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Six of the eight Arkansas inmates scheduled to die this month want a judge to delay their executions so they can seek a deeper review of their clemency requests.

A federal court hearing is scheduled Tuesday on the inmates' attempt to delay the executions. The state said in court papers filed Monday that a delay would effectively halt the executions because a key lethal drug expires April 30.

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As Louisiana struggles with budget woes, lawmakers are realizing millions remain socked away in savings accounts that agencies, boards and commissions never told them existed.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Eric LaFleur has been trying to get an accounting of what's out there.

In the legislative session that starts Monday, LaFleur is proposing to make it tougher to create these escrow accounts and special bank accounts, to require more uniform policies governing them and to enact tighter tracking of them.

A 73-year-old man faces charges after a moonshine operation was busted in Rankin County.

Alcoholic Beverage Control agents searched Sample's home March 30 and found an illegal distillery located in a shed behind the suspect's home. WLBT-TV reports Sample faces a felony charge for manufacturing or distilling alcohol and the unlawful possession of a still.

Agents seized about 43 gallons of moonshine, five barrels illicit distillery consisting of 250 gallons corn mash; a 110 gallon cooker, two copper condensers, raw materials consisting of corn and sugar and a stolen handgun.

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A federal appeals court is hearing arguments about a Mississippi law that would let merchants and government employees cite religious beliefs to deny services to same-sex couples.

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves halted the law before it could take effect last July, ruling it unconstitutionally establishes preferred beliefs and creates unequal treatment for LGBT people.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments Monday about the Mississippi law in Lubbock, Texas.

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Two automobile crashes have left three people dead in Arkansas.

State police say 41-year-old Shawn Walker of Camden and 45-year-old Todd Schalchlin of Hampton were killed in a single-vehicle crash in Highway 278 near East Camden and 22-year-old Chelsey Cranton of Star City died in a single-vehicle crash on Highway 114 near Gould. Both crashes occurred Saturday afternoon.

A police report says Walker and Schalchlin died when the car driven by Walker went off the highway, then crashed into a culvert and overturned.

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Severe storms that killed two people in Louisiana are taking aim at Alabama and other parts of the Southeast.

The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Oklahoma says tornadoes and strong winds are likely Monday from parts of Mississippi extending to South Carolina. The greatest tornado risk is centered over southern Alabama.

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Chicago blues musician Lonnie Brooks, whose relationship with his adopted home was cemented by his hit recording of Robert Johnson's "Sweet Home Chicago," has died at age 83.

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The house of slain civil rights activist Wharlest Jackson Sr. could soon be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In the 1960s, Jackson was the treasurer of the Natchez branch of the NAACP.

He was on his way home from his job at the Armstrong Tire and Rubber Plant on Feb. 27, 1967 when a bomb placed in his vehicle exploded.

The 36-year-old was killed instantly. His murder remains unsolved.

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A Houston attorney says 15 tourists from Texas have filed lawsuits asking more than $250 million in total damages over the train-bus crash that killed four people in Biloxi. Tony Buzbee says in a news release that his clients include Tim Orr, whose wife was killed in the March 7 wreck. The lawsuit alleges that CSX Transportation Inc. knew its crossing needed attention, and that the train could have been stopped in time to prevent the crash. The tour company is also a defendant.

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A House committee endorsed a proposal forcing online retailers to collect Arkansas sales taxes, reviving the effort days after a lawmaker behind the bill declared it dead for this year's session.

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