BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lawmakers kick off their annual legislative session tomorrow, with lessened budget worries but new disputes on educational standards, medical marijuana and a statewide minimum wage. The three-month regular session is a free-for-all, with legislators able to consider most any issue - except taxes.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - An associate professor who taught at the University of Minnesota is under arrest in connection with alleged child exploitation in Louisiana. The FBI says 62-year-old Woody Dale Branton was arrested without incident at his home in Minneapolis Friday. Branton later appeared in federal court. His arrest warrant was issued in Louisiana.
MINDEN, La. (AP) - State transportation authorities say work to install cable barriers along Interstate 20 in north Louisiana - delayed by a series of winter storms that dumped ice and snow on the state's northern tier of parishes - may finally get underway soon.
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Ledetriha Sheppard scored 24 points as North Caddo dominated the first quarter and led wire-to-wire in an 80-46 win over Doyle in the Class 2A state championship game. The top-seeded Lady Rebels (35-1) made 11 of 14 field goal attempts in the quarter, starting the game with a 16-2 run and outscoring Doyle 26-11 in the quarter.
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