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The former mayor of a Louisiana city has won a new trial on a malfeasance charge.

Leslie Thompson is the former mayor of Jonesboro in north Louisiana. He was convicted in 2013 on three counts of malfeasance. In one count, prosecutors said he illegally denied the state legislative auditor access to Jonesboro's financial records. Two other counts said he used city money to pay benefits to people who weren't eligible for them.

On Monday, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled there was insufficient evidence for conviction on the two counts dealing with benefits.

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Police in Louisiana have arrested a Texas woman accused of shooting and dismembering her boyfriend, and dumping parts of his body in southeast Texas.

Police say 30-year-old Cierra Sutton was jailed without bond following her Thursday arrest in Jefferson Parish, near New Orleans.

Jail records don't list an attorney for Sutton, who lives in Baytown, just east of Houston and about 85 miles  from the Texas-Louisiana border.

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A judge is denying an attempt to make the federal government pay for more of the cleanup of a 2013 oil spill on the Mississippi River.

The tugboat owner, Nature's Way Marine, had claimed a government oil spill cleanup fund should pay the Alabama company $2.1 million of the $3 million it spent on the cleanup.

That claim was made as part of lawsuit where the government in turn says Nature's Way, its insurer and a barge owner should repay $800,000 that state and local governments spent removing oil.

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A Louisiana man is charged with aggravated assault after deputies say he wielded a golf club while chasing two people who were reading water meters.
Both meter readers said 53-year-old Tommy J. Bouwell of Bawcomville appeared to be intoxicated. They told officers that Bouwell was sitting on his back steps of a home until they tried to remove a water meter cover. Then, they said he went into the house and came back out swinging a golf club while telling them: "'Y'all coming at me with a weapon, I got something for you."'

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     Two inmates, included a convicted murderer, have escaped from Mississippi's largest prison, with officials saying they're armed and dangerous.

      The Mississippi Department of Corrections said Monday that 41-year-old James Sanders and 22-year-old Ryan Young broke out from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. Corrections officials believe they escaped their unit between late Sunday night and Monday morning, when a count found them missing.

      Sanders was sentenced to life in prison in 2000 following a Lafayette County murder conviction.

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     Authorities say a car has crashed into a stopped Louisiana school bus, injuring as many as three students.


     State Trooper Matt Harris tells The Associated Press that people in the car and the students were injured. 


     He said in an email that the bus had stopped to pick up students when it was hit shortly after 7 a.m. Monday in Haughton (HAW-tun), about 10 miles  (16 kilometers) east of Shreveport.


     KTBS-TV reports that a helicopter ambulance was called, but students' injuries apparently were minor.


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     A 23-year-old white man whom police call a "person of interest" in the fatal shootings of two black men in Baton Rouge has been released from jail after his arrest on drug charges.


     Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Don Coppola, a department spokesman, said Monday that Kenneth Gleason "has not been cleared" and remains a "person of interest" in the investigation of the killings. A homicide detective's report described Gleason as a "suspect" in the shootings.


An arrest has been made in connection with a break-in at a power company substation that resulted in a power outage in New Orleans in June.      

The New Orleans Advocate reports that 32-year-old Rickey Telsede was jailed Monday and faces charges including unauthorized entry into a critical infrastructure and theft of copper. 


Police believe Telsede cut through a chain link fence and stole copper wire at an Entergy substation near the Superdome early on June 29. 


Florida residents have begun to dig out in hurricane-scarred Florida and officials are slowly piecing together the scope of Irma's vicious path of destruction across the peninsula.      

The fate of the Florida Keys, where Irma rumbled through with Category 4 muscle, remains largely a question mark. Communication and access were cut and authorities dangled only vague assessments of ruinous impact.


Florida Gov. Rick Scott called the storm "devastating" after emerging from a Monday fly-over of the Keys.


A Louisiana woman accused of stealing nearly $73,000 worth of charitable bingo money has been arrested. Times-Picayune reports 36-year-old Ashley Brignac was arrested Wednesday and charged with theft valued at $25,000 or more. The funds were stolen from the Gretna Historical Society, which preserves five historic buildings and artifacts in Gretna.


An investigation by the Louisiana Department of Revenue's Office of Charitable Gaming found that nearly $73,000 had not been deposited into the organization's checking account.