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Louisiana tweaks reporting of nursing home COVID-19 cases

Oct. 31, 2020 11:56 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has adjusted its reporting of coronavirus cases found in the state's nursing homes by adding details about the number of cases that originated at each facility to account for transfers into nursing homes with specialized care for virus patients. Health officials said the...

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2020 file photo, a heavy Louisiana State Police presence is seen at the New Chapel Hill Baptist Church during funeral services for Master Trooper Chris Hollingsworth in West Monroe, La.    An Associated Press review of thousands of records has revealed multiple cases when Louisiana State troopers and some of their supervisors exchanged emails with casual, demeaning uses of the n-word. All of it comes against the backdrop of a federal civil rights investigation over the in-custody death of a Black motorist that has roiled the state's premier law enforcement agency and led to an abrupt change in its leadership. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

AP: Use of slurs not 'isolated' at Louisiana State Police

Oct. 30, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Black trooper with the Louisiana State Police was on a break when his cellphone buzzed with an unusual voice message. It was from a white colleague, unaware his Apple Watch had recorded him, blurting out the Black trooper’s name followed by a searing racial slur. ...

Attorney General Jeff Landry, right, speaks about medicines being donated by drug companies to help the fight against the coronavirus during a press conference during a press conference at the Governor's Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management, Monday April 6, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards listens at left. (Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP, Pool)

Louisiana attorney general asks judge to void virus rules

Oct. 30, 2020 1:09 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Landry is asking a Louisiana judge to void Gov. John Bel Edwards' coronavirus restrictions and declare them unenforceable, in an ongoing legal battle over a House Republican petition seeking to revoke the Democratic governor's emergency order. The Republican...

A sailboat on a trailer sits overturned in Pass Christian, Miss., Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in the aftermath of Hurricane Zeta, which passed through Wednesday . (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Latest: Calls for voting extension in Georgia after Zeta

Oct. 29, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Zeta (all times CDT): 5 p.m. ATLANTA — A group of civil rights organizations is asking Georgia’s governor to extend early voting hours Friday after the storm disrupted voting Thursday in the battleground state. Groups including the Georgia NAACP and Fair Fight...

A passing car's headlights illuminate a darkened Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Hurricane Zeta passed through Wednesday leaving much of the city and metro area without power. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Latest: President declares emergency in Mississippi

Oct. 28, 2020 11:57 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Zeta (all times CDT): 10:45 p.m. WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has declared an emergency exists in Mississippi and ordered federal assistance be expedited to aid state, local and tribal efforts to recover from Hurricane Zeta. The president authorized the...

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2017, file photo, Louisiana State Police Supt. Kevin Reeves speaks at a news conference in Baton Rouge, La. Reeves, the head of the Louisiana State Police, will retire from the job at the end of the month, amid ongoing questions about the death of a Black man in the law enforcement agency's custody and the secrecy around the encounter that is now subject to a federal civil rights investigation.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Louisiana State Police leader retiring amid controversy

Oct. 27, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The head of the Louisiana State Police will retire at the end of the month amid ongoing questions about his handling of the in-custody death of a Black man last year, a case that has drawn accusations of a cover-up and is now the subject of a federal civil rights investigation. Col....

DOJ grant to go toward Wrongful Conviction Clinic at LSU

Oct. 27, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice has granted Louisiana State University's law center nearly $500,000 to establish a project that will allow students to identify and review cases that may have resulted in wrongful convictions. The university's law school and Innocence Project New...

Interstate 10 widening in Louisiana capital region completed

Oct. 26, 2020 1:30 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A $72 million project to widen Interstate 10 in Louisiana's capital region is wrapping up, nearly three years after construction began. Gov. John Bel Edwards, along with East Baton Rouge and Ascension parish officials, celebrated the largely completed work at an event Monday. I-10...

Hurricane Laura evacuee, swimmer setting new records

Oct. 25, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, Ala. (AP) — Many of us seek normalcy in 2020. William Bright embraces his normal each afternoon at the A.C. Lewis YMCA pool. “The coaches and guys on the team have all been nice,” Bright said. “Swimming gets me in a good mood. I missed it.” A story that includes...

House Republican leader Blake Miguez, R-Erath, left, speaks with Rep. Gary Carter, D-New Orleans, on the House floor on the final day of the special session on Oct. 23, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Louisiana House GOP trying to yank governor's virus rules

Oct. 23, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana House Republicans filed a petition Friday to revoke Gov. John Bel Edwards' coronavirus restrictions for a week, as lawmakers finished a special session in which they sought more power over the Democratic governor's emergency actions but appeared likely to see that effort...