10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. 100-DAY MARK NEARS AS BUDGET DEADLINE LOOMS As the symbolic milestone approaches, Trump juggles a renewed health care push and his demands that a government funding bill should include money for the border wall with Mexico. 2.

New Orleans takes down 1st of 4 Confederate statues

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Workers in New Orleans removed the first of four prominent Confederate monuments Monday morning, becoming the latest Southern institution to sever itself from symbols viewed by many as a representation of racism and white supremacy. The Liberty Place monument, which commemorates whites who tried to topple a biracial post-Civil War government in New Orleans, was taken away on a truck in pieces around 5:35 a.m. after a few hours of work.

Sanctuary cities threatened with loss of federal grant money

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration intensified its threats to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to comply with federal immigration authorities, warning nine jurisdictions Friday that they may lose coveted law enforcement grant money unless they document cooperation.

NFL draft: Evaluating ex-top recruits who didn't match hype

Receivers Malachi Dupre of LSU and Travis Rudolph of Florida State are prime examples of pro prospects who left high school as five-star recruits and now enter the NFL draft trying to overcome perceptions that they never fulfilled their promise in college. For NFL teams, the challenge is figuring out why such players haven't met expectations -- and whether they might still flourish as pros.

The Latest: Vegas-area officials say it's no sanctuary

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the Justice Department warning nine communities to prove they are complying with an immigration law or risk coveted law enforcement grant money (all times local): 6 p.m. Las Vegas and Clark County, Nevada, say they're wrongly included on a list of jurisdictions the Trump administration says refuse to comply with federal efforts to find and deport immigrants.

Justice Dept. warns sanctuary cities in immigration fight

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration intensified its threats to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to comply with federal immigration authorities, warning nine jurisdictions Friday that they may lose coveted law enforcement grant money unless they document cooperation.

25 years for ex-Saint's killer in 'profoundly sad' case

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Calling it a "profoundly sad and tragic" case, a judge sentenced a 29-year-old New Orleans man to 25 years in prison for killing former Saints star Will Smith and wounding Smith's wife after an April 2016 traffic crash. Thursday's sentencing by Louisiana Judge Camille Buras was the culmination of a case that riveted the city for more than a year.

Widow of Saints star Will Smith upset at killer's 25 years

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The man who fatally shot retired New Orleans Saints star Will Smith and wounded his wife after a traffic crash last year was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison for manslaughter, far less than the maximum prosecutors had called for. Cardell Hayes faced up to 60 years if given consecutive maximum terms for manslaughter and attempted manslaughter, as prosecutors had urged.

The Latest: Smith's widow: daughter fears killer's release

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The Latest on hearings for Cardell Hayes, who was convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith (all times local): 3:30 p.m. The widow of former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith says their daughter fears the day his killer gets out of jail.

In court, strong emotions from coach, family of slain Saint

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The killer of retired New Orleans Saints star Will Smith was denied a new trial Wednesday by a Louisiana judge, who then heard tearful, sometimes bitter "victim Impact" testimony from Smith's family and friends. Racquel Smith said her daughter fears the day Cardell Hayes gets out of prison. She said one of their sons is "lost" without his father.

3 ejections, you're out: Texas St. baseball coach suspended

SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) -- Three ejections and you're out for a game. The Sun Belt Conference on Tuesday suspended Texas State baseball coach Ty Harrington one game after his third ejection this season. He missed Tuesday's game against Texas, his alma mater. Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson said in a statement that the conference is committed to sportsmanship and that there are consequences when unsportsmanlike behavior is exhibited.

Road-rage confrontation: Killer of ex-Saint faces sentencing

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- It was a road-rage confrontation that cost former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith his life. Now, more than a year later, the man who pumped eight bullets into Smith is close to learning his punishment. Cardell Hayes, 29, appeared to have caught something of a break at his December trial when a jury rejected the prosecution's push for a second-degree murder verdict, which would have meant mandatory life in prison.

Alligator crawls out of Louisiana storm drain

METAIRIE, La. (AP) -- An alligator has been wrangled after crawling out of a storm drain in Louisiana. WWL reports (http://bit.ly/2pbVXFK) a 7-foot (2.13-meter) alligator emerged from a drain in Jefferson Parish on Monday after heavy rains. The drain was located behind an elementary school that wasn't holding class because of spring break. The alligator did move around, but Bucktown resident Hazel Porter described it as mainly "just chilling.

US judge says her alcoholism didn't affect case resolutions

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- A federal judge in Louisiana who took medical leave for treatment of severe alcoholism said Friday there are no grounds to challenge cases resolved in her court. "I'm not going to downplay the alcohol problem," U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi said in interview with KPLC-TV (http://bit.ly/2oHONrQ ) and The American Press of Lake Charles (http://bit.ly/2nNsgdU ).

Louisiana picks contractor to manage flood aid program

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- The company chosen to manage Louisiana's $1.3 billion flood aid program for homeowners is the same firm that was earlier selected for the work and then saw its contract scrapped and the bid process redone. Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Thursday that IEM, a North Carolina-based disaster response and emergency management consulting firm, was selected to oversee the program.

Federal judge ordered to rehab for alcoholism, records show

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- A federal judge whose unusual behavior on the bench preceded her mysterious removal from a string of cases was ordered to get treatment for alcoholism so severe a colleague believes she cannot take care of herself, according to court records released Thursday. The records revealing U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi's alcoholism don't answer whether it was a factor in the secretive interruptions in her Louisiana courtroom.

Wisconsin takes aim at outdoors magazine, subscribers erupt

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Twenty years of back issues in Jim Stroschein's attic attest to his love of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' magazine. Since 1919, the publication has featured stories and photos highlighting Wisconsin's natural splendor, from where to hunt, fish, hike and camp to what it's like to own a north woods cabin. If Republican Gov. Scott Walker gets his way, this will be the magazine's last year.

Friday's Sports in Brief

COLLEGE BASKETBALL LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Frank Mason III of Kansas and Kelsey Plum of Washington won the John R. Wooden Award as national players of the year. They received their trophies during the third annual College Basketball Awards in a nationally televised show from The Novo in downtown Los Angeles. Mason also claimed the Bob Cousey point guard of the year award.

'Sons of Guns' reality TV star convicted of rape charges

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Former "Sons of Guns" reality TV star Will Hayden was convicted Friday of raping two girls in Louisiana. He faces a sentence of life in prison. The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/2oNLZdi) that Hayden's victims, a 15-year-old girl and a 37-year-old woman, cried and hugged in a Baton Rouge courtroom as the jury's unanimous verdicts were announced.