KENNER, La. (AP) — The mayor of a New Orleans suburb says he’s rescinding his order banning his city’s recreation department from purchasing Nike products for use at city recreation facilities. Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn said at a Wednesday news conference that he did so on the advice of the city attorney and because the order had divided the city.
ANGOLA, La. (AP) — Corrections officials say a Louisiana State Penitentiary inmate hit a guard in the head with a lawnmower part, and other inmates helped catch him. Spokeswoman Ken Pastorick says an investigation is underway and charges may be pending against 52-year-old David Settlemeyer, who is serving a life sentence. He says the guard’s injury was not life-threatening.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The company chosen to replace Louisiana’s years-old voting machines is dismissing suggestions that the bid process was mismanaged. Dominion Voting Systems filed its official response Wednesday to a protest of the contract award that losing bidder Election Systems and Software lodged with the state procurement office. Dominion says its competitor simply wants another chance at winning the contract, without offering any substantive grounds for throwing out the contract award.
TALLULAH, La. (AP) — Seven state inmates climbed the fence and escaped from a jail in northeastern Louisiana, and three were quickly caught. State corrections spokesman Ken Pastorick says officers from four agencies and chase teams from three prisons are after the other four. He says all are considered dangerous. They got out of the Madison Parish Correctional Center at midday. Wednesday.