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Archdiocese says school's hair extension policy rescinded

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Catholic school official said Monday that a suburban New Orleans school has rescinded its policy forbidding hair extensions. But it remains unclear whether a sixth-grader who left school in tears last week after running afoul...

 

AP Interview: FBI eyes plethora of river-related threats

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Giant cranes loading and unloading gargantuan barges. Oil tankers, supply vessels and pipelines serving a vital energy industry. Flood control structures. Chemical plants. Cruise ships. Drinking water sources. All...

 

Indictment alleges 5 people caged and abused autistic woman

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Five Louisiana residents now face federal charges for allegedly imprisoning and abusing an autistic woman, two years after they were arrested on state charges in the case. Prosecutors allege a litany of horrors against the...

 
 By Kevin McGill    Regional    July 20, 2018

Soaring temperatures, humidity bring dangerous heat in South

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Scorching heat was spreading Friday across much of the South, where temperatures are expected to soar over 100 degrees (37.8 Celsius) and persist into next week. The National Weather Service posted heat advisories and warnings...

 
 By Kevin McGill    Regional    July 12, 2018

Appeals court hears challenge to Texas campus carry law

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Attorneys for three University of Texas professors asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to revive their challenge of a law allowing people with concealed-handgun licenses to carry weapons on public university campuses. Two of...

 

Court: Louisiana oil pipeline construction can continue

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court's ruling allows construction to continue on a crude oil pipeline through an environmentally fragile Louisiana swamp. A divided panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday vacated a lower...

 

At another small paper, community ties are personal

HOUMA, La. (AP) — The news of the bloody attack came from a newspaper more than 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) away, but not unlike their own, with deep ties to their town stretching back more than a century. At The Courier in Houma, amid the...

 

Unapologetic Trump digs in on immigration despite outrage

WASHINGTON (AP) — An unapologetic President Donald Trump defended his administration's border-protection policies Monday in the face of rising national outrage over the forced separation of migrant children from their parents. Calling for tough...

 

Forgotten no more: Shell Oil preserves slave cemeteries

CONVENT, La. (AP) — A major oil company is taking steps to honor once-forgotten slaves buried on its land west of New Orleans in an area where sugar plantations once abounded, an effort that some hope will grow into a larger movement to recognize...

 

Man gets 30 years for road rage killing of ex-NFL player

GRETNA, La. (AP) — The man convicted of manslaughter in the 2016 road rage shooting death of former NFL running back Joe McKnight was sentenced to 30 years in prison Thursday. Ronald Gasser, 56, had faced up to 40 years in prison. Defense lawyers...

 

Louisiana teacher speaks out after arrest at board meeting

ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana teacher who was ejected from a school board meeting and handcuffed after speaking out about salaries — a video-recorded arrest that sparked outrage — said Wednesday her treatment was appalling and encouraged...

 

Death threats cause lockdown after teacher handcuffed

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana school board's office went on temporary lockdown after getting death threats from around the world in response to widely viewed video of a teacher screaming while being handcuffed at a school board meeting. The threat...

 

Lawsuit: Louisiana school district promotes religion

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Promotion of religion is "engrained" in a Louisiana school district, a parent said in a federal lawsuit, and her family has been shunned and criticized for objecting to religious activities. Christy Cole's lawsuit seeks a court...

 

Nate aims at New Orleans: Will pumps to drain the city work?

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When Tropical Storm Nate formed and forecasts put New Orleans in its projected path for this weekend, one big question loomed for residents and business owners: Will the pumps work? "That's now a thought in everybody who lives in...

 

Seeking Supreme Court review of suit against energy industry

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana flood protection board has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to revive its lawsuit seeking to make oil, gas and pipeline companies pay for decades of damage to coastal wetlands, hoping to reverse losses in the lower federa...

 

$4.2M penalty in deadly 2012 fire on oil platform in Gulf

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An energy company pleaded guilty Friday to safety and environmental charges, agreeing to a $4.2 million penalty and avoiding manslaughter charges in connection with a 2012 offshore oil platform fire that killed three workers....

 

No rehearing in suit alleging oil industry coastal damage

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court Wednesday dealt another defeat to a Louisiana flood board's effort to make oil and gas companies pay for damage to coastal wetlands that help protect New Orleans from hurricanes. The suit by the Southeast...

 

Mississippi, Kansas authorities sort out deadly crime spree

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mississippi investigators joined counterparts in Kansas on Thursday, hoping to secure evidence and interview the suspect in a three-state crime spree that included two Mississippi slayings, a New Mexico carjacking and the...

 

US, Louisiana schools reach pact in 1965 desegregation case

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Renewed efforts to desegregate three nearly all-black elementary schools and recruit a diverse faculty and staff are part of a new agreement between a south Louisiana school district and the Justice Department in a federal court...

 

North Louisiana parents angry about strip search of students

NEW ORLEANS (AP, Oct. 14, 2016) — The ACLU is looking into complaints from north Louisiana parents who say their teenage children were held after school and strip-searched when a student reported the loss of $42. Melinda Ponder says her...

 

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