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Probation for 3 women involved in Alton Sterling protest

Aug. 21, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Three women who were protesting the fatal police shooting of a black man in Louisiana have been sentenced to six months of probation and must perform community service. The Advocate reports Deon Fountain, Kiara Jones and Krystal Sonia were found guilty Tuesday of "simple obstruction...

LSU officials issue all-clear after report of armed intruder

Aug. 20, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State University officials issued an all-clear Tuesday evening after a report of an armed intruder on campus. LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard said a shelter-in-place order was lifted and the university returned to normal operations after police conducted a room-by-room search...

The Latest: LSU gives all-clear after armed intruder report

Aug. 20, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on reports of an intruder at Louisiana State University (all times local): 5:15 p.m. Louisiana State University officials have given the all-clear after a report of an armed intruder on campus. LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard says a shelter-in-place order is over and...

Louisiana: 9 West Nile cases include 5 dangerous infections

Aug. 20, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Department of Health reports the first nine human cases of this year's West Nile virus season, including five dangerous infections of the brain and spinal cord. Those five cases include two in Washington Parish and one each in East Baton Rouge, St. Tammany and Livingston...

Memorials, funeral for ex-Louisiana gov Kathleen Blanco

Aug. 19, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Three days of public events from Thursday through Saturday will honor former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco, the state's first female governor who died after a yearslong struggle with cancer. The Democrat who led Louisiana during hurricanes Katrina and Rita will be memorialized...

Memorials, funeral for ex-Louisiana gov Kathleen Blanco

Aug. 19, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Three days of public events will honor former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco, the state's first female governor who died after a yearslong struggle with cancer. The Democrat who led Louisiana during hurricanes Katrina and Rita will be memorialized Thursday at an interfaith service...

Lawsuit: Restaurant pressured servers do unpaid work

Aug. 18, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Three former table servers are suing owners and managers of an iconic Louisiana restaurant, claiming managers pressured them to work for no pay. The Advocate reports the lawsuit against The Chimes was filed last week in federal court in Baton Rouge by Karly Kyzar, Sarah Little and...

Analysis: GOP candidates talk tax cuts, but no spending cuts

Aug. 18, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's seven-year tax deal, aimed at bringing a cease-fire to the state's tax feuds after seven special legislative sessions across three years, hasn't ended the tax debates, which now have become central to the governor's race. While Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards skips...

Grocery stores specialize to compete in crowded market

Aug. 17, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — In the span of a typical week, Courtney Bush will often visit three, sometimes four, different supermarkets to pick up groceries for her family. She'll make a run to Trader Joe's — closest to her home near the Perkins Road overpass — at least once a week for produce,...

Rapper NBA YoungBoy freed from Louisiana jail

Aug. 16, 2019 8:25 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Rapper NBA YoungBoy has been released from a Louisiana jail where he was sent after being accused of violating his probation. News outlets report jail records say the rapper, whose real name is Kentrell Gaulden, was released Thursday, months after he was ordered into custody....