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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...

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...

Louisiana Police transfer troopers amid cadet injury reports

Oct. 16, 2019 1:26 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State Police officials say three troopers have been transferred out of the agency's training division following reports that cadets were injured during exercises that went beyond "normal parameters." State Police Col. Kevin Reeves said Tuesday that the trainees were...

Louisiana Senate race candidate asks for vote recount

Oct. 15, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — One Republican candidate headed to an unusual three-person Louisiana state Senate runoff election is asking for a vote recount. State Rep. Franklin Foil filed the request Tuesday with the East Baton Rouge Parish clerk of court. Foil initially had an eight-vote lead over Republican...

Edwards, Rispone launch attacks in Louisiana governor runoff

Oct. 15, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards and his Republican opponent Eddie Rispone are trading attacks in their first TV ads of the Louisiana governor's runoff election. In his 30-second spot released statewide Tuesday, the Deep South's only Democratic governor suggests that Rispone would...

Alabama student accused of threatening Louisiana stadium

Oct. 15, 2019 8:16 AM EDT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A University of Alabama student is accused of threatening Louisiana State's Tiger Stadium during the school's Saturday night football game against the University of Florida. The Tuscaloosa News reports 19-year-old Connor Bruce Croll of Crozet, Virginia, was arrested by officers at...

Business lobby wins most of Louisiana education board races

Oct. 14, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Business-backed candidates have won six of seven contested seats for Louisiana's top school board. The Advocate reports that the winners in Saturday's elections for the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education seats were backed by the Louisiana Association of Business and...

In the Louisiana governor's runoff, will candidates debate?

Oct. 14, 2019 3:59 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards has agreed to one televised runoff debate in the Louisiana governor's race, but his Republican opponent hasn't confirmed he'll participate. The Democratic incumbent was forced into the runoff after he failed to top 50% of the vote in Saturday's primary...

Louisiana Senate race could involve rare three-person runoff

Oct. 14, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana state Senate race could be headed to a rare, three-person runoff election because two Republican contenders tied for second place, the secretary of state's office said Monday. State Reps. Steve Carter and Franklin Foil, among five candidates for the Baton Rouge-based...

Split GOP tries to unite in Louisiana governor's race runoff

Oct. 13, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republican leaders working to oust the Deep South's only Democratic governor were trying Sunday to put their intraparty backbiting behind them ahead of Louisiana's November runoff election, needing a united focus if they want to keep John Bel Edwards from a second term. National and...