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Sentencing delayed for charity lead who embezzled over $550K

Oct. 17, 2019 6:47 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Sentencing has been delayed for a Louisiana hospital foundation's former fundraising chief, who was convicted this summer of stealing more than $550,000 in donations. News outlets report 49-year-old John Paul Funes' Thursday sentencing has been pushed to Oct. 24 because of a...

Tulane plans big book festival between Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest

Oct. 17, 2019 4:55 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tulane University has announced plans for a major book festival to be held annually between Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest. The first New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University will be March 19-21. A news release says more than 40 authors have signed on so far, including Fox News Channel...

Search of collapsed hotel shifts to recovery mission

Oct. 16, 2019 8:16 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The chances of a missing worker's survival after a hotel collapse are diminishing, and New Orleans officials shifted their efforts Wednesday from rescue to recovery mode. The shift comes ahead of a possible tropical storm, Fire Department Superintendent Tim McConnell told reporters. One...

Louisiana man arrested in 1989 deaths of 2 women

Oct. 16, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — An arrest may have cleared a missing persons' case that dates to 1989. A tip to the case's original investigator — Rapides Parish Sheriff's Major Mark Baden — led to Tuesday's arrest of Robert Brunson Blair, 71, who's being held on $2 million bond, news outlets...

Saints add Zenner and Parker, cut Anthony

Oct. 16, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have signed running back Zach Zenner and tight end Brian Parker in advance of this Sunday's game at Chicago. The players filled roster spots opened by the two-game suspension of defensive back P.J. Williams and the release of linebacker Stephone Anthony. Zenner,...

Louisiana high court upholds sentence in mom's bedsore death

Oct. 16, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court has let stand a Baton Rouge woman's 40-year prison sentence in the 2014 bedsore-related death of her 82-year-old mother. The Advocate reports 58-year-old Joleslie Looney was convicted last year of manslaughter in the death of Bessie Looney. The state 1st...

Officials: Immigrant kills himself in ICE jail in Louisiana

Oct. 16, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A Cuban man who legally sought asylum died by apparent suicide while being detained at an immigration jail in Louisiana, authorities said Wednesday. Roylan Hernandez Diaz, 43, was found unresponsive Tuesday afternoon inside his cell at the Richwood Correctional Center, according to U.S....

New Orleans man, 62, free after 42 years and plea agreement

Oct. 16, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

ANGOLA, La. (AP) — Free for the first time in 42 years, a New Orleans man who always maintained his innocence over a 1977 slaying walked past a guard tower Wednesday to greet the younger brother who is providing an apartment and job for him. Elvis Brooks, 62, has always said he was not involved in a fatal...

Donor offers judgeship backing if Senate candidate left race

Oct. 16, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Republican donor trying to keep a three-way Louisiana Senate runoff from giving Democrats an advantage offered to help a GOP candidate run for judge if he dropped out of the Senate race. GOP businessman Lane Grigsby, a high-spender on political campaigns, confirmed Wednesday to...

Toddler dies after being left in hot car, aunt is arrested

Oct. 16, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

DESTREHAN, La. (AP) — A Louisiana woman has been arrested after her 2-year-old niece died in a hot car where she had been left for about six hours. The St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that Avril Sanabria died Oct. 4. Lezly Sanabria, 48, was arrested Tuesday on negligent homicide charges,...