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Louisiana Cops Now Covered by Hate Crime Law

'Blue Lives Matter' law is nation's first

(Newser) - Targeting a police officer, firefighter, or EMT in Louisiana is now considered a hate crime. On Thursday Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a "Blue Lives Matter" bill that made the state the first to add those professions to race, ethnicity, religion, and other areas traditionally covered by hate-crime laws,... More »

La. Bill to Raise Stripper Age Advances, After Joke

Lawmaker's amendment 'utterly disrespectful,' says colleague

(Newser) - The Louisiana House has agreed to block strip clubs from hiring dancers under the age of 21, the AP reports, but only after a joke from one lawmaker provoked outrage about the treatment of women. During discussion of the bill, Rep. Kenny Havard proposed an amendment that would require strippers... More »

Service Dog Takes World's Cutest Yearbook Photo

Presley and 7th-grader Seph Ware are inseparable

(Newser) - The cutest yearbook photo ever was just taken by Presley at Good Hope Middle School in Louisiana. In fairness to everyone else's not-quite-as-cute yearbook photos, Presley is a 5-year-old golden doodle. She's also a service dog for seventh-grader Joseph "Seph" Ware, who was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular... More »

America's Oldest WWII Vet Dies at 110

Frank Levingston fought fascists in Italy

(Newser) - A Louisiana man who was fighting Nazis when he was nearly 40 has died at the age of 110. Frank Levingston of Lake Charles was believed to have been America's oldest living WWII veteran, ABC News reports. He enlisted in the army on Oct. 6, 1942, less than a... More »

Judge OKs Putting Durst Away for 7 Years

Real estate heir will be sent to Calif. prison for his medical needs

(Newser) - A New Orleans judge officially approved Robert Durst's February plea deal on a gun charge and sentenced him to seven years in prison on Wednesday, Reuters reports. For more than a year, the real estate heir has languished in a New Orleans prison after being nabbed with a handgun... More »

School Band Leader Caught Hiding in Teen's Closet

He admitted sending inappropriate texts to her

(Newser) - A high school band director in Louisiana has been arrested after authorities say he was found hiding in a 16-year-old girl's closet, reports the AP . Jeremy Conner, 30, was charged Wednesday with indecent behavior with a juvenile. Ascension Parish Sheriff's Lt. Col. Bobby Webre said detectives began investigating... More »

'She Screamed': Sunbather Run Over by Police Truck

Lindsey Gordon is in stable condition after multiple surgeries

(Newser) - It was just another day at the beach for Louisiana sunbather Lindsey Gordon—until a police officer failed to see the 24-year-old and ran over her in his marked pickup truck on Thursday afternoon, reports AL.com . Grand Isle Police Assistant Chief Norris Esponge is on administrative leave pending a... More »

Louisiana Town Now Allows Drinking at Work, Sort of

Sort of

(Newser) - One Louisiana city just made it legal for city employees—even those driving city vehicles or operating heavy machinery—to drink on the job. Kind of. The Shreveport Times reports Bossier City had a zero-tolerance policy for city workers on the job until mayor Lorenz Walker suddenly changed that policy... More »

Accused Candy Shoplifter Faces Life in Prison

It was his 5th offense

(Newser) - A 34-year-old Louisiana man could spend the rest of his life in prison over his alleged shoplifting of $31 of candy, reports the Advocate . Jacobia Grimes is accused of trying to steal candy bars from a Dollar General, and his big problem is that he has five prior theft convictions... More »

Rapper May Have Recorded 2nd Album Behind Bars

'C-Murder' is serving a life sentence in Louisiana

(Newser) - The rapper known as "C-Murder," who once recorded an album while locked up in jail, may have done it again—this time in a maximum-security Louisiana prison, where he is serving a life sentence for a teenager's killing, the AP reports. Prison officials are investigating whether the... More »

Woman Killed When Lightning Hits Festival Tent

2 others injured, a dog also died in accident

(Newser) - When the weather got bad at Louisiana's T-Bois Blues Festival on Friday night, Jacqui Stavis, two other women, and a Labrador retriever sought shelter in a small tent. But tragedy struck when lightning hit the tent, killing the 28-year-old and the dog and injuring the other two women, the... More »

Monk Embezzled $200K From Temple to Fuel Gambling Habit

Khang Nguyen Le pleaded guilty

(Newser) - A Buddhist monk accused of embezzling more than $200,000 from his Louisiana temple to feed a casino gambling habit has pleaded guilty to fraud, the AP reports. The Advocate reports that 38-year-old Khang Nguyen Le will be sentenced June 27 after his guilty plea Thursday to one count of... More »

Inspiration for Teddy Bears No Longer Endangered

Louisiana black bear has bounced back

(Newser) - After decades of barely clinging on as a species, the bear that inspired teddy bears has bounced back. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced on Thursday that the Louisiana black bear—which appeared in the famous "Teddy's bear" political cartoon after Teddy Roosevelt refused to shoot a tied-up one... More »

Tornadoes Kill At Least 3 in Louisiana and Mississippi

Dozens more are injured

(Newser) - At least seven tornadoes hit Louisiana and Mississippi on Tuesday, killing at least three people, the AP reports. National Weather Service meteorologist Ken Graham says that number includes the one that slammed into a trailer park in Convent, Louisiana, and one that killed a person near Purvis, Mississippi. Graham says... More »

Last of 'Angola Three' Inmates Goes Free

Albert Woodfox leaves prison after more than four decades

(Newser) - The last inmate of a group known as the "Angola Three" pleaded no contest Friday to manslaughter in the 1972 death of a prison guard and was released after more than four decades in prison, the AP reports. Albert Woodfox and two other men became known as the "... More »

Woman Dives Off Bridge, Incredibly Survives

And she only suffered minor injuries

(Newser) - An incredible story out of Jefferson Parish, La., where a woman attempted suicide by jumping headfirst over the railing of the Huey P. Long Bridge Sunday—and survived. Perhaps the most incredible part of the story is how she survived: She never hit the water and instead got stuck, headfirst,... More »

Gun in Grandma's Bed Kills 3-Year-Old Sleeping There

Police arrested 42-year-old grandmother

(Newser) - A New Orleans woman allegedly slept with both her gun and her grandson in her bed, with tragic consequences. Police were called to home around 2am Wednesday to find the 3-year-old boy had been shot in the chest; he later died at a hospital, NBC News reports. The grandmother, 42-year-old... More »

La. School Dogged by Cases of Teacher-Student Sex

Latest incident in Destrehan is the 3rd case in 2 years

(Newser) - A 26-year-old high school teacher in the small Mississippi River town of Destrehan, La., was booked into jail Thursday on charges that she had sex with a 16-year-old student. It marks the third instance of alleged teacher-student sex at the school in two years and the fourth in the last... More »

Louisiana Marshals Indicted in 6-Year-Old's Death

Video shows boy's father had his hands in the air

(Newser) - A grand jury has indicted two Louisiana city marshals on second-degree murder charges in last month's shooting death of 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis . Police say ex-cop Norris Greenhouse Jr., 23, and Marksville police Lt. Derrick Stafford, 32, were moonlighting as Marksville city marshals when they fired into a vehicle driven... More »

Onetime Shoo-in Loses Runoff to Succeed Jindal

Dogged by old scandal, David Vitter loses to newcomer, will retire

(Newser) - Democrat John Bel Edwards won the runoff election for Louisiana governor Saturday, defeating the once-heavy favorite, Republican David Vitter, and handing the Democrats their first statewide victory since 2008. Edwards, a state lawmaker, will take over the office from term-limited Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal in January. Voters' rejection of Vitter... More »

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