attend a three-day gathering in New Orleans dedicated to professional development. The Louisiana Department of Education's sixth annual Louisiana Teacher Leader Summit begins Wednesday at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The department says State Superintendent of Education John White will deliver the keynote address. He also will announce the 2019 finalists for Teacher and Principal of the Year.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's rebuilding program for homeowners with damage from the 2016 floods is hosting outreach events trying to get more people in the pipeline for federal aid. The deadline for filling out a survey that starts the process for homeowner assistance is July 20, and the Restore Louisiana program is hoping to get more surveys complete.
BOSTON (AP) - The solemn display of tens of thousands of U.S. flags that first appeared on Boston Common for Memorial Day a decade ago to honor service members who have died defending the nation is slowly becoming a national movement. The flag gardens, as they are known, can be seen this weekend in Texas, Louisiana, Ohio and New York. All were started by local residents inspired by the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund display established in 2010.
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