Immigration problems impact Louisiana’s crawfish season

BATON ROUGE — Going into what is supposed to be the biggest sales week of the crawfish season, processor Dexter Guillory says he is nothing but worried.

Planning underway for Le Grand Reveil Acadien

JENNINGS — It is still seven months away, but the planning has already begun for a celebration marking the 250th anniversary of the arrival of the Acadians to south Louisiana.

The Le Grand Reveil Acadien, or The Great Acadian Awakening, will be held Oct. 3-12 with events planned from Lake Charles to New Orleans.

Louisiana preschool grading criticized

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana's planned method for grading its preschool programs has "serious flaws," two education groups said Monday.

The Advocate reports ( ) a study by the groups says the proposed grading plan fails to detail how programs can be improved, relies too heavily on a single grade to judge quality and lacks guarantees needed for fairness.

Officials: Iran nuke talks to continue in new phase

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Wrapping up six days of marathon nuclear talks with mixed results, Iran and six world powers prepared Tuesday to issue a general statement agreeing to continue talks in a new phase aimed at reaching a final agreement by the end of June to control Iran's nuclear ambitions, officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Officials had set a deadline of March 31 for a framework agreement, and later softened that wording to a framework understanding, between Iran and the so-called P5+1 nations — the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China.

LSU trying to forget bad weekend

BATON ROUGE ­— LSU coach Paul Mainieri was willing to write off a frustrating weekend to an acute case of running afoul of the baseball gods.

Thanks to losing two of three games to Kentucky — both in creative fashion —the Tigers, who last week were No. 1 in five of the six national polls, were atop none of the above after Monday’s updates.

“I don’t think the sky is falling,” Mainieri said. “I don’t think it’s time to panic.

Falcons fined, lose draft pick for pumping in fake noise

NEW YORK — The NFL has fined the Atlanta Falcons, stripped the organization of a draft pick and suspended team president Rich McKay from the league's Competition Committee beginning April 1 following the team's use of fake noise at home games.

In statement released Monday, the league announced that the Falcons have been fined $350,000 and will forfeit their fifth-round selection in the 2016 draft. If the Falcons have multiple picks in that round, the highest selection will be forfeited.

The NFL noted throughout the 2013 season and into the 2014 season the Falcons violated league rules that state "at no point during the game can artificial crowd noise or amplified crowd noise be played in the stadium."