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BATON ROUGE — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards wrote an op-ed in the American Press highlighting the strength of Southwest Louisiana and the state's booming energy economy, as President Donald Trump travels to Cameron Parish. 

The op-ed is below: 

Shining a spotlight on Southwest Louisiana, and Our State’s Energy Sector
By Gov. John Bel Edwards

The attorney general of Louisiana has joined a federal lawsuit that alleges drug manufacturers conspired to inflate pricing, reduce competition and restrain the trade of generic drugs.

Attorney General Jeff Landry issued a statement that said prices were inflated for generic drugs including medication for diabetes, ADHD and cancer. The Advocate reports Landry's office says the conspiracy led to price hikes of up to 1000% for some drugs.

The lawsuit is led by Connecticut AG William Tong and is backed by attorney generals from more than 40 other states.

Lawmakers in the Louisiana House have refused to make more convicted felons eligible for jury duty.

The House on Monday overwhelmingly voted down the proposal by Rep. Ted James, a Baton Rouge Democrat.

Louisiana currently bans convicted felons from serving on a jury if they haven't received a pardon. James proposed granting jury eligibility to people convicted of felony crimes who have been out of prison and off probation or parole for at least five years.

Only 26 members of the House voted for the legislation, while 62 voted against it.

Louisiana's revenue department says taxpayers who need more time to file their state personal income tax returns have to file extension requests before Wednesday's filing deadline.

The requests can be submitted online at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/extensions . Taxpayers who don't seek an extension and miss the Wednesday filing deadline could face late-filing penalties and fees.

A federal judge has conditionally dismissed a lawsuit that claimed three ailing death row inmates in Louisiana were being subjected to cruel and unusual punishment through high heat indexes.

The Advocate reports attorneys for the inmates and the state Department of Corrections jointly requested to dismiss the 2013 civil rights lawsuit. U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson ruled in 2016 that cell heat indexes exceeding 88 degrees constitutes cruel and unusual punishment, but the ruling was overturned because it defined a maximum heat index.

Cash Theft Hits Calhoun Business

May 13, 2019
Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office

Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Investigators are currently investigating the theft of cash from two local businesses in the Calhoun area.  The suspect enters the business and seeks cashiers that are either very busy or inexperienced.  He then proceeds to ask for change for multiple cash bills in varying denominations in an attempt to confuse the cashier and receive substantially more cash than he is due.

 

If anyone recognizes the person in the photos or has any information regarding the thefts, contact the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-329-1200.

Some Louisiana inmates struggling with opioid addictions may soon find themselves sporting addiction fighting implants that haven't yet been approved by federal regulators.

The Advocate reports prison officials announced the pilot program last week and the first implant was inserted Wednesday. Officials say the surgical implant releases the opioid and alcohol addiction fighting drug naltrexone and is slowly metabolized by the body over several months.

A Louisiana teacher is accused of raping a 10-year-old boy.

The American Press reports Lake Charles Charter Academy teacher Deidra R. Smith was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree rape and indecent behavior with a juvenile.

Academy President Gene Thibodeaux says the boy reported the off-campus abuse to a teacher and authorities were notified.

The connection between the boy and teacher is unclear, as is why they were together away from the school.

Louisiana would follow other conservative states in seeking to ban abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected, typically around the sixth week of pregnancy, under a bill that took its first steps Tuesday in the Senate.

Senators on a judiciary committee voted 5-2 to advance the proposal to the full Senate for consideration. But they rewrote the measure by Sen. John Milkovich so the prohibition only would take effect if a federal appeals court upholds a similar law in Mississippi.

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