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House Republicans have devised a list of proposed changes they want to see made to deals with the private companies that manage care for 1.5 million Louisiana Medicaid recipients.  

     The GOP lawmakers remain at odds with Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards over how to approach multibillion-dollar contracts that are state government's largest.  

     The governor is proposing 23-month, $15.4 billion extensions for the five managed-care companies. House Republicans on the joint legislative budget committee that must approve the extensions are pressing for adjustments.  

     A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office news release says 28-year-old Krystle Landor called 911 Sunday to report that her ex-boyfriend, 36-year-old John Malveaux, was a passenger in a pickup truck and had followed her to her home. News outlets report that Landor had a protective order against him.  

     Moments later, dispatchers received a call from someone else at the scene who reported the woman had been shot.  

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Louisiana education officials say performance scores for the state's public schools have remained steady for the third year in a row - with 20 percent earning an "A" in the state grading system.  

     Twenty-seven percent of schools earned a "B" and another 27 percent a "C" in the latest breakdown; 18 percent got a "D" and 8 percent an "F." 

     The state released scores and letter grades for individual schools and school districts on Tuesday. It also launched a new online reporting system to help families examine individual schools - the Louisiana School Finder . 

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Louisiana's attorney general is trying to take control of a lawsuit filed by Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration accusing pharmaceutical companies of worsening opioid abuse in the state. 

     The Advocate reports that Attorney General Jeff Landry wants to expand the lawsuit. He also wants to hire Mike Moore, the former Mississippi attorney general who shepherded a national action against tobacco manufacturers in 1990's that settled for billions of dollars. 

Authorities are investigating a shooting that killed a man and seriously injured another man in Louisiana.  

     The Shreveport Times reports patrol officers were called to a home after receiving several reports of gunshots being fired. Two adult males were found suffering from gunshot wounds.  

     A Shreveport police news release says a man was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity has not been released, pending notification of family.  

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Update: 10:52 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26:

An arrest has been made in reference to the double homicide that occurred on the campus of Grambling State University that claimed the lives of Earl Andrews and Monquiarious Caldwell.

Jaylin M. Wayne has been arrested and charged with first degree murder in connection to the shooting deaths of Andrews and Caldwell. Andrews and Wayne were both GSU students.

Police in Louisiana say actor and musician Corey Feldman has been charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license after his tour bus was pulled over for speeding over the weekend.

Mangham, Louisiana, police say they pulled over a recreational vehicle driven by Feldman on Saturday and took him to a police station after discovering his license was suspended. Police say an officer at the station smelled marijuana and the drug was found in the RV following a search.

Police say Feldman was released after paying a fine.

 

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 A southeast Mississippi utility is making progress toward power restoration after Hurricane Nate, while officials continue to assess damage.

 Singing River Electric Power Association reports Monday morning it has fewer than 1,400 customers remaining without power Monday morning, down from 33,000 at the height of the storm.

 Singing River serves a strip of southeast Mississippi running north from Pascagoula.

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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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 A Louisiana man accused of stealing a car last month has been arrested after leading police on a chase. 

 The Advocate reports that Baton Rouge police responded to reports of a disturbance and spotted a pickup truck speeding away Saturday. Authorities say the vehicle failed to stop and the driver, later identified as 23-year-old Chancellar Williams, fled on foot.

 An arrest report says the truck was reported stolen, and that authorities later found several items, including a marijuana cigar, while searching the vehicle. 

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