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Jan 20, 2011 5:56 AM by Nichole Larkey & AP

Edwin Edwards begins his new job this week

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Former Gov. Edwin Edwards is starting his new job this week, doing research and consulting work for
businesses owned by the head of the Louisiana Democratic Party.
Party chairman Claude "Buddy" Leach said Wednesday that among Edwards' first tasks is to look into geothermal exploration and wind power generation opportunities for Leach's energy company. He
also says the former governor will help him with issues involving his agricultural business.
Leach says Edwards will work 25 to 40 hours a week and will be paid by the hour. Leach wouldn't disclose the hourly rate.
The 83-year-old Edwards was released from federal prison last
week after serving more than eight years for a corruption
conviction. He is completing his remaining six-month sentence in
home confinement.

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