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News Minute: Here is the latest Louisiana news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. CDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Louisiana congressman says the announcement of an agreement allowing rice exports to China is welcome news. Rice is a major crop in the Acadiana region represented by Clay Higgins. The first-term Republican congressman says the expanding market will be good for a crop that contributes hundreds of millions of dollars to the state's economy.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says anglers have caught about 655,600 pounds (nearly 297,400 kilograms) of red snapper off the Louisiana coast this summer, and will be able to go after the fish again this weekend. The department will end the season for angles when it appears the state will meet its self-imposed limit, which is just over 1 million pounds (about 453,600 kilograms).

LEESVILLE, La. (AP) - More than 2,000 soldiers stationed at Fort Polk will deploy to Iraq this fall. KPLC-TV reports that City of Leesville spokesman Sonny Harrell said Thursday that soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, will conduct combat and anti-terrorism operations in Iraq.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A former Louisiana sheriff's deputy who was part of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration task force has pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars seized in a drug raid. Court documents show 50-year-old Karl Emmett Newman pleaded guilty Thursday to using a firearm during a robbery and to "conversion of property" by a government employee.

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