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Edwards Birthday Bash Will Be Roast In New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Two-and-a-half weeks after his house arrest is scheduled to end, former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards will be feted at an 84th birthday bash in New Orleans.

Monteleone (MONT-uh-lee-OHN) Hotel spokeswoman Andrea Thornton says Edwards' brother Marion wanted the party on his brother's birthday, Aug. 7, but accepted July 30 so it could be in the ballroom where Edwin Edwards held his election-night parties.

Thornton says so many people wanted to participate that it changed from just a party to a roast.

She says there will be an admission charge and plans are not yet final.

Edwards began serving six months of house arrest on Jan. 13. He's completing a 10-year federal term for racketeering riverboat licenses.

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