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The Jefferson Parish Council's annual Grand Isle meeting is usually more about ceremony and celebration than business. Wednesday's meeting was no exception.

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Ben Myers
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Council members arrived in matching teal blue polo shirts and spent much of 74-minute meeting hours hailing the southernmost outpost of Jefferson Parish civilization. Review our live coverage of the meeting and take a look at these five stories form the day:

THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study estimates that more than 10 million uninsured Americans gained health coverage over the past year due to the Affordable Care Act.

The biggest gains came in states that expanded eligibility for Medicaid, the federal insurance program for the poor. Under health care reform, popularly known as Obamacare, states had a choice about expanding eligibility.

ATLANTA (Reuters) – More U.S. adolescents are receiving vaccines against the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical and other types of cancer but vaccination rates for the infection remain too low, federal health officials said on Thursday.

In 2013, 37.6 percent of girls ages 13-17 got the recommended three doses of the vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

That was up from 33.4 percent in 2012 but far short of the CDC’s goal of an 80 percent vaccination rate, data showed.

By Natalia Zinets and Elizabeth Piper

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s prime minister tendered his resignation on Thursday, berating parliament for failing to pass legislation to take control over an increasingly precarious energy situation and to increase army financing.

Earlier on Thursday, two parties quit the government coalition, forcing new elections to a parliament whose make-up has not changed since before the toppling of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovich in February.

His successor, President Petro Poroshenko, supported the move, which one politician said would clear “Moscow agents” from the chamber.

  • French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius speaks during a joint news conference with his Jordanian counterpart Nasser Judeh at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Amman July 19, 2014. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

  • Israeli soldiers mourn during the funeral for their fallen comrade Natan Cohen, killed during fighting in Gaza on Tuesday, in the town of Modi'in, between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv July 23, 2014.

By Nnekule Ikemfuna

KANO (Reuters) – A bomb hidden in a refrigerator killed one and wounded eight at a crowded bus park in northern Nigeria’s biggest city of Kano on Thursday, police said.

Ike Chuku, a local trader who witnessed the blast, told Reuters by telephone that emergency services had arrived to rescue the wounded from the New Road bus park in Sabon Gari, an area of the mostly Muslim northern city with a high population of Christian southerners.

BR casino revenues down for June
Thursday, 24 July 2014 12:11

The winnings at Baton Rouge’s three riverboat casinos were lower in June than they were the year before, because of a dropoff in activity at Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge.

The three local riverboats brought in nearly $22.5 million during June, compared with almost $25.6 million in June 2013, a 4.7 percent drop, according to figures released Thursday by Louisiana State Police. This was the fifth time this year that the Baton Rouge riverboats failed to bring in more money than the year before.

Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols said Thursday morning she needs more information on the state school board’s request to hire special legal counsel in the battle over Common Core.

In a letter to state Superintendent of Education John White and Chas Roemer, president of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Nichols said “there are some concerns that must be addressed before the contract is approved.”

The request stems from BESE’s bid to hire special legal counsel to challenge the Jindal adminstration’s suspension of a state testing contract that educators plan to use to see what students know about Common Core.

The winning tradition that LSU has established starts and ends with defense. Over the years, it's become commonplace for the Tigers' defense to be ranked among

After Jordan Matthews terrorized opposing secondaries, Vandy is in need of help at receiver. Speaking of help, one JUCO recruit appears to have received none. Here's

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