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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 »

Dad Had Hands in Air as Cops Shot Boy, 6: Video

Bail for the 2 Louisiana cops has been set at $1M each

(Newser) - The two Louisiana cops accused of gunning down a 6-year-old autistic boy will each have to come up with $1 million bail, a judge ruled Monday, CNN reports. The judge also ordered 23-year-old Norris Greenhouse Jr. and 32-year-old Derrick Stafford—charged with the murder of Jeremy Mardis and attempted murder... More »

Court: Man in Solitary Since 1972 Can Be Tried 3rd Time

Louisiana accused of pursuing 'vengeance over justice'

(Newser) - Louisiana can keep "Angola Three" inmate Albert Woodfox in jail and continue its plans to try him a third time in the 1972 killing of a prison guard, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. The 2-1 decision by the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals reverses a June order... More »

2 Cops Arrested in Shooting Death of Boy, 6

Body camera footage is disturbing, police say

(Newser) - Two Louisiana police officers have been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the Tuesday night shooting death of 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis . Officers Norris Greenhouse Jr., 23, and Lt. Derrick Stafford, 32, were working side jobs as marshals in the city of Marksville when the shooting occurred, and State Police... More »

Woman, 86, Finds Ring She Lost Handing Out Halloween Candy

What a treat

(Newser) - The case of the missing wedding ring has been solved, and not a moment too soon. WDSU reports an 86-year-old Louisiana resident lost her wedding ring while handing out candy to trick-or-treaters Saturday. According to the Slidell Police Department, everyone was afraid she had dropped the ring, which has great... More »

Naked Joggers Left Toddler on Beach for Hours: Cops

Sheriff says they were 'high on something'

(Newser) - Police in Holly Beach, La., say the parents of a 20-month-old girl left her on a beach for two hours yesterday while they went streaking miles down the shore. WWL.com reports a man found the thirsty child covered in bug bites shortly after 10am. Minutes later, officers found a... More »

Lawsuit: New Orleans Runs Modern 'Debtors' Prison'

System targeting poor is 'illegal, unconstitutional, and unjust': complaint

(Newser) - Six plaintiffs filed a federal class-action lawsuit yesterday against Louisiana's Orleans Parish for instituting what amounts to an "illegal, unconstitutional, and unjust modern debtors' prison" for people who fail to pay court fines over what are often minor offenses, the New Orleans Advocate reports. The complaint alleges individuals... More »

Sheriff: Officer's Cousin Killed Him With Own Gun

Stabbing suspect barricaded himself inside a mini-mart

(Newser) - A police officer was shot and killed yesterday when he responded to a call from a house where three women had been stabbed, one of them fatally, in a Louisiana town about 60 miles west of Baton Rouge, says the sheriff of rural St. Landry Parish. The man accused in... More »

Arabic 'Terror Message' Not Arabic, Not Terrifying

But it scared some Louisiana residents anyway

(Newser) - The Louisiana town of Gardner—population 1,964—was on high alert last week after residents spotted a number of signs around town that could have contained a "terror message written in Arabic," per KALB . In reality, those signs held a much more innocent message. The station reports... More »

Man Who Tackled Trooper's Shooter: I'm No Hero

Cops believe suspect also murdered roommate

(Newser) - Louisiana man Robert LeDoux says he isn't a hero and he was just doing what a lot of people would do when he ignored warnings of danger and tackled an armed man who had just shot a state trooper . LeDoux tells the AP that he was out for a... More »

State Trooper Finds Stuck Pickup, Shot Fatally in Head

Passing motorists took man's shotgun away, handcuffed him

(Newser) - A Louisiana state trooper has died after being shot in the head yesterday by a man whose pickup truck had run into a ditch and who got out of the truck with a sawed-off shotgun, the head of the Louisiana State Police says. Police video shows Senior Trooper Steven Vincent,... More »

La. Parish's Water Invaded Again by Brain-Eating Amoeba

Officials warn residents in St. Bernard Parish not to get water up their noses

(Newser) - Residents in Louisiana's St. Bernard Parish had to deal with a nasty brain-eating amoeba in their water supply last summer—and now the amoeba has made a return appearance. Water in the parish right outside New Orleans has tested positive for Naegleria fowleri, and officials say the state's... More »

Theater Victims: Promising Student and 'Creative Force'

Mayci Breaux, 21, and Jillian Johnson, 33, died in Lafayette, La., attack

(Newser) - One was a popular student studying to be a radiology technician, while the other was an outgoing artist who ran retail boutiques in two Louisiana cities. The two people slain by a gunman who opened fire yesterday in a Louisiana movie theater, Jillian Johnson and Mayci Breaux, had promising careers... More »

Wife of Theater Shooter Got Protective Order

Filing shows she moved all weapons from their marital residence

(Newser) - The wife of Louisiana shooter John Russel Houser sought a protective order against him in 2008 after he "exhibited extreme erratic behavior" and "made ominous as well as disturbing statements," according to court documents cited by the AP . The filing for the order, which was at least... More »

Cops: Theater Shooter Had Wigs, Disguises at Motel

'Drifter' John Russel Houser, 59, was from Alabama

(Newser) - The 59-year-old man who opened fire at a Lafayette, La., movie theater last night, killing two and injuring nine before killing himself, has been identified as John Russel Houser, police said at a news conference this morning, per ABC News . Details are still emerging, but police say Houser, from Phenix... More »

5 Things to Know About the Deadly Theater Shooting

Gov. Jindal says teachers saved lives in Lafayette shooting

(Newser) - Police haven't named the 58-year-old shooter who killed two people and himself in a Lafayette, La., movie theater last night, but they say he's a "lone white male" with a criminal history, the AP reports. A police spokesman told reporters that the bomb squad was called in... More »

BP Ponies Up $18.7B to Gulf States in Spill

Settlement money to be spread among Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi

(Newser) - Officials in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana announced an $18.7 billion settlement with BP today that resolves years of litigation over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The settlement comes as a federal judge was preparing to rule on how much BP owed in federal Clean Water Act... More »

Walmart: Er, Sorry About the ISIS Cake

Retailer refused man's request for cake with Confederate flag, but not an ISIS one

(Newser) - Walmart announced last week it would no longer sell merchandise featuring the Confederate flag , but it never said anything about the ISIS flag. This fact has Louisiana's Chuck Netzhammer up in arms after the retailer refused to make a cake for him with the Confederate symbol on it—but... More »

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 »

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