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US: Louisiana (News/Activism)

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  • Flap over federal grant latest in tense city-state relationship on I-49 project in Lafayette

    11/16/2017 8:00:53 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Acadiana Advocate ^ | October 21, 2017 | Ben Myers
    What to do with the rundown, dangerous and divisive Evangeline Thruway is a critical open question facing state transportation officials planning an elevated interstate connection through the heart of Lafayette. The Department of Transportation and Development is considering two options: keep the basic structure in place as a frontage road, or reinvent a portion of the roadway as a pedestrian-friendly “Grand Boulevard.” The thruway cordoned neighborhoods to the east when it was built in 1963, and the boulevard idea aims to reconnect those neighborhoods to downtown commerce. State officials and their consultants said a decision will come within a year....
  • Gov. Edwards releases statement about early release of inmates (1900 released)

    11/15/2017 7:27:45 PM PST · by topher · 10 replies
    WAFB.com ^ | 01-Nov-2017 | By WAFB staff
    BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Roughly 1,900 Louisiana prisoners are being released as part of new laws designed to reduce the state's high jail population. Governor Edwards released the following statement on Wednesday, Nov. 1. "Louisiana’s label as having the highest incarceration rate in the nation may be part of our past, but it will not be a part of our future. For more than a year, stakeholders from every walk of life in Louisiana publicly met to thoroughly review our criminal justice system. Following a model set forth by other Southern, conservative states, their goal was to make Louisiana...
  • American nabbed while trying to enter N. Korea (from Louisiana)

    11/15/2017 2:22:35 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2017/11/13
    American nabbed while trying to enter N. Korea 2017/11/13 15:36 UIJEONGBU, South Korea, Nov. 13 (Yonhap) -- A U.S. citizen was arrested by South Korean police Monday for crossing the Civilian Control Line (CCL) near the inter-Korean border without a permit in an alleged attempt to enter North Korea, authorities concerned said. The CCL was drawn just below the Demilitarized Zone bisecting the two Koreas from the west to the east in 1954 to strictly protect the security of military facilities and operations there. The 58-year-old American, only identified as "A," was seized at 9:55 a.m. as he trespassed on...
  • Republicans Say Moore’s More Trouble Than a Senate Seat’s Worth

    11/10/2017 12:25:53 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 103 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | November 10, 2017 | by JONATHAN ALLEN
    WASHINGTON — Roy Moore could do more damage to the GOP brand than an Alabama Senate seat is worth. NBC News has not confirmed that (sic) allegations; the woman didn't file a police report or bring a civil suit. Moore, now 70, called the charges "completely false" in a statement released by his campaign Thursday. It's a "no-win situation through and through" for the GOP, said Doug Heye, a former Senate and House Republican aide. "He's not worth it," Heye said. The question of how to handle Moore has both political and moral components, said Republicans who spoke to NBC...
  • [Louisiana] Drainage pump problems extend to Algiers, New Orleans East

    11/04/2017 2:53:31 PM PDT · by topher · 2 replies
    WWLTV Channel 4 ^ | 19-October-2017 *** Older Article *** | Paul Murphy
    NEW ORLEANS -- The so called "Old City" isn't the only part of New Orleans with drainage problems. The spotlight has been on the Lakeview, Mid-City and Broadmoor neighborhoods, but there are also broken pumps in Lower Coast Algiers on the west bank and New Orleans East.
  • Disabled Navy vet refuses to receive award from Saints over national anthem protests

    11/03/2017 12:07:39 PM PDT · by topher · 11 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 3-Nov-2017 | By Ryan Gaydos
    A disabled Navy veteran said he declined to accept an award at a New Orleans Saints game due to the controversy over players protesting during the national anthem. The Saints organization was going to honor retired Cmdr. John Wells, the executive director of Military Veterans Advocacy, with the Peoples Health Champion award during last week’s game in New Orleans, according to The Advocate. On Wednesday he told the organization he was unable to accept the award at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome because of the anthem protests. Saints players have been seen kneeling before the anthem and some continue to do so...
  • Saints defend team's support of military after vet declines award

    11/03/2017 11:02:24 AM PDT · by detective · 30 replies
    ABC News ^ | Nov 2, 2017 | MIKE TRIPLETT
    The New Orleans Saints released a statement Thursday saying it is "unfortunate and disappointing" that a retired Navy commander who declined an honor at Sunday's game has been telling media outlets he no longer supports NFL football because of player protests throughout the league before and during the national anthem. "We will not allow Mr. [John] Wells' decision and subsequent media appearances to distract our players and organization from continuing to honor and support our military and veterans," the Saints said in their statement, which stressed the organization's "unwavering 50-plus year commitment to honor, support and recognize our servicemen and...
  • The suspect told police ‘give me a lawyer dog.’ The court says he wasn’t asking for a lawyer.

    11/03/2017 8:13:07 AM PDT · by Blue House Sue · 67 replies
    Wasington Post ^ | 11/2/17 | Tom Jackman
    When a friend says, “I’ll hit you up later dog,” he is stating that he will call again sometime. He is not calling the person a “later dog.” But that’s not how the courts in Louisiana see it. And when a suspect in an interrogation told detectives to “just give me a lawyer dog,” the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled that the suspect was, in fact, asking for a “lawyer dog,” and not invoking his constitutional right to counsel. It’s not clear how many lawyer dogs there are in Louisiana, and whether any would have been available to represent the human...
  • Court: Governor can't protect LGBT rights via order

    11/01/2017 12:52:53 PM PDT · by topher · 5 replies
    KATC TV News ^ | 1-Nov-2017
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards lost his latest legal battle Wednesday over his executive order aimed at protecting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in state government. A three-judge panel of Louisiana's 1st Circuit Court of Appeal upheld a lower court's December decision that the Democratic governor's executive order was an unconstitutional attempt to expand state law. The unanimous appellate ruling was a victory for the Republican state attorney general, Jeff Landry, who had issued an opinion saying the order violated the state constitution. Landry had refused to approve various state agency...
  • New Confederate Monuments Are Quietly Going Up Across the U.S.

    10/29/2017 5:01:36 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 86 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 10/23/2017 | Tom Porter
    New Confederate statues and plaques are appearing across the country, and authorities are powerless to act because many are being built on private land. But those who honor the Confederacy have been quietly working to preserve, and even increase, the number of Confederate monuments. In the small town of Orange, on the Texas-Louisiana border, the privately funded Confederate Memorial of the Wind is nearing completion. Stretching across a half-acre, the monument’s 13 pillars, each representing a Confederate state, rise from a circular base. It will eventually be surrounded by poles flying Confederate battle flags. In Chickamauga, Georgia, last year, a...
  • DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: (LSU)

    10/19/2017 3:00:38 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 11 replies
    Instapundit ^ | 10/19/2017 | Ed Driscoll
    Shot: Louisiana State University builds $85 million recreation complex including a giant “lazy river” concrete swimming pool meets aqua maze.Chaser: The best of times, the worst of times: Inside LSU’s Middleton Library and the Cox Center. Extensive photos illustrate how the library is crumbling with extensive flooding damage while the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes is gleaming, spotless, and modern.
  • Suspect in NOPD officer killing defecates into napkin, smears feces on face in court

    10/18/2017 10:41:42 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 46 replies
    WDSU ^ | Oct 18, 2017 | WDSU Digital Team
    NEW ORLEANS — After an apparent disturbance in the courtroom, jury selection ended for the day Wednesday in the trial of a man accused of killing a New Orleans police officer. WDSU reporter Travers Mackel said Boys rubbed feces on his own face and mouth after returning from the restroom and defecating into a napkin. The incident happened in the courtroom in the middle of jury selection, Mackel reported. Mackel reported that the courtroom disturbance ended jury selection for the day. The trial will resume Thursday with a competency hearing in the morning.
  • LSU students forced to pay $200 per semester for flashy new rec center with ‘lazy river’

    10/17/2017 1:36:01 PM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    College FIx ^ | October 17, 2017 | Greg Piper
    Louisiana State University doesn’t just fire professors when they cuss in classes on teaching K-12 in an urban setting. It also charges students a relative fortune for an $85 million renovation and expansion of the public university’s recreation center, which now includes a 536-foot “lazy river.”
  • #BREAKING: Oil Rig Explodes in Louisiana

    10/15/2017 7:22:03 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 17 replies
    alboenews.net ^ | October 15, 2017 | Al Boe
    KENNER, LOUISIANA (ALBOENEWS) — An oil rig has exploded in Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana, according to local media. The incident occurred on Sunday evening and has caused multiple injuries.
  • Police to arrest 10 people in LSU fraternity pledge's death

    10/11/2017 1:24:02 PM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    AP ^ | October 11, 2017 | Michael Kunzelman
    Ten people will be arrested on hazing charges in the death of a Louisiana State University fraternity pledge after a night of drinking, LSU officials said Wednesday. One of the 10 suspects, Matthew Alexander Naquin, also faces a negligent homicide charge in the death last month of 18-year-old Maxwell Gruver, a freshman from Roswell, Georgia, LSU said in a statement.
  • Parents of autistic children speaking out after altercation at Breaux Bridge High

    10/09/2017 5:10:17 PM PDT · by topher · 18 replies
    Klfy.com ^ | 9-Oct-2017 | By Caroline Marcello
    Breaux Bridge student hospitalized Wednesday; her parents speak out Mothers of autistic children are speaking out after we reported on an investigation into an incident involving a student defending her autistic friend at Breaux Bridge High School last week. Reagan Boudreaux was defending her friend Arron when she was allegedly punched in the face by a football player at Breaux Bridge High School. The St. Martin Parish School Board as well as the Sheriff’s Department is actively investigating the case, but have yet to release any official statement.
  • Breaux Bridge student hospitalized Wednesday; her parents speak out

    10/06/2017 10:30:42 PM PDT · by topher · 77 replies
    KLFY.com ^ | 6-Oct-2017 | By Caroline Marcello
    [Intro by Topher: a High School cheerleader (small female) was put in ICU by football player. She was defending Autistic student from football player. Football player hit her multiple times. With that, read the article] Correct title: Breaux Bridge student hospitalized Wednesday; her parents speak out [Article takes 6 paragraphs to tell you what I told you in my Intro] BREAUX BRIDGE (LA.) KLFY- The St. Martin Parish the Sheriff’s Department and the St, Martin Paris School Board are officially investigating an incident that left one Breaux Bridge high student hospitalized. Regan Boudreaux, a junior at Breaux Bridge high loved...
  • Tropical Storm Nate aims at New Orleans amid worries about drainage system

    10/06/2017 8:33:46 PM PDT · by topher · 27 replies
    Chicago Tribune/AP ^ | 6-Oct-2017 | Stacey Plaisance and Kevin McGill
    When Tropical Storm Nate formed and forecasts put New Orleans in its projected path for this weekend, one big question loomed for residents and business owners: Will the pumps work? "That's now a thought in everybody who lives in New Orleans," said Devin Shearman, a manager at Katie's restaurant and lounge, which flooded during an unexpected rainstorm Aug. 5. It was one of two flash floods this past summer that led to revelations about personnel and equipment problems at the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board, the agency that runs the pumping system that drains the city. Some pumps weren't...
  • Hurricane Nate

    10/05/2017 8:49:41 PM PDT · by NautiNurse · 328 replies
    NHC/NOAA ^ | 10/5/2017 | NHC/NOAA
    Tropical Storm Nate is emerging from Honduras into the Western Caribbean. Forecast models are in agreement that Nate will continue into the Gulf of Mexico. Oil companies have begun evacuations of offshore platforms. Nate is forecast to reach the northern Gulf Coast this weekend as a hurricane, and the threat of direct impacts from wind, storm surge, and heavy rainfall is increasing from Louisiana through the western Florida Panhandle. Hurricane and tropical storm watches, as well as a storm surge watch, have been issued for a portion of the northern Gulf Coast, and residents in these areas should monitor the...
  • Tropical Storm Nate Likely To Form From System In Caribbean (Florida Panhandle?)

    10/04/2017 11:27:37 AM PDT · by blam · 51 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10-4-2017 | Travis Fedschun
    After a brief pause in tropical activity, another system formed Wednesday in the Caribbean and will likely become Tropical Storm Nate, according to the National Hurricane Center. Tropical Depression 16 is located about 210 miles south-southeast of Cabo Gracias a Dios on the border of Nicaragua and Honduras, the weather service said in its 11 a.m. ET advisory. The system has sustained winds of about 35 mph, moving northwest at 7 mph, and "is expected to become a tropical storm later today or tonight." Meteorologist Adam Klotz has more Video NOAA predicts most active hurricane season since 2010 "On the...