NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Four Gulf of Mexico states and their coastal counties are getting nearly $188 million in revenue-sharing funds as the offshore area they're drawn from expands. Louisiana is getting about $82 million, with more than $50 million going to Texas, nearly $28 million to Mississippi and almost $27 million for Alabama. Congress approved the revenue-sharing program in 2006. The states and counties got a total of $37 million over the first 10 years.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Senate has backed a proposal that opens the door to school employees praying with their students during the class day. The measure by Sen. Ryan Gatti, a Bossier City Republican, would allow teachers and other workers to pray with students during the workday, if parents of every student in attendance submit a signed request and if the prayer is student-initiated. Senators voted 29-0 Thursday for the bill with no debate.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisianans with concealed carry permits would be allowed to bring guns into schools under a proposal heading to a House floor debate. With a 9-8 vote Thursday, the House criminal justice committee advanced the measure that would let school visitors with concealed carry permits have firearms on school grounds. The proposal does not allow teachers or other educational employees to carry guns at work. Schools could prohibit firearms from their facilities.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal plea agreement calls for a former official of an Army contractor to repay about 1 percent of the $8.7 million cost of a contract to take apart charges of artillery propellant in Louisiana. If the judge agrees, Lionel Koons would repay nearly $93,000 paid before Explo Systems Inc. went bankrupt in 2013, leaving 7,800 tons of potentially explosive propellant at Camp Minden. Koons pleaded guilty Tuesday to making false statements. The court posted details online Thursday.
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