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Jindal wants details on immigrant children in La.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal is blasting President Barack Obama's administration for providing few details to Louisiana officials about the more than 1,000 unaccompanied immigrant children who have been released to sponsors here.

The Republican governor sent a letter Thursday to the president, saying placement of the children in Louisiana could have "potential negative ramifications."

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services posted data on its website showing that sponsors in Louisiana received 1,071 of the more than 30,000 unaccompanied children who crossed the U.S. border from Jan. 1 to July 7.

Jindal says state officials should have been consulted, to deal with child safety and welfare issues, including where the children will be housed in a hurricane evacuation, whether they received medical screenings and how many more Louisiana may receive.


551 new laws take effect Friday in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - More than 550 new laws take effect Friday, passed by lawmakers in the legislative session that ended in June.

Slug a referee at your child's sports game? You'll face jail time.

Sixteen and trying to improve your tan? You'll have to head outside because minors are barred from the tanning bed.

Want to snoop in your employee's social media accounts? You're prohibited from demanding access.

Many laws are minor, naming the mayhaw tree as Louisiana's official state fruit tree, or offering new specialized license plates for master gardeners and NRA members.

Others impact health care options and change educational programs.

Many of the laws focus on crime. For example, aiming a laser at an aircraft and flying drones over chemical plants are newly prohibited, carrying possible prison sentences for violators.


More high school students earning college credit

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's high school seniors are making increased strides on Advanced Placement exams that are used to earn college credit.

The Department of Education said Thursday that more than 4,500 public high school students who took an AP test in 2014 scored 3 or higher. That's the grade on a 1 to 5 scale that colleges require for students to earn credit.

Only about 30 percent of the 15,000 Louisiana students who took the tests did well enough to get college credit.

But it was an increase of 30 percent over the number of students who earned course credits in 2013.

Education Superintendent John White praised the results, saying Louisiana students have shown tremendous gains in AP performance since the state put a new emphasis on taking the courses and tests.


Caddo Schools probe allegation of cheating

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Caddo Parish school officials are investigating allegations that student grades were changed at Shreveport's Booker T. Washington New Tech High School.

At a news conference Thursday, KSLA-TV reports Caddo Parish Schools Superintendent Dr. Lamar Goree said an investigation has been launched following an anonymous tip about the alleged incident.

The Times reports Booker T. Washington Principal Stacey Russell is on paid administrative leave as the school system investigates.

Despite the allegations, KSLA reports Goree says BTW will be ready for the 2015 school year that starts Aug. 11. He has named Carter Bedford as interim principal and C.E. Byrd and Huntington high schools are also lending staff to BTW.

Goree also said they system has started another investigation to review grade security procedures at district schools.


Missing man's body found in Alexandria

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Alexandria Police say a homeless man not seen by his family since March has been found dead.

The Town Talk reports 52-year-old Anthony A. Tannehill apparently died of natural causes. According to a police department news release, authorities said the man's body was found Saturday and there were no signs of foul play.

Tannehill's family had reported him missing May 2. They told police that it was not unusual for Tannehill to disappear for long periods of time.


Methanex to produce methanol in late 2014

GEISMAR, La. (AP) - Methanex Corp. expects to be producing methanol from its 1.1 million-ton Geismar 1 facility in late 2014, while production from the 1.1 million-ton Geismar 2 plant is expected to begin production in early 2016.

Methanex recorded $100 million in spending related to both facilities during the second quarter. The Advocate reports the Geismar update was included in Methanex's second-quarter earnings report, which was released late Thursday evening.

The Vancouver, British Columbia-based company reported adjusted net income of $91 million, or 94 cents per share

Methanol is used as a feedstock to produce plastics, textiles, paint and plywood

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