NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A former state lawmaker has died after suffering a massive heart attack. The New Orleans Advocate reports the family of Charles Lancaster Jr. confirmed his death early Friday. He was 74. Lancaster represented Metairie, a suburb of New Orleans, in the Louisiana House of Representatives for 32 years. His decades of work led to his induction this year into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame.
GRETNA, La. (AP) - A man whose true name remains a mystery has been sentenced to 20 years in prison by a suburban New Orleans judge for possessing roughly $600,000 worth of cocaine. The 35-year-old Gretna resident was convicted by a jury on July 10 and sentenced this week. Complicating the case: he has refused to provide his true identity. Prosecutors say evidence shows he is using the name of a man imprisoned in Puerto Rico on narcotics charges.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana officials are worried Mississippi's plans for a new reservoir on the Pearl River could harm Louisiana's ecology. An attorney for a Mississippi flood control district tried to allay fears during a meeting at the Louisiana Capitol on Thursday, emphasizing the "One Lake" proposal is in early phases. The Advocate reports Louisiana state Sen. Sharon Hewitt, a Slidell Republican, replied that she will raise objections at every stage of the project.
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - The federal government has approved a system developed by the state of Alabama to count the number of red snapper caught in the Gulf of Mexico. Gulf states, fishing groups and the NOAA Fisheries have disagreed for years about how many snapper can be caught. The decision means Alabama's numbers can be used in the federal count. The state developed the Snapper Check program in 2014.
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