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Guilty plea is likely in a bribe-related case

WASHINGTON, D.C.

A defense contractor, Mitchell J. Wade, is expected to enter a guilty plea in federal court today for his role in a bribery-related case involving a former representative, Randall ''Duke" Cunningham, a California Republican, according to sources familiar with the investigation. Wade, who founded MZM Inc., based in Washington, started cooperating months ago in the inquiry of Cunningham's alleged trading of appropriations for $2.4 million in cash, furniture, boats and house payments, sources said. (Washington Post)

TEXAS

Drowning convict said to advise inmate
HOUSTON -- Andrea Yates once advised a fellow inmate that she could escape prosecution by pretending to be mentally ill and persuading a psychiatrist she suffered from serious disorders, according to court documents filed yesterday by prosecutors. Felicia Doe, who spent four days in a jail block with Yates in 2002, told prosecutors last year that Yates had advised her not to eat, not to speak properly and not to be friendly or open in front of people if she wanted to ''beat her case." Yates is awaiting a new trial in the drowning of her young children. Yates's defense attorney, George Parham, called the account ''sad and ludicrous." Yates, 41, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. (AP)

LOUISIANA

Hotel stays extended for hurricane evacuees
NEW ORLEANS -- Hurricane evacuees living in more than 7,400 Louisiana or Mississippi hotel rooms at federal government expense are getting more time to move out. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said yesterday that it would extend its funding of the hotel program until March 15 in the two states. For evacuees in about 3,000 rooms outside those states, the program will expire March 1, FEMA said. (AP)

NEW MEXICO

Teen who killed 3 sentenced as juvenile
ALAMOGORDO -- A 16-year-old convicted of killing his family on newsman Sam Donaldson's ranch was sentenced yesterday as a juvenile and ordered held in state custody until he turns 21. State District Judge James Waylon Counts ruled that the state failed to prove Cody Posey could not be rehabilitated. (AP)

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