Roundup: Edwin Edwards / Bar association fees / Rising grocery prices 

    Hospice care: Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards, 93, placed himself in hospice care at his Gonzales home on Monday after going to St. Elizabeth Hospital by ambulance on Sunday, according to a statement released by him and his wife. WAFB-TV has the full story. 

    No longer mandatory: Attorneys who don’t want to belong to, or pay dues to, the state bar association of Louisiana or Texas have won important battles at a federal appeals court in New Orleans. A panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Texas must stop requiring attorneys to join or pay dues to that state’s bar association. In a separate case, the same panel of three appellate judges revived a similar lawsuit in Louisiana. That case, too, could eventually result in an order that the Louisiana State Bar Association make changes. Read the full story.  

    Supermarket stockpiles:  Supermarkets are stocking up on everything from sugar to frozen meat before they get more pricey, girding for what some executives anticipate will be some of the highest price increases in recent memory, The Wall Street Journal reports. Stockpiling by food retailers is now driving shortages of some staples, grocery industry executives said, and is challenging a U.S. food supply chain already squeezed by transportation costs, labor pressure and ingredient constraints. Read the full story.