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State Has Kept Thousands in Prison Past Release Dates

Over four months, Louisiana released 4K late, Justice Department finds

(Newser) - A federal investigation has found that Louisiana often keeps inmates in prison after they're scheduled for release—sometimes for as long as three months. A report by the Justice Department, blaming "systemic violations," says from January to April 2022, almost 27% of inmates freed by the state'...

Police: LSU Student Was Raped Before She Was Hit by Car

3 men and a juvenile charged in Madison Brooks case

(Newser) - An intoxicated 19-year-old Louisiana State University student was raped in the back of a car before she was struck and killed by a vehicle in a Baton Rouge neighborhood in the early hours of Jan. 16, authorities say. Three adult males and a juvenile have been charged in connection with...

Porn Perusers in This State Now Have an Extra Step

New law in Louisiana mandates commercial porn sites in that state ask for ID showing age verification

(Newser) - A year ago, during an interview with radio host Howard Stern, singer Billie Eilish confessed to a pornography addiction that started at age 11, calling it a habit that "really destroyed my brain." Professional counselor and sex addiction therapist Laurie Schlegel, who also happens to be a Republican...

In Freezing Weather, Worker Throws Water on Homeless Woman

Baton Rouge worker was fired from store, faces criminal charge

(Newser) - A worker at a convenience store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was fired and charged with a misdemeanor after video emerged of her throwing a bucket of water on a homeless woman sitting outside the store on a freezing cold day. The video shows 33-year-old Kasey Weber shouting "move it"...

5 Louisiana Cops Charged in Black Motorist's Deadly Arrest

Ronald Greene was killed in 2019

(Newser) - Five Louisiana law enforcement officers were charged Thursday with state crimes ranging from negligent homicide to malfeasance in the deadly 2019 arrest of Ronald Greene , a death authorities initially blamed on a car crash before long suppressed body-camera video showed white officers beating, stunning and dragging the Black motorist as...

Boy, His Mom Killed by Tornadoes That Swept the South

Widespread destruction reported

(Newser) - The severe storm system currently lashing the US brought at least 21 tornadoes that ripped through Louisiana over a 24-hour period Tuesday into Wednesday. A total of 49 tornado reports came in across the South during that time period, including twisters in Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, and Florida, and CNN reports...

College Player's First Points 'Electrified' the Crowd

Watch Hansel Emmanuel, who has just one arm, make a crowd-pleasing dunk for NSU

(Newser) - Hansel Emmanuel scored his very first points as a college basketball player over the weekend, but that achievement for Louisiana's Northwestern State University is earning more headlines than your run-of-the-mill player's first baskets. That's because the 6-foot-6 teen has just one arm, though that hasn't stopped...

3 'Human Jukebox' Members Killed in Highway Crash

Southern University marching band members were hit by 18-wheeler

(Newser) - Southern University's famous marching band, known as the Human Jukebox, suffered a terrible loss Tuesday night when two tuba players and a percussionist were killed in a crash in northwest Louisiana. Police say Broderick Moore, 19; Tyran Williams, 19; and Dylan Young, 21, were killed when they were hit...

Teen Being Robbed Calls 911, Talks to Her Mom

Teri Clark, a New Orleans dispatcher, handles most harrowing call of her career

(Newser) - In the annals of memorable 911 calls, this one stands out. When 16-year-old Tenia Hill called police in New Orleans to report a robbery in progress, her own mother answered, reports WDSU . Tenia had been working her part-time job at a McDonald's when an armed robber forced her and...

Century-Old Wreck's Latest Woe: Thieves

4 pieces stolen from Brookhill Ferry in Baton Rouge, La., with 2 still missing

(Newser) - Four pieces of a century-old shipwreck visible for the first time in decades as a result of low water levels along the Mississippi River have been stolen. Louisiana state archaeologist Charles McGimsey says he caught one man carrying away a piece of the Brookhill Ferry, located near downtown Baton Rouge,...

3 Exonerated After 28 Years as Prosecutors Point to Killer Cop

Ex-cop Len Davis, now on death row, covered up crimes by his drug dealer associates

(Newser) - Three men imprisoned for 28 years were wrongfully convicted of murder in a 1994 drive-by shooting, now linked to two former police officers who happened to arrive on the scene before the lone eyewitness even finished calling 911, a New Orleans court heard Wednesday. Bernell Juluke, Kunta Gable, and Leroy...

5 Missing Texas Boys Found, in Another State

Mom, boyfriend arrested in Baton Rouge, La.

(Newser) - Five siblings who went missing from the Cypress, Texas, area early Tuesday have been found, albeit in another state. Harris County Constable Ted Heap says that the boys, ranging in age from 7 to 14, were located safe in Baton Rouge, La., and their mother and her boyfriend have been...

Stranded Boaters Fend Off Sharks During Rescue

Two rescued by Coast Guard had hand injuries from fighting off the sharks

(Newser) - Two people from a sunken fishing boat were fending off sharks in the Gulf of Mexico when a crew rescued them and one other person from waters off the Louisiana coastline, the Coast Guard said. The agency launched a search after a relative reported that the three men failed to...

She Traveled 1.4K Miles With an Unviable Fetus for an Abortion

Nancy Davis says Louisiana's strict abortion law needs to change

(Newser) - After learning in late July that her 10-week-old fetus was without the top of its skull and would die shortly after birth, Nancy Davis faced another difficulty. The 36-year-old Louisiana woman says Woman's Hospital in her home city of Baton Rouge refused to terminate the pregnancy for fear that...

Baggage Handler Killed in Freak Accident at NOLA Airport

Jermani Thompson was unloading baggage from a flight that had landed

(Newser) - A 26-year-old employee at the New Orleans airport was killed in a freak accident on Tuesday night. Jermani Thompson was working on the tarmac where planes are parked and was in the process of offloading luggage from a Frontier flight that had landed when her hair became caught in the...

Conspiracy Drama Complicates Decision on Voting Machines

Louisiana's equipment is outdated, but Trump supporters push for paper ballots

(Newser) - The need for Louisiana to replace its voting machines is not in dispute. They are badly outdated—deployed in 2006—and do not produce paper ballots critical to ensuring election results are accurate. What to do about them is another story, the AP reports. The drama includes allegations of bid-rigging,...

He May Have Served More Time in Solitary Than Anyone

Albert Woodfox, 75, released from prison in 2016, spent 43 years in solitary confinement

(Newser) - Albert Woodfox, a member of the "Angola Three" who was thought to have spent more time in solitary confinement than any other person in US history, has died at the age of 75, reports the Guardian . Woodfox's brother and legal team said he died of complications from COVID....

Supreme Court Heads Off Second Black District for State

Justices block lower court ruling over Voting Rights Act issues in Louisiana

(Newser) - The US Supreme Court on Tuesday put on hold a lower court ruling that Louisiana must draw new congressional districts before the 2022 elections to increase Black voting power. As a result, Louisiana's November congressional elections will be held using a Republican-drawn map with white majorities in five of...

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Courts Block Louisiana, Utah Trigger Laws

Louisiana's 3 abortion clinics plan to resume services

(Newser) - Update: A second so-called "trigger law" banning abortion was temporarily blocked by a judge Monday, this one in Utah. The 14-day ban will allow the court to hear challenges to the law, the AP reports. Meanwhile, a South Carolina "heartbeat" abortion law was allowed to go into effect....

Owner Held After Sending Elderly to Warehouse in Storm

More than 800 nursing home residents were found in squalor after hurricane struck

(Newser) - The owner of seven Louisiana nursing homes who sent more than 800 of his elderly residents to a crowded, ill-equipped warehouse to ride out Hurricane Ida last year was arrested Wednesday on fraud and cruelty charges arising from the squalid conditions. Bob Glynn Dean Jr., 68, was already facing state...

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