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STATE FAIR PRESIDENT ARRESTED

La State Fair leader suspended after drug arrest

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - State Fair of Louisiana President and General Manager Chris Giordano has been placed on a two-week suspension following his arrest last week on a drug charge.

Giordano was pulled over Saturday for a failing to stop at a stop sign. When officers subsequently searched his vehicle, they allegedly found a small quantity of suspected marijuana.

KSLA-TV reports the 43-year-old was booked into the Caddo Correctional Center on a charge of possession of marijuana and failure to stop and yield at signs. Bond was set at $1,050. It was not immediately known if he has an attorney.

Giordano has led the state fair for eight years.

HURRICANE RESEARCH-EDOUARD

Research drones launched into Hurricane Edouard

MIAMI (AP) - U.S. government scientists are launching winged drones into Hurricane Edouard, hoping to collect data that could help forecasters understand what makes some storms strengthen into monsters while others fade away.

This week's launches mark the first time that unmanned aircraft have been dispatched from "hurricane hunter" planes flying through Atlantic tropical storms.

Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say the 3-foot, 7-pound drones are designed to spend hours slowly descending through storms, particularly in the lowest parts of a hurricane where the planes can't fly.

NOAA got a handful of the drones this year to test during the peak of hurricane season, thanks to post-Hurricane Sandy federal funding.

Edouard is the first major hurricane of the six-month Atlantic storm season, but it remained no threat to land Tuesday.

TRAFFICKING PLEA

Man pleads guilty to sex trafficking

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A 31-year-old man has pleaded guilty to bringing a minor to Bossier City for prostitution.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley said Tuesday that Qualyn Mitchell, of Dallas, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote to one count of sex trafficking of a minor.

Finley's office says undercover law enforcement agents found a 16-year-old minor at a Bossier City hotel engaged in prostitution last November. Mitchell was in an adjacent hotel room with another prostitute.

Prosecutors say Mitchell had met the teenager a few days earlier and brought her to Louisiana, telling her to give him the money she made from prostitution. Agents found $1,200 on him when he was arrested.

Mitchell faces 10 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is set for Jan. 23.

CLARK FORK RIVER BODY

Slaying suspect to be extradited to Montana

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A transient accused of torturing and fatally shooting a man in Missoula is expected to be extradited to Montana this week to face charges.

The Missoulian reports 27-year-old Kevin Joseph Lino was arrested in Shreveport, Louisiana, in August for the July 30 death of 36-year-old Gilbert Barry. Lino is expected to appear in court by Friday on charges of deliberate homicide and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

Prosecutors say Barry was beaten and gang symbols were cut into his skin. Lino is accused of urinating on the man and shooting him in the head at an encampment under a Missoula bridge.

Barry's body was then dumped into the Clark Fork River.

1983 TODDLER KILLING

Charge filed against dad in 1983 toddler killing

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Prosecutors in Pierce County, Washington, have filed a manslaughter charge against a 57-year-old man for killing his 3-year-old son in 1983.

Prosecutors said Tuesday that a warrant has been issued for Stanley Guidroz to return to Washington to face the charge. Guidroz is currently serving time in a Louisiana prison for murdering his wife, who is not the boy's mom.

Guidroz reported his son, Wallace Guidroz, missing in 1983. He told police the boy went missing at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma and that he believed another family took his son.

Charging documents say Guidroz was also a suspect but police couldn't tie him to his son's disappearance. Guidroz left the state in 1984.

In 2011, a Tacoma detective interviewed Guidroz in Louisiana after learning he had been arrested there for his wife's murder.

According to court documents, Guidroz told police he hit his son because the boy was fussing in his high chair. He said he buried his son near the Tacoma waterfront before reporting him missing.

VETERANS HOSPITAL-CONSTRUCTION DELAYS

House passes bill to oversee VA hospital building

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has passed a bill to increase oversight of veterans' hospitals under construction, following a report that some medical centers take three years longer to complete than estimated and cost an extra $366 million per project.

Republican congressman Mike Coffman of Colorado says the Veterans Affairs Department's oversight of construction projects is dysfunctional and leads to delayed health care.

A report by the Government Accountability Office last year found that at least four medical centers were behind schedule and hundreds of millions of dollars over budget. The hospitals are in Las Vegas, Denver, New Orleans and Orlando, Florida.

The House bill would require the VA to appoint a project manager from the Army Corp of Engineers to oversee construction projects that cost more than $60 million.

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