BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A redesign of Louisiana's career-track diploma has received overwhelming backing from members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Superintendent of Education John White's proposal centers on high school students getting job skills certifications to earn their diploma if they don't intend to go to a four-year university. He says it will better prepare students for available jobs.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman says there were 895 arrests during the 2014 Mardi Gras season that started Feb. 21 and ended Tuesday. Charges ranged from lewd conduct, public drunkenness and disturbing the peace to more serious violations, including arrests for illegal drugs or violent crime.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The last of the 1,200 Louisiana-based soldiers who've been in Afghanistan since last summer are returning home to Fort Polk in the coming days. Fort Polk spokeswoman Kimberly Reischling says the 4th Brigade Combat Team soldiers have been returning to the U.S. Army post in west-central Louisiana in groups, with the last to be home this weekend.
DULUTH, Ga. (AP) - Shanece McKinney scored 18 points with 10 rebounds and four blocked shots as Louisiana State's women's team snapped its longest losing streak in 19 years by beating Alabama 78-65 in the second round of the Southeastern Conference tournament on Thursday night. LSU ended a six-game losing streak, its longest since the 1994-95 season.
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