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News in Brief- October 2, 2019

News in Brief- October 2, 2019

Louisiana police urge public to look out for fake cash

DERIDDER, La. (AP) — A Louisiana police department is asking the public to pay attention to what they're putting in their wallets.

The DeRidder Police Department told news outlets that they've seen an increase in counterfeit bills since March, particularly with hundred dollar bills.

Chief of Detectives James Halbert says the telltale signs of the counterfeit bills are poor paper quality and foreign stamps on the front or back of the bills. He says the money can be purchased online and is referred to as "movie money."

Chief Christopher Rudy says the bills could be difficult to spot if someone is in a rush. He cautions the public to take their time and inspect the bills carefully.

Halbert says possessing the "movie money" isn't illegal but intentionally using it as currency is a misdemeanor.


Sheriff: DNA tests ID mother of baby girl found dead in 1994

JEANERETTE, La. (AP) — Louisiana authorities say DNA testing has helped them identify and arrest the mother of a baby girl found dead in a trash can 25 years ago.

News outlets report 50-year-old Sonia Charles was booked Wednesday into the Iberia Parish Jail on a first-degree murder charge.

Authorities say "Baby Jane Doe" died of hypothermia on Jan. 24, 1994, in Jeanerette in south Louisiana.

Iberia Parish sheriff's spokesman Maj. Wendell Raborn says new leads prompted investigators to re-examine evidence and they determined the baby's DNA matched that of a relative in a national database. He says DNA testing ultimately confirmed Charles was the baby's mother.

It's unclear whether Charles had an attorney who could speak on her behalf.

Officers and community members had held a funeral for the baby in 1994.


Average US price of gas spikes 10 cents per gallon

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has spiked 10 cents per gallon (3.8 liters) over the past two weeks to $2.73.

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says Sunday that jump results mostly from a drone attack this month on Saudi Arabia's key oil processing facility. The attack briefly slashed the nation's crude production in half before being restored.

The price at the pump is 18 cents lower than it was a year ago.

The highest average price in the nation is $3.94 a gallon in San Francisco.

The lowest average is $2.24 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The average price of diesel is up 7 cents, to $3.07 per gallon.


Census: Louisiana remains 1 of nation's poorest states

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The percentage of Louisiana's people living in poverty has dipped slightly, but the state remains among the poorest in the nation.

New data released Thursday from the Census Bureau showed 18.6% of Louisiana residents lived below the poverty line in 2018, compared to 19.7% a year earlier.

By comparison, the national average in 2018 was 11.8%.

The statistics show more than one-quarter of Louisiana's children live in poverty. The state remained third-highest in the nation for its poverty rate, behind only Mississippi and New Mexico. Seven states had poverty rates of less than 10%.

The census data shows Louisiana's median income level reached $47,905 last year, well behind the U.S. average of $61,937.