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Jonesville ex-clerk arrested for stealing utility payments

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JONESVILLE, La. (AP) — A former Jonesville utility clerk has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $25,000 in electricity payments by town residents. Attorney General Jeff Landry says Leigh Ann Ingram was arrested Wednesday on charges of theft, malfeasance in office and computer fraud. Landry says the 47-year-old Jena resident diverted cash from the Catahoula Parish town’s ...

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Feds to livestream Gulf oil and gas lease sale

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Five months after protesters disrupted an oil and gas lease sale for tracts in the Gulf of Mexico, the government is livestreaming a lease sale but closing the site in New Orleans where bids are read. Wednesday’s sale, offering all 23.8 million acres available for drilling and exploration off of Texas coast, will be the first ...

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Texas lawyer acquitted of BP oil spill fraud

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Texas lawyer accused of making up fake clients to sue BP after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil spill said after his acquittal Thursday that the government’s case against him “fell apart under its own weight of ridiculousness.” Attorney Mikal Watts of San Antonio and four others were acquitted Thursday by a federal jury in ...

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Judge denies tugboat owner’s effort to sue government

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Friday that a tugboat company can’t countersue the government for payment for cleaning up a 2013 oil spill on the Mississippi River. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves refused to allow a challenge to an earlier U.S. Coast Guard administrative decision denying a request by Nature’s Way Marine to be reimbursed up to ...

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Texas reaches deal on weaker voter ID rules for November

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas agreed Wednesday to weaken its voter ID law as courts across the U.S., with only months before the November election, are blocking Republican-controlled states from imposing polling place restrictions that critics say target minorities and the poor. The changes must still be approved by a federal judge. But the looser rules have the important blessing ...

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Payments from 2012 BP settlement $7.9 billion so far

Dark clouds of smoke and fire emerge as oil burns during a controlled fire in the Gulf of Mexico, May 6, 2010. (Image: Petty Officer 2nd class Justin Stumberg via Wikipedia)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The office that processes claims for businesses and people who suffered economic losses from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill says it has approved payments totaling $8.5 billion as of June 30. Of that, $7.9 billion in claims has been paid. The figures are in the latest federal court filing from Michael Juneau, the administrator ...

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