BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Jim Purcell says he will not seek to renew his contract as Louisiana's commissioner of higher education when it runs out next March. The Advocate reports Purcell has been commissioner since February 2011. He made the announcement today during a meeting of the Board of Regents.
PEARL RIVER, La. (AP) - The state legislative auditor's office is investigating the finances of the St. Tammany Parish town of Pearl River. Roger Harris, director of the agency's investigative audit division, tells The Times-Picayune that auditors met with town officials and are examining financial records. He declined to go into specific areas of interest.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU says Zach Mettenberger's playing career with the Tigers is officially over. Mettenberger injured his left knee while unloading a 32-yard completion in the fourth quarter of No. 14 LSU's 31-27 victory over Arkansas last Friday.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Opening statements began today in the retrial of a former New Orleans policeman who shot and killed a man four days after Hurricane Katrina. David Warren is charged with violating 31-year-old Henry Glover's civil rights and with using a weapon in a violent crime.
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