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

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A state appeals court has been asked to move up a preliminary hearing for Trung Le, the only suspect arrested so far in connection with a Bourbon Street gunfight that left a bystander dead.

A judge in New Orleans last week refused to move the 20-year-old Le's hearing up from Aug. 26. He also denied a defense attorney's motion to subpoena videos from French Quarter businesses.

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Starting tomorrow, public colleges and universities in Louisiana will be required to make their campuses smoke-free. Several schools have taken a step beyond that, making their campuses tobacco-free as well, including all of Central Louisiana's colleges and universities.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's annual state sales tax holiday is Friday and Saturday.

Over the two-day period, most retail purchases are exempt from the 4-cent state sales tax, up to the first $2,500 of an item's price.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has rejected former New Orleans City Councilwoman Renee Gill Pratt's bid for a new trial. The judge ruled yesterday that jurors who convicted her in a 2011 racketeering trial were not tainted by a former federal prosecutor who posted inflammatory comments about the proceedings under online news articles.

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