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Race for Louisiana's new second majority-Black congressional district is heating up

Jul. 17, 2024 18:19 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — In a critical election year, the race for Louisiana's new mostly Black congressional district is heating up as three candidates — including a longtime Democratic state lawmaker and former congressman and an 80-year-old Republican who is a former state senator —...

Home Bancorp: Q2 Earnings Snapshot

Jul. 17, 2024 16:44 PM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Home Bancorp Inc. (HBCP) on Wednesday reported net income of $8.1 million in its second quarter. The Lafayette, Louisiana-based bank said it had earnings of $1.02 per share. The financial holding company posted revenue of...

After heavy June rains, a buildup of manganese is discoloring a Louisiana city's water supply

Jul. 17, 2024 13:31 PM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Unusually high concentrations of the mineral manganese are discoloring the drinking water in the northwest Louisiana city of Shreveport, where officials have been fighting the problem for over a month. The manganese isn’t considered a health hazard for the...

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. ...