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News Minute: Here is the latest Louisiana news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. CST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has cut one Louisiana abortion law from a suit filed by an abortion clinic and its doctors, and has narrowed challenges to four other laws. Attorney Zoe Levine of the Center for Reproductive Rights says the law no longer in the suit forbids reimbursement or compensation for any part of an aborted fetus, including money spent for storage and handling.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is trying a third time to persuade lawmakers to approve contract extensions for Louisiana's Medicaid managed-care companies, which coordinate health services for 1.5 million people. The joint legislative budget committee debates the deals again Friday.

DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (AP) - The state fire marshal's office is investigating a fire that left a man and his granddaughter dead and two other family members injured. Investigators responded about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday to a report of a fire in Denham Springs. Firefighters entered the house and found the bodies of 57-year-old Jesse Lowrance and his 6-year-old granddaughter, Kenley Lowrance. Their bodies were sent to the Livingston Parish Coroner's Office for autopsies. Two others are being treated at burn centers.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The commercial fishery for gray triggerfish in Louisiana waters will close Saturday at 12:01 a.m. and remain closed until Jan. 1. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet made the decision following notification by NOAA Fisheries that the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico will close for the commercial harvest of gray triggerfish during the same timeframe.

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