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AP: Louisiana police unit probed over Black driver arrests

Jun. 09, 2021 21:23 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The same Louisiana State Police unit whose troopers stunned, punched and dragged Ronald Greene on video during a deadly 2019 arrest is now under internal investigation by a secret panel over whether its officers are systematically targeting Black motorists for abuse....

Louisiana lawmakers support concealed carry without permit

Jun. 01, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Senate gave quick final passage Tuesday to a bill that would allow gun owners to carry concealed firearms without a permit, a measure expected to provoke a veto from Gov. John Bel Edwards. The Democratic governor's opposition...

La. governor criticizes police in deadly arrest of Black man

May. 25, 2021 20:01 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday denounced the deadly 2019 arrest of Ronald Greene as “regrettable," criticizing the state troopers who repeatedly stunned, choked and punched the Black motorist, and also chiding officers who stood by but failed to intervene. ...

Man dies when SUV gets stuck under big rig, catches fire

May. 24, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

DELHI, La. (AP) — A 32-year-old man died when his mid-sized SUV rear-ended a tractor-trailer, lodged under it and caught fire, Louisiana State Police said Monday. Ian Pettit of Delhi, Louisiana, died shortly after 6:30 p.m. Sunday on eastbound Interstate 20 near Holly...

Digitizing the dead: Cemetery project puts graves on the map

May. 23, 2021 13:19 PM EDT

MONROE, La. (AP) — It’s surprisingly easy to end up in an unmarked grave, even buried in a city cemetery. David Holt, an associate professor of geography at the University of Southern Mississippi, pointed at an orange flag next to a pink plastic flower stuck in the...

Young pilot killed in small plane crash in Louisiana

May. 19, 2021 20:12 PM EDT

SICILY ISLAND, La, (AP) — A young pilot of a crop-dusting aircraft was killed when his plane crashed into a field in northeast Louisiana, authorities said Wednesday. The single-engine Air Tractor 502 crashed Tuesday afternoon along Highway 425, about 5 miles (8...

'I'm scared': AP obtains video of deadly arrest of Black man

May. 19, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana state troopers were captured on body camera video stunning, punching and dragging a Black man as he apologized for leading them on a high-speed chase -- footage of the man’s last moments alive that The Associated Press obtained after authorities refused to...

Bill would prohibit vaccine requirement for state facilities

May. 04, 2021 19:26 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana state agencies and public colleges would be unable to require coronavirus vaccines for entry into their facilities, if House lawmakers agree to a bill that won overwhelming support Tuesday from the Senate. Senators voted 28-9 for the...

Driver in hit-and-run that killed 2 women given 18 years

May. 01, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

MONROE, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man will spend at least 18 years in prison after pleading no contest to charges in connection to a June crash that killed two women who were riding their bicycles. According to prosecutors, 29-year-old Coleen Huling and 25-year-old...

Sterlington alderman resigns, town to hold special election

Apr. 29, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

STERLINGTON, La. (AP) — A north Louisiana town has a vacancy on its Board of Aldermen. Alderman Trey Vocker III resigned this week, saying he doesn't see eye to eye with Mayor Caesar Velazquez and that he has concerns that everything being handled through the mayor's...