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Trump returns to Louisiana, trying to flip governor’s seat

Nov. 14, 2019 3:17 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Leaving a Washington embroiled in an impeachment drama, President Donald Trump returns to the Louisiana governor’s race Thursday, testing his ability to sway an election by trying to oust a Democratic incumbent. Though Louisiana is a deep red state Trump won by 20 percentage...

Louisiana officer won’t face charges in 94 mph fatal crash

Nov. 14, 2019 9:19 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana police officer who crashed a speeding sports car while off duty will face no criminal charges in the death of a child. Prosecutors cleared Christopher Manuel of negligent homicide, even though investigators say he was driving an orange Corvette at 94 mph (151 kph) before...

Tight Louisiana governor’s race is testing Trump’s coattails

Nov. 13, 2019 4:10 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — In conservative Louisiana, where voters bucked expectations and elected a Democratic governor four years ago, this year’s gubernatorial race is testing if they’re willing to do it again — or if President Donald Trump can flip the seat. On paper, the...

Little big man Edwards-Helaire emerges as go-to guy for LSU

Nov. 10, 2019 4:47 PM EST

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Clyde Edwards-Helaire had seemingly sealed one of the most satisfying victories in the history of LSU football with a tackle-breaking touchdown run late in the fourth quarter. Back on the sideline as delirious Tigers fans began to celebrate in Bryant-Denny Stadium, Edwards-Helaire...

Black voter outreach intensifies in Louisiana governor race

Nov. 9, 2019 9:39 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — To win a second term in his Southern state, Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards needs strong turnout from Louisiana's black voters, who form the core of his party and who lagged in getting to the polls for the primary election. Edwards and his supporters are laboring to reverse that...

Rape victim refuses judge's suggestion of money from rapist

Nov. 8, 2019 2:01 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana rape victim said she won't accept a judge's offer to reduce her assailant's sentence if the man pays her $150,000, adding that she doesn't want any amount of money from her attacker. "I don't think money is going to provide any restitution for what he's done," the...

LSU-Alabama holds high stakes for QBs in Heisman contention

Nov. 7, 2019 6:30 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Another high stakes tilt between LSU and Alabama could once again prove pivotal in Heisman Trophy voting. While the winner of the game will have an inside track to the College Football Playoff, the matchup also features top Heisman hopefuls at the same position for the second time...

Acclaimed novelist Ernest Gaines dies at 86

Nov. 5, 2019 6:12 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Novelist Ernest J. Gaines, whose poor childhood on a small Louisiana plantation germinated stories of black struggles that grew into universal tales of grace and beauty, has died. He was 86. The Baton Rouge Area Foundation, which sponsors a literary award in Gaines' honor, confirmed he...

Medical marijuana in Louisiana: Questions about cost arise

Nov. 4, 2019 8:24 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Three months after medical marijuana became available in Louisiana, doctors and clinics say some patients are finding the cost for therapeutic cannabis too high for treatment, pricing them out of a medication they waited years to obtain. Nine pharmacies dispense medicinal-grade pot...

Correction: Right to Braid story

Nov. 1, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In a story Oct. 29 about a hair braiding lawsuit The Associated Press reported erroneously that the lawyer's first name was Jamie. It is Jaimie. A corrected version of the story is below: Suit over Louisiana hair braiding permits survives challenge An organization challenging Louisiana's...