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That shocking, competitive Louisiana US Senate race poll

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:54:31 GMT

Shocking Senate poll A new poll on the U.S. Senate race released last week by Southern Media and Opinion Research of Baton Rouge has sent shock waves through the campaigns of some candidates. Keep this in mind.

No deposition for former Darrell Robinson prosecutor, court rules

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:57:52 GMT

The defense team handling convicted murderer Darrell Robinson post-conviction appeal will not be allowed to depose the retired Rapides Parish prosecutor who tried the case 15 years ago. No deposition for former Darrell Robinson prosecutor, court rules The defense team handling convicted murderer Darrell Robinson post-conviction appeal will not be allowed to depose the retired Rapides Parish prosecutor who tried the case 15 years ago.

Heart of Louisiana: Louisiana's oldest Colonial documents

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:51:33 GMT

For years, Louisiana's oldest Colonial documents were usually read by researchers and serious genealogists. But the Louisiana State Museum is about to complete a multi-year project that will put thousands of historic documents at our fingertips.

Louisiana tops murder rate again, new FBI data shows

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:42:26 GMT

The FBI released its annual Uniform Crime Report on Monday , which showed Louisiana had the highest murder rate among all states in country in 2015. Louisiana had the highest murder rate per capita among all states in the country last year, a streak the state has maintained every year since 1989, according to new data released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday .

Amid budget cuts, Louisiana keeps prison costs down in ways other states don't

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:42:25 GMT

Louisiana keeps prison costs down by sending state inmates to local jails, where they could be housed more cheaply but also receive fewer services. Recently, it converted its two private prisons to jails to deal with budget cuts.

Third suspect arrested in connection with attempted murder of Austin judge

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:30:03 GMT

Chimene Onyeri is seen in a 2015 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office booking photo. Onyeri has been named as a "person of interest" in the shooting of Austin State District Judge Julie Kocurek.

Lower Flood Insurance Rates Coming to Louisiana's St. Charles Parish

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:16:48 GMT

Officials say as many as 4,000 homeowners in Louisiana's St. Charles Parish may be eligible for a dramatic reduction in flood insurance rates. Starting Oct. 1, residents on the parish's east bank may be eligible for something called a "preferred risk policy," which is available only to homeowners who live in areas thought to be at minimal risk for flood damage.

Ascension Parish seeks help identifying those in graves disturbed by flood

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:16:47 GMT

John Harrison, right, and Morris Quiett, left, on backhoe/front loader, replace the cover while repairing a cemetery vault at Evening Star Baptist Church in Baker. Some 35 cemeteries in Southern Louisiana had caskets that were unearthed because of record flooding in August 2016.

Audit of levee district shows improper expenditures

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:16:46 GMT

The Town Talk reports the Louisiana Legislative Auditor's Office found the former board president used a district credit card to pay for unauthorized meals and lodging. The audit report shows the district's board also did not follow proper procedures last year in raising the per diem allowance for board commissioners from $75 to $97.

4 plaintiffs awarded $13.6M in Geismar plant explosion

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:48:03 GMT

A Louisiana jury has award a total of $13.6 million to four men injured in the 2013 explosion at the Williams Olefins Geismar plant. The Advocate reports a jury in Iberville Parish ruled late Monday night the company, several plant officials and its parent company were negligent and knew with substantial certainty that the deadly fire could occur.

Zydeco icon, Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr., dies of lung cancer at 68

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:38:10 GMT

NEW ORLEANS >> Musician Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr., who rose from a cotton-picking family in southwest Louisiana to introduce zydeco music to the world through his namesake band Buckwheat Zydeco, has died. He was 68. Fox said the musician and accordionist died at 1:32 a.m. Louisiana time at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette, La.


Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:33:45 GMT

A record audience is expected for Monday night's debate between presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. However, the debate poses a difficult choice for many Louisianans.

Trump, Clinton deny their own words in debate

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 03:35:01 GMT

WASHINGTON >> Donald Trump's habit of peddling hype and fabrication emerged unabated in the first presidential debate while Hillary Clinton played it cautiously in her statements, though not without error. They both denied making statements that they are on the record as saying.

Abita to debut Louisiana-exclusive beer - The Boot'

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:08:21 GMT

Louisiana's original craft brewer, Abita Brewing Company , unveiled its latest release, "The Boot," a beer specially brewed for Louisianians and only available in the state of Louisiana. The Boot was crafted as a special 'thank you' to show Abita's appreciation for the people in its home state.

The Count: adult Louisianans now receiving health services since Medicaid's expansion in July

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:03:16 GMT

Louisiana department of health SECRETARY REBEKAH GEE released figures last week showing more than 305,149 Louisianans have enrolled in Medicaid since the program's expansion in July, and nearly 12,000 people have received preventative care and tests for ailments such as diabetes and cancer. "Louisiana's Medicaid expansion is not just a card in the hands of members, it's saving lives."

Live performances get new life after Katrina devastation with Louisiana Entertainment tax credits

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:40:46 GMT

Rising from the waters and the rubble of Hurricane Katrina is the Live Performance industry due to the Louisiana entertainment tax credits tailored to that industry. In the interview with Stephen Sabludowsky, publisher of, Chris Stelly discussed how the tax credits for live performance tax credits are helping to enhance the state's culture and bolster Louisiana's economy.

Court asks judges to respond to Louisiana sheriff's claims

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:40:45 GMT

A federal appeals court on Monday asked two judges to respond to a petition by a Louisiana sheriff who claims another judge was improperly removed from his criminal case without explanation. A letter from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says Chief Judge Dee Drell of the Western District of Louisiana and U.S. District Judge Donald Walter in Shreveport are "invited" to file written responses by Oct. 6. The appeals court also asked two federal prosecutors to respond to Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal 's arguments.