A small plane en route to a college American football play-off game has crashed into the car park of a post office in Louisiana shortly after take-off, killing the daughter-in-law of one of the team’s coaches and four other people on board.
Louisiana is suing the state of California over its decision to ban the import and sale of alligator products, saying the ban will hurt an important industry and ultimately could hurt the state’s wetlands.
Louisiana’s Democratic governor John Bel Edwards has narrowly seen off a challenge from the Republicans to clinch a second term.
Leonardo DiCaprio’s foundation has donated one million dollars (£775,000) to relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, adding to growing pledges from Hollywood stars.
At least three people have died and thousands more were rescued after “historic” flooding swamped parts of Louisiana.