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News in Brief- August 7, 2019

News in Brief- August 7, 2019

Engaged Louisiana corporal dies in Mississippi crash

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — A Louisiana deputy has been killed in a head-on collision driving home from his bachelor party trip.

News outlets report St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office Cpl. Jonathan Panks died Sunday in Mississippi after a Toyota crossed the median, striking Panks' Chevrolet truck head-on.

The Toyota driver died at the scene. Mississippi's Harrison County Deputy Coroner Brian Switzer identified him as 36-year-old Ross Labrosse.

A Facebook post says Panks was celebrating his bachelor party in Florida and was driving home to Louisiana with three other people. Panks died at the hospital. The condition of the other occupants is unclear.

The sheriff's office posted that Panks was a 13-year veteran and has worked in corrections, criminal patrol, street crimes and the marine division. Panks was planning to get married in November.

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Man killed in nightclub shooting; no charges filed yet

HOUMA, La. (AP) — Authorities say a 30-year-old man has been killed in a shooting outside a Louisiana nightclub, but no charges have been filed yet.

Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Jerry Larpenter said Andrew Naquin and another man started a fight in the parking lot of Vino's Night Club in Houma after it closed early Saturday morning.

Larpenter said three men involved with the group that fired the shots drove away from the club, but were pulled over and taken into custody a short time later.

Larpenter said in a statement the three men were questioned by detectives but no charges have been filed.

The sheriff said the investigation into the shooting continues and his deputies will consult with prosecutors to decide the next step.

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Louisiana picks companies for Medicaid managed care deals

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Four companies have been chosen to manage the care of 1.7 million Louisiana Medicaid patients.

Louisiana's health department announced Monday that the contracts, worth billions, will go to AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana, Community Care Health Plan of Louisiana, Humana Health Benefit Plan of Louisiana and United Healthcare Community Plan.

Terms of the deals remain to be negotiated.

Louisiana contracts with managed care companies to oversee services provided to 90 percent of its Medicaid recipients.

The state pays a per-member, per-month fee for each person enrolled in a health plan with the companies, mostly adults covered by Medicaid expansion, pregnant women and children. The enrollees get services through a network of doctors.

The current deals, negotiated by former Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration, expire Dec. 31. The new deals will begin in January.