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Morgan City man guility in massive theft scheme

A judge found Armond Duhon guilty of 221 counts of theft, two counts of money laundering and one count of racketeering for his role in helping to steal nearly $2 million from a Morgan City company.
Both the prosecution and defense finished presenting their cases June 15 in a trial that began June 12. Duhon chose a trial by judge and was tried separately from his co-defendants. The criminal activity in the bill of information took place from January 1999 through March 2014.

From left, Senate Finance Committee chairman Eric LaFleur and members Ronnie Johns, Bodi White and Gregory Tarver hear public testimony on the House Bill 1, to appropriate $154 million of the state budget Wednesday night. Budget negotiations continue as the 6 p.m. Thursday deadline looms. Credit: Katie Gagliano

Senate pours on the pressure

The Senate staged an unprecedented public conference committee on House Bill 1, the key funding bill, Wednesday night calling for the House Republicans and public stakeholders at risk of cuts to come together to better understand the effects of the House’s plan to leave money unappropriated as a hedge against potential revenue shortfalls in the coming fiscal year.
They invited House leadership to attend, an invitation that predictably went immediately into the wastebasket.

Fighting terrorism: Hodges v. Norton

The House passed a bill, 82-8, Monday that works to prevent the state of Louisiana from funding terrorism, but not before two legislators got into an oral dustup which prompted a reprimand by the speaker of the House.
There are certain funds in the state of Louisiana that are invested solely in international securities. The Senate Bill 223, by Sen. Neil Riser, R-Columbia, places restrictions on investments in companies connected to countries which indirectly or directly support terrorism.

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