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Lawsuit challenges Louisiana Supreme Court districts

Jul. 23, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The maps used to elect Louisiana's seven state Supreme Court justices are discriminatory against African American voters, according to a civil rights group's lawsuit filed Tuesday. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Baton Rouge seeks a declaration that the districts violate...

Man arrested in slaying of 75-year-old community activist

Jul. 16, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

The suspect in the slaying of a community leader who founded Baton Rouge's African American history museum was a tenant who owed her back rent, authorities said Tuesday. Ronn Jermaine Bell, 38, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of first-degree murder, city Police Chief Murphy J. Paul told news reporters. Bell is...

Scientist ready to get back to work after case dismissed

Jul. 16, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A prominent coastal scientist in Louisiana said Tuesday that he's ready to get back to work one day after federal charges against him for allegedly stealing trade secrets were abruptly dropped when prosecutors said they didn't have enough evidence. Ehab Meselhe, along with Kelin Hu, were...

Final blast of torrential rains unleashed by weakened Barry

Jul. 15, 2019 9:15 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tropical Depression Barry spared New Orleans and Baton Rouge from catastrophic flooding, but even as it weakened and moved north through Arkansas, its trailing rain bands swamped parts of Louisiana with up to 17 inches (43 centimeters) of rain and transformed part of the Mississippi...

Louisiana: Coroner rules museum founder's death a homicide

Jul. 15, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

The founder of Baton Rouge's African American history museum died of suffocation and her death was a homicide, a coroner ruled Monday, as residents of Louisiana's capital city struggled to come to terms with the slaying of the well-respected, 75-year-old community leader. East Baton Rouge Coroner Beau Clark...

The Latest: Louisiana governor 'grateful' storm wasn't worse

Jul. 14, 2019 11:09 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Barry (all times local): 6:20 p.m. Louisiana's governor says he is "extremely grateful" that Tropical Depression Barry did not cause the disastrous floods that had earlier been forecast. In a news conference Sunday evening, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Barry's rains could...

Barry's flood threat lingers as storm slowly sweeps inland

Jul. 14, 2019 10:10 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tropical Depression Barry dumped rain as it slowly swept inland through Gulf Coast states Sunday, sparing New Orleans from a direct hit but stoking fears elsewhere of flooding, tornadoes, and prolonged power outages. Though the system was downgraded to a tropical depression Sunday...

The Latest: National Guard trying to rescue family of 5

Jul. 14, 2019 12:45 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Barry (all times local): ___ 11:40 p.m. Authorities are trying to rescue a family of five who are trapped by high water in a south Louisiana home. KTBS-TV reports that the family was trapped Saturday night in the town of Franklin. The Shreveport television station reports...

Weakened Barry rolls into Louisiana, drenches Gulf Coast

Jul. 13, 2019 11:27 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Barry rolled into the Louisiana coast Saturday, flooding highways, forcing people to scramble to rooftops and dumping heavy rain that officials had feared could test the levees and pumps that were bolstered after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005. After briefly becoming a...

African American museum founder discovered dead in car trunk

Jul. 13, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A 75-year-old Louisiana woman who founded an African American history museum was discovered dead in the trunk of a car, and police said Saturday that investigators were working diligently to find those responsible. Baton Rouge police Sgt. L'Jean McKneely said investigators were...