News Minute: Here is the latest Louisiana news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. CDT - - The News for South Mississippi

News Minute: Here is the latest Louisiana news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. CDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Louisiana lawmaker says she's drafting legislation to fix the law that kept a man born in an Indonesian refugee camp from getting a Louisiana marriage license. Republican state Rep. Valarie Hodges of Denham Springs issued the statement Wednesday, after a federal judge blocked enforcement of the law she pushed through the Legislature in 2015.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal appeals court in New Orleans will be asked to reconsider its ruling allowing student-led prayer at school board meetings. On Monday, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that such prayers don't run afoul of the prohibition against government-established religion.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. John Bel Edwards has chosen a 26-year veteran of the Louisiana State Police to lead the agency as interim superintendent. Maj. Kevin Reeves commands a statewide quick reaction force and oversees patrol operations in central and north Louisiana. He'll start the interim job Saturday. Reeves is taking over from Col. Mike Edmonson, who retired after coming under increasing criticism for his leadership of the agency.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Oil companies offered more money for Gulf of Mexico oil leases than they did a year ago _ but only about half the amount bid for leases in the same area in 2015. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management says 28 companies offered $274.8 million Wednesday in high bids for 163 tracts off of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. That's well above the $156 million bid on 128 tracts a year ago. But it's about 51 percent of the $539.8 million bid on 169 blocks in the same area in March 2015.

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