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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal prosecutors in Louisiana say a California man faces at least 10 years in prison after pleading guilty in a national drug conspiracy that prosecutors say shipped methamphetamine through the mail and United Parcel Service. Twenty-six-year-old Ernesto Moreno of San Fernando pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy. He also signed a statement saying he provided methamphetamine that was mailed to New Orleans and sent by UPS to Nashville, Tennessee.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Entergy Louisiana says it has state permission to build an $872 million power plant fired by natural gas. Spokesman Mike Burns says construction is expected to begin next year in Westlake, near Lake Charles. The company says the plant will save money by reducing dependence on aging, less efficient plants, and will avoid about $600 million in transmission projects that would otherwise be needed in the area.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana would be uniquely penalized in the calculation of federal spending on state Medicaid programs under the Senate GOP's proposed health law rewrite, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday. The Democratic governor said the new per-capita payment calculator that would be used to divvy up Medicaid dollars uses a formula that would downplay an enrollment boost in Louisiana's program due to Medicaid expansion.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Two Democratic governors are saying that the Senate health care proposal would devastate their conservative-leaning states. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock joined Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on Wednesday in outlining their concerns over Republican efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Bullock said GOP proposals would hurt rural communities. A report by the Montana Healthcare Foundation said the state could lose $5.3 billion in federal funding between 2020-2026 if the Senate plan passed.

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