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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has hired a new deputy chief of staff, three months after the previous jobholder resigned amid sexual harassment allegations. The Democratic governor announced Tuesday that Adren Wilson will work as deputy chief of staff for programs and planning, filling the position Johnny Anderson left in November.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - With a nearly $1 billion budget gap only months away, lawmakers appear far from agreement about what taxes they might support to fill the hole. Dividing lines were evident Tuesday as the House Ways and Means Committee started sifting through tax bills on the second day of a special session.

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Federal regulators are investigating the weekend death of a worker on an oil production platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Houston-based Talos Production says the contractor was removing out-of-service fire suppression equipment on Saturday morning at the platform operated by a subsidiary.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's attorney general will take charge of the state's lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, in a deal reached with the governor's office. Gov. John Bel Edwards and Attorney General Jeff Landry announced a deal Tuesday that ends their dispute over who controls a lawsuit accusing drug companies of worsening opioid abuse in Louisiana.

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