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St. Landry woman sentenced to 57 months in prison for stealing more than $250,000 from an Opelousas business

A St. Landry woman was sentenced Monday to 57 months in prison for stealing more than $258,000 from an Opelousas-based medical imaging business, U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced Tuesday.
Misty Johnson, 40, of St. Landry, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter on one count each of wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and theft of mail. She was also ordered to pay $258,128.78 restitution.

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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards leave a joint session of the Legislature Monday night amid handshakes following his detailing the state’s fiscal problems and his solutions for solvency. (Photo by Haskell Whittington)

Special session begins in an attempt to fill $304M budget hole

Louisiana lawmakers Monday night officially launched a special session dedicated to closing a $304 million mid-year budget shortfall with Gov. John Bel Edwards pitching his plan and challenging Republicans who oppose it to come up with a better one.
The Democratic governor proposes using $119 million of the state’s savings, nicknamed the Rainy Day Fund, cutting $60 million from the state budget and using “budget adjustments” to close the remainder of the gap. Some in the Republican-dominated Legislature oppose using the savings fund.

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Sen Troy Brown, D-Napoleonville, faces possible expulsion from the Louisiana Senate. (Photo from the Louisiana House of Representatives)

Lawmakers seek expulsion of senator over domestic abuse issues

Two lawmakers Monday said they will introduce a measure to expel state Sen. Troy Brown from the Legislature following pleas of no contest two domestic abuse allegations since he was elected in 2015.
Senators Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge, and Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell, told reporters they will file an expulsion resolution after the opening of the special session, which opened Monday night. They said they expect the issue to be resolved by the end of the special session on Feb. 22.

Acadia Jury panel rejects lawyer change

Ever since he took office, District Attorney Keith Stutes has maintained that among the duties of his office is to provide free legal counsel for government entities within the parish, including the police jury.
It appeared the jury was poised to take advantage of that service when its Legislative Committee met Tuesday night to consider the possibility of dropping its long-time attorney, Brad Andrus.

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Eunice council starting with light agenda

The agenda items ran on the light side as the agenda was set for Tuesday’s Eunice Board of Aldermen meeting.
Mayor Scott Fontenot, Alderman at-large Jack Burson and Alderman Dale Soileau were the elected officials attending the meeitng Thursday at City Hall.
Agenda items include:
A presentation by Chris Naquin, Community Garden director.
Update on Mardi Gras activities.
Presentation by Civice Sources on adjudicated property.
Recreation director on fees.
Presentation on yard leaf disposal.
Report from Fire Chief Mike Arnold.

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