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Grim list of deaths at police hands grows even after verdict

Apr. 22, 2021 11:53 AM EDT

Just as the guilty verdict was about to be read in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, police in Ohio shot and killed a Black teenager in broad daylight during a confrontation. The shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant, 16, who was swinging a knife during...

Louisiana smokable medical marijuana bill starts advancing

Apr. 22, 2021 11:26 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A bid to expand Louisiana's medical marijuana program to allow patients to smoke cannabis sailed through its first review Thursday, as a once contentious program has become more entrenched as a legitimate medical treatment. The House Health and...

Police officer indicted for seeking sex for accident report

Apr. 22, 2021 10:20 AM EDT

WINNSBORO, LA. (AP) — A northeast Louisiana police officer has been indicted on charges that he asked a woman for sex and money in exchange for a favorable accident report. Terrance Pleasant, a former Winnsboro police lieutenant, was indicted Monday on one count of...

Long-lived blaze destroys Shreveport condominium building

Apr. 22, 2021 09:46 AM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A fire at a northwest Louisiana condominium complex has destroyed 30 units. The Shreveport Fire Department tells local news outlets that it took three-and-a-half hours Wednesday to bring the blaze under control at the Fairfield Oaks condominium...

Mississippi finalizes plans for $21M in fishery relief

Apr. 22, 2021 09:36 AM EDT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is finalizing its plans for allocating $21 million in federal relief for fishing industries harmed by the 2019 opening of a Mississippi River spillway in Louisiana. The money is supposed to go to businesses that were hurt by the spillway...

Grim list of deaths at police hands grows even after verdict

Apr. 22, 2021 07:55 AM EDT

Just as the guilty verdict was about to be read in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, police in Ohio shot and killed a Black teenager in broad daylight during a confrontation. The shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant, 16, who was swinging a knife during...

8 semifinalists for Louisiana State University's top job

Apr. 21, 2021 19:42 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Eight candidates seeking to be Louisiana State University's next president were chosen Wednesday by a search committee for interviews, including the leader of another college system in the state and Gov. John Bel Edwards' top budget adviser. LSU...

Players "letting it rip" in team event at Zurich Classic

Apr. 21, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

AVONDALE, La. (AP) — Tony Finau is among the PGA Tour players primed to take some unusual risks and big swings this week. The tour is back in New Orleans with the Zurich Classic's two-man team format being held for the first time since 2019. While...

Senators back mandatory kindergarten bill for Louisiana

Apr. 21, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana would make kindergarten mandatory if lawmakers agree to a bill that won support Wednesday from a Senate committee. The proposal from Senate Education Chairman Cleo Fields would require children who turn 5 years old by Sept. 30 of each...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Apr. 21, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ April 21 The Advocate on political bills that could endanger Louisiana's attempt at restarting tourism: With a shorter session designed to be focused on...