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News Minute: Here is the latest Louisiana news from The Associated Press

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A last-minute retirement hike that lawmakers gave to the state police superintendent has been declared unconstitutional. State District Judge Janice Clark ruled Tuesday that the Louisiana Legislature didn't properly pass the pension change that gave enhanced benefits to Col. Mike Edmonson and a 32-year trooper in Houma.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport has been earmarked to receive nearly $1.6 million under a U.S. Department of Transportation grant program for improvements. Other funds are being set aside by the federal agency for Lafayette Regional Airport and Acadiana Regional Airport in New Iberia/

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A report says Louisiana has no statewide policy for handling allegations of sexual assault on college and university campuses. State Sen. J.P. Morrell says the matter will probably come up before lawmakers in their next session as they possibly seek to make policies more uniform in the state.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Prosecutors say a 50-year-old man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for a rape committed nearly 25 years ago. Authorities say Darrell Johnson pleaded guilty Monday to one count of forcible rape in the October 1990 rape of a woman who was dragged into an empty laundromat and beaten and raped.

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