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News Minute: Here is the latest Louisiana news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. CDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A 23-year-old white man accused of killing two black men in Baton Rouge was placed on suicide watch at the jail where he is being held on first-degree murder charges. Kenneth Gleason had a brief court hearing Wednesday and was ordered held without bond.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana has a rare bit of good budget news: The governor's chief financial officer says the state ended the last budget year with a surplus topping $100 million. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne outlined the better-than-expected finish to the 2016-17 budget year in an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press. However, he said the surplus won't help with the $1 billion gap looming in mid-2018, when temporary sales taxes passed by lawmakers last year expire.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Louisiana man faces felony charges for an alleged fraud scheme that cost the state thousands of dollars in sales taxes. The Louisiana Department of Revenue, in a news release Wednesday, said Melvin J. Ziegler, Jr., owner of Cash Control Systems, LLC, failed to remit about $121,396 in state sales taxes that he collected on equipment sales between January 2011 and September 2015. Ziegler was arrested Wednesday. Bond was set at $5,000.

COVINGTON, La. (AP) - A 61-year-old Louisiana man has been convicted of raping a 6-year-old girl and making pornography _ including some using her. St. Tammany Parish District Attorney Warren Montgomery says in a news release Wednesday that a jury convicted Jack Conklin of Slidell on Friday. He says a family friend heard the child tell another child that Conkllin wanted to marry her and kissed her as if she were a woman.

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