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News Minute: Here is the latest Louisiana news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. CDT

HAMMOND, La. (AP) - The former mayor of a Louisiana town has been indicted for one count of malfeasance in office. The Daily Star reports a Tangipahoa Parish grand jury indicted former Independence Mayor Michael Ragusa on Monday. District Attorney Scott M. Perrilloux says the charges stem from allegations related to Ragusa's failure to pay into the state retirement system. Ragusa left the town with a $900,000 debt after refusing to pay the town's retirement share for its employees.

ST. MARTINVILLE, La. (AP) - A 23-year-old correctional officer is facing criminal charges for allegedly trying to bring contraband into the prison. WAFB-TV reports Keland Andre Simmons faces a charge of malfeasance in office and introduction of contraband into or upon the grounds of a state correctional facility. He was released Saturday after posting $20,000 bond.

ABERDEEN, Md. (AP) - Police say former NBA player Glen "Big Baby" Davis was arrested in a Maryland hotel last month on drug possession and distribution charges. WMAR-TV in Baltimore reports that Davis was arrested at a Hampton Inn in Aberdeen on Feb. 7. Aberdeen police Lt. William Reiber told WMAR that police recovered 126 grams of marijuana and a briefcase containing $92,000 in cash inside Davis' room.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's launching a national search for a new superintendent to manage the state's schools for deaf, blind and special education students. The move comes after a report commissioned by the state education department found the schools needed leadership with more expertise.

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