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News Minute: Here is the latest Louisiana news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Several groups are getting together to expand a popular fishing spot created five years ago in a southwest Louisiana lake. Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana says they and other groups will be adding 2,000 tons of limestone or crushed concrete next to the Brad Vincent reef in the middle of Calcasieu Lake. That will expand the 6-acre reef to 9 or 10 acres. The work next week will be the association's fourth reef project in Calcasieu Lake and its 23rd statewide.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Eight animals have now died after a jaguar escaped from its habitat at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans. NOLA.com reports an alpaca and fox died Sunday, the day after the male jaguar killed four alpacas, one emu and one fox Saturday morning. The jaguar was captured and returned to its night house after being sedated by a vet team. The zoo was reopened Sunday. Zoo officials say inspections found that the roof was "compromised," but initial findings concluded that keeper error was not a factor.

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A Louisiana tax preparer has been sentenced to three years for filing false tax returns. U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph, in a news release, said U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. also sentenced 47-year-old Deborah Turner, of Shreveport, to a year of supervised release and ordered her to pay $128,828 in restitution. Authorities said Turner filed numerous returns between 2011 and 2013 with false information so her clients could get deductions and credits that increased their refunds.

GRAMBLING, La. (AP) - Grambling State has new leadership at the helm of its softball program. GSU Athletic Director Paul Bryant confirmed to The News-Star the hiring of Nakeya Hall as the next Lady Tigers softball coach. Hall is the reigning top coach in the Southwestern Athletic Conference after leading Alabama A&M to its first 20-win season in 10 years in 2017 at 21 and a share of the East Division title. Hall succeeds Wilbert Early, who was fired in May.

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