Colorado deaths stoking worries about pot edibles

DENVER — A college student eats more than the recommended dose of a marijuana-laced cookie and jumps to his death from a hotel balcony. A husband with no history of violence is accused of shooting his wife in the head, possibly after eating pot-infused candy.

The two recent deaths have stoked concerns about Colorado’s recreational marijuana industry and the effects of the drug, especially since cookies, candy and other pot edibles can be exponentially more potent than a joint.

US puts off decision on Keystone XL pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is putting off its decision on the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, likely until after the November elections, indefinitely extending its review of the project.

In a surprise announcement Friday as Washington was winding down for Easter, the State Department said federal agencies will have more time to weigh in on the politically fraught decision — but declined to say how much longer. Officials said the decision will have to wait for the dust to settle in Nebraska, where a judge in February overturned a state law that allowed the pipeline's path through the state.

LC Regional opens passenger lounge

In anticipation of the area’s projected economic boom, Lake Charles Regional Airport has opened its expanded passenger lounge — a business center on the second floor of the passenger terminal.

The area was designed to provide a place for ticketed passengers to relax or work as they wait for their flights’ departure, said Airport Director Heath Allen.

Working with La. fishermen to reduce bycatch

NEW ORLEANS — One way to get anglers and commercial fisherman to use devices to save sea turtles, dolphins and off-limit fish is to have them help design and test those devices, scientists told turtle scientists and conservationists — members of the International Sea Turtle Society.

Mike Osmond of the World Wildlife Fund described the International Smart Gear Competition contest to create gear for reducing bycatch — anything a commercial boat or angler isn’t trying to catch. There’s a $30,000 grand prize, two $10,000 prizes and two $7,500 prizes. This year’s deadline for entries is Aug. 31, he said.

ULL walks off with victory

LAFAYETTE — Just like the schools’ baseball teams a week before, the McNeese State and Louisiana-Lafayette softball teams traded runs until the Ragin’ Cajuns landed the deciding blow.

The No. 17 Ragin’ Cajuns sent the Cowgirls back to Lake Charles on a sour note with a walk-off home run to pull out a 5-4

LSU invites McNeese for 2015 season opener

The Cowboys are going big-game hunting.

McNeese State will open the 2015 football season at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. The game is set for Sept. 5, the schools announced Wednesday.