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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 »

Louisiana Fights to Keep Dallas Ebola Ashes Out

Attorney general seeking restraining order before incinerated waste is buried

(Newser) - Six truckloads of linens, carpets, bedding, and other materials were taken from the Dallas apartment where Thomas Eric Duncan was staying, all of it potentially contaminated with the Ebola virus—and it's not clear where it will end up. The material was reportedly brought to Port Arthur, Texas, on... More »

How Louisiana Crippled a Vast Environmental Lawsuit

Historian John Barry is still fighting to restore state wetlands

(Newser) - A Louisiana historian wants oil and gas companies to help restore state wetlands that are vanishing by the day—but politicians are fighting him tooth and nail, the New York Times Magazine reports. John Barry, a gritty ex-weightlifter who writes US history books, watches in horror as Louisiana wetlands recede... More »

US Senator Helps Voter— With Kegstand

Mary Landrieu is there for you when you need her

(Newser) - Mary Landrieu is a three-term United States senator, a member of one of Louisiana's political dynasties, and one of the more vulnerable Democrats facing re-election in November. She's also got your back if you're doing a kegstand. That's what one tailgater found out when Landrieu made... More »

Winning Streak Broken: Judge Upholds State's Gay Marriage Ban

Louisiana ruling will be appealed

(Newser) - A federal judge upheld Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriages yesterday, a rare loss for gay marriage supporters who had won more than 20 consecutive rulings overturning bans in other states. US District Judge Martin Feldman also upheld the state's refusal to recognize same-sex marriages performed legally in other... More »

TV Host's Killer Was His Son-in- Law, Lover: Cops

Scott Rogers killed in possible murder-suicide attempt

(Newser) - In a disturbing—not to mention extremely complicated—story, the host of a Baton Rouge, La., local TV program was allegedly shot and killed by his son-in-law, who was also thought to be his lover, according to police. The son-in-law, Matthew Hodgkinson, survived what Sheriff Brett Stassi says was likely... More »

Judge Blocks Louisiana's New Abortion Law

Suit says law would force all 5 state clinics to close

(Newser) - A federal judge has temporarily blocked Louisiana from enforcing its restrictive new abortion law, which requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles of their clinics. But lawyers and advocates appeared to disagree about whether the judge's order affects doctors at all... More »

Brain-Eating Amoeba Found Lurking in La. Water System

Officials tell residents water is OK to drink, but not to get it in their noses

(Newser) - Residents of a Louisiana parish have been warned that there's an unwelcome visitor in their water supply. Routine samples taken from St. John the Baptist Parish's Water District No. 1—which provides water to more than 12,500 people—tested positive for Naegleria fowleri, a brain-eating amoeba that... More »

Handcuffed Son Didn't Shoot Himself, Grieving Dad Insists

Victor White III's father disputes coroner's report, police statements

(Newser) - Louisiana State Police say Victor White III died after shooting himself while handcuffed in the back of a police car in March, an assertion backed up by the Iberia Parish coroner’s office, reports NBC News . But White’s family isn’t buying the suicide story—mainly, they say, because... More »

How a Hospital Made an Execution Possible

It didn't realize drug was for lethal injection: board member

(Newser) - A Louisiana hospital facilitated an execution—without realizing it was doing so, says a new report citing a board member who's also an appeals court judge. Short on execution drugs, the state opted to use a combination of hydromorphone and midazolam for a lethal injection, the Lens explains. Louisiana... More »

Court: Mississippi Can't Close Only Abortion Clinic

Judges: state shouldn't force women to go elsewhere

(Newser) - A law that would have forced the only abortion clinic in Mississippi to close appears doomed after a federal court ruled against it once again. An appeals court panel decided 2-1 that State House Bill 1390, which requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at local hospitals, would shift Mississippi'... More »

Mysterious Stone Spheres to Be Protected

They join more than 1K sites now on UN list of World Heritage sites

(Newser) - The planet now has more than 1,000 UNESCO World Heritage Sites : places "of outstanding value to humanity" that UNESCO helps to safeguard and preserve. The World Heritage Committee wrapped up its 38th session on Wednesday by adding 26 sites to its list and expanding four more; that list... More »

Angry Driver Shoots 10-Year-Old in the Face

Road rage incident in Louisiana leads to shots being fired, police say

(Newser) - A Louisiana driver got so angry on Saturday that he allegedly fired three or four shots into a Chevrolet pickup truck, grazing a 10-year-old boy in the face, the Times-Picayune reports. It all started on I-10 near New Orleans, where a 50-year-old man was driving the Chevy with his girlfriend'... More »

This Is America's Most Corrupt State

That's Mississippi, folks

(Newser) - Mississippi isn't just the most religious state in the country, it's also the most corrupt, according to a new study . The study, which compiled more than 25,000 corruption convictions of public officials between 1976 and 2008, also revealed that corruption in the country's 10 worst states,... More »

'Active Cleanup' of Gulf Spill Finally Finished

BP, Coast Guard move on

(Newser) - By now, the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster may seem like a distant memory, but the Coast Guard and BP ended their "active cleanup" of the spill just two days ago. That doesn't mean that the cleanup is over, just that instead of patrolling the affected coastline, ships will... More »

Louisiana Upholds Its Unconstitutional Sodomy Ban

Law voided in 2003 by Supreme Court can't be used as grounds for arrest

(Newser) - Louisiana voted resoundingly yesterday to keep its symbolic sodomy ban on the books—a ban made toothless more than a decade ago when the Supreme Court ruled that anti-sodomy laws can't be enforced. The bill that would have rid the state of the measure failed in the state's... More »

GOP Rep Caught Kissing Staffer, Fires Her

Vance McAllister 'wrecked my life,' says her husband

(Newser) - GOP Rep. Vance McAllister has provided yet another demonstration of the perils of selling yourself as a candidate of faith and family values. McAllister issued an apology yesterday, after the Ouachita Citizen published surveillance footage from December showing the 40-year-old congressman from Louisiana passionately making out with staffer Melissa Anne... More »

Louisiana's Ex-Con Former Gov Running for Congress

Edwin Edwards, 86, will seek House seat

(Newser) - Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards has decided that neither age—nor his status as an ex-con—is a barrier to a run for Congress. The 86-year-old Democrat, who was released from federal prison in 2011 after serving eight years on fraud and racketeering charges, has entered the race for the... More »

Cops: La. Mom Killed Toddler With Down Syndrome

She told them it was a 'mercy killing'

(Newser) - Cops in Belle Chasse, Louisiana say a mother showed no sign of remorse when confessing to killing her 17-month-old son by injecting him with hand sanitizer. Erika Wigstrom, 20, faces a charge of first-degree murder and a potential death sentence for killing her son Lucas, who was born with Down... More »

Death Row's Longest Serving Inmate Goes Free

All-white jury convicted Glenn Ford of murder in 1984

(Newser) - In 1984, Glenn Ford, who is black, was wrongfully convicted by an all-white jury in the murder of an elderly white man in Louisiana. He spent the next three decades on death row—but yesterday afternoon, he was finally set free, the Atlantic reports. During the case, Ford had cooperated... More »

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