Department of Agriculture and Forestry

Louisiana's agriculture commissioner says any horse coming into Louisiana from Illinois must have a health certificate showing that it has not been at Hawthorne Race Course in the past 30 days because nearly 70 horses there have tested positive for a very contagious and potentially lethal virus.

The Department of Agriculture and Forestry quotes Stanley Seeling, president of the Louisiana Horseman's Benevolent and Protective Association, as saying horses typically travel from Hawthorne Race Course to Louisiana for the winter races.

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry says a 26-year-old Jonesville man and a teenager are accused of stealing two hogs in Catahoula Parish.

Department spokeswoman Veronica Mosgrove says Chester Jones and a 17-year-old each was booked with criminal trespassing, aggravated cruelty to animals and two counts of livestock theft.

She says Livestock Brand Commission officers and sheriff's deputies arrested them Dec. 31. Chester remained jailed Wednesday in lieu of $25,000 bond; the teenager was released on $7,500 bond.