JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi federal judge is naming a receiver to collect assets and repay victims of a $100-million-plus fraud. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves on Friday appointed New Orleans lawyer Alysson Mills after seeking applications to fill the role. Mills will try to recover assets held by Arthur Lamar Adams, who pleaded guilty May 9 to wire fraud. The 58-year-old Jackson resident persuaded investors to loan him money, promising high returns from bogus rights to cut timber.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Democratic state senators are pushing legislation asking Gov. John Bel Edwards to recall Louisiana National Guard troops at the Texas border until separated families who entered illegally are reunited with their children. The request is sponsored by New Orleans Sen. J.P. Morrell. A Senate committee advanced the legislation with a 3-1 vote Friday. It moves next to the Senate floor for debate.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana Senate leaders are proposing a last-ditch method of raising revenue to avoid deep cuts in the budget that takes hold in days. With a 7-2 vote Friday, the Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs started advancing legislation that would delay expiration of a 1 percent sales tax that falls off the books July 1.
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Plans to resume passenger train service on the northern Gulf Coast suffered a setback with Alabama and Mississippi refusing money for the project. Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi had to pledge almost $35 million total over three years by Thursday to be eligible for the same amount in federal funds that would enable Amtrak trains to run from New Orleans eastward to Mobile, Alabama. Alabama refused, and the Southern Rail Commission says Mississippi's governor never responded to the request.
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