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More Than 20K Rescued From Louisiana Floods

Hundreds had to abandon cars on I-12

(Newser) - More than 20,000 people were rescued from their homes as rivers swollen from days of heavy rain flooded their banks and wreaked havoc across southern Louisiana, leaving thousands homeless , the AP reports. At least 10,000 people were in shelters Sunday, according to Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards. In... More »

Video: Guy Saves Woman, Dog From Sinking Car

A bright spot amid 'historic' flooding in Louisiana; 2K people have been rescued

(Newser) - Three people are dead in Louisiana flooding described by the state's governor as "historic," and that number would easily have been four but for the heroic actions of three men aboard a boat. As WAFB reports, the men came upon a car sinking in the floodwaters Saturday,... More »

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... 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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