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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana will spend $60 million in oil spill recovery money on recreational projects to bolster boating, fishing and outdoor leisure opportunities across coastal parishes. Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the spending plans Tuesday.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Homeowners with damage from the 2016 Louisiana floods have only a few days left to apply for a federally-financed aid program. The deadline for filling out a survey that starts the process for homeowner assistance through the Restore Louisiana program is Friday.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana no longer has the highest average sales tax rate in the nation, but only barely. Tennessee has narrowly edged out Louisiana for the top spot with an average state and local combined sales tax rate of 9.46 percent. That's according to the latest data available from the nonpartisan, conservative Tax Foundation, which shows Louisiana falls a hair behind at 9.45 percent.

KENNER, La. (AP) - A former police officer in Louisiana has been sentenced to 90 days of probation for stealing money from five drivers during traffic stops. Jefferson Parish court records show that 34-year-old Jan Gregory pleaded guilty Monday to five counts of misdemeanor theft. He is accused of taking a total of $3,500 from the five men between Jan. 20 and Feb. 5 last year.

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