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The leader of Louisiana's Democratic Party isn't expected to face prosecution for illegally entering a Baton Rouge casino last month while struggling to control a gambling addiction.

East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore told news outlets he doesn't think the criminal justice system "needs to be involved in this matter" involving state Sen. Karen Carter Peterson.

Two people in a suspected stolen car died when the car crashed into a New Orleans beauty salon and sparked a fire that lit up the night sky.

New Orleans police say the accident happened about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Six people were hurt, including a woman in the building who was badly burned and two juveniles who escaped the building with help from police. Two police officers and a firefighter were treated for smoke inhalation.

Scientists are warning that historic flooding could soon deluge parts of several Southern states along the lower Mississippi River, where floodwaters could persist for several weeks.

Major flooding now occurring in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, and other Midwestern states is a preview of what forecasters expect the rest of the spring, said Mary Erickson, deputy director of the National Weather Service.

Nearly a dozen bronze sculptures have been stolen from a Louisiana artist. Times-Picayune reported that Covington artist Bill Binnings said he discovered the missing art and stolen tools Saturday. The original pieces were taken from his studio and foundry in Waldheim. Binnings said the sculptures were valued at around $47,000.

He said about $2,000 worth of tools were missing. Binnings says he thinks the thief knew about his studio, since it's in a rural area northeast of Covington and is behind two buildings.

A woman and two children were killed and another woman and child critically injured outside the city of New Orleans in what authorities are investigating as a triple homicide a sheriff's spokesman said Wednesday.

Deputies found the victims inside a home in Terrytown just after 7 a.m. Wednesday, Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman Jason Rivarde said. The injured were taken to a hospital. Rivarde said authorities weren't ready to release cause of death or say whether any weapons were used, and he said no suspects have been identified yet.

Authorities say a Tulane University student was killed at an Interstate 10 rest stop in Mississippi when two tires came loose from a passing tractor-trailer and struck her.

News outlets report officials with the New Orleans school have identified the student as 21-year-old Margaret Maurer, of Forest Lake, Minnesota.

A radio ad criticizing Louisiana Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards has been removed from stations around the state after his campaign complained it had false information. Times-Picayune reported the ads paid for by the political nonprofit Truth In Politics were withdrawn last weekend. Truth in Politics co-founder Lane Grisby said Monday he wants the stations to resume running the ads.

A former Louisiana district attorney has been ordered to report to prison by April 1.

Walter Reed is the former prosecutor for St. Tammany and Washington parishes. He was convicted nearly three years ago for mail fraud, wire fraud, lying on his income tax returns and other charges.

The case included allegations that Reed used campaign money for personal use. He was sentenced to four years in prison. A federal appeals court rejected his appeal.

Sixteen horses that will march in this year's Mardi Gras parades will be up for adoption as part of an effort to save them from being resold at auctions or for slaughter.

News outlets report that the Humane Society of Louisiana, Cascade Stables and Barney's Farm Sanctuary are working together to find new owners for the 16 parade horses after Mardi Gras.

The program was started to prevent the transactions for horses that Cascade Stables in New Orleans wasn't able to care for following the celebrations.

A missing 16-year-old was found, nude and incoherent, after her family received threatening text messages, and a registered sex offender and a man paroled after a manslaughter conviction have been arrested, Louisiana State Police said Tuesday.

The girl had been missing for days when she was found, Senior Trooper Melissa Matey said in a telephone interview. She received medical treatment and is safe, a news release said.