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10 States Where Chance of Dying Young Is Highest

JAMA study blames opioids, alcoholism, suicide

(Newser) - "Some of our states are falling behind other, less developed countries" when it comes to premature death, says University of Washington epidemiologist Ali Mokdad, whose new study in JAMA shows a major disparity in the death rates of people aged 20 to 55 in California and those in West... More »

5 States That Need to Loosen Up

WalletHub uses 38 stress indicators to rank most, least stressed states

(Newser) - The Midwest is best—at least when it comes to living a relatively stress-free life. WalletHub took a look at nearly 40 stress indicators related to work, family, money, and health, in all 50 states and DC to determine the most and least stressed states. Its list suggests anxiety rises... More »

Officer Who Killed Alton Sterling Fired

2nd Baton Rouge police officer suspended without pay

(Newser) - The Louisiana police officer who shot and killed Alton Sterling in July 2016 was fired from the Baton Rouge police force Friday, the New York Times reports. Blane Salamoni shot Sterling six times outside a convenience store where the 37-year-old was selling CDs. A second officer, Howie Lake, was suspended... More »

Twins Shared a Liver Disease. Why Only One Was Saved

Mom blames shortage of organs, which forced the boys to get sicker before being put on list

(Newser) - Margi Coats knew her son was dying. "I stayed awake holding his hand all night with my heart pounding, waiting for him to take his last breath," she says of 18-year-old Nick's final hours. "It's the most frightening thing in the world for a mother.... More »

Best State for Women: the 'North Star' State

Minnesota is the best state to live in for gender equality; Louisiana needs to do some work

(Newser) - Amid the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, WalletHub did some digging to see which US states proved best for women (and which didn't fare so well). The site looked at all 50 states and the District of Columbia across two main metrics: women's economic and social well-being—which includes... More »

Job of Making Billy Graham's Casket Fell to Inmates

Evangelist's family had requested his final resting vessel years ago from La. prisoners

(Newser) - Billy Graham died on Feb. 21, 2018, but his casket has been waiting for him since 2006. WAFB reports that a final resting vessel was commissioned long ago for the renowned evangelist, with a request it be built by the inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, aka Angola. The Advocate ... More »

The 5 Most, Least Educated US States

Mississippi ranks last

(Newser) - A good education often brings greater chances of employment as well as higher income potential—two perks that residents of Mississippi and West Virginia might be at a disadvantage of attaining. That’s based on a list of the most and least educated states in the US, compiled by Wallet... More »

Superintendent Tearfully Takes Blame for Teacher's Arrest

'I should have stood up'

(Newser) - A Louisiana school superintendent wiped away tears as he said he "hated what happened" after a teacher was arrested during a school board meeting on Monday, CBS News reports. Deyshia Hargrave, a former teacher of the year in Vermilion Parish, was asked to leave the meeting after complaining about... More »

School Board Prez Calls Busted Teacher 'Poor Little Woman'

Cries of gender discrimination envelop incident at Louisiana school board meeting

(Newser) - The story of the Louisiana middle school teacher arrested after speaking up at a school board meeting continues, now with a closer look at how women in the district are treated. When Deyshia Hargrave was carted off in handcuffs Monday after calmly questioning the $30,000 raise for Vermilion Parish... More »

Teacher Arrested at Meeting on Superintendent's $30K Raise

Teacher Deyshia Hargrave spoke up at school board meeting, ended up in handcuffs

(Newser) - A Louisiana school board meeting had on its agenda what appeared to be a fairly routine contract approval for the district's superintendent. But the Monday evening meeting ended up in the arrest of Kaplan middle school English teacher Deyshia Hargrave after she juxtaposed Jerome Puyau's new contract, which... More »

Looking for a Job? This State May Be Your Best Bet

Arizona claims 4 of the top 10 cities in WalletHub's ranking

(Newser) - Do your resolutions for the new year include sprucing up your resume and getting a real job? Arizona, which claims four of the top 10 spots in WalletHub's ranking of US cities with the best job prospects, might be the place for you. The site looked at 182 cities... More »

Louisiana Man Arrested in Infamous 'Nigerian Prince' Scam

Michael Neu faces 269 counts of wire fraud and money laundering

(Newser) - You know that Nigerian prince who's always sending you emails promising to trade your bank account information for some sort of mysterious inheritance? Good news! They finally got him. OK, so Michael Neu isn't actually a Nigerian prince, but police say the 67-year-old Louisiana man bilked people out... More »

Cops: Veterinarian Shot Neighbor's Barking Dog

The pet hospital where she worked couldn't save it

(Newser) - Louisiana veterinarian Kelly Folse's prescription for a barking dog next door was a bullet, police say. Folse, 35, was booked on aggravated cruelty to an animal Tuesday, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. She also faces charges of drug possession and illegal discharge of a firearm. Police say Folse shot... More »

He Wrongfully Spent 45 Years in Prison in 'Weak at Best' Case

Now 65-year-old Wilbert Jones is free after his rape conviction was overturned

(Newser) - A 65-year-old Louisiana man arrested at 19 and sentenced to life without parole walked out of prison Wednesday, saying "God is so good" after his rape conviction was overturned. Authorities withheld evidence that could have exonerated Wilbert Jones decades ago, and their case against him was "weak at... More »

This State Has the Highest Cancer Rate

It's Kentucky, with Delaware and Louisiana trailing

(Newser) - Cancer may be the second leading cause of death in the US, but its effects across the country vary widely. Kentucky, for example, sees 514 cancer diagnoses per 100,000 people, the highest rate in the nation. New Mexico, on the other hand, has the lowest rate at 370 per... More »

Transcript's Missing Comma Costs Suspect in Court

Warren Demesme seemed to ask for a 'lawyer, dawg,' but court reads it as 'lawyer dog'

(Newser) - A Louisiana man being questioned by police in the sexual assault of two juveniles at one point said the following, per a police transcript: "I know that I didn't do it so why don't you just give me a lawyer dog cause this is not what's... More »

An Altercation, Then Gunfire at a La. College

Shooter flees after killing 2 on Grambling State campus

(Newser) - A sheriff's spokesman says two people have been fatally shot on the campus of Louisiana's Grambling State University, and the shooter fled the scene, per the AP . A Lincoln Parish Sheriff's spokesman says detectives are at the scene of the double homicide, assisting campus police. Grambling State... More »

Celeb Chef Steps Down After Sexual Harassment Uproar

John Besh will put 'full focus on his family,' says restaurant group's new CEO

(Newser) - After a series of allegations of rampant sexual harassment , throughout the restaurant group that bears his name, chef John Besh has left. "John has decided to step down from all aspects of operations and to provide his full focus on his family," new CEO of New Orleans-based Besh... More »

Report: US May Put B-52s on 24-Hour Nuclear Alert

Jets armed with nukes would be ready to go at a moment's notice, if order goes through

(Newser) - The security site Defense One reports that the Air Force is considering putting nuclear-armed bomber planes back on 24-hour notice, something that hasn't been in effect since the Cold War. The site emphasizes that no such order has yet been given, but it quotes Air Force chief of staff... More »

Report: Celeb Chef Blasted for Culture of Sex Harassment

25 current and ex-employees say John Besh, biz partner fostered 'kitchen bros' environment

(Newser) - More than two dozen women are accusing a celebrity chef and his business partner of fostering a Mad Men-type atmosphere they say was overrun by "kitchen bros." An eight-month probe by the Times-Picayune found 25 current and past employees who document sexual harassment while working at John Besh'... More »

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