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Theater's Offer After 'Humiliating' Incident: 20K Free Tix

The AMC in Metairie, La., also fired 3 employees

(Newser) - Up to 20,000 high schoolers in New Orleans will see the new film Harriet for free after an incident in which a group of women say they were racially profiled at a local theater. NOLA reports more than a dozen members of the 504 Queens, a nonprofit for African... More »

Dems Hand Trump a Loss in Louisiana

John Bel Edwards narrowly re-elected governor over candidate heavily backed by Trump

(Newser) - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has stunned Republicans again, narrowly winning a second term Saturday as the Deep South’s only Democratic governor and handing President Trump another gubernatorial loss. In the heart of Trump country, the AP reports that the moderate Edwards cobbled together enough cross-party support with a... More »

Rape Victim to Judge's $150K Restitution Idea: Uh, No

Bruce Bennett offered to reduce 12-year sentence for Sedrick Hills if he financially compensated victim

(Newser) - A rape victim's response to what a Louisiana judge likely thought was a generous offer: No thanks. The AP reports District Court Judge Bruce Bennett made the surprising overture Thursday right after he'd sentenced 44-year-old Sedrick Hills to 12 years behind bars for raping the woman, now 31,... More »

Supreme Court Takes Big Abortion Case

SCOTUS to consider law that could leave Louisiana with one abortion clinic

(Newser) - The Supreme Court will weigh in on abortion—specifically, a law that opponents say would effectively limit Louisiana to one abortion provider. The court said Friday that it would take up the law signed in 2014 requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30... More »

Cops: Suspecting Infidelity, She Brought Out the Nerf Guns

Louisiana woman charged with domestic abuse child endangerment

(Newser) - A woman is facing charges after turning Nerf guns on the husband she accused of cheating, according to Louisiana police. Anh Thi Pham allegedly brandished the plastic toys with foam darts before chasing her husband out of their West Monroe home and down the road on Monday night, reports KTVE... More »

This Is the Weirdest, Grossest Camel Story You'll Ever Read

It went down at a truck stop in Louisiana last week

(Newser) - A Florida woman escaped from under a camel by biting its testicles after she crawled into the animal's pen to rescue her dog and the camel sat on her, authorities say. That's pretty much the story. If you crave more details, though, they're out there, including that... More »

Man Proposes Underwater, Never Comes Back Up

Steven Weber was proposing to girlfriend Kenesha Antoine in Tanzania

(Newser) - An American who proposed to his girlfriend underwater never emerged to hear "I do," CNN reports. Steven Weber was on vacation in Tanzania with Kenesha Antoine in a cabin with a submerged bedroom when he apparently made the fatal proposal. "You never emerged from those depths, so... More »

Here Are the Best, Worst States for Gender Equality

Maine is looking good for women's rights

(Newser) - Despite making up more than half the US population, women are still lagging behind their male counterparts in pay and in leadership positions, and still claiming the lion's share of minimum-wage jobs. Some states are making better strides than others in closing the gender gap, per WalletHub , which looked... More »

Governor Who Had Infamous Run-In With Hurricane Is Dead at 76

Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, RIP

(Newser) - Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, who became the state's first female elected governor only to see her political career derailed by Hurricane Katrina, has died. Gov. John Bel Edwards' office confirmed Blanco had died Sunday in hospice care in Lafayette. She was 76, the AP reports. Blanco had... More »

10 Best, Worst States to Give Birth

Vermont comes out on top, Mississippi on bottom

(Newser) - Having a baby is a beautiful—and also expensive and possibly stressful—thing. WalletHub analyzed all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, on 30 factors related to cost (on average, the cost of a conventional delivery in the US is more than $10,000, but some states are pricier... More »

Lawyer Gets in Trouble Over Duct-Tape Incident

Attorney Michael Gregory can no longer take his cellphone to court

(Newser) - A Louisiana district judge has found a public defender in contempt of court after he filmed a bailiff duct-taping a defendant's mouth during a sentencing hearing this month, the AP reports. The Acadiana Advocate reports state District Judge Marilyn Castle barred attorney Michael Gregory from bringing a cellphone into... More »

Woman Arrested After Bringing Daughter's Body to Hospital

She claimed 5-year-old died in car crash

(Newser) - On July 17, Jasmine Anderson brought the body of her 5-year-old daughter to a hospital in Louisiana, claiming Audrey Lynn Chelette had been killed in a car crash. Police, however, said the little girl's neck injury "was not consistent with what would occur during a crash"—and... More »

2 Cops Fired Over AOC Facebook Post

One officer said she 'needs a round'

(Newser) - Two Louisiana police officers have been fired over a Facebook post that appeared to threaten Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez —one for posting it, and the other for liking it. Gretna Police Chief Arthur Lawson said Charlie Rispolo and Angelo Varisco were fired for violating the department's social media policy,... More »

Cop on Facebook: AOC 'Needs a Round'

The Louisiana officer posted the message Thursday

(Newser) - A Louisiana police officer posted a Facebook message Thursday saying Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a "vile Idiot" who "needs a round, and I don't mean the kind she used to serve." The post refers to AOC's time as a bartender and appears to suggest that... More »

Here's How Louisiana Is Doing

The tropical depression has brought a lot of rain

(Newser) - Tropical Depression Barry dumped rain as it slowly swept inland through Gulf Coast states Sunday, sparing New Orleans from a direct hit but stoking fears elsewhere of flooding, tornadoes, and prolonged power outages, the AP reports. Though the system was downgraded to a tropical depression Sunday afternoon and its winds... More »

Black Activist Found 'Murdered' in Car Trunk

Sadie Roberts-Smith 'was amazing and loved her history'

(Newser) - Louisiana police made a shocking find Friday: A black activist who helped establish an African American museum lay dead in a car trunk, ABC News reports. Sadie Roberts-Smith, 75, was discovered in a residential part of downtown Baton Rouge. "Our detectives are working diligently to bring the person or... More »

Barry Is Making Things Very Wet in Louisiana

One levee is overtopping and residents are being rescued

(Newser) - Barry briefly generated enough wind to become a Category 1 hurricane Saturday as it churned toward the Louisiana coast—but the storm's biggest threat appears to be rain, not wind, USA Today reports. Barry made landfall west of New Orleans just before noon with maximum sustained winds of 75mph,... More »

Mississippi River Could 'Overtop' New Orleans Levees in Coming Storm

City braces for expected hurricane

(Newser) - Louisiana declared a state of emergency Wednesday as a severe storm swamped New Orleans and a possible hurricane was on its way. NOLA.com 's headline for its photo story: "New Orleans underwater." In a separate piece, NOLA.com reports the Mississippi River is expected to rise... More »

'Ghostly Reminder' of Katrina Set for Destruction

New Orleans mayor says it's time for abandoned Six Flags amusement park to go

(Newser) - The abandoned Six Flags in New Orleans once resounded with children's laughter and the shrieks of passengers on the thrill rides. Now the only sound is the drone of the cicadas. The amusement park on the city's eastern edge is perhaps the most high-profile, lingering, and ghostly reminder... More »

Skeptics Abound After Coroner Says Pot OD Killed Woman

Experts doubtful as Louisiana coroner makes his case

(Newser) - "No one has ever overdosed on marijuana," is a common defense of the drug slowly becoming legal across the US. But one coroner says it's no longer accurate. Christy Montegut of Louisiana's St. John the Baptist Parish believes he's recorded the first death caused solely... More »

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