EDWARDS CAROUSELThree years after his release from federal prison, former governor enters the race for Louisiana's 6th Congressional District, ending months of speculation.

Louisiana's Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control is lax in monitoring businesses that have permits to sell alcohol, skipping some routine inspections and shrinking compliance checks, according to an audit released Monday.

Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration wants to use Gulf oil spill recovery money to help refill the state's "rainy day" fund and settle a pending lawsuit over its use.

The governor has fewer than two years remaining in his term, and his relationship with lawmakers has grown more difficult in recent years.

Democrat Mary Landrieu and Republican David Vitter were among the 72 senators voting Thursday to send the bill to the president; 22 senators voted against it.

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