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For Some, La. Baked Goods Ban Hard To Swallow

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For Some, La. Baked Goods Ban Hard To Swallow

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For Some, La. Baked Goods Ban Hard To Swallow

For Some, La. Baked Goods Ban Hard To Swallow

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No holiday cookies from the public: That's the rule a Louisiana ethics panel is enforcing this season.

Some librarians used to receiving thank-you gifts are feeling frustrated. Janice Butler, the director of the St. Tammany Parish Library, says she has been told that even accepting a Coca-Cola will lead to prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.

"It's a hard cookie to bite and I really can't believe that we've come down to this," she tells NPR's Robert Siegel. "If you've lived in Louisiana or know Louisiana, you know it's about the food."