- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Good morning Louisiana editors. Here’s an early look at AP’s general news coverage plan for Wednesday in Louisiana. If you have questions about the coverage plan, feel free to direct them to Louisiana News Editor Brian Schwaner at 800-662-7717, 504-523-3931 or bschwaner@ap.org.

This information is not for publication, broadcast or online use, and coverage plans are subject to change. For updates, please check the Louisiana News Digest, which will be sent by 12:15 p.m., as well as later advisories to be issued as warranted.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.”



BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House considers whether to make state driver’s licenses compliant with federal standards or risk forcing state residents to need a passport to board domestic flights. If licenses aren’t deemed compliant with the federal REAL ID law by 2016, Louisiana residents could run into flying difficulties. State lawmakers enacted a prohibition against compliance with the federal law in 2008 because of privacy concerns. By Melinda Deslatte. UPCOMING: 450 words by about 5 p.m.


BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers debate whether to go against the wishes of Gov. Bobby Jindal and back efforts to expand Louisiana’s Medicaid program, as allowed under President Barack Obama’s health care law. The Senate Health and Welfare Committee on Wednesday debates a proposal that would make 250,000 mainly working poor Louisiana residents eligible for free, government-funded health care. By Melinda Deslatte. UPCOMING: 500 words by about 3 p.m.


NEW ORLEANS - Lead attorneys in a New Orleans flood board’s lawsuit against the oil and gas industry - a lawsuit under fire from Gov. Bobby Jindal and industry supporters in the Legislature - hold an afternoon news conference. By Kevin McGill. Developing from 2 p.m. telephone news conference. UPCOMING: 450 words by about 4 p.m.


BATON ROUGE - Another judge will have to decide the fate of a Hammond woman sentenced in 2013 to one day in jail for manslaughter. An appeals court ruled that the sentence was illegally lenient. A Tangipahoa Parish jury deliberated for more than four hours Feb. 1, 2013, before convicting Shawn Gilmore of manslaughter in the stabbing death of her live-in boyfriend, Alvin Collier, on Nov. 26, 2010. A three-judge panel of the state First Circuit Court of Appeal, in a split decision, ruled Monday that Judge Brenda Bedsole Ricks abused her discretion in sentencing Gilmore to a single day in jail with credit for time served. They ordered the case back to the trial court, where a new judge will resentence Gilmore. SENT: 331 words.

- The Associated Press, New Orleans

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