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Court battles continue across South in wake of Roe decision

Jul. 05, 2022 14:04 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Attorneys argued over abortion laws Tuesday in three Southern states in response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that gave states the power to limit or outlaw the termination of pregnancies. In Mississippi, a judge held a hearing but didn’t say how or when...

Louisiana asks court to allow abortion ban enforcement

Jul. 05, 2022 13:05 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's attorney general asked the state's Supreme Court on Tuesday to allow enforcement of Louisiana's ban on most abortions. Louisiana's anti-abortion statutes include so-called triggers that were designed to instantly take effect once the U.S. Supreme...

Lafayette doctor uses oyster shells to create art

Jul. 03, 2022 01:06 AM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Dr. Julie Broussard works 60 hours some weeks, going back to the hospital at night or on weekends when on-call, but other times, she can be found in a back room of her house, listening to showtunes and painting oyster shells. “I go to work a lot of days with...

Current and former Louisiana jail inmates earn diplomas

Jul. 03, 2022 01:05 AM EDT

GRAY, La. (AP) — Graduates’ caps and gowns replaced prison uniforms as 14 current and three former inmates at the Lafourche Parish jail received diplomas. Two graduated from college, one with a bachelor’s and the other with an associate’s degree. Fifteen others, including...

Agent: Williamson agrees to 5-year, $193M extension

Jul. 02, 2022 21:57 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Zion Williamson’s lost season to injury and unusual absence from the New Orleans Pelicans during his recovery didn’t stop the club from betting big on their long-term future together. The star forward agreed Saturday to a five-year, $193 million extension...

Children discover what it takes to be a veterinarian

Jul. 02, 2022 01:14 AM EDT

PINEVILLE, La. (AP) — Beaux Cain, 4, peers into the ear of his stuffed leopard using an otoscope. Trinity Frances, 7, places a probe on the chest of her stuffed white tiger and watches its heartbeat on the ultrasound machine. With a stethoscope, Timothy Farr, 11,...

Children read to cats to help boost reading, adoptions

Jul. 02, 2022 01:11 AM EDT

CARENCRO, La. (AP) — The Thibodeaux family ventured from Breaux Bridge to Carencro to spend part of their Saturday in a small concrete block room reading together and being crawled on by fuzzy kittens. Brylee Thibodeaux, 9, usually sticks to Babysitter’s Club books and big sister...

Biden offshore drilling proposal would allow up to 11 sales

Jul. 01, 2022 22:12 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — President Joe Biden's administration on Friday proposed up to 10 oil and gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and one off the Alaska coast over the next five years — going against the Democrat's climate promises but scaling back a Trump-era plan that called for dozens of...

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Jul. 01, 2022 18:54 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Ex-Louisiana officer pleads guilty in excessive force case

Jul. 01, 2022 18:45 PM EDT

MONROE, La. (AP) — A former north Louisiana police officer pleaded guilty Friday to kicking a man in the face as he lay on the ground with his hands behind his back during an arrest in 2020, federal prosecutors said. Jared Desadier, 44, of Monroe, entered the plea before U.S....