Son of Tribal Chairman Faces

Counts in Red Lake Shootings

ST. PAUL -- The teenage son of Floyd Jourdain Jr., Red Lake tribal chairman, faces two unnamed federal charges in connection with the deadly shootings at the reservation's high school, according to records a judge ordered unsealed.

A heavily blacked-out copy of the docket sheet shows that the attorney for Louis Jourdain has also tried without success to get his client released from federal custody.

Jourdain is the only person charged in connection with the March 21 shootings at Red Lake Senior High School and a private residence, which were carried out by his cousin, Jeff Weise, 16. Weise killed nine people and then himself.

Some of Weise's family members have theorized that the youth was angered over being banned from school, and that the punishment -- coupled with mood changes brought on by a doubling of his daily dose of the antidepressant Prozac -- drove him to carry out the killings.

A federal grand jury has met at least once in Minneapolis to hear testimony in the case.

* TAMPA -- A boy, 7, beat his baby half-sister to death with his fists, feet and a 2-by-4 because he was jealous of the attention the girl was receiving and because she would not stop crying, police said. The attack occurred May 22 in Tampa, where the boy had been visiting his father. Seven-month-old Jayza Laney Simms was dead on arrival at the hospital she was taken to by her parents. A week later, the boy confessed to killing her when detectives confronted him, police said.

* COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Gov. Bob Taft and other Ohio Republicans said they were relinquishing thousands of dollars they got from Tom Noe, a leading GOP donor and coin dealer who's under state and federal investigation. Noe managed rare coin investments for the state's workers' compensation bureau. At least $10 million of the state's $55 million coin investment is believed missing.

* NEWARK -- Former Army Sgt. Javal S. Davis, the first Army reservist to be freed after serving time in the Abu Ghraib prisoner-abuse scandal, said he is a good person who was under tremendous stress amid horrific conditions in and around the prison. In his first interview since being released, Davis said the open sewage and constant fear of death from rockets and bombs around Abu Ghraib would "drive the most docile soldier from 'Gomer Pyle' into 'Full Metal Jacket.' " Davis was released from military prison Sunday after serving less than four months for mistreating detainees.

* TALLAHASSEE -- After a 15-year legal battle, Gov. Jeb Bush (R) and his cabinet approved a $12.5 million deal to prevent oil drilling in Florida's coastal waters. Coastal Petroleum Corp., the company that holds the last of the offshore drilling leases the state issued in the 1940s, will receive the money in exchange for dropping efforts to drill along the state's west coast. Coastal has fought to be compensated -- or allowed to drill -- since 1990, the year the state banned offshore drilling.

* JACKSON, Miss. -- U.S. District Judge Tom S. Lee struck down a Mississippi law that barred early second-trimester abortions at clinics. The law would have required patients to go to hospitals or outpatient surgical facilities for abortions starting at 13 weeks' gestation. Previously, abortions were allowed at clinics up to 16 weeks' gestation.

-- From News Services