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News Minute: Here is the latest Louisiana news from The Associated Press

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A bipartisan congressional deal to help improve veterans' health care access includes approval for new veterans clinics in Lafayette and Lake Charles. That's according to U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany. Landrieu's office says 50,000 veterans live in the region.

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - The girlfriend of a Louisiana physician has pleaded guilty to five counts of prescription forgery. The Vicksburg Post reports Pattie Carr will be sentenced Aug. 4. Prosecutors say her live-in boyfriend wrote her fraudulent prescriptions for more than 13,000 pills. Carr and Dr. Lawrence Francis Chenier III were indicted on charges of prescription forgery.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The re-sentencing date has been postponed for the New Orleans police officer convicted of burning Henry Glover's body after he was fatally shot by another officer. Gregory McRae's hearing had been set for today but U.S. District Judge Lance Africk delayed it until Aug. 15.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's top agriculture official is concerned about the loss of farmland in the state. Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain said yesterday that 15,000 acres of farmland in Calcasieu and St. Charles parishes have been lost in the last year to wetlands mitigation projects.

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