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His Father Gone, Alton Sterling's 15-Year-Old Son Weeps

Scholarship fund set up for Cameron and his siblings has raised $275K

(Newser) - Amid the outrage over Alton Sterling's Tuesday death at the hands of Baton Rouge police, an event that was captured in two released bystander videos , a sorrow-drenched third video : On Wednesday, Sterling's 15-year-old son Cameron covered his face with his collar and wept as mother Quinyetta McMillon addressed... More »

2nd Video of Alton Sterling's Death in Police Shooting Emerges

The video was taken by the owner of the store where Sterling was shot

(Newser) - A second bystander's video has emerged showing two white police officers involved in the shooting death of a black man outside of a Louisiana convenience store, the AP reports. The owner of the Baton Rouge store, Abdullah Muflahi, says he shot the cellphone video and released it to the... More »

Feds Step in in 'Disturbing' Baton Rouge Police Shooting

Federal authorities investigating death of Alton Sterling

(Newser) - Federal authorities are investigating Tuesday's fatal police shooting in Louisiana after disturbing video of the incident made headlines and sparked protests. Alton Sterling, 37, who sold CDs outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge, was shot dead by police who were responding to a report of a man with... More »

'Troubling' Video of Baton Rouge Police Shooting Sparks Protests

CD seller was shot dead after officers tackled him

(Newser) - Protesters gathered outside a Baton Rouge, La., convenience store Tuesday night to express their outrage over yet another controversial police shooting. Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old man who sold CDs outside the Triple S Food Mart, was shot dead after what cops describe as "some sort of altercation" at 12:... More »

Pregnant Teacher's Body Found After Alleged School Affair

Arrested assistant principal Robert Marks has yet to talk

(Newser) - A married middle school assistant principal has been arrested in the murder of a pregnant teacher with whom he was allegedly carrying on an affair in a case that's shaken Baton Rouge, La. Instructional specialist Lyntell Washington, 40, was seven months pregnant and the single mom to a 3-year-old... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Sick of Allergies? Avoid These 10 Cities

Louisville is worst offender, says allergy group

(Newser) - Allergy experts have unveiled the worst cities in the US for those with spring allergies, and Louisville, Ky., is the place you most want to avoid if you're an allergy sufferer. It moves up from No. 5 last year to the top spot this year. "The river provides... More »

Latest Secession Attempt: Baton Rouge's Richer Side

St. George wants to split off from Louisiana capital

(Newser) - A drive to create a new school district has snowballed into a push to split Louisiana's capital in two, with the largely wealthy and white southern part of Baton Rouge moving to secede and become the city of St. George, the Raw Story finds. The new city would have... More »

La. Cops Still Busting Men ... Using Invalid Sodomy Law

Baton Rouge sheriff claims he didn't know it was unconstitutional

(Newser) - News of the landmark 2003 Supreme Court case that struck down anti-sodomy laws has taken an exceptionally long time to reach law enforcement in Baton Rouge, La. In at least a dozen cases since 2011, including one this month, men have been arrested under a state law banning "unnatural... More »

Distant Capitals = Corrupt States

Take that, James Madison

(Newser) - James Madison once said that capital cities ought to be removed from the busiest parts of the country, so they'd be isolated from powerful interests. Well, guess again, Jim. A new study has found that states with distant capitals are much more likely to have rotten governments, the LA ... More »

Louisiana Prepares to Flood Farmland

25K people urged to evacuate ahead of spillway opening

(Newser) - Louisiana—faced with the choice of flooding farmland or risking major floods in New Orleans and Baton Rouge —is preparing to open a relief valve and swamp large areas of farmland in Cajun country. The Morganza spillway is about to be opened for the first time in 38 years... More »

Louisiana's Awful Choice: Flood Cities or Drown Farms?

One option could devastate New Orleans; the other would destroy farmland

(Newser) - In Louisiana, a terrible choice: Frantically sandbag the levees in an attempt to prevent a flood in New Orleans and Baton Rouge that could be greater than Katrina in some areas—or open a relief valve and purposely flood 200 miles of farmland, potentially destroying the livelihoods of many Louisiana... More »

New Orleans Again US Murder Capital

(Newser) - New Orleans is once again the US murder capital after briefly losing the title. Fresh FBI statistics show that with 64 killings per 100,000 people in 2008, New Orleans had the highest per-capita murder rate in the country, well ahead of second-place St. Louis, with 47 murders per 100,... More »

Porn Star Seeks La. Senate Seat

(Newser) - Louisiana GOP Senator David Vitter will meet a substantial opponent in his 2010 bid for re-election: porn star Stormy Daniels, CNN reports. A grass-roots “Draft Stormy” campaign, unaffiliated with the state’s Democratic Party, has encouraged the buxom blond to run on a platform of the economy, women’s... More »

Nursing Student Kills 2, Turns Gun on Self

Shootings cause panic at Baton Rouge vocational college

(Newser) - A student shot and killed two other students and herself this morning at the Louisiana Technical College in Baton Rouge, CNN reports. Police arrived within minutes, only to find all three already dead amidst widespread chaos. “There was mass pandemonium, people running,” a sergeant said. “One officer... More »

Nation's First Indian Gov. Vows to Clean Up Louisiana

'Whiz kid,' 36, pledges ethics, economic reform

(Newser) - Louisiana's first non-white chief executive since Reconstruction—and the first elected Indian-American governor in US history—vowed yesterday in his inauguration speech to clean up the corruption-plagued state. The charismatic Piyush "Bobby" Jindal, a Roman-Catholic convert from Hinduism, is a conservative Republican who also becomes, at age 36, the... More »

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