LOUISIANA SENATE-LANDRIEU FLIGHTS
GOP says Landrieu charter flight review has holes
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Republicans say U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu fell short of her pledge to review all her taxpayer-funded private charter flights to make sure they complied with the law.
The Democratic senator, seeking re-election on the November ballot, released a review of flights dating back to February 2002.
Republicans, including Landrieu opponent U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, say the three-term incumbent cherry-picked what she chose to release. They question why she didn't comb through flights from her first six years in Congress.
Landrieu said her campaign reimbursed the federal treasury for nearly $34,000 in flight costs involving political fundraisers.
Her campaign says the review only went back 12 years because that's when federal rules changed to allow flight costs to be split between Senate and campaign accounts if the trip had mixed purposes.
Ethics complaint filed against Sen. David Vitter
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Democratic group has lodged an ethics complaint against Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter, alleging he violated state campaign finance restrictions.
The American Democracy Legal Fund announced Monday it filed the complaint with the Louisiana ethics board.
It seeks an investigation into a $100,000 fund transfer from Vitter's federal campaign account to an independent PAC supporting Vitter's 2015 candidacy for governor. The PAC is called The Fund for Louisiana's Future.
The complaint says Louisiana law prohibits transfers of a candidate's federal campaign money to a PAC supporting that candidate.
Vitter spokesman Luke Bolar called the complaint a "baseless attack" from a leftist group. Bolar says Vitter followed the law.
State ethics administrator Kathleen Allen wouldn't confirm the complaint was filed. The ethics board decides in secret whether to investigate complaints.
POLICE OFFICER SHOOTING-NEW ORLEANS
3rd person linked to cop shooting in custody
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans police say a third person believed to be linked to the weekend shooting of a police officer at a sandwich shop has been taken into custody.
Police said 26-year-old James Wilson surrendered to Plaquemines Parish authorities Monday and was transferred to New Orleans custody. Police said he was being questioned.
Two others who police say were suspects in the shooting were found in Gretna hours after the Sunday incident in an SUV believed to be connected to the crime. One of them was dead. The other, 34-year-old Cornelius Barthelemy, was suffering from a gunshot wound. Barthelemy was booked with attempted first-degree murder.
Officer Jonathan Smith was wounded around 1:40 a.m. Sunday during a gunfight outside a "po-boy" shop where he was working a private security detail.
LSU expects Miss. St. to be toughest matchup yet
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The eighth-ranked LSU Tigers are bracing for what they expect to be their stiffest challenge yet when unbeaten Mississippi State visits Tiger Stadium this weekend.
LSU has allowed opposing quarterbacks just a 40 percent completion rate for 94 yards per game. But the Bulldogs have scored at least 35 points in three season-opening victories.
Of particular concern to LSU is dynamic Bulldogs quarterback Dak Prescott, a northwest Louisiana native who played at Haughton High School. Prescott has completed 60 percent of his passes for nearly 700 yards and nine touchdowns.
LSU coach Les Miles says Prescott "is as good a player as there is at his position" in the Southeastern Conference, not just because of the way he throws but because of how effective he is as a scrambler.
Payton harps on Saints' mental errors in 2 losses
METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Saints coach Sean Payton says he's been disappointed by his players' lack of situational awareness during a pair of close losses to open the season.
The coach says the result has been costly pre-snap mental errors including blown pass coverages, running backs failing to pick up a blitzes and an offside on an opponent's field goal try.
Those were examples of the errors that plagued New Orleans in a 26-24 loss at Cleveland this past weekend.
The Saints will seek their first victory in their home opener against Minnesota this Sunday, but may be without running back Mark Ingram.
Payton says he's not yet ready to discuss Ingram's health publicly, but a person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Ingram has a broken hand.
CHILD FATALL SHOT
Boy, 3, dies in Tallulah after finding loaded gun in home
TALLULAH, La. (AP) - Tallulah Police are investigating the accidental shooting death of a child.
KNOE-TV reports that the shooting was reported Monday evening. Police said the victim was a three year-old boy.
The child is believed to have shot himself after finding a loaded gun in a home in Tallulah. The Madison Parish Sheriff's office is assisting in the investigation.
Hearing scheduled Tuesday in lawsuit seeking to throw out pension hike for state police leader
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) A state district judge is deciding whether to issue an injunction against the enforcement of a last-minute retirement hike that lawmakers gave to the state police superintendent.
State Sen. Dan Claitor, a Baton Rouge Republican, filed a lawsuit challenging the pension change that gave enhanced benefits to Col. Mike Edmonson and a 32-year trooper in Houma.
Claitor's lawsuit says the change was unconstitutional because it wasn't properly passed by lawmakers.
After receiving the lawsuit, Judge Janice Clark issued a restraining order against the retirement increase, until she holds the Tuesday hearing on the matter.
No one appears to be willing to defend the law, so an injunction appears likely. Gov. Bobby Jindal's office and the state police retirement system board have said their lawyers won't seek to stop the injunction.
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