AROUND THE STATE: Louisiana news briefs

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Temporary billionaire in Baton Rouge

A Baton Rouge man had $50 billion credited to his bank account, but for only four days.

Darren James reportedly returned home from his job to find out about the big bank balance.

The high sum was a result of a technical glitch, according to a spokesperson from Chase Bank.

Former LSU track star banned

Sha’Carri Richardson, a standout from LSU, was banned from the Olympic 100-meter race after testing positive for a chemical found in marijuana.

Richardson won the 100 at the Olympic trials in 10.86 seconds on June 19.

She accepted a 30-day suspension that ends July 27, which would be in time to run in the women’s relays. USA Track and Field has not disclosed plans for the relay.

New Orleans, Baton Rouge mayors compete

Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Broome challenged New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell in a video message over Twitter.

The city leaders started a competition to get residents vaccinated over a 30-day period.

Broome said Baton Rouge has 41 percent of eligible residents vaccinated, while Cantrell said New Orleans is almost over 60 percent.

Bear wanders several states

A bear walked hundreds of miles in the Midwest and eventually reached Louisiana.

According to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the bear known as Bruno had to be euthanized.

He reportedly went for a swim in the Mississippi River four times.

Will Smith donates fireworks

Celebrity Will Smith chipped in for the "Go 4th on the River" fireworks show along the Mississippi River in New Orleans.

The gift was made possible by Smith and his company, which is in production on the feature film "Emancipation" in New Orleans.

Medical students assist on flight

The LSU Health Sciences Center recognized two medical students for their actions on a flight to Greece.

After a call for medical professionals went without a response, Heather Duplessis and Lauren Bagneris identified themselves as medical students and assisted a female onboard.

The passenger had become lightheaded and fell due to low blood sugar and being overheated.

The two students communicated with a doctor on the ground and took her blood pressure, pulse and blood sugar.

Official state cultural song announced

"Southern Nights" by Allen Toussaint is Louisiana's new official state "cultural" song, but "You Are My Sunshine" by former Gov. Jimmie Davis remains in place as the official state song.

Gov. John Bel Edwards signed Democratic Lafayette Rep. Vincent Pierre's bill into law, removing “Give Me Louisiana” by Doralice Fontane from the official songs list.

Toussaint’s song was inspired by time spent in Terrebonne Parish.