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Historically Black town in Louisiana's Cancer Alley is divided over a planned grain terminal

Jul. 13, 2024 16:39 PM EDT

WALLACE, La. (AP) — Sisters Jo and Dr. Joy Banner live just miles from where their ancestors were enslaved more than 200 years ago in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana. Their tidy Creole cottage cafe in the small riverfront town of Wallace lies yards from property their great-grandparents...

A US judge is reining in the use of strip searches amid a police scandal in Louisiana's capital city

Jul. 12, 2024 19:06 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The use of strip searches by police in Louisiana's capital city was reined in Friday by a federal judge who said the policy under which Baton Rouge officers perform such searches on people who haven't been arrested is “unconstitutional on its face.” U.S....

Trucker describes finding 'miracle baby' by the side of a highway in Louisiana

Jul. 12, 2024 14:44 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Reginald Walton had just rolled his 18-wheeler into Louisiana, eastbound on Interstate 10 after making a Texas delivery, when he spotted what looked like a discarded baby doll sitting on the embankment. Then he saw movement. “I noticed that it...

Mother of the 'miracle baby' found crawling by a highway faces a murder charge in older son's death

Jul. 11, 2024 18:33 PM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Three days after a 4-year-old boy’s body was pulled from a southwest Louisiana lake, and two days after the child's 1-year-old brother was rescued while crawling beside an interstate highway, Louisiana authorities announced a murder charge against the children's mother....

His brother was found dead, his mother was arrested, then this baby was found crawling by a highway

Jul. 10, 2024 21:34 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana sheriff says a 1-year-old “miracle baby” survived two days of sometimes stormy weather before a truck driver spotted him crawling along a roadside the day after his 4-year-old brother was found dead and his mother was arrested in Mississippi. ...

Louisiana lawmakers work to address 'silent danger' of thousands of dead and beetle-infested trees

Jul. 10, 2024 20:05 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Dead pine trees, weakened by last summer's drought and hungry beetles, are a major public safety concern for Louisiana residents, with fears that fragile tree limbs may come crashing down on homes, roads, power lines and businesses without warning, officials say. ...

Opponents of Louisiana's Ten Commandments law want judge to block it before new school year starts

Jul. 08, 2024 19:01 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Opponents of a new Louisiana law requiring that a version of the Ten Commandments be posted in public school classrooms have asked a federal court to block implementation of the requirement while their lawsuit against it progresses and before the new school year starts. ...

As temperatures soar, judge tells Louisiana to help protect prisoners working in fields

Jul. 03, 2024 20:44 PM EDT

Amid blistering summer temperatures, a federal judge ordered Louisiana to take steps to protect the health and safety of incarcerated workers toiling in the fields of a former slave plantation, saying they face “substantial risk of injury or death.” The state immediately appealed the decision....

New state climatologist for Louisiana warns of a 'very active' hurricane season

Jul. 03, 2024 17:42 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry announced Wednesday that Jay Grymes, the chief meteorologist for WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge, will serve as the new state climatologist. Among responsibilities in his role, Grymes will be tasked with monitoring Louisiana’s climate...

Some Mississippi legislative districts dilute Black voting power and must be redrawn, judges say

Jul. 03, 2024 12:23 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Three federal judges are telling Mississippi to redraw some of its legislative districts, saying the current ones dilute the power of Black voters in three parts of the state. The judges issued their order Tuesday night in a lawsuit filed in 2022 by the...