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News Minute: Here is the latest Louisiana news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. CDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's coastal protection agency says it will sue if a local government keeps blocking a step needed to decide where to create a proposed project to use Mississippi River sediment to build wetlands. The agency says Plaquemines Parish has until July 29 to allow soil borings in a Mississippi River levee. Parish President Amos Cormier III says the agency's using flawed science, and the project would hurt his parish. He says it refused to look at studies he says prove his point.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A company that slaughtered feral hogs as wild boar for restaurants and grocery sausage has gone under, and investors are accusing the owner of fraud. The Advocate reports that a federal lawsuit was filed by investors who had hoped to expand by having Charlie Munford's smokehouse produce their sausage for retail. Munford could not be reached for comment. The suit says Jarred Zeringue and Mathew Moreland invested $320,000 for a 20 percent stake but got only two batches of andouille.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lawmakers on the Louisiana House's tax committee have advanced three sales tax proposals to lessen state budget cuts that hit in fewer than two weeks. Action Wednesday from the Ways and Means Committee keeps negotiations ongoing in the special session that must end June 27. But it remains unclear whether any tax bill can win enough support from Democrats and Republicans on the House floor to reach the two-thirds vote needed.

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Members of the Mobile City Council are asking Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey to approve funding to help restart passenger train service between New Orleans and the port city. WALA-TV reports members sent Ivey a letter Wednesday saying renewed Amtrak service would help increase tourism and economic development. The governor's office didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment. Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi face a Thursday deadline for committing to funding that would help restart service.

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