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LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A Louisiana juvenile court is introducing a therapy dog program to help children at court dealing with difficult family situations. The American Press reports Judge C. Kerry Anderson in Beauregard Parish's juvenile court heard a presentation given by a dog handler and decided to introduce the concept at the courthouse. Anderson says he thought it would be a great way to help children cope with what can be a "very stressful and anxiety-filled" day.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU's College of Engineering is getting a $1 million leadership gift from Valero Energy Corporation to support the engineering education and hands-on experiences for engineering students. The Valero Fund at the LSU Foundation will acquire cutting-edge equipment for undergraduate education and research labs and offer technology support for research by College of Engineering faculty.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The loan application period has opened for flood-damaged small businesses and nonprofits seeking aid from a $51 million new program. The Restore Louisiana Small Business Program was created by Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration, using dollars earmarked by Congress for rebuilding after the March and August 2016 floods. The program offers partially-forgivable loans between $20,000 and $50,000 to qualified businesses.

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) - A high school in Mississippi is starting an archaeology club for students who dig the past. The club at Brookhaven High will give teenagers a chance to learn about the early history of Mississippi and the region. They will take field trips and hear from guest speakers.

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  • Police investigating death on Biloxi Beach

    Police investigating death on Biloxi Beach

    Saturday, May 27 2017 12:38 PM EDT2017-05-27 16:38:08 GMT
    Biloxi police are investigating a dead body found on the beach. (Photo source: WLOX)Biloxi police are investigating a dead body found on the beach. (Photo source: WLOX)

    Biloxi Police are investigating a dead body that was found on the beach Saturday morning. The body was found in the sand in front of St. George Avenue. Witnesses say two women went to retrieve a fishing pole out of the water and discovered the body. It's unclear at this time how the person died or whether the death is suspicious. Police are on the scene. WLOX News Now is also there and will update this story as soon as more information is available. Copyright 2017 WLOX. All rights ...

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    Biloxi Police are investigating a dead body that was found on the beach Saturday morning. The body was found in the sand in front of St. George Avenue. Witnesses say two women went to retrieve a fishing pole out of the water and discovered the body. It's unclear at this time how the person died or whether the death is suspicious. Police are on the scene. WLOX News Now is also there and will update this story as soon as more information is available. Copyright 2017 WLOX. All rights ...

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  • Stolen vehicle found in Gulfport; suspect arrested

    Saturday, May 27 2017 9:16 AM EDT2017-05-27 13:16:23 GMT
    Bailey Jade Ford (Photo source: Biloxi Police Dept.)Bailey Jade Ford (Photo source: Biloxi Police Dept.)

    A vehicle stolen in Biloxi was located in Gulfport a few hours later and a woman was taken into custody for the theft.

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    A vehicle stolen in Biloxi was located in Gulfport a few hours later and a woman was taken into custody for the theft.

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  • Parents urged to monitor children to decrease overdose deaths

    Parents urged to monitor children to decrease overdose deaths

    Friday, May 26 2017 7:08 PM EDT2017-05-26 23:08:47 GMT
    Saturday, May 27 2017 6:00 AM EDT2017-05-27 10:00:17 GMT

    American deaths from drug overdoses have risen yearly since 2002 through 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The number of deaths from opioid drugs also spiked in 2015 compared to 2013.  

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    American deaths from drug overdoses have risen yearly since 2002 through 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The number of deaths from opioid drugs also spiked in 2015 compared to 2013.  

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