The Advocate

CLINTON, La. (AP) — It's been 15 years since inmate Lonnie Payne called Louisiana's East Feliciana Parish Prison his home, but a sheriff's official says that's about to change.

Criminal Deputy Greg Phares said late Friday that Payne escaped the prison in Clinton in 2003 while serving time for burglary. He says the now-44-year-old was arrested in Mexico and is now jailed in Conroe, Texas, awaiting a return to the Louisiana prison — possibly by Monday.

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A state audit is criticizing how Louisiana's education department monitors charter schools.

 The report from Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office found the education department weighed critical and non-critical violations equally in determining school performance ratings. The department, auditors say, should be judging charter schools based on the severity of a violation.

 The education department says it is working to update the scoring system to more adequately account for differences in offense types. 

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     Denham Springs officials say about 45 percent of flooded structures in their city evaluated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency have been deemed substantially damaged.

      The Advocate reports Rick Foster of the Denham Spring Building Department told the city council Monday FEMA inspectors evaluated 2,729 residential and commercial structures and found 1,222 had sustained damage estimated to cost 50 percent or more of the structure's value to repair.