Petal power: Group works to preserve wild Louisiana irises

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Vast stands of wild Louisiana irises — vibrant purple, blue, red, yellow and orange flowers that thrive in the wet, swampy state — have been replaced by roads and buildings, leading to concerns that they are running out of habitat. A small group of enthusiasts is doing its best to make sure that the widely varied group of plants doesn't go the way of the passenger pigeon.

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  • Written by By JANET McCONNAUGHEY , Associated Press

High court upholds prescription drug initiative explanation

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's Supreme Court has upheld Attorney General Marty Jackley's explanation of a ballot question that would cap the price state agencies could pay for prescription drugs.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Audit: Online school inflated time students spent learning

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's then-largest online charter school may have broken the law by withholding information used in calculating payments and inflated the amount of time students spent learning, the state auditor said Thursday.

  • Written by By JULIE CARR SMYTH , Associated Press