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News in Brief, July 29, 2018

News in Brief, July 29, 2018

Louisiana AG ramps up push for restart of executions

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is offering ways he says the corrections department could carry out death sentences in the state, continuing his clash with Gov. John Bel Edwards over capital punishment.

Landry sent a letter Tuesday to Edwards suggesting a switch in the drug used for lethal injection or using the Louisiana State Penitentiary's pharmacy to make the drug, a process known as compounding.

The Democratic Edwards' administration says the Republican attorney general's suggestions for "policy changes" are unworkable.

Natalie LaBorde, corrections deputy assistant secretary, says drug companies refuse to sell their products for executions. She says private pharmacists don't want to sell ingredients to make into a lethal injection drug through a compounding pharmacy because their identities could be publicly disclosed.

Louisiana's last execution was in 2010.

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Louisiana man indicted with murder in death of 3-month-old

HOUMA, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man is accused of killing his infant son last year.

The Houma Courier reports 20-year-old Chase Michael Lewis was indicted by a grand jury Tuesday for second-degree murder in the death of 3-month-old Jamyri Lewis. The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office launched an investigation into the family after Lewis brought Jamyri to an area hospital last October.

Jamyri had suffered head injuries that Lewis told authorities were from an accidental fall. Jamyri was put on life support and later transferred to a hospital in New Orleans where he died.

Lewis was arrested July 20 by the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office and then taken to jail by Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office deputies. It's unclear if he has a lawyer.

Information from: The Courier, http://www.houmatoday.com

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It's a girl, girl, boy, girl...! Baby boom at 2-zoo partnership

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — About a year after moving into spacious new digs in New Orleans, African animals are doing just what officials from two zoos had hoped when they created the forested paddocks: being fruitful and multiplying. Seven antelope have given birth, at least one more female is pregnant and others may be.

So far, seven baby antelope have been conceived and born at the center: two sand-colored sable antelope, two shy eland, two striped bongo and a yellow-backed duiker. All but the sable are females. One giraffe has gotten pregnant since arriving, while three arrived pregnant and delivered healthy boys. The four antelope species have 6- or 9-month gestations, but it will be a while before the next giraffe calf — their pregnancies can last up to 15 months.

In addition, another sable antelope is pregnant and some bongo and eland may be.

The two older giraffe youngsters, born just a month apart, hang out together, at times so close they almost appear to be one two-headed animal. The youngest is still nursing but sometimes tags after the big kids.

Where the babies go will depend on the species survival plan the Association of Zoos and Aquariums has for each animal. Genetics, medical history and behavior are among considerations when the plans' managers decide if an animal will be used for breeding or just for exhibits, and where they'll go.

If any reach breeding age before that decision, they'll be moved to a different paddock to prevent inbreeding.