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Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Jan. 8, 2020 2:58 PM EST

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ Jan. 8 The (Lake Charles) American Press on the minimum wage: The increasing cost of living and the fact a vast majority of Louisiana residents favor a higher minimum wage justifies an increase in the existing $7.25 minimum, but it isn’t likely to happen....

Local veteran gives back to community

Dec. 21, 2019 12:02 AM EST

HOUMA, La. (AP) — Racquel Parfait is the very definition of a volunteer. The 45-year-old U.S. Army veteran spends much of her time reaching out to help others, in particularly her fellow vets. “I volunteer for anything I believe in,” said Parfait, who’s originally from Dulac but now...

Entergy Louisiana CEO named to state higher education board

Dec. 14, 2019 10:10 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's top higher education board has a new member. Gov. John Bel Edwards tapped the president and CEO of Entergy Louisiana, Phillip May of New Orleans, as his latest appointee to the Louisiana Board of Regents. May was sworn in Wednesday at the board's meeting. The Board of...

Louisiana man gets 25 years for trying to run over deputy

Dec. 12, 2019 3:41 AM EST

HOUMA, La. (AP) — A judge sentenced a Louisiana man to 25 years in prison for trying to run a deputy over with his car while leading officers from multiple agencies on a chase. Harvey Lee Hano was convicted of attempted murder of a police officer and aggravated flight from an officer, The Houma Courier...

Dulac native explores Axeman of New Orleans in new novel

Dec. 8, 2019 12:01 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Dulac native Ryan Adams explores a somewhat little-known piece of Louisiana history in his new book, “Wake the Devil.” The book historical novel, set in 1918, and revolves around the real-life Axeman of New Orleans, a serial killer who murdered six people and injured six...

South Louisiana diocese to close elementary school

Dec. 7, 2019 11:37 AM EST

HOUMA, La. (AP) — A Catholic elementary school that has operated for more than 50 years is closing in south Louisiana. Catholic diocese officials said Maria Immacolata Elementary in Houma will close at the end of the current school year. The school has just over 150 students. The Courier reports that...

Local man finds success making lures, corks

Dec. 1, 2019 12:06 AM EST

HOUMA, La. (AP) — Aaron Pierce's wife thought her husband was crazy as she walked into the backyard to find him with his head submerged in the pool while his friend popped a half dozen fishing corks in the water around him. The sight had become a familiar one at the Pierce household. A couple weeks would...

Louisiana anglers get a bonus red snapper season

Nov. 30, 2019 5:52 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana anglers can now fish for red snapper seven days a week. State Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet signed a declaration of emergency this week to expand the season from weekends-only. The Courier reports the bonus season took effect Thanksgiving Day and will...

Research ship name: Mississippi MD, civil rights activist

Nov. 30, 2019 9:15 AM EST

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A new oceanographic research ship will be named for a Mississippi physician who filed one of the Deep South’s first school desegregation lawsuits and led wade-ins to integrate a federally funded public beach. The Research Vessel Gilbert R. Mason will be named for Dr. Gilbert...

In this Nov. 2, 2019 photo, Danny Theriot, the Terrebonne Coroner's Office chief investigator, holds a flag in his office in Houma, La. Theriot says he believes the bodies of unclaimed military veterans deserve better than a simple pauper burial. He has been providing military burials for the bodies of unclaimed veterans since 2015. (Dan Copp/The Houma Daily Courier via AP)

Investigator gives unclaimed veterans honorable burial

Nov. 23, 2019 12:06 AM EST

HOUMA, La. (AP) — Danny Theriot says he believes the bodies of unclaimed military veterans deserve better than a simple pauper burial. The Terrebonne Coroner's Office chief investigator recalls such a burial he witnessed in 2008 at Halfway Cemetery in Gray that left an impression on him. "First, the...