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SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A Louisiana prosecutor says a 38-year-old man has pleaded guilty to raping one juvenile and molesting another. Caddo Parish district attorney's spokesman John Andrew Prime says Jonas Jaggers Coffman of Shreveport pleaded guilty Monday, the day his trial was to begin. He says District Judge John Mosely Jr. sentenced Coffman to 40 years for forcible rape and 10 for molesting a minor. The sentences are to run at the same time.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Democratic land surveyor says he will challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Garret Graves for Louisiana's 6th Congressional District seat in next year's election. Justin DeWitt announced his candidacy Monday to represent the Baton Rouge-based district, saying that the 2016 flooding that swamped the region persuaded him to run for Congress.

LACOMBE, La. (AP) - Weather permitting, federal crews will begin burning a small part of a national wildlife refuge north of New Orleans to kill invasive plants. The US Fish and Wildlife Service says it plans to burn about 60 acres of marsh in the Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, starting Tuesday. The refuge covers 18,000 acres of forests, marshes and wetlands on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana's Department of Education says two universities have been chosen to lead a network that will research teacher preparation efforts in the state. Louisiana State University and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette will co-chair the Louisiana Educator Research Consortium. The two universities will direct research and seek grants for the consortium, which will include teacher preparation programs from across the state.

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