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Black history class revised by College Board amid criticism

Feb. 01, 2023 15:50 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — High school senior Kahlila Bandele is used to courses that don’t address the African American experience. Then there’s her 9 a.m. class. This week, it spanned topics from Afro-Caribbean migration to jazz. The discussion in her Advanced Placement course...

Biden announces $60M grant for I-10 corridor in Mississippi

Jan. 31, 2023 18:33 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's Department of Transportation has received a $60 million grant to make improvements to the Interstate 10 freight corridor in Diamondhead, President Joe Biden's administration announced Tuesday. The award is part of nearly $1.2 billion in funding...

Site of Baton Rouge mass shooting, was hosting college party

Jan. 24, 2023 19:47 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The nightclub where 12 people were hurt in a shooting early Sunday had advertised a Southern University and Louisiana State University-themed party as the two schools kicked off new semesters, according to an Eventbrite listing by the venue. Spokespeople for...

12 people injured in shooting at Louisiana nightclub

Jan. 22, 2023 18:10 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A dozen people were injured in a Baton Rouge nightclub shooting, authorities in Louisiana said Sunday. One of the victims is in critical condition, police said. No arrests have been made, but police believe the early morning attack was “targeted." ...

Augustus is 1st female athlete with statue on LSU campus

Jan. 15, 2023 18:58 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Seimone Augustus gazed up at the bronze likeness of her in front of LSU's basketball training center and began wiping away tears. Augustus, who led the Tigers to three women's Final Four appearances before starring in the WNBA and in international play,...

Missouri man sentenced for shooting deaths of wife, in-laws

Jan. 14, 2023 10:13 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A southwest Missouri man who shot and killed his wife and her parents because he was upset his in-laws would not leave their house has been sentenced to life in prison. Jesse Huy, 50, of Strafford, was sentenced Friday to three life terms with no parole for...

Nursing home owner faces new lawsuit in Ida storm evacuation

Jan. 13, 2023 16:43 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A nursing home owner who faces criminal and civil complaints over evacuating residents to a squalid warehouse to ride out Hurricane Ida in 2021 is now being sued by federal authorities who say he misspent $4 million. The latest complaint against Bob Dean Jr. was...

Pit bull owner charged in fatal attack of 7-year-old girl

Jan. 08, 2023 17:52 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, LA. (AP) — A Louisiana man whose pit bull attacked and killed a 7-year-old girl has been charged with negligent homicide. In a statement, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office said Erick Lopez, 20, allowed the dog to roam free in a Baton Rouge neighborhood...

Louisiana teens' deaths put spotlight on police chases

Jan. 06, 2023 01:16 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It was a tragically high price to pay for catching a suspected car thief: two innocent teenagers dead and a police officer jailed, facing serious charges for a car crash that resulted from the pursuit. Maggie Dunn, 17, and Caroline Gill, 16, who were...

Facial recognition tool led to mistaken arrest, lawyer says

Jan. 02, 2023 13:34 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana authorities’ use of facial recognition technology led to the mistaken-identity arrest of a Georgia man on a fugitive warrant, an attorney said in a case that renews attention to racial disparities in the use of the digital tool. Randall Reid, 28, was...