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News in Brief- May 29, 2019

News in Brief- May 29, 2019

Louisiana House ends death penalty ban debate without vote

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's annual debate over whether to abolish the death penalty appears to have ended, after a House lawmaker shelved his proposal Thursday without a vote.

In a quiet, often emotional debate, House lawmakers discussed the legislation by Rep. Terry Landry, talking about exoneration rates and detailing murder cases.

But after he made his closing argument, Landry — a New Iberia Democrat and former state police superintendent — didn't seek a vote on the bill, anticipating that he didn't have the votes for passage.

The measure would have ended Louisiana's use of the death penalty for offenses committed starting in August.

The Senate rejected a similar proposal from Sen. Dan Claitor, a Baton Rouge Republican, earlier in the session. Only 13 senators supported the ban, while 25 opposed it.

Louisiana held its last execution in 2010.

The corrections department says it can't get lethal injection drugs because companies don't want their products associated with capital punishment.

An effort to make the drug supplier information secret, aimed at restarting executions, has won House support and awaits debate in the Senate.

House Bill 215: www.legis.la.gov

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Louisiana: Record number of 2018 graduates enroll in college

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana officials say a record number of last year's public high school graduates enrolled in college immediately following graduation.

The education department and Board of Regents announced that 25,083 of those graduates became college students in the fall.

That's an increase of 1,566 over the previous year and 4,626 more than the class of 2012, a nearly 23% increase over six years.

Officials say more than half the growth is tied to increases in the number of black students attending college.

The college enrollment figures come after the education department announced Louisiana's public four-year high school graduation rate surpassed 80% for the first time in 2018.

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Boy, 11, charged in unintentional deadly shooting of brother

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Authorities say an 11-year-old boy has been charged in the unintentional shooting death of his 9-year-old brother in a Louisiana home.

Baton Rouge Police spokesman Sgt. L'Jean McKneely told The Advocate that the older boy is charged with negligent homicide.

Authorities say Chaz Carpenter died shortly after he was shot around 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

The name of the boy charged wasn't released because of his age.

McKneely called the shooting unintentional and says it remains under investigation. Police didn't release additional details.

Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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Marijuana left in washing machine causes fight in Florida

NAVARRE, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities say a Louisiana woman beat her wife with a bedpost, apparently upset her spouse put their marijuana through a washing machine.

The Pensacola News Journal reports that 30-year-old Ashley Perkins of Youngsville, Louisiana, was released from jail Thursday after being charged with aggravated battery.

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office said Perkins and her wife were arguing over missing marijuana when the fight escalated. Investigators say Perkins began hitting her wife with a bedpost around her head, legs and left arm.

Perkins told investigators her wife beat herself with the bedpost. Jail records didn't list a lawyer or contact information for Perkins.

The couple was in the area visiting relatives.

Information from: Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, http://www.pensacolanewsjournal.com

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Court: NFL's Bucs not entitled to damages from BP spill

 

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers is not entitled to damages from BP for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

At issue were the accounting practices the team used to argue that the 2010 spill caused the team's revenues to fall. The Bucs had sought $19.5 million in damages.

On Friday, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district court's decision against the team.

The court found that the Bucs' revenue in May-June 2010 was not significantly lower than its revenue during that same span a year later. In order to qualify for damages, it had needed to show that its revenues rebounded by at least 10% in 2011.

The team's stadium is about 360 miles southeast of the site of the spill.