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Second suspect arrested in abduction of 2 Louisiana children and death of one of them

Jun. 14, 2024 18:51 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A second suspect was arrested Friday in connection with the abduction and death of a 4-year-old Louisiana girl who was found in Mississippi, Jackson Police Chief Joseph Wade said. Wade told WJTV-TV that the suspect, a 32-year-old woman, is an acquaintance of...

Trooper with checkered FBI past convicted of child rape in Alabama

Jun. 14, 2024 18:50 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A former FBI agent was convicted Friday of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl while serving as an Alabama state trooper — a law enforcement job he landed even after he was kicked out of the FBI amid earlier claims that he raped a co-worker at knifepoint. ...

Louisiana US Rep. Garret Graves won't seek reelection, citing a new congressional map

Jun. 14, 2024 18:48 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Garret Graves, a Republican representing Louisiana, said on Friday that he will not run for reelection after a new congressional map dismantled his district, transforming it into the state's second majority-Black district. Up until now, the...

Judge blocks Biden's Title IX rule in four states, dealing a blow to protections for LGBTQ+ students

Jun. 13, 2024 22:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration’s new Title IX rule expanding protections for LGBTQ+ students has been temporarily blocked in four states after a federal judge in Louisiana found that it overstepped the Education Department’s authority. In a preliminary injunction...

Progress announced in talks to resume stalled $3 billion coastal restoration project

Jun. 13, 2024 19:12 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana coastal restoration officials have reached agreement with local officials in a coastal parish to renew some preparatory work for a nearly $3 billion coastal restoration project that has been halted amid legal disputes. The agreement announced Thursday...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Jun. 13, 2024 07:18 AM EDT

The Advocate. June 9, 2024. Editorial: Session was jam-packed with action, but its impact less clear If there’s a word for the annual legislative session that ended last week — indeed, for the three sessions that lawmakers have held since they took office in...

House votes to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt for withholding Biden audio

Jun. 12, 2024 20:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted Wednesday to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over audio of President Joe Biden’s interview in his classified documents case, Republicans' latest and strongest rebuke of the Justice Department as partisan...

Louisiana Supreme Court reopens window for lawsuits by adult victims of childhood sex abuse

Jun. 12, 2024 17:33 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Officially reversing a controversial March ruling, Louisiana’s highest court Wednesday gave childhood victims of sexual abuse a renewed opportunity to file damage lawsuits. The state Supreme Court's 5-2 ruling Wednesday upholds a so-called look-back law that...

Researchers find higher levels of dangerous chemical than expected in southeast Louisiana

Jun. 11, 2024 18:05 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Researchers using high-tech air monitoring equipment rolled through an industrialized stretch of southeast Louisiana in mobile labs and found levels of a carcinogen in concentrations as much as 20 times higher than previously estimated, according to a paper published Tuesday in...

A Texas county removed 17 books from its libraries. An appeals court says eight must be returned.

Jun. 06, 2024 19:13 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Eight books dealing with subjects including racism and transgender issues must be returned to library shelves in a rural Texas county that had removed them in an ongoing book banning controversy, a divided panel of three federal appeals court judges ruled Thursday. ...