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Officers end 3-day protest by inmates inside Louisiana jail

Aug. 15, 2022 14:20 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana law enforcement officers have ended a three-day peaceful protest by jail inmates who demanded improvements to living conditions, including quicker attention to requests for medical care. Orleans Parish Sheriff Susan Hutson issued a statement saying her...

Average US gasoline price falls 45 cents to $4.10 per gallon

Aug. 14, 2022 17:18 PM EDT

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline plummeted 45 cents over the past three weeks to $4.10 per gallon. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that the continued decline comes as crude oil costs also remain low. ...

Police officer in Louisiana run over, dragged by driver

Aug. 14, 2022 13:01 PM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A police officer in Louisiana is in critical condition after police say a suspect ran over him with a vehicle and dragged him during an attempted traffic stop. Police in Lafayette, Louisiana say the officer was dragged 100 feet (30m) early Sunday morning....

Louisiana’s longest working civil servant may set record

Aug. 14, 2022 01:05 AM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — When Roland Babin joined the Louisiana highway department in 1955 on a road construction crew, the Chevy Bel Air was the most popular ride, Bill Haley and His Comets were rocking around the clock and America liked Ike. “I started as a rodman (setting up...

Galliano native makes art into a career

Aug. 14, 2022 01:03 AM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Dirk Guidry left his native Galliano in 2005 to pursue an art degree at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and has since made a career out of his passion for painting. “It’s good, especially since I’m only 35, so I would have never imagined sustaining...

Lafayette Mayor-President completes 21-day rehab program

Aug. 13, 2022 13:16 PM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — The mayor of a southwestern Louisiana city and parish is back after a 21-day stint from an in-person rehab program where he was getting treatment for alcohol addiction and post traumatic stress disorder. The Lafayette City Council and Parish Council were...

Conspiracies complicate voting machine debate in Louisiana

Aug. 13, 2022 12:00 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The need for Louisiana to replace its voting machines is not in dispute. They are badly outdated — deployed in 2006, the year after Hurricane Katrina struck -- and do not produce paper ballots that are critical to ensuring election results are accurate. ...

Dooky Chase’s, Leah Chase subject of new TV series

Aug. 13, 2022 01:09 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Known today as a community staple for authentic Creole cuisine and historically as a meeting place for Civil Rights movement leaders, Dooky Chase’s Restaurant is now the set of a new series honoring its matriarch, the late Leah Chase, also known as “The Queen of Creole...

Smithfield Fair trio made music together for 50 years

Aug. 13, 2022 01:02 AM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — The last 50 years have been a “Charmer” for Smithfield Fair. Back in the 1970s and 1980s, the band was once called Charmer. And even though it was changed in 1989, many in the area still know them by that name. “We were a big presence...

Homebase for Louisiana city's civil rights activity honored

Aug. 12, 2022 17:47 PM EDT

BOGALUSA, La. (AP) — The home that served as the base of operations for the Bogalusa Civil Rights Movement is now recognized with a marker along the Louisiana Civil Rights Trail. Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Office of Tourism on Thursday dedicated the seventh marker...