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2 men booked on child pornography charges

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:08:17 GMT

David Dunn, 35, and Nathaniel Jarve, 33, were booked on multiple counts of possession of child pornography Monday . . According to their warrants, both men admitted to searching and saving images and videos of children under the age of 13 being sexually abused.




Bill to let families install cameras in nursing home rooms wins Louisiana senatorsa support

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 08:36:45 GMT

Nursing home opposition hasn't slowed a proposal to let Louisiana families install video camera systems in their loved ones' nursing home rooms. Instead, some state senators seemed incredulous Wednesday at the objections raised by the Louisiana Nursing Home Association.




Louisiana politicians know the difference: White House dinner's N.O. jambalaya more like 'rice pilaf'

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 04:08:42 GMT

Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and his wife Dr. Laura Cassidy arrive for a State Dinner with French President Emmanuel Macron and President Donald Trump at the White House, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Washington. ORG XMIT: DCAB133 Gov. John Bel Edwards, D-La., with his wife Donna Edwards arrive for a State Dinner with French President Emmanuel Macron and President Donald Trump at the White House, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Washington.




LPB and Rotary Club of Baton Rouge honor 2018 Louisiana Young Heroes

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 04:08:41 GMT

The 2018 Louisiana Young Heroes Awards recipients gather for a photo on April 16. From left are Garett Byrne, Kari Stephens, Garrinecia Singleton, Rotary Club of Baton Rouge Young Heroes Committee Chairwoman Monique Scott-Spaulding, Amanda Rougee', LPB President Beth Courtney, Jarrius Robertson, Savannah Green, Sethan Hollier and Megan Gremillion. The 2018 Louisiana Young Heroes Awards recipients are, front from left, Kari Stephens, Jarrius Robertson, Amanda Rougee and Garett Byrne; and back, Sethan Hollier, Megan Gremillion, Garrinecia Singleton and Savannah Green.




Why is a state Senate bill clarifying state law on bestiality so controversial? Because: Louisiana

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 01:50:41 GMT

State legislators made more progress Wednesday toward strengthening a state law that bans sex with animals. The House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee passed the bill 14-0 after much debate, sending it to the House floor.




Texas sucks up Louisiana's Smoothie King for sweeter business opportunities

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 01:50:40 GMT

It is always difficult for Louisiana to lose a corporate headquarters, but it is even more difficult when it involves a homegrown business. Yesterday, Smoothie King, a company started in Kenner, Louisiana announced the relocation of its corporate headquarters to Irving, Texas, in the Dallas metropolitan area.




Racism charged in heated DA-lawmaker exchange

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 23:28:17 GMT

Racism charged in heated DA-lawmaker exchange Bill would allow voters to decide whether Louisiana should have unanimous jury verdicts. Check out this story on thetowntalk.com: https://www.thenewsstar.com/story/news/2018/04/25/racism-charged-heated-da-lawmaker-exchange/549944002/ Sen. JP Morrell, D-New Orleans, testifies on his proposed constitutional amendment that would require unanimous verdicts for felony convictions.




18-month sentence for man who tried to get Trump's tax data

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 21:05:37 GMT

A Louisiana private investigator was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in prison for repeatedly trying to electronically access Donald Trump's federal tax information several weeks before the 2016 election. Jordan Hamlett, 32, of Lafayette, pleaded guilty in December to misusing Trump's Social Security number.




Proposal to make 30-minute recess mandatory in Louisiana schools clears first legislative hurdle

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 21:05:36 GMT

A bill that would make it a state law that public school students have 30 minutes of recess per day cleared its first hurdle Wednesday. "Recess is a necessary break from academic work that offers cognitive, emotional and other benefits," said Rep. Beryl Amedee, R-Houma, sponsor of the bill.




Grace Notes: Girl Scouts give Louisiana House another chance to show kids they know how to listen

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 21:05:35 GMT

Louisiana Rep. Sherman Q. Mack, R-Albany, chairman of a panel, blocked efforts by the 10-year-old student, identified as Sam Peter of Harahan, to address lawmakers. Louisiana Rep. Sherman Q. Mack, R-Albany, chairman of a panel, blocked efforts by the 10-year-old student, identified as Sam Peter of Harahan, to address lawmakers.




Fats, food and fun: 1st weekend of Jazz Fest kicks off

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 18:49:29 GMT

Thousands of people are converging on the Crescent City this week for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The festival takes place over two weekends at the city's Fair Grounds Race Course and features out-of-town artists such as Rod Stewart as well as performers from across New Orleans and Louisiana.




New Social Capital Index IDs health of American communities; Louisiana ranks last

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 16:26:39 GMT

A new report produced by U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, identifies key factors of economic opportunity and social cohesion in American communities to rank states according to a newly released Social Capital Index.




Sunshine and resins in forecast for Formosa in Louisiana

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:39:13 GMT

Company executive Keh-Yen Lin and state Gov. John Bel Edwards on April 23 announced that Taiwan-based FPC has chosen St. James Parish as the location for the Sunshine Project, a massive petrochemicals complex that would include plastic resin production. FPC has purchased a 2,400-acre site along the west bank of the Mississippi River for the project, which carries a price tag of $9.4 billion.




Louisiana man accused of child rape, intentional exposure to AIDS

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 06:48:57 GMT

On April 9, Levon Jennings was charged with the first-degree rape and oral sexual battery of a 3-year-old. A Monroe man accused of the rape and sexual assault of a three-year-old child is also HIV positive and facing a new charge of intentional exposure to the AIDS virus.




Could medical marijuana treat severe autism? Some Louisiana parents believe it can help

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 04:29:44 GMT

Seth was diagnosed as a young child as having low-functioning autism, a severe form of the disorder that makes him hypersensitive to sound and light and which can trigger tantrum-like meltdowns. "They call it a rage," Young said.




Louisiana riverboat casinos should be onshore, Senate votes

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 04:29:43 GMT

Louisiana's riverboat casinos would be able to move onshore, under a proposal that won support Tuesday from senators who spurned a separate measure to move one of the 15 casinos from the northwestern end of the state to the southeast. The Senate voted 22-14 for the river-to-shore proposal by Sen. Ronnie Johns, two votes more than needed.




Louisiana lawmakers eye harsher penalties in pipeline damage

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 02:19:17 GMT

Meg Logue talks about being arrested for civil disobedience at the pipeline construction site, speaks as Bayou Bridge Pipeline opponents protest outside the Governor's Mansion, Thursday March 1, 2018, in Baton Rouge, La. They're mad because they got DEQ emails indicating regulators used pipeline constructors' language in describing the project for government reports, and that GOHSEP was aware of their presence and said that unlike Dakota Access, the Bayou Bridge resistance was attempting to organize in advance.