BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. John Bel Edwards is readying to unveil his worst-case scenario budget, which assumes lawmakers will refuse to replace $1 billion in expiring sales taxes and force widespread slashing across state government. The Democratic governor has warned the proposal would be devastating to Louisiana residents. He presents it to the Legislature's joint budget committee Monday.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court will hear arguments this week about the life sentences being served by Lee Boyd Malvo, who was 17 when he was arrested in the sniper shootings that killed 10 people and wounded three others in and around the nation's capital. Virginia is appealing a judge's decision that Malvo is entitled to new sentencing hearings now that the U.S. Supreme Court has found mandatory life sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional.
(AP) - Federal ocean managers are making more than $2 million available to try to help fishermen catch less of the wrong fish. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it is providing about $2.4 million for "projects that increase collaborative research and partnerships for innovation" in reducing bycatch.
BENTON, La. (AP) - The Bossier Parish horse farm handyman accused of trying to kill his boss by planting a homemade bomb under the intended victim's bed is scheduled to go on trial Monday. KTBS-TV reports 56-year-old Douglas Holley is accused of detonating a pipe bomb underneath the bedroom floor of veterinarian Bobby Hewlett's home outside Benton on Dec. 19, 2015.
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