Associated Press

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. 

The chief of a Louisiana fire department was investigating a traffic accident when he was struck and killed by a car on an icy highway.

State police say in a news release that winter weather was a factor in the Wednesday morning accident that killed 48-year-old Russell Achord.

Mississippi's corrections department says Edgar Ray Killen, a former Ku Klux Klan leader who was convicted in the 1964 'Mississippi Burning' slayings of three civil rights workers, has died in prison at the age of 92.

The part-time preacher and lumber mill operator was 80 when a Neshoba County jury convicted him in 2005 of three counts of manslaughter.  

Environmental groups have sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a bid to block construction of a 162-mile-long crude oil pipeline across south Louisiana, including the environmentally fragile Atchafalaya Basin river swamp. 

The federal lawsuit filed Thursday claims the Corps violated the Clean Water Act and other laws when it approved a permit for the Bayou Bridge Pipeline project in December. 

Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners plans to build the pipeline from Lake Charles to St. James Parish. The same company built the controversial Dakota Access pipeline. 

The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office said Tuesday that under the budget approved by the city council, base pay for deputies will rise by $2,000 on Friday. They'll receive another $1,500 annual salary boost on July 1.

 When both $3,500 salary hikes are enacted, the sheriff's office says a deputy's base salary will be $29,500 a year. Those deputies who qualify for a state supplement receive another $6,000 on top of the base pay.

 The sheriff's office operates the city jail. 

Authorities say they're searching for the car suspected of killing a bicyclist in a hit-and-run collision.

Louisiana State Police say the crash happened before dawn Saturday on a highway near Des Allemands, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) southwest of New Orleans.

Killed was 60-year-old Michael Atkinson of Des Allemands.Police say Atkinson was traveling east on the shoulder of U.S. 90, close to the right edge of the road when his bicycle was hit from behind by a driver who had drifted onto the shoulder.

More than 20 new or rewritten Louisiana laws take effect next week as January begins.

Public high schools are being urged to keep automated external defibrillators on their campuses, but the requirement only kicks in "if funding is available."

Business owners in 14 of Louisiana's most populous parishes will have to file online all their business documents owed to the Secretary of State's office, such as name registrations and annual reports, rather than through paper documents.

Management of the state-owned safety-net hospitals in north Louisiana could soon be changing hands.Southeast Louisiana-based Ochsner Health System has tentatively agreed to take over day-to-day oversight of the Shreveport and Monroe facilities from BRF.The move announced Tuesday by Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is aimed at ending years of disputes over operations of the facilities.