Buddy Caldwell

The state attorney general has cleared former St. Landry Parish President Don Menard of any criminal wrongdoing in connection with a legislative auditor's investigation of the more than $16,000 in charges made on Menard's parish-issued credit card.

According to a letter faxed Tuesday to the St. Landry Parish District Attorney's Office, The Advocate reports Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said that he sees no need in pursuing the allegations made against Menard.

Caldwell said he consider the matter closed

The Louisiana Attorney General's Office says it's running out of money to pay for litigation over the 2010 BP PLC oil spill.

Rene Free, director of administrative services for state Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, tells The Advocate that no new money was appropriated in the current year's budget for Deepwater Horizon litigation. Caldwell asked for an additional $16.2 million in July at the start of the budget year, she says.

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has named a new director for the division of his office that oversees legal gambling in the state.

A news release from Caldwell's office says Clifford R. Strider III is a 1979 graduate of the law school at LSU and has 33 years of experience in litigation and supervision.