SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A pregnant woman who was shot in the stomach over the weekend lost her baby and now the alleged shooter faces upgraded charges. Police say 18-year-old Nazavion Chatman, of Shreveport, initially was charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder. Now, he's also facing a charge of first-degree feticide for the death of the unborn child. News outlets report Chatman is being held in the city jail with bond set at $1 million. It was unknown if he's represented by an attorney.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The first day of Louisiana's election sign-up period has ended with candidates registered to run against most of the state's incumbent congressmen. Four of the six U.S. House members drew challengers Wednesday for the Nov. 6 ballot: Republican Steve Scalise, Democrat Cedric Richmond, Republican Clay Higgins and Republican Garret Graves.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's Democratic governor and Republican attorney general are trading barbs over the recent extension of a court order blocking the state from carrying out any death sentences. Attorney General Jeff Landry said in a statement Wednesday that his office is withdrawing from defending Louisiana's corrections department against a lawsuit challenging its lethal injection protocols.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Court records show that two men have been charged in an attack on a man in a wheelchair near a hospital in Louisiana. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports 39-year-old Levon Massey and 57-year-old David Algere were booked into the Orleans Justice Center jail on attempted second-degree murder and other charges Sunday in the May 21 attack near Tulane University Hospital.
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