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News Minute: Here is the latest Louisiana news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CST

WAKEFIELD, La. (AP) - The chief of a Louisiana fire department was investigating a traffic accident when he was struck and killed by a car. State police say in a news release that winter weather was a factor in the Wednesday morning accident that killed 48-year-old Russell Achord.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Winter weather in Louisiana has forced a delay in the release of Gov. John Bel Edwards' budget proposal for next year. The Democratic governor intended to unveil his spending plan, including $1 billion in state funding cuts, Friday. That's been pushed back to Monday because of concerns about lawmakers traveling to Baton Rouge on still-thawing roads.

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Dale Earnhardt Jr. is warning North Carolina drivers not to venture out into a snowstorm after he slid off the road and hit a tree. Earnhardt said on his Twitter account Wednesday that he had just used his winch to help a sedan out of a ditch in snowy weather when he himself drove off the road and into a tree. He wrote: "NC stay off the roads today/tonight. 5 minutes after helping these folks I center punched a pine tree."

NEW ROADS, La. (AP) - Officials in Louisiana say an 84-year-old man has died from hypothermia and that his wife was hospitalized because her body temperature had dropped to troubling levels. Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff Bud Torres tells The Advocate that deputies found Paul Maker around 11 a.m. Wednesday after receiving a 911 call from a neighbor who routinely checked on the couple. Authorities say they feared using space heaters to heat the home due to the risk of fire.

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