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State board says campaign funds can't be used for child care

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Ethics Board says a woman running for a state office can't use campaign funds for child care while she attends campaign events.

News outlets report the board's 5-2 Friday vote reverses an 18-year-old ruling that allowed a man to use campaign funds for campaign-related child care. Morgan Lamandre is an attorney for a sexual assault victim's advocacy group in Baton Rouge. She is running as a Democrat for the House District 66 seat against incumbent Republican Rep. Rick Edmonds.

Board member and former state legislator Peppi Bruneau told Lamandre it's her responsibility to balance her priorities. Lamandre and her husband work full time and have a toddler and 6-year-old.

The Federal Election Commission ruled this year that congressional candidates can use campaign funds for child care.


Free after 36 years, he won't face prosecution in 1980 death

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans district attorney is ending efforts to prosecute a man who was freed last year after spending 36 years behind bars for a murder he insists he didn't commit.

District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's decision Tuesday ends a long legal ordeal for 69-year-old John Floyd.

Floyd long maintained the he was beaten and coerced into falsely confessing to the 1980 stabbing death of William Hines. He was freed after a federal judge ruled that his claims were credible. An appeals court upheld the ruling in June.

Floyd confessed in two similar 1980 murders but was convicted on only one. The federal judge cited evidence that someone else committed both murders.

Cannizzaro said he remains convinced of Floyd's guilt but that efforts to defend the conviction have been exhausted.


Louisiana's 15-week abortion ban remains unenforceable

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's law banning abortions after 15 weeks remains on hold after a federal judge struck down a similar prohibition in neighboring Mississippi.

The law passed by the Louisiana Legislature and signed by Gov. John Bel Edwards earlier this year contains language that it will only take effect if a federal court upholds the law in Mississippi.

And U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves in Mississippi ruled Tuesday that the law there "unequivocally" violates women's constitutional rights. It wasn't immediately clear if the state's governor would appeal the decision.

If it ever took effect, Louisiana's law would allow the imposition of a prison sentence of up to two years for someone who performs an abortion after 15 weeks. The measure was sponsored by Democratic Sen. John Milkovich of Keithville.


13-year-old arrested in murder of Louisiana delivery driver

(Information from: KSLA-TV,

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Shreveport police have arrested a 13-year-old accused in the shooting death of a pizza delivery driver earlier this month.

KSLA-TV reports the victim, 28-year-old Lester McGee, had just started his new job with Domino's two days before his Nov. 13 murder.

The teen, whose name has not been released because of his age, surrendered Monday to Shreveport police. He was accompanied by his mother. After being interviewed, authorities say he was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center on a second-degree murder charge. It was unknown if he's represented by an attorney who could speak on his behalf about the case.

The young father of three was remembered by his family at a "Stop the Violence" rally last week at the Woodlawn Terrace apartments, where McGee was killed.



Murder conviction stands in 1962 cold case killing

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's Supreme Court won't hear arguments for a man sentenced two years ago to life in prison for killing his first wife in 1962.

Monday's rejection lets stand the second-degree murder conviction of William Felix Vail, who said Mary Vail fell out of his boat and drowned.

Louisiana's 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal refused earlier to hear the case.

Defense arguments included objections to testimony about the disappearances of Vail's girlfriend in 1973 and his second wife in 1984. He was living in Mississippi and hasn't been charged in either case.

The appeal court said another appeals panel ruled before trial that the evidence was within bounds, and appellate attorney Chad Ikerd did not bring up any new argument.

The Supreme Court refused the case without comment.

Ikerd said Tuesday in an email that attorneys will review all legal options.


Coast Guard investigates oil pipeline spill in Louisiana

DULAC, La. (AP) — The Coast Guard says it is investigating the cause and impact of a small oil spill in a Louisiana marsh.

A news release Tuesday said a controlled burn Monday got rid of nearly 1,700 gallons of oil that had escaped from a pipeline near Dulac. The line is owned by Texas Petroleum Investment Co.

The Coast Guard says it was notified of the spill Nov. 15, and a cleanup company put a floating barrier around the spill and sorbents onto the oil the same day.

The fire was set to get rid of an estimated 1,680 gallons of crude remaining in the marsh. It burned about three hours.

The Coast Guard says the impact to wildlife and the environment has not yet been determined.


Prosecutors won't seek death penalty in witness's 2012 death

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal prosecutors in New Orleans say they will not seek the death penalty against five men charged in the 2012 slaying of a federal witness in a health care fraud scheme.

Louis Age Jr. and four others were indicted last year in connection with the shooting death of 60-year-old Milton Womack.

Despite Womack's death, Age was convicted in a $17 million fraud scheme.

He, his son and three others faced a possible death sentence if convicted on charges that included conspiracy to obstruct justice by murder.

But prosecutors said in a court document Monday that they won't seek execution for any of the five. The filing did not give a reason for the decision.


2 arrested in death of Louisiana boxer Brandon Broussard

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Two people have been arrested in the shooting death of a Louisiana boxer earlier this year.

The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office said in a news release Monday that 41-year-old Shavis Toby of Vermilion Parish was arrested in Iberia Parish.

Toby is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 28-year-old Brandon Broussard of Lafayette, who boxed under the name "King Tut."

Lafayette Sheriff's Lt. John Mowell said a man was arrested out of state by the U.S. Marshals Service. Mowell said the man's name is being withheld until he's in the sheriff's custody. Mowell said that man is being charged with second-degree murder.

Broussard was found with gunshot wounds Aug 13 and was taken to a hospital where he died.

He had five wins and three losses as a professional.

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