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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A dispute over whether Gov. John Bel Edwards or Attorney General Jeff Landry should have control over Louisiana's lawsuit against opioid manufacturers is going before a state judge. The Democratic governor and Republican attorney general have been unable to mediate a compromise on their own over how to handle litigation accusing drug companies of worsening opioid abuse in Louisiana.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A free health clinic opens in Baton Rouge this weekend offering people medical, dental and vision screenings regardless of their ability to pay. The Advocate reports the clinic will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the city-parish's new Mosquito Abatement facility. Dental cleanings, tooth extractions, eye exams, prescription glasses, mammograms, Pap smears, diabetes testing, HIV testing, haircuts, flu shots and counseling will be offered.

GRETNA, La. (AP) - Attorneys have made their opening statements in the trial of the man who fatally shot former NFL player Joe McKnight. Defense attorneys say 56-year-old Ronald Gasser fired in self-defense when McKnight approached his car after a traffic confrontation in December 2016. Prosecutors say Gasser falsely claimed McKnight tried to lunge into Gasser's car when it was stopped at a traffic light.

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A Louisiana tax preparer has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for falsifying tax returns and causing the IRS to pay out more than $105,000. U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook, in a news release Thursday, said 44-year-old Vida Prejean Thomas, of Scott, was sentenced last week by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell on one count of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false documents. Thomas was also sentenced to one year of supervised released and ordered to pay $105,813 restitution.

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