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The defense attorney for a man charged with killing a Mississippi woman by setting her on fire says a district attorney sought false testimony from an unrelated defendant in exchange for leniency. The lawyer for Quinton Tellis, accused of killing 19-year-old Jessica Chambers in 2014, wants District Attorney John Champion thrown off the case. A judge will hear arguments on the motion Monday.

 Louisiana spent nearly $108,000 to respond to claims that a former top aide to Gov. John Bel Edwards sexually harassed a woman when they worked together in the governor's office. Settlement documents released in March showed Louisiana agreed to pay $85,000 to end the legal allegations against Johnny Anderson. On top of that, NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reported Tuesday the state also paid nearly $23,000 to attorney Vickie Crochet to investigate and respond to the allegations.

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Authorities say a Louisiana toddler has died after being pulled from a swimming pool.

A news release from Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre says Riley Bourgeois of Matthews died Monday evening, just days before his second birthday. Webre's statement Tuesday said the child had been playing with a friend as his family visited a neighbor's residence Saturday. He was later found, unresponsive, in a swimming pool at the residence.

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A black bear had made a weekend visit to residents of a neighborhood in Louisiana.  The Courier of Houma reports that the bear was spotted Saturday in a tree in the yard of Jared Theriot  in Houma. Residents of Houma's Acadian Drive summoned officials from the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Officials showed up with a trap, but it proved unnecessary. After a few hours the bear climbed down and wandered away. Department officials say people should avoid encounters with bears.

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 NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Authorities say a 16-year-old boy has been killed in a shooting in New Orleans.New Orleans police say the teen was killed Thursday morning along Bass Street in the Little Woods area. Police say he was taken to a hospital, where he died.  No other details were immediately available early Thursday. 

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A man sentenced in January for drunkenly plowing his truck into a New Orleans Mardi Gras parade crowd is to be released later this month, despite a five-year sentence.  Authorities say Neilsen Rizzuto benefits from a 2017 Louisiana prison reform law. It allows release of well-behaved inmates who have served 35 percent of their sentences for crimes classified as non-violent. In January, Rizzuto was sentenced to five years with one year suspended for the crash that injured 32 people.

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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