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The woman assaulted at a Louisiana car wash last week has died.

Ferriday Police Investigator Richard Madison told the Natchez Democrat on Thursday that Teresa Poole succumbed to her injuries. He said he was told about her death that morning by the coroner and didn't have any other information yet.

The May 9 attack was captured on security video, which Madison says led to the arrest Tuesday of 20-year-old Donteale K. Carter, who has a Friday morning hearing on a charge of second-degree battery.

An applicant for one of Louisiana's nine medical marijuana pharmacy permits has filed a lawsuit against the state Board of Pharmacy over its decision to pick the fourth-ranked choice for the license in the New Orleans region.  News outlets report that Rx Greenhouse is suing in Baton Rouge court seeking to have the license awarded to H&W Drug Store vacated.

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Southern University has signed a contract for the school's medical marijuana program with a firm struggling with its ownership structure.  

Southern said Thursday that the contract has been signed with the two biggest owners of Advanced Biomedics. The majority owner, Carrol Castille, and the founder and minority owner, Chad Bodin, have been battling in a Lafayette court for weeks. The contract was signed on assurances that the company is working to resolve the ongoing feud. 

Officials at a small municipal airport in central Arkansas are battling an unlikely foe - coyotes that keep chewing on part of the taxiway.

 The damage at the North Little Rock Municipal Airport is expected to cost $6,000 to fix. Engineer Blake Roberson tells the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that the coyotes have a fondness for chewing on the silicone-based joints on a concrete ramp and taxiway.

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Authorities in rural Arkansas are investigating the theft of more than $50,000 worth of equipment from a farm owned by former NBA star Scottie Pippen. Investigator Mark Griever of the Ashley County Sheriff's Office says two tractors were stolen from the farm in Hamburg, Griever says Pippen owns the livestock farm with his brother. 

Unemployment fell again in Louisiana in February, as payrolls rose.The jobless rate fell to 4.5 percent in February from 4.6 percent in January, as more people entered the labor force and more found jobs. Louisiana's unemployment rate was 5.7 percent a year ago.About 95,000 Louisianans were jobless, down about 2,000 from January.February's U.S. unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, the same as in January but below February 2017's 4.7 percent.

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Arkansas health officials say the level of hydrogen sulfide gas near a Georgia-Pacific paper mill in southeastern Arkansas is below levels that determine if the air is safe to breathe but frequently above levels where the odor can be detected.

 The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that air monitoring at the mill in Crossett, located 128 miles (206 kilometers) southeast of Little Rock, was conducted after it significantly reduced emissions of the compound that is common to paper mills. The Georgia-Pacific mill has reduced its emissions 42 percent since 2012. 

Four people have been arrested in the death of a Louisiana man who police say was lured into a trap.  

An Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office release Monday says 35-year-old Jason Giles, 38-year-old Joseph Oncale, 35-year-old Mark Forbes and 28-year-old Fallon Gautreau were each arrested on charges of first-degree murder and attempted armed robbery in the death of 48-year-old Brian Long, who was found Sunday. Forbes is also charged with attempted armed robbery.  

A Louisiana man has pleaded not guilty to charges he scammed investors and banks out of more than $96 million in a scheme that allegedly included his use of a disguise and a professional makeup artist. 

David deBerardinis remained free on bond following his arraignment Monday at the federal courthouse in Shreveport.

 The 56-year-old businessman wasn't arrested after his Jan. 25 indictment on four counts of wire fraud and one count of attempted bank fraud. 

A 31-year-old postal carrier has pleaded guilty to taking mail containing prescription drugs. 

U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook, in a news release Thursday, said Bryan C. Massey, of Oak Ridge, entered the plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen L. Hayes to one count of theft of mail matter. 

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