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Ex-con, ex-governor Edwards raises $33,000 in Louisiana run for Congress

By Lisa Bose McDermott (Reuters) - Former Louisiana Governor, Edwin Edwards, a convicted felon now running for the U.S. Congress, has raised nearly $33,000 in donations since launching his campaign last month, according to a contribution report. The 86-year-old Democrat, who was Louisiana's longest serving governor, revealed he has 12 donors to his campaign for the state's Sixth Congressional District, according to a first quarter contribution report filed before the midnight Tuesday deadline.

Railroad donates $100K for children's museum project in Baton Rouge

BASTON ROUGE, La. - The Knock Knock Children's Museum has received a $100,000 donation from CN Railroad to help fund learning zones at the museum planned at Baton Rouge City Park. A fundraising campaign has been underway to pay for up to 20 activity spaces that will serve as interactive exhibits focused on southeast Louisiana. In March, Dow Louisiana Operations gave $200,000 for a "Fish Tales" learning zone. The board of the non-profit museum has raised more than $6 million for the planned 30,000-square-foot facility.

Senate panel approves Massad to head CFTC

By Douwe Miedema WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate panel on Tuesday approved Timothy Massad as the next chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, but a second nominee to the derivatives watchdog hit a snag. Massad, a lawyer who oversaw the U.S. government's $700 billion bank bailout program, was nominated by President Barack Obama to replace Gary Gensler. He has spent most of his career at Wall Street law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore, working on a wide variety of corporate transaction.

With an eye on 2016, Louisiana's Jindal offers healthcare plan

By Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who is testing the waters for the 2016 presidential race, on Wednesday unveiled a set of ideas on U.S. healthcare policy that he said could take the place of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law.

U.S. authorities arrest 14 in child porn website involving 251 children

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Authorities have arrested 14 men in a secret, members-only child pornography website that involved 251 children, mostly boys, in the United States and five other countries, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. Some of the men assumed female online personas to contact the children, who ranged in age from three to 17 years, on popular social networks, officials from the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement said.

Former Louisiana Gov. Edwards, a convicted felon, to run for Congress

By Kathy Finn NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards, who had served an eight-year prison term on racketeering charges, said on Monday he will seek election to the U.S. Congress. The 86-year-old Democrat, who was released from prison about three years ago, will campaign for the seat currently held by Republican Bill Cassidy, who is running for the U.S. Senate.

National politics and state concerns jockey for primacy in Louisiana Senate race

LAFAYETTE, La. - Democrat Mary Landrieu's quest for a fourth Senate term will turn on whether she can attract just enough support from independents and Republicans to win in this increasingly conservative state. The daughter and sister of New Orleans mayors, that's been Landrieu's re-election strategy since 2002, when her donors included a Baton Rouge physician named Bill Cassidy_now her Republican challenger in this year's midterm elections.

National politics and state concerns jockey for primacy in Louisiana Senate race

LAFAYETTE, La. - Sen. Mary Landrieu is a Democrat from a powerful political family. But her three previous victories have depended on just enough support from independents and Republicans. Replicating that formula to win a fourth term this fall may depend on what matters more to voters: her influence as a veteran senator and new chairwoman of the Senate's energy committee or her unapologetic vote for President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

Campaign underway to bring new attractions to Sci-Port in Shreveport

SHREVEPORT, La. - Sci-Port, Louisiana's Science Center in Shreveport, is kicking off a new capital campaign to create some new attractions. Robert Stroud, the campaign's chairman, announced plans last week to embark on an $8.9 million push to add several features to Sci-Port's facility, beginning with a new children's museum.

Campaign underway to bring new attractions to Sci-Port in Shreveport

SHREVEPORT, La. - Sci-Port, Louisiana's Science Center in Shreveport, is kicking off a new capital campaign to create some new attractions. Robert Stroud, the campaign's chairman, announced plans last week to embark on an $8.9 million push to add several features to Sci-Port's facility, beginning with a new children's museum.
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