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WAKEFIELD, La. (AP) - The chief of a Louisiana fire department was investigating a traffic accident when he was struck and killed by a car. State police say in a news release that winter weather was a factor in the Wednesday morning accident that killed 48-year-old Russell Achord.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Winter weather in Louisiana has forced a delay in the release of Gov. John Bel Edwards' budget proposal for next year. The Democratic governor intended to unveil his spending plan, including $1 billion in state funding cuts, Friday. That's been pushed back to Monday because of concerns about lawmakers traveling to Baton Rouge on still-thawing roads.

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Dale Earnhardt Jr. is warning North Carolina drivers not to venture out into a snowstorm after he slid off the road and hit a tree. Earnhardt said on his Twitter account Wednesday that he had just used his winch to help a sedan out of a ditch in snowy weather when he himself drove off the road and into a tree. He wrote: "NC stay off the roads today/tonight. 5 minutes after helping these folks I center punched a pine tree."

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court appears to be in broad agreement that a lawyer for a criminal defendant cannot override his client's wish and concede his guilt at trial, even if the lawyer's aim is to avoid a death sentence. The justices heard argument Wednesday in the case of a Louisiana death row inmate.

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