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An employee for the U.S. Social Security Administration has been charged with making a false statement to the government in order to qualify for low-income housing subsidies.

 Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans, in a news release Friday, said 31-year-old Perneita Price, of New Orleans, was charged in a bill of information and, if convicted, faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

 According to Evans' office, Price, from 2013 through 2016, submitted false income and employment information to get the housing subsidies at a mixed-income residential complex.

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Grambling Police are investigating a shooting that happened on Grambling State University's campus.

 According to police, it happened around 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

 Local media outlets report university spokesman Will Sutton confirms a student let another person into a dorm room and there was an altercation that ended with one man shot in the left arm. The victim was transported to Lincoln Memorial before being transferred to University Health Shreveport for surgery.

 Neither of the men's names has been released.

 Police are still looking for the shooter. 

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jimmy Kimmel says U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy "lied right to my face" by going back on his word to ensure any health care overhaul passes a test named for him.

 

Kimmel says a health care bill co-sponsored by the Louisiana Republican fails the "Jimmy Kimmel test," a phrase coined by Cassidy.

 

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.

 

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