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ZACHARY, La. (AP) — President Barack Obama says there will be a sustained national effort to rebuild flood-ravaged southern Louisiana "even after the TV cameras leave." Obama made the pledge today during a visit to southern Louisiana, which is suffering from the aftermath of historic flooding. Some critics say he should have come sooner. Obama said the visit was not about a photo-op.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials say there is a non-travel-related case of Zika in the Tampa Bay region. It's the first case outside the Miami area. If Department of Health officials conclude mosquitoes have transmitted the disease to people in the Tampa Bay area, it would the third such area in the continental U.S. following clusters of cases traced to downtown Miami's Wynwood arts district and an area of Miami Beach.

DENVER (AP) — A federal appeals court in Denver will decide whether Kansas has the right to ask people who register to vote when they get their driver's licenses for proof that they're citizens. The decision could affect an estimated 50,000 people. Since 1993, states have had to allow people to register to vote when they apply for or renew their driver's licenses. The so-called motor-voter law says that people can only be asked for "minimal information"

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Supporters of North Carolina's bathroom rules have urged a federal judge to closely consider a ruling in Texas that has temporarily blocked the Obama administration's ability to withhold federal money from schools that don't let transgender students use bathrooms matching their gender identity. But opponents and independent legal experts say that the ruling in Texas won't affect the North Carolina litigation.

ATLANTA (AP) — A prosecutor says a Georgia man staged a vicious, pre-meditated attack by throwing boiling water on a same-sex couple who were asleep in bed after working the overnight shift. One of the men was the son of the woman Martin Blackwell had been dating. He's on trial in Atlanta on charges including aggravated battery and assault. Both men suffered severe burns that required skin graft surgeries and extensive hospital stays.

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