MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has signed into law sweeping protections for Confederate monuments and other long-standing historic markers. Ivey signed the bill Wednesday. The moves come as some Southern cities, such as New Orleans, have removed Confederate monuments from public property.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Court documents show federal agents were worried last October that a Louisiana private investigator had illegally obtained Donald Trump's tax returns and may leak them. The agents say in court documents obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday that the public release of the returns could have influenced the presidential election.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Louisiana lawmaker pushing to increase Louisiana's gas tax is urging his House colleagues to consider the proposal, which so far doesn't have enough votes to win passage. Republican Rep. Steve Carter, of Baton Rouge, delayed a scheduled vote on the tax hike bill until next week. On Wednesday night, he told the House the tax increase, which would raise more than $500 million a year for transportation work, would help fix Louisiana's crumbling road and bridges.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The family of Alton Sterling is demanding the immediate firing of the two officers involved in the man's death. In a letter Wednesday to Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie Jr., attorneys contend the officers violated the police department's policy regarding de-escalation. Neither the mayor nor police chief responded immediately to telephone and emailed requests from comment.
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