BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's three-day registration period for the Nov. 6 election has ended, with some unexpected moments. A congressional candidate was led out in handcuffs in the final hours of the three-day sign-up period. And the interim secretary of state, who has repeatedly said he won't run in the special election for the job, changed his mind only 10 minutes before qualifying wrapped up Friday.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A candidate who had just registered to run for one of Louisiana's congressional seats was arrested after signing up for the race. Billy Burkette, an independent from Pride, qualified Friday for the 5th District congressional race representing northeast Louisiana. Shortly after Burkette filed his paperwork at the secretary of state's office, sheriff's deputies held him onsite and arrested him on an outstanding warrant. Burkette is accused of falsely impersonating a police officer.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's governor is spending the weekend in New Mexico to meet with the nation's other governors. Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards and his wife Donna traveled to Sante Fe on Friday for the National Governor's Association summer meeting, a bipartisan gathering of governors from around the country.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says one of its cadets died after collapsing at the training academy. The agency announced Friday that 38-year-old Immanuel Washington, of Youngsville, died a day earlier at a Baton Rouge hospital. Washington was in his third week of training to become an enforcement agent.
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