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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says a female whooping crane released about a year ago has been shot in Vermilion Parish and had to be put to death.

Spokesman Adam Einck said Wednesday there's a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the conviction of whoever shot the endangered bird.

He says the bird was found Nov. 2 with an apparent bullet wound in her upper left leg and was euthanized the next day at the Louisiana State University veterinary school.

The city of New Orleans is offering musicians a chance to learn the business side of the industry at the "Y'Heard Me? Music Business Summit" on Saturday.

The free conference, to be held from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ellis Marsalis Center, will give aspiring musicians the opportunity to learn from industry professionals about copyright and intellectual property law, artist management and goal setting, fan engagement and Internet marketing, licensing music to motion pictures, and small business development.

In a move to protect the health of musicians and late-night workers, the New Orleans City Council has voted unanimously to ban smoking in bars and gambling halls.

New Orleans had been one of the last major American cities to allow people to smoke tobacco in bars. Smoking at indoor restaurants is no longer permitted. The new ban is expected to take effect in three months.

The ban was tweaked before being approved. For instance, New Orleans police won't have to enforce the ordinance and smoking will be allowed within 5 feet of bar entrances — not 25 feet away.

La. Tech University

The Board of Trustees of the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation has presented Louisiana Tech University with a gift of $920,000 to fund scholarships for first generation and academically outstanding students.

The university says it will seek $80,000 in matching funds from the Louisiana Board of Regents to establish a total scholarship fund of $1 million.

The foundation, founded by Taylor and his wife, Phyllis, presented the check recently to university President Les Guice and President Emeritus Dan Reneau.

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Lawyers for the government and oil giant BP are preparing for trial in New Orleans that could add more than $13 billion in penalties to the billions BP already has shelled out as a result of 2010 Gulf oil spill.

Federal lawyers say BP should pay as much as $4,300 per barrel spilled after the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion at BP's Macondo well. Based on a court finding that 3.19 barrels polluted the Gulf, the penalties could reach $13.7 billion.

The government has delayed for at least 90 days the disposal of artillery propellant at Camp Minden.

The Times reports (http://bit.ly/1E7mPEI ) the decision was released in a letter from Samuel Coleman, deputy regional administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, to Louisiana officials.

Coleman says in the letter that the delay will help "remove any barriers to the state selecting an equal or more protective remedy at Camp Minden."

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  U.S. Sen. David Vitter says if he's elected governor this fall, he'd immediately call a special legislative session to address Louisiana's ongoing budget problems.

The session, according to Thursday's announcement, would focus on: removing budget protections that leave public colleges and health services more vulnerable to cuts, reviewing tax breaks to determine if they benefit the state and cutting other tax rates.

No specifics were given about the tax proposals.

Industrial Development Board for the city of New Orleans has approved tax breaks worth at least $3.1 million for a proposed $63.5 million movie studio complex.

If completed, the Deep South Studios complex would be one of the biggest investments in the local film industry to date.

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  After pleas from Monroe city workers for the administration to reward them for their hard work, the city council has approved two items aimed at starting a conversation on an increase in the minimum wage for city employees.

The News-Star reports (http://tnsne.ws/1wZIYzT ) the two items are a resolution stating the city council supports an increase in the minimum wage to $10 an hour and the approval of a study that will compare pay scales and job descriptions of Monroe to similarly situated cities.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu welcomed a new class of police recruits and praised them for taking the challenge to don a police badge in one of the nation's most crime-plagued cities.

The new class begins its 10 months of training as crime spikes in the French Quarter and the New Orleans Police Department struggles with a shortage of officers on the streets.

Landrieu spoke to the 30 recruits today at the start of their first day of tough physical training at a training facility in eastern New Orleans.

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