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Burl Cain

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 04:25:06 GMT

Angola's former warden may have violated state law by using prison resources and public funds on his personal homes, according to a new audit. Released by the legislative auditor, the report comes more than a year after Burl Cain ended his decades-long tenure at the prison.

The Latest: Family fight apparently sparked fatal house fire

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 02:21:27 GMT

The Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office says a family fight apparently prompted a 28-year-old man to splash gasoline around the house and start the fire that killed him and hospitalized his twin brother and their father. Deputy Chief Brant Thompson says the man's father is hospitalized with burns over 85 percent of his body, and the brother apparently was burned pulling his father out of the house.

To Fight Coastal Damage, Louisiana Parishes Pushed To Sue Energy Industry

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 00:08:15 GMT

Wetlands and marshlands that once protected New Orleans and the surrounding areas from storm surge have been depleted over the years. Here, the $1.1 billion Lake Borgne Surge Barrier outside New Orleans in 2015.

Legal work for marijuana? Court says no, suspends lawyer

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 19:29:05 GMT

A Louisiana lawyer who worked in exchange for marijuana has been suspended from practice for a year. The state's Supreme Court rejected a disciplinary board's recommendation to let attorney James Mecca keep working.

Audit: Work on ex-prison warden's homes may have broken law

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:18:01 GMT

A government audit has found that the former warden of Louisiana's largest prison may have violated state law by using prison resources and public funds to renovate and furnish his homes. A report released Monday by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor's office also details other potentially illegal transactions involving the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.

As voucher growth slows, state shifts focus to tax rebates to boost private school options

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:01:29 GMT

Louisiana spent more than $40 million this year on private school tuition vouchers for low-income children, yet still turned away 4,000 applicants. Despite the demand - and the fact that vouchers are a policy priority for Gov. Bobby Jindal - the program isn't expected to grow for the next school year.

Press release distribution, EDGAR filing, XBRL, regulatory filings

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:33:36 GMT

THIS WEEK: Florida Leads Nation In School Choice Week Celebrations; 2,763 Events Planned, 50+ Sunshine State Counties and Cities Join Gov. Scott in Proclaiming "School Choice Week" )--National School Choice Week begins today in Florida and across the country. There are 2763 events planned in the Sunshine State to raise awareness about K-12 sch... )--National School Choice Week begins today in Hawaii and across the country.

5 tornadoes cause injuries, damage Saturday in Louisiana

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 06:25:38 GMT

Here, deputy's dash-cam footage shows an F-2 tornado on its path near Plain Dealing, La., on Saturday, January 21, 2017. Five tornadoes formed Saturday in Louisiana amid thunderstorms that pummeled the Southeast, killing 18 people in Georgia and Mississippi.

Gov. John Bel Edwards raising money for 2019 re-election campaign

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 02:27:05 GMT

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, left, greets National Urban League President Marc Morial, the former mayor of New Orleans, next to Urban League of Louisiana President Erika McConduit. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, left, greets National Urban League President Marc Morial, the former mayor of New Orleans, next to Urban League of Louisiana President Erika McConduit.

James Gill: Fighting for the Constitution and sports betting

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 22:07:30 GMT

Louisiana State Attorney General Jeff Landry is pictured here on Thursday, Jan 5, 2015 at his his Baton Rouge office. ORG XMIT: BAT1701061916402822 Louisiana State Attorney General Jeff Landry is pictured here on Thursday, Jan 5, 2015 at his his Baton Rouge office.

Southern Louisiana pipeline draws environmental opposition

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 17:58:22 GMT

Louisiana environmental groups are gearing up for round two in a battle against a proposed 163-mile oil pipeline that would stretch across south Louisiana from Lake Charles through the Atchafalaya Basin and east to St. James. A public hearing last week for a required U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit drew more than 400 supporters and opponents.

Crime Time: What drives our obsession with true-crime stories?

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 15:54:03 GMT

Because of them, we know that beautiful, young women and kindly old men can have murderous hearts. "We're all afraid of the monster under the bed, but we still look to see if it's really there," said Joseph Scott Morgan, associate professor of applied forensics at Jacksonville State University.

Families spend millions on calls from Louisiana inmates

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 11:23:51 GMT

They've shared stories of college visits and job offers and dance recitals: everything Robert Richardson has missed in his two decades behind bars. But how much they talk depends on how many 15-minute intervals the family can afford.

Updated $50 billion plan for Louisiana's coast unveiled, to mostly favorable reviews

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 07:15:04 GMT

Photo provided by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service -- This is one of three shoreline protection products being tested along Louisiana's coastline in the area of Vermilion Bay and Weeks Bay. State and federal coastal restoration agencies will test the effectiveness of these measures over the next three years in order to find alternatives to rock placement along the shore.

Louisiana cop killer dead following standoff

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 03:05:20 GMT

Ashley Judd and Madonna go low at women's march: Singer says she wants to BLOW UP the White House in F-word-filled speech as actress says 'Hitler' Trump has 'wet dreams' about Ivanka March of the p***yhats: Half a MILLION people take to the streets of DC and thousands more protest in Boston, Chicago and LA on Trump's first day in office Donald Trump prays for his presidency: New president and his family ask for divine aid at church on his first full day in office Trump makes first 'Pickle Factory' visit as he heads to CIA HQ after bitter row with its former boss - while his spy director waits to be confirmed Trump's son-in-law is CLEARED to advise him: Ethics watchdog rules Jared Kushner's senior role does NOT breach nepotism laws Elegant Melania completes fashion clean sweep in chic black at the national prayer service while Ivanka opts for striking red and leather gloves Women's march ... (more)

Photos: Louisiana Life March South in Baton Rouge

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:50:49 GMT

Hundreds of Louisiana Life March South participants walked through downtown Baton Rouge Saturday, Jan. 20, 2017 on their way to the steps of the State Capitol, where a program was held in support of the pro-life message. The Louisiana Life March North will be held Jan. 28, and the Louisiana Life March Central will be held Feb. 4. March spectator Diana LeBlanc, right, rushes up to the Louisiana Life March South procession to greet her grandson, 6-month-old Louis LeBlanc, held by her son David LeBlanc, who is accompanied by wife Therese, left, pushing a stroller with daughter Bernadette, 2 1/2, as the group walks down Fourth Street in Baton Rouge, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2017.

The Latest: Impact of charter school funding dispute delayed

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:31:07 GMT

Superintendent of Education John White said a state appellate court late Friday delayed the impact of its ruling that money from Louisiana's public school funding formula can't pay for charter schools created by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. The stay issued by the court means Louisiana can send the next monthly payment to those charter schools Wednesday, as scheduled.