Whooping crane shot in Louisiana euthanized
NEW ORLEANS -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says a whooping crane shot earlier this month became too weak for further treatment and has been euthanized.
Spokesman Adam Einck said the bird was humanely killed Wednesday at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine.
The bird's wing had been shattered in two places, but it seemed to be recovering well after surgery Feb. 9.
However, officials said, its condition began getting worse Tuesday -- and by Wednesday it was so weak that trying to revive it would have made its condition worse.
Biologists believe the bird and his mate were shot Feb. 6. The female's body and the male were found Feb. 7 just north of Roanoke in Jefferson Davis Parish.
Whooping cranes are endangered, with only about 600 alive.
-- Associated Press
Suit dismissed in sign collapse that killed child
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A Jefferson County circuit judge has dismissed a lawsuit against a contractor that was temporarily involved with the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.
The family of 10-year-old Luke Bresette, who was killed in March when a flight information sign fell on him, filed a suit against contracting and design companies that installed the signs.
Monumental Contracting filed a motion for dismissal saying their contractors didn't install any of the flight-information signs and said in depositions they warned other contractors the displays were top-heavy and unsafe.
The company stopped working on the project after designers and fabricators said the signs would be free-standing and wouldn't be anchored to anything.
Attorneys for the Bresette family filed a motion Wednesday agreeing with Monumental Contracting's argument.
-- Birmingham News
Police arrest manfound with ribs in pants
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Baton Rouge Police have arrested a man who was caught shoplifting nearly $100 worth of ribs taken from a Piggly Wiggly supermarket.
It happened just before noon Sunday.
Authorities said 54-year-old Eugene Dunn was being held down in the store's parking lot by two men when officers arrived. Police said there were about four packages of meat lying on the ground and an officer removed four more racks of ribs from Dunn's pants.
Dunn told police he was only trying to eat and live.
Dunn faces charges of aggravated battery other deadly weapon and fifth- offense theft of goods.
He is being held in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a $5,000 bond. It was unclear if Dunn has an attorney.
UA student center says anti-abortion display OK
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The director of the University of Alabama's Ferguson Student Center is apologizing for ordering the removal of an anti-abortion display.
Student Center Director Carl Bacon said the university should not have taken down the images of aborted fetuses and women who died after having abortions.
Bacon said the center's display policy does not prohibit graphic or offensive images and that the exhibit should have remained on display throughout the exhibit's scheduled dates.
Organizers of the display said the apology is an important victory pro-life activists on campuses nationwide.
-- Tuscaloosa News