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Texas man who threatened Trump from prison gets 37 months

Jun. 25, 2019 9:23 PM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A Texas man who threatened President Donald Trump from a Louisiana prison has been sentenced to just over three years in federal prison. Buddy Keith Myers, 24, of Simms, Texas, was sentenced Monday for threatening the president, prosecutors said Tuesday. He'd faced up to five years...

Prisoner survey: Filth, neglect in solitary confinement

Jun. 25, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — More than 700 Louisiana state prison inmates who responded to a questionnaire said they'd been placed in solitary confinement, in some cases for years, with many complaining of poor food and health care, small and filthy rooms and overall conditions that drove some to self-harm and...

The Latest: Corrections officials say progress being made

Jun. 25, 2019 7:04 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on a survey of solitary confinement prisoners by criminal justice advocacy groups in Louisiana (all times local): 5:40 p.m. Louisiana corrections officials say they are making progress in reducing the use of restrictive housing — often called solitary confinement...

Missing 22-year-old boater's body found in Lake Salvador

Jun. 25, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

MARRERO, La. (AP) — Louisiana authorities say a 22-year-old boater's body has been found, two days after he was reported missing. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says in a news release that agents found the body of Charles Moton of Marrero on Tuesday near where he went into Lake Salvador on...

Ethics board: Lawmaker can't immediately seek gift shop job

Jun. 25, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's ethics board says state law prohibits a term-limited House member from immediately working as the Legislature's gift shop clerk when his term ends in January. Ponchatoula Republican Rep. Steve Pugh asked for an opinion about whether he could seek the job as Capitol...

Louisiana governor rejects handful of measures from session

Jun. 25, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards has rejected six measures sent to him by Louisiana lawmakers from the legislative session that ended earlier this month, with most of the vetoed bills drawing little attention. The Democratic governor refused to allow golf carts to cross state highways in the...

Louisiana deputy: Suspect confessed to killing 5

Jun. 25, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

GONZALES, La. (AP) — A Louisiana deputy testified that a man accused of killing five people earlier this year confessed to the crimes after being captured in Virginia. WBRZ-TV reports the Ascension Parish deputy was in court Monday at a hearing for 22-year-old Dakota Theriot. The deputy recalled Theriot...

Louisiana businesses getting permits to sell CBD products

Jun. 25, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana businesses have started receiving the state's first regulatory permits to sell CBD products, as new laws on hemp and CBD take effect. The Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control on Monday started issuing temporary permits to sell legal CBD products, handing out 20 such...

More than 40 arrested in crackdown on child exploitation

Jun. 25, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's attorney general says more than 40 people were arrested over two months in a crackdown on internet crimes against children. The arrests in "Operation Broken Heart" were revealed in Baton Rouge on Monday. The annual operation seeks to identify those who make, possess and...

A New Orleans public defender allegedly lacked law license

Jun. 25, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A public defender in New Orleans is accused of practicing criminal law without a license. News outlets report Ashley Crawford was pulled from a courtroom Monday while investigators look into whether she is qualified to practice law in Louisiana. Crawford has been a staff attorney with...