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    By MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana judge Thursday upheld Gov. John Bel Edwards' statewide mask mandate and bar restrictions as legal and enforceable, rejecting claims from Jefferson Parish business owners that the Democratic governor overstepped his legal authority in enacting the coronavirus rules. State District Judge Janice Clark delivered...
    (CNN)A Black Louisiana man will spend the rest of his life in prison for stealing hedge clippers, after the Louisiana Supreme Court denied his request to have his sentence overturned last week.Fair Wayne Bryant, 62, was convicted in 1997 on one count of attempted simple burglary. In his appeal to the Second Circuit Court of...
    Left to right: New York congressional candidiate Mondaire Jones, Louisiana Senate candidate Adrian Perkins, and New York congressional candidate Ritchie Torres. You may not know the name Hiram Revels but 150 years ago he became the first Black member of the United States Congress. A Black Republican from Mississippi, Revels was sworn into office...
    Louisiana will leave in place its current mandates meant to slow the spread of COVID-19 at least through Aug. 28, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Tuesday. Edwards’ current executive order expires Friday. The regulations keep bars closed for in-person service, limit many other businesses to half of their usual capacity, restrict indoor crowd sizes...
    Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Johnson (Louisiana Supreme Court) A Black man who was convicted of trying to steal a pair of hedge clippers in Caddo Parish, Louisiana will not have his case reviewed by that state’s Supreme Court. Chief Justice Bernette Johnson wrote the lone dissent that said that the man’s “life...
    Bernette Johnson, chief justice for the Louisiana Supreme Court, wrote a fiery dissent last week to the court's decision to turn away a review request of a man who is serving a life sentence for attempted theft. Fair Wayne Bryant was arrested in 1997, accused of entering a carport in Shreveport, La., and stealing a pair of...
    By The Associated Press Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ Aug. 4 The Advocate on the live music industry during the coronavirus pandemic: Many individuals and businesses are hurting badly these days, and each segment of the economy faces its own particular challenges. So the demands for congressional attention and aid can seem overwhelming. The...
    A dog in Lousiana has become the first canine in the state to test positive for the novel coronavirus, officials said this week. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) in a news release on Tuesday announced that the dog tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes a COVID-19 infection in humans. DOGS...
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man accused of making his young children help him manufacture drugs was arrested after his 10-year-old son suffered gunshot wounds during an alleged drug deal, authorities said. Baton Rouge police charged Kevin Evans Jr., 36, and his girlfriend, Meagan Toney, 29, with second-degree cruelty to juveniles and contributing...
    PEARL RIVER, La. (AP) — A 16-year-old Louisiana girl has died from injuries she sustained when a 14-year-old boy driving a pickup truck crashed into a locked gate and pushed it into her, according to authorities. The crash happened around 4 p.m. Monday near Pearl River, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office said in a...
    By MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration Wednesday was readying to defend Louisiana's statewide mask mandate and bar restrictions enacted to combat the coronavirus outbreak, as a state district judge considers a lawsuit challenging the regulations as unconstitutional. Four Jefferson Parish residents, including a musician, a catering...
    BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA - NOVEMBER 30: LSU Tiger fans cheer during a game at Tiger Stadium against the Texas A&M Aggies on November 30, 2019 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) There seems to be some pessimism when it comes to fans at LSU home games. Across the Power-5 conferences, scheduling adjustments...
    Officials in Louisiana said Tuesday that a dog a tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the first known instance of an animal contracting the disease in the state.  The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry said in a statement that it appeared people with COVID-19 can spread "the virus to animals during close contact." The department...
    Louisiana is again pushing back the date the state will loosen coronavirus restrictions as cases continue to surge.  Governor John Bel Edwards (D) announced Tuesday that Louisiana will stay in Phase Two of the White House’s reopening guidelines until at least Aug. 28. The restrictions were initially set to expire in July until Edwards pushed the...
    By MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards was expected to announce Tuesday that he'll continue Louisiana's statewide mask mandate and the business restrictions he enacted to combat the coronavirus outbreak, despite lawsuits seeking to upend the orders. The rules are set to expire Friday, but the Democratic governor...
    (CBS Local)– Need a new book to read this summer? Author Julie Pennell has you covered with her brand new book called “Louisiana Lucky: A Novel,” about the Breaux sisters who hit it big and win $204 million from the lottery. Pennell was born and raised in Louisiana and the book follows three sisters named Lexi,...
    Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has written a letter to Mark Zuckerberg, blasting the Facebook CEO and his platform for censoring medical discussion around coronavirus, in particular the censoring of a viral Breitbart News video of a press conference with frontline doctors and a member of Congress discussing responses to the virus. “It seems you...
    By MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Voting rights advocates filed a federal lawsuit Monday against Louisiana's governor and chief elections officer, saying the state is doing too little to protect ballot access in November and should widen mail-in voting options amid the coronavirus outbreak. The lawsuit was filed in Baton Rouge...
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana released coronavirus safety guidelines for movie and TV productions Monday, as filming is expected to start returning to the virus outbreak hot spot this month. The safety rules — issued by the Louisiana economic development department's entertainment division — say movie and TV productions should have a coronavirus compliance...
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Nearly 700 restaurants, bars and businesses in Louisiana were cited in July for violating the governor’s coronavirus restrictions, according to records from the State Fire Marshal’s Office. The businesses failed inspections for violations such as lack of face mask-wearing, tables being too close together, large group gatherings, exceeded capacities and...
    HAMMOND, La. (AP) — A Louisiana contractor has been in a tussle with city officials regarding payments for a demolition project after he accidentally tore down the wrong house. “There was a big mix-up with the addresses and the information given to me and afterwards I was told something different so now I’m stuck with...
    By MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's unemployment trust fund, a healthy $1.1 billion account before the coronavirus pandemic, is on track to run out of money by mid-September, with hundreds of thousands of people out of work and collecting benefits because of the outbreak. Draining the trust fund doesn't stop...
    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A group of Louisiana residents are trying to drum up support for reopening the Lafayette Science Museum, which the mayor says the city can't afford to keep up and running. Renee Sonnier and Blake Lagneaux are among those hoping to bring attention to the museum now that it’s on the chopping...
    Louisiana state Rep. Lance Harris (R-LA) told Breitbart News Saturday the “Silent Majority” will stand up during the 2020 elections to fight the anti-police Democrats. Harris spoke to Breitbart News Saturday and aired his hopes to secure Louisiana’s fifth congressional district Republican nomination to replace the retiring Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-LA). Harris led the Blue Lives Matter movement in...
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's public high school graduation rate has dropped, only a year after state leaders celebrated the state reaching a milestone. The Advocate reports the senior class of 2019 had a graduation rate of 80.1%, down from 81.4% a year earlier, according to the state Department of Education. But in a...
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is boosting food stamp assistance for some households for a sixth month because of the coronavirus pandemic. The state Department of Children and Family Services said people receiving food aid through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program who don't receive the maximum amount for their household size will be moved...
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Department of Health is accusing some rural parish officials of misusing lists of patients who tested positive for the coronavirus, violating privacy laws and misinterpreting the data to claim the virus outbreak is less severe than it is. To combat what it considers improper handling of sensitive data,...
    (CNN)University of Louisiana at Lafayette assistant football coach D.J. Looney has died at the age of 31, according to a statement from the school's Department of Athletics. Looney, who was entering his third season on staff with the Ragin' Cajuns as an assistant offensive line coach, passed away Saturday morning after suffering a heart attack...
    NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 24: A Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns helmet (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) Tragic news has struck the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns football program Louisiana offensive line coach DJ Looney has died of a heart attack, per the school’s official Twitter account. He was just 31. “The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Department of Athletics...
    Drew Brees met with the media for the first time in training camp on Saturday, and before anyone could ask him about his 20th NFL season, he reinforced that he supports the fight for social justice that has enveloped the nation this summer. The veteran New Orleans Saints quarterback drew a backlash in early June...
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Shreveport abortion clinic and two doctors that perform abortions have dropped their lawsuit challenging Louisiana's clinic-licensing regulations, after a federal appeals court questioned the legal approach. The dismissal paperwork was filed in Baton Rouge federal court on Wednesday with little attention, until abortion opponents hailed the ending of the...
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Mississippi River in Louisiana is getting deeper. The state and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday agreed to start deepening the shipping channel from the Gulf of Mexico to Baton Rouge from a depth of 45 feet (13.7 meters) to 50 feet (15.2 meters). The move will also...
    Lucy Hale: Inside a Day in My Life New head-turner for mortgage rates: 15-year loans at under 2% University of Louisiana assistant coach D.J. Looney suffers fatal heart attack at practice Tragedy strikes college football Saturday as 31-year-old offensive line coach D.J. Looney suffered a fatal heart attack during Louisiana football practice. © Provided...
    By MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two Louisiana federal judges have refused to immediately stop enforcement of Gov. John Bel Edwards' coronavirus order prohibiting bars from letting customers drink onsite. In Lafayette, U.S. District Judge Robert Summerhays on Friday denied the temporary restraining order requested by 11 Acadiana area bar owners...
    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A man who admitted that he and a juvenile shot and killed two whooping cranes in 2016 must pay $85,000 and cannot hunt until he completes 360 hours of public service. The sentence given Thursday to Kaenon Constantin of Rayne is the toughest ever in Louisiana for a crime involving...
    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A man who admitted that he and a juvenile shot and killed two whooping cranes in 2016 must pay $85,000 and cannot hunt until he completes 360 hours of public service. The sentence given Thursday to Kaenon Constantin of Rayne is the toughest ever in Louisiana for a crime involving one...