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Forged by Alton Sterling protests, woman aids new activists

Sep. 19, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As a child, Myra Richardson says she was always involved in causes at school. When she was 17 and her hometown was roiled in racial tension, she couldn’t stay on the sidelines. Richardson and fellow high school students Raheejah Flowers and Jeanette Jackson planned and...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Sep. 16, 2020 10:38 AM EDT

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ Sept. 13 The Advocate on playing sports during the pandemic: After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in 2001, sports teams suspended activities as the nation coped with its shock and grief. It was a frightening situation, but the teams and their athletes decided that...

Average US gas price edges up 2 pennies to $2.26 per gallon

Sep. 13, 2020 3:22 PM EDT

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline edged up about 2 cents over the past three weeks to $2.26 per gallon. That’s 37 cents below the average pump price from a year ago. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says Sunday that slipping crude oil...

East Baton Rouge schools to resume in Oct on campus class

Sep. 12, 2020 11:46 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Elementary, middle and high school students in East Baton Rouge Parish are planning to resume on-campus learning five days a week in October. Elementary schools will resume on-campus classes Oct. 5, WAFB-TV reported. Middle and high schools will do hybrid learning from Sept. 28...

LSU's first black faculty members gets celebratory mural

Sep. 12, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An idea inspired by a driver’s license photo has become a larger-than-life tribute to an LSU trailblazer. Julian White, who became LSU’s first African American professor in 1971 and remained on faculty until he retired in 2003, is honored in a three-story mural that...

Alton Sterling case: Baton Rouge nixes $5M settlement offer

Sep. 10, 2020 9:08 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Attorneys representing the children of Alton Sterling, a Black man fatally shot by a Baton Rouge police officer in 2016, said Thursday that a decision by local officials against offering $5 million to settle a pending civil case showed they were uninformed about the matter. Sterling was...

Police: 2 killed in head-on wreck as teen tried to pass

Sep. 10, 2020 2:22 PM EDT

ZACHARY, La. (AP) — Two drivers have died in a head-on wreck as a 16-year-old driver tried to pass another vehicle shortly after midnight Thursday, Louisiana State Police said. The crash in Zachary killed Brandon Cheatham, 16, of Zachary and Anderson Wright, 34, of Baton Rouge, Trooper First Class Taylor...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Sep. 9, 2020 12:15 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ Sept. 9 The Advocate on Hurricane Laura aid: If Lake Charles and its southwest Louisiana neighbors have an utmost dread — what could be worse than Hurricane Laura? — it is this: That their fellow Louisianians and Americans will forget the plight that...

Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., acknowledges supporters as he arrives at the office of the Secretary of State to register as a candidate to run as an incumbent in Baton Rouge, La., Friday, July 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Bill Cassidy launches his first TV ad ahead of fall election

Sep. 9, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy on Wednesday started television advertising for his reelection bid, launching a 30-second spot that focuses on his work on veterans' issues. The Republican senator, running for a second six-year term on the Nov. 3 ballot, serves on the Senate's Committee on...

Louisiana pandemic voting plans at issue in federal court

Sep. 8, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana Republican officials' reluctance to allow expanded mail-in voting this fall — despite having done so for summer elections — is at issue in a federal case unfolding this week in Baton Rouge amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Voting rights advocates have filed a lawsuit...