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Good morning, Louisiana and Mississippi editors.

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LOUISIANA TOP STORIES

PET SHELTER

HOUMA, La. — An animal welfare activist is building a new $300,000 pet adoption center on her property in east Houma. Diane Baker said she has wanted to help the no-kill shelter called My Heart's Desire since she took a stray dog there last year.

The following items moved Monday for Tuesday newspapers.

MEMORIAL DAY-MARINE'S DIARY

NEW ORLEANS — Before Cpl. Thomas "Cotton" Jones was killed by a Japanese sniper in the Central Pacific in 1944, he wrote what he called his "last life request" to anyone who might find his diary: Please give it to Laura Mae Davis, the girl he loved. Davis did get to read the diary — but not until nearly 70 years later, when she saw it in a display case at the National World War II Museum. By Janet Mcconnaughey.

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With AP video.

MEMORIAL DAY

Americans gathered at memorials, museums and monuments and the president laid a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery to honor fallen service members on Memorial Day, as combat in Afghanistan approaches 12 years and the ranks of World War II veterans dwindle. "Let us not forget as we gather here today that our nation is still at war," President Barack Obama said after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. By The Associated Press.

AP Photos NJME102-0527131030, VAPM101-0527131105, VAPM102-0527131106, NYSW101-0526131530, MAMD101-0526131810, NYSW113-0526131519, WIWES108-0527130918, MNWIN102-0527130924, GAMAT101-0527130908, NY116-0527130847.

XGR-STATE DEBT COLLECTION

BATON ROUGE — Lawmakers looking to boost dollars for state expenses try to come up with a compromise that would toughen debt collection efforts and let the state garnish wages, target licenses and take other measures to get back-owed bills paid. The Senate Finance Committee looks through ideas Monday. By Melinda Deslatte.

With XGR_Legislative Notes.

CAPITOL SNAKES

(Information in the following story is from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com)

BATON ROUGE, La. — Snakes are slithering around the basement of Louisiana's state Capitol. And Democrats and Republicans have the same question. When The Advocate (http://bit.ly/18lecsZ ) asked state Rep. Terry Landry about them, the New Iberia Democrat asked, "We're talking about real snakes; not the two-legged kind?"

PLYWOOD PLANT EXPANSION

(Information in the following story is from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk, http://www.thetowntalk.com)

CHOPIN, La. — The Roy O. Martin companies are expanding the Martco plywood plant in Chopin for the third time in six years. The Town Talk (http://townta.lk/10vXwLa) reports that Martco is investing $20 million to upgrade drying equipment and add a production line. The expansion is expected to create 24 new jobs.

WELSH POLICE-GPS

(Information in the following story is from: American Press, http://www.americanpress.com)

WELSH, La. — The police chief in Welsh is tracking patrol cars, including his own. Chief Marcus Crochet tells The American Press (http://bit.ly/18uVlcN ) that the global positioning system he's installing on all squad cars will improve response time and safety — and will let him know when citizens' complaints are valid.

TERREBONNE HOMELESS

(Information in the following story is from: The Courier, http://www.houmatoday.com)

HOUMA, La. — The number of homeless people in Terrebonne Parish is on the rise as services statewide continue to dwindle, a survey indicates. The Courier reports (http://bit.ly/16bko7a) that a February count shows 78 adults and 34 children in Terrebonne were either in emergency shelters, transitional housing or on the streets.

TOP STORIES FROM OUTSIDE LOUISIANA

The following items moved Monday for Tuesday newspapers.

CIVIL RIGHTS-MISSISSIPPI

JACKSON, Miss. — Fifty years ago, an angry white mob attacked a racially mixed group that sought to integrate a whites-only lunch counter in Mississippi's capital city. On Tuesday, the anniversary of the Woolworth's sit-in, education and tourism officials are unveiling a marker to commemorate the pivotal event in the state's civil rights movement. By Emily Wagster Pettus.

CIVIL WAR-POW CAMP

SAVANNAH, Ga. — In just three years of field work, researchers have turned up more than 600 artifacts — from suspender buckles to railroad spikes — at the site of a Civil War prison camp in southeast Georgia that remained virtually undisturbed since it was abandoned in 1864. And that's only scratching the surface. By Russ Bynum.

DOLPHIN DEATH

BILOXI, Miss. — A wounded dolphin washed ashore in Biloxi and died while being carried to a rescue truck. Moby Solangi (soh-LAHN-jee), director of the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport, says the adult male had a couple of 3-inch-deep gashes on its tail, and some possible shark bites. He says it apparently was bitten after being cut, and the cuts don't appear natural.

LOUISIANA NEWS IN BRIEF

LIVINGSTON COURTHOUSE

LIVINGSTON, La. — After more than a decade of dead ends, a new courthouse is going up in Livingston Parish. The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/10Yjty6) that a contractor recently finished driving pilings.

PINEVILLE GRADUATION-KUWAIT

PINEVILLE, La. — A determined dad didn't let deployment to Kuwait keep him from seeing his daughter graduate from Pineville High School. The Town Talk reports (http://townta.lk/13Vuwxa) that Chief Warrant Officer 4 Eric Feazell watched 18-year-old Allie get her diploma through Skype. The 8-hour time difference meant he got up at 3:30 a.m. Kuwait time.

WILDLIFE REWARDS

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana's wildlife department says a program that pays rewards for tips leading to violators of fish and game regulations authorized $5,200 in rewards at quarterly meeting this month. The program is called Louisiana Operation Game Thief. It was begun in 1984 and provides cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of violators of fish and wildlife regulations.

The following items moved Monday for Tuesday newspapers.

HIT-RUN FATAL

ROBERT, La. — Louisiana State Police are looking for a hit-and-run driver who hit a scooter that was puttering down Louisiana Highway 445 without lights, throwing the rider into the path of a car and a tractor-trailer. Trooper Nick Manale (muh-NAH-lee) says 33-year-old Chaz Brumfield of Robert was hit from behind as he drove slowly south about 8:30 p.m. Sunday on a Honda moped. He says Brumfield landed in the middle of the highway, where a northbound International tractor-trailer and Toyota Camry hit him.

UNO APPOINTMENT

NEW ORLEANS — Kenneth Sewell has been appointed vice president for research and economic development at the University of New Orleans. Sewell currently is vice president for research and economic development at the University of North Texas in Denton.

COVINGTON-SIDEWALK GRANT

(Information in the following story is from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com)

COVINGTON, La. — The city has been awarded a $300,000 federal grant to build a 7-block sidewalk and provide a new route for students who walk to Pineview Middle School. The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/12WdhJR ) the money will be provided through Safe Routes to School, a federal program administered through the state Department of Transportation and Development.

SULPHUR-WARNING SYSTEM

(Information in the following story is from: American Press, http://www.americanpress.com)

SULPHUR, La. — With the start of hurricane season just days away, Mayor Chris Duncan is encouraging residents to sign up for the city's alert system. Duncan tells The American Press that (http://bit.ly/cseYHv ) the system, which has been in use for almost three years, is an important source of information during hurricanes and other emergencies.

GHEENS FESTIVAL

(Information in the following story is from: Daily Comet, http://www.dailycomet.com)

GHEENS, La. — The Vacherie-Gheens Community Center will be the site of the annual Bon Mangé Festival. The Daily Comet reports (http://bit.ly/14JUimS ) the festival is set for June 7-9.

LOUISIANA MEMBER EXCHANGES

Also moved in advance for Tuesday editions

LAKEFRONT RESTAURANTS

NEW ORLEANS — For a city so surrounded by water, you would imagine there would be a slew of places where you could enjoy a seafood dinner with a sailboat view. Once upon a time, there were plenty of such spots on the lakefront. Today, there are still a handful, both in New Orleans and on the north shore, but the list remains remarkably limited. Soon, though, there will be a few more names to add. By Susan Langenhennig, The Times-Picayune. No photo.

FAMILY SMOKE-OUT

BATON ROUGE — Tiffany Roberson lost her mother to lung cancer in 1994, when Roberson was 16 and a junior in high school. Her mother, Mary Roberson, had been a smoker for many years, although she stopped smoking a few years before she died at age 48. Roberson said that she and her older brother hadn't liked their mother's smoking. Still, when Roberson herself was a young single mother and in college, she picked up her first cigarette and kept smoking for the next decade or so. She quit when her own daughter was 16, not wishing to inflict the sorrows and struggles that she herself had suffered at that age. By Ellyn Couvillon, The Advocate. AP Photo by Travis Spradling, The Advocate.

LOUISIANA SPORTS

The following items moved Monday for Tuesday newspapers.

NCAA TOURNAMENT

OMAHA, Neb. — As good as the record-setting Vanderbilt baseball team has been this season, North Carolina has been just a little bit better. That was the opinion of the NCAA Division I baseball tournament selection committee, which on Monday picked the Tar Heels as the No. 1 national seed for the 64-team tournament. By Eric Olson.

NCAA TOURNAMENT-JACKSON ST

JACKSON, Miss. — Jackson State has waited years for another chance to prove it can compete with the nation's best baseball teams in the NCAA tournament. The Tigers will get it in their first trip to the postseason since 2000. No. 4 national seed LSU (52-9) — and its home crowd of 10,000-plus fans at Alex Box Stadium — will be waiting when Jackson State (34-20) takes the field at the double-elimination Baton Rouge regional on Friday. By David Brandt.

MISSISSIPPI TOP STORIES

The following items moved Monday for Tuesday newspapers.

CIVIL RIGHTS-MISSISSIPPI

JACKSON, Miss. — Fifty years ago, an angry white mob attacked a racially mixed group that sought to integrate a whites-only lunch counter in Mississippi's capital city. On Tuesday, the anniversary of the Woolworth's sit-in, education and tourism officials are unveiling a marker to commemorate the pivotal event in the state's civil rights movement. By Emily Wagster Pettus.

CHANEY-HEALTH INSURANCE

(Information in the following story is from: The Vicksburg Post, http://www.vicksburgpost.com)

VICKSBURG, Miss. — Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says he fears some people won't be able to get health insurance when enrollment under the federal law opens in October. The Affordable Care Act was designed to provide affordable health insurance coverage to Americans regardless of income. Open enrollment programs under the act starts in October. The act takes effect Jan. 1, 2014.

CIVIL WAR-POW CAMP

SAVANNAH, Ga. — In just three years of field work, researchers have turned up more than 600 artifacts — from suspender buckles to railroad spikes — at the site of a Civil War prison camp in southeast Georgia that remained virtually undisturbed since it was abandoned in 1864. And that's only scratching the surface. By Russ Bynum.

CLINTON SLAYING

(Information in the following story is from: WLBT-TV, http://www.wlbt.com)

JACKSON, Miss. — Jurors who convicted an Alabama man of killing an 81-year-old woman in Mississippi have returned to court to consider whether he deserves to die. WLBT-TV reports (http://bit.ly/10CfRD6 ) that the death penalty phase of James Hutto's trial began Monday.

DOLPHIN DEATH

BILOXI, Miss. — A wounded dolphin washed ashore in Biloxi and died while being carried to a rescue truck. Moby Solangi (soh-LAHN-jee), director of the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport, says the adult male had a couple of 3-inch-deep gashes on its tail, and some possible shark bites. He says it apparently was bitten after being cut, and the cuts don't appear natural.

SMITH COUNTY JAIL ESCAPE

RALEIGH, Miss. — Sheriff Charlie Crumpton says two Smith County inmates scaled a fence topped with razor-wire while a trusty walked out the jail's front door. Two were caught after the escape Sunday morning, but one is still missing. Crumpton says 31-year-old Gregory Tynon Jones of Stringer and 32-year-old Terry Bynum of Mize climbed the 12-foot fence Sunday morning while 39-year-old William Shannon Burnham of Rankin County walked away.

TISHOMINGO COUNTY ALCOHOL

(Information in the following story is from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, http://djournal.com)

IUKA, Miss. — Opponents of beer and liquor sales in Tishomingo County say they'll push for strict limits on the newly legal trade. On the other side, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/16l5Q4R ) reports that at least two of the four gas station-convenience stores in Iuka plan to apply for a permit to sell beer.

HOUSE DISTRICT 95 ELECTION

(Information in the following story is from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com)

DIAMONDHEAD, Miss. — The four candidates running for a south Mississippi seat say they are worried that turnout will be low on Tuesday. The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/10tsVhn ) reports that the special election falls between a municipal runoff and a general election.

MISSISSIPPI NEWS IN BRIEF

MCCOMB SUPERINTENDENT

McCOMB, Miss. — There's a lot of interest in the vacancy for school superintendent in McComb. The Enterprise-Journal (http://bit.ly/12Kidks) reports that 19 people have applied to replace Therese Palmertree, who is retiring. .

WXXV NEWS

GULFPORT, Miss. — Gulfport television station WXXV is returning to local news after more than 10 years. General Manager Bobby Edwards tells The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/129F8e3) he plans to begin the newscasts in the fall but is still hiring and doesn't have an exact date.

PETAL BUS ACCIDENT

PETAL, Miss. — Petal police say they're not filing charges against either driver in a school bus crash that sent 11 students to Forrest General Hospital with minor injuries. Officer Michael Stevens says a Ford F-150 traveling west on West Central Avenue collided with a school bus turning east from Stevens onto West Central about 6:45 a.m. on April 29.

FREE FISHING

VICKSBURG, Miss. — The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks is offering a statewide free fishing weekend June 1-2. It kicks off National Fishing and Boating Week, which celebrates the importance of recreational boating and fishing in enhancing quality of life and conserving the country's natural resources.

The following items moved Monday for Tuesday newspapers.

VICKSBURG HOSPITAL

(Information in the following story is from: The Vicksburg Post, http://www.vicksburgpost.com)

VICKSBURG, Miss. — River Region Medical Center will construct a new building at its U.S. Highway 61 North location to house services currently offered at The Street Clinic. The Vicksburg Post reports (http://bit.ly/121EvmT ) that River Region CEO Doug Sills told a civic club this past week that the new medical office building is expected to open in October of 2014.

JACKSON STATE-MADISON

MADISON, Miss. — Jackson State University will open its new campus in Madison on Tuesday. JSU President Carolyn W. Meyers and other university officials will be on hand for the grand opening.

MISSISSIPPI SPORTS

The following item moved Monday for Tuesday newspapers.

NCAA TOURNAMENT-JACKSON ST

JACKSON, Miss. — Jackson State has waited years for another chance to prove it can compete with the nation's best baseball teams in the NCAA tournament. The Tigers will get it in their first trip to the postseason since 2000. No. 4 national seed LSU (52-9) — and its home crowd of 10,000-plus fans at Alex Box Stadium — will be waiting when Jackson State (34-20) takes the field at the double-elimination Baton Rouge regional on Friday. By David Brandt.

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