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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's state utility regulators are demanding power companies return some of the largesse they've received from the recent congressional tax overhaul. Federal income tax rates are a consideration in calculating what utilities charge customers. The Public Service Commission says a 14 percent cut to tax rates businesses pay should force a lowering of the rates Louisiana residents are charged for utilities.

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Lafayette's red light traffic cameras are gone for good, but they may be replaced with traffic cameras in select school zones. The Advertiser reports the traffic cameras were unplugged in June. Mayor-President Joel Robideaux said his administration was negotiating with American Traffic Solutions to take over the program. But Robideaux said this week the cameras will not be coming back. Instead, he is negotiating with ATS and Redflex to provide cameras in some school zones.

GRETNA, La. (AP) - Desoto Parish Schools Superintendent Cade Brumley and former Jefferson school administrator Glenn Mayeaux are the only two people who have applied to lead the state's largest school district. Friday marked the deadline for postmarking applications. Times-Picayune reports the Jefferson Parish School Board, at a special meeting, appointed chief operations and planning officer Lale Geer as the interim superintendent to manage the nearly 50,000-student system.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana Republicans have chosen their new chairman, a New Orleans businessman who will lead the party as it readies for a heated effort to unseat Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards in 2019. Louis Gurvich was chosen for the two-year term Saturday by the party's governing body. He takes over from Roger Villere who served as chairman for 14 years, the longest tenure in the state party's history.

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