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News in Brief- April 10, 2019

News in Brief- April 10, 2019

Louisiana's recreational red snapper season to begin May 24

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's recreational red snapper season will begin May 24.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission says the season will run on weekends only, and will last until the total catch approaches or reaches the state's allotment of more than 816,000 pounds for private anglers.

An announcement Wednesday said weekends will generally run Friday through Sunday. They'll also include the Monday of Memorial Day and Thursday, the Fourth of July.

There's a daily bag limit of two fish per person and a minimum size limit of 16 inches total length.

Mississippi's season will open the same day, but run seven days a week until July 8, and then from July 29 through Sept. 2.

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Louisiana conducts shakedown at Angola

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A large-scale shakedown at Louisiana's maximum-security prison uncovered just a few illegal items, which officials say shows their efforts to rid facilities of contraband are working.

The state Department of Corrections says the operation at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola was held early Saturday and involved about 250 officers from state prisons and Probation and Parole districts across the state.

The search began around 4 a.m. Officers found beer, seven cellphones and a homemade tattoo gun. Officers also tested 200 inmates for drugs. All tests were negative.

Department of Public Safety and Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc says the state is making progress in its fight to rid state prisons of contraband, which puts staff and offenders at risk.

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Critical need for type O donors

NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Blood Center urges donors, especially those with type O blood, to give this week. Increased usage and decreased donor turnout are putting The Blood Center’s supplies at critical levels.

All blood types are needed; however, type O is in very high demand.

While 60% of the population is eligible to donate, less than 5% actually does. To maintain a healthy and stable community blood supply, The Blood Center must collect between 300 to 350 pints of blood every day.

Ian Stephens, Hospital Resources Vice President for The Blood Center adds, “We need about three days inventory of blood to maintain a healthy blood supply. Currently there’s less than a day supply of blood and the only way to increase inventory is with community support. We need blood donors to give today, and bring a friend to give too. It’s that serious.”

For more information on blood donation, please call (800) 86-BLOOD or visit TheBloodCenter.org. Find The Blood Center on social media at @TheBloodCenter.

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State Fire Marshal: Man arrested in 'suspicious' fatal fire

HOUMA, La. (AP) — Louisiana officials say a suspicious fire had killed a man and now another man has been arrested on murder, arson and other charges in connection with the blaze.

News outlets report 39-year-old Wayne Winter Jr. died in the fire last week at a home in Houma that officials were looking into over suspicious circumstances. A statement from the State Fire Marshal's Office says 37-year-old David Mason was arrested Sunday.

The Fire Marshal says it was a vehicle fire that spread to several structures. Several people safely escaped, but firefighters found Winter dead near the burning car.

Investigators say they determined that Mason set the car on fire. They are still investigating and expect to arrest more people.

It is unclear if Mason has a lawyer who could comment for him.