BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The federal say a rare amoeba that caused the August death of a child in south Louisiana has been found in five locations in a north Louisiana water system.
The state Department of Health and Hospitals said Tuesday the CDC confirmed the presence of the Naegleria fowleri amoeba in five places in DeSoto Parish Waterworks District No. 1, which is one of 14 water systems in the parish.
State health officials say there are no known current cases of illness related to the discovery in DeSoto or elsewhere in Louisiana.
The water system said it will begin a free chlorine burn in the system Wednesday to last for 60 days.
DHH began testing the DeSoto system as a precaution after St. Bernard Parish's water system tested positive. DeSoto was the site of one of two 2011 amoeba-related deaths in Louisiana.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Three people convicted of murder in deadly crashes want New York's highest court to throw out their convictions, arguing they were too intoxicated to know the threat to others.
The Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday from the attorneys for Martin Heidgen, Taliyah Taylor and Franklin McPherson.
Heidgen killed a limousine driver and a 7-year-old passenger in a wrong-way crash on Long Island's Meadowbrook State Parkway in 2005. His blood alcohol content was 0.28 percent.
Taylor sped 80 mph down a Staten Island street without headlights, ran a red light and killed a pedestrian. She had taken Ecstasy, smoked marijuana and drank beer.
McPherson drove the wrong way on Long Island's Southern State Parkway in 2007 and killed another driver. His BAC was 0.19 percent.
Rulings are expected next month.
TUSAYAN, Ariz. (AP) - An Arizona food bank has delivered more than 600 food boxes to Grand Canyon National Park and a gateway community to help out government and concession workers who have been furloughed from their jobs.
The Grand Canyon is closed to visitors because of the partial government shutdown.
The pastor of a church inside the park reached out to Phoenix-based St. Mary's Food Bank for help. The Rev. Patrick Dotson says many of the affected workers live paycheck to paycheck and are struggling to provide food for their families.
The food bank trucked the boxes from Phoenix to the small community of Tusayan near the canyon's South Rim and then inside the park.
Tusayan business owners also held a protest Tuesday against the Grand Canyon's continued closure.