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Again, No Release for Man Held in Solitary Since 1972

Federal appeals court extends order barring Albert Woodfox's release

(Newser) - Albert Woodfox's time behind bars is not over. An order barring his release was extended today by a federal appeals court, NBC News reports. The timeline: A federal judge this week ordered Woodfox's "immediate" and "unconditional" release and barred the state from trying him a third... More »

In Louisiana, Homes Look Like This

Rain has combined with runoff from Texas, Oklahoma flooding

(Newser) - The New York Times opens its story on what's happened to homes along Louisiana's Red River, which runs through the Shreveport area, by focusing on one: built in 1952, it now holds more than 2 feet of water—along with dead fish, snakes, turtles, alligators, armadillos, and skunks.... More »

How Solitary Confinement Breaks the Mind

Isolation dulls cognitive functions, boosts anxiety

(Newser) - The damaging effects of solitary confinement on a prisoner can appear within three months, sometimes sooner. Albert Woodfox has been in solitary confinement for 43 years, though he could be released from Louisiana State Penitentiary as early as Friday . Since 1972, Woodfox has spent 23 hours a day in a... More »

Release of Man Held in Solitary Since 1972 Blocked

Albert Woodfox won't be free until Friday at earliest

(Newser) - Prison activist Albert Woodfox, the last member of the "Angola Three" inmates held for decades in solitary confinement, will have to wait a bit longer to see if he'll experience the "immediate" and "unconditional" freedom ordered by a federal judge . A federal appeals court has temporarily... More »

Man Held in Solitary Since 1972 Ordered Free

Judge says Louisiana can't try Angola 3 member again

(Newser) - After 43 years in solitary confinement, two overturned convictions, and two documentaries on his case, freedom could finally be at hand for Albert Woodfox. A federal judge has ordered the release of the 67-year-old, who was placed in solitary in 1972 after the death of a guard in a riot... More »

Bobby Jindal's 'Major' Revelation Coming in 3 Weeks

Louisiana governor to announce presidential plans on June 24: adviser

(Newser) - As of EOD on June 11, Louisiana's legislative session will be over—which means Bobby Jindal will have a bit more free time on his hands. We'll apparently find out June 24 if that means the Pelican State's Republican governor will be vying for the nation's... More »

Jindal: I'll Never Change My Mind About Gay Marriage

La. governor says he won't cave to corporate 'bullies' on religious liberty issues

(Newser) - Indiana and Arkansas recently softened their so-called "religious freedom" legislation , and one person isn't happy that they walked it back: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. In an opinion piece in today's New York Times , Jindal takes issue with the "large corporations [that] recently joined left-wing activists to... More »

Bobby Jindal Refuses to Release Work Email

Louisiana governor's lawyer points to exemptions in law

(Newser) - Bobby Jindal has dinged Hillary Clinton over her use of private email while in office, but he appears less than eager to release his own work-related correspondence, the Advocate reports. When the newspaper asked for access to the emails, the Louisiana governor's team said that the documents were protected... More »

Elephants Rescue Stranded Truck in Louisiana

They pushed to stop big rig toppling over

(Newser) - Two circus elephants being taken from New Orleans to Dallas helped out instead of making a break for freedom when the 18-wheeler carrying them ran into trouble. Police in Natchitoches Parish, La., say they received a call about a stranded truck on Interstate 49 and when they arrived, they were... More »

Father Shoots Son After They Run Out of Orange Juice: Cops

Eldridge Dukes booked on attempted manslaughter count

(Newser) - Police in Baton Rouge, La., say a man is facing a charge of attempted manslaughter after he confessed to shooting his 18-year-old son during an argument over orange juice. Police tell the Advocate 58-year-old Eldridge Dukes and his son were fighting yesterday morning about the lack of orange juice. Investigators... More »

High-Tech Lab Leaks Deadly Bacteria

How did Louisiana lab fail to contain it?

(Newser) - A high-security laboratory in Louisiana recently leaked deadly bacteria, infecting four animals and apparently a federal investigator—but officials say there's no public health risk, USA Today reports. The probe began after two monkey-like animals at the Tulane National Primate Research Center were infected last year by a bacterium... More »

Dad Accidentally Shoots, Kills Babysitter

Adonis Forbes charged with negligent homicide in 13-year-old boy's death

(Newser) - A Louisiana father who was trying to fix his handgun accidentally killed his kids' 13-year-old babysitter, the Advocate reports. Adonis Forbes, 25, and his wife were out for their anniversary on Saturday when they came home for a quick check on their kids. That's when Forbes, of Baton Rouge,... More »

Jack Daniels Welcomes Son, Jim Beam

Good luck in life, kid

(Newser) - "My parents decided they wanted to name their son something to make their parents mad," as Jack Daniels Leathers tells it. "And, at the time, my dad was drinking Jack, which he enjoyed. My mom said, 'Why not?'" Now the man named for whiskey has... More »

Louisiana Falling Into Gulf of Mexico Quickly

New Orleans could be stranded on sliver of land if coastline fixes aren't made

(Newser) - Over the past 80 years, at least 2,000 square miles of southeastern Louisiana's coastline have dropped off into the Gulf of Mexico—the equivalent of a football field-sized plot of land being swept away each hour, Scientific American reports. Unless the state takes action, 1,750 more square... More »

La. Dad Rushes Into Fire to Save Young Son

Johnathon Robertson Jr. survived, but his heroic father didn't

(Newser) - As Johnathon Robertson's home in Grand Prairie, La., went up in flames Friday night, the 42-year-old Navy veteran shunned his survival instincts and heeded his paternal ones, rushing through the fire to save his young son, Johnathon Jr., KATC reports. "He made the choice that his child's... More »

Louisiana Dumps Landrieu

GOP gains 54th Senate seat with Bill Cassidy's win in runoff

(Newser) - In what Politico calls "Dems' final insult" from Election 2014, Mary Landrieu lost her Senate seat last night, in a convincing defeat that denied a Louisiana political scion a fourth term, gave Republicans a 54th seat, and unceremoniously dumped what ABC News terms the "last vestige of Democratic... More »

No Ticket in Crash That Killed Disney-Bound Family

DA says 16-year-old who fell asleep at the wheel 'has been punished enough'

(Newser) - The 16-year-old who admits falling asleep behind the wheel and causing the fatal Louisiana accident that killed five members of his family on their way to Disney World will see a ticket issued over the crash dismissed, the DA for the 4th District says. The teen says he lost control... More »

Couple, 3 Kids Killed on Way to Disney World

16-year-old driver may have fallen asleep

(Newser) - Two parents and three children en route to a Disney World vacation were killed last night in a car accident, reports WFAA . Police say none of the five were wearing seat belts, and all were ejected from their SUV when it rolled over on an interstate in northern Louisiana. Killed... More »

Political Strategist Has House, Cars Blown Up

Strategist for pro-solar candidate loses all of his belongings

(Newser) - A political strategist in Louisiana saw his possessions go up in smoke this week when two firebombs blew up his cars and spread far enough to burn down his home, WWL reports via Fusion . Mario Zervigon, his family, and fellow tenants escaped their New Orleans apartment building on Thursday, leaving... More »

Battle Over Senate May Not End on Election Day

Louisiana and Georgia likely face runoff elections

(Newser) - Think the Nov. 4 election will determine which party controls the US Senate? Not necessarily: Louisiana and Georgia are facing possible run-offs, while Kansas and South Dakota have strong independent candidates who could become king-makers if either party needs one more to control the 100-member legislative body, Reuters reports. No... More »

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