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Abortion Pills on Brink of Being Reclassified in Louisiana

State House and Senate have both passed bill

(Newser) - Louisiana is one signature away from being the first US state to reclassify two abortion-inducing drugs as dangerous controlled substances. The State Senate passed the bill 29-7 on Thursday, and GOP Gov. Jeff Landry is expected to sign it. The law would move the abortion pills mifepristone and misoprostol into...

Louisiana Looks to Criminalize Possession of Abortion Drugs

Bill would make mifepristone and misoprostol 'controlled dangerous substances'

(Newser) - Louisiana could become the first state to label abortion pills as controlled dangerous substances. Lawmakers have added a last-minute amendment to a bill, SB 276, that would criminalize an abortion involving a pregnant woman given abortion pills without her consent. The bill unanimously passed the Senate last month. The amendment...

Parishioners Confront Armed Teen at Service

16-year-old with rifle tried to enter Louisiana church full of children

(Newser) - Parishioners at a Catholic church in Louisiana confronted an armed teenager who tried to enter a service where around 60 children were gathered for their First Communion. Police said the 16-year-old tried to enter St. Mary Magdalen Church in Abbeville, around 20 miles south of Lafayette, through a back door...

Louisiana, You're No. 1 (But You May Not Like Why)

State earns the dubious honor of having the most aggressive drivers, per ConsumerAffairs

(Newser) - "What the heck is making Montana drivers so unnecessarily angry?" That's the question posed by Jalopnik after viewing ConsumerAffairs' latest ranking of states where drivers are, shall we say, a little hot behind the wheel. Montana comes in third on that list, which ConsumerAffairs culled by looking at...

These Are the Best US States
These Are the
Best US States

These Are the Best US States

And, by extension, the bottom-feeders

(Newser) - Because there's nothing quite like saying na-na-na-na-boo-boo at your neighbor, US News & World Report is out with its annual rankings of the best states in the union. The survey took a look at 71 metrics in eight categories that included health care, education, natural environment, opportunity, economy, crime...

NOAA Says Young Dolphin Was Shot Multiple Times

Agency is offering $20K reward in Louisiana case

(Newser) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is trying to track down a person who shot a young bottlenose dolphin multiple times last month. The agency is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to a conviction or civil penalty in the Louisiana case, CNN reports. In a news release...

This Snack at NOLA Venue May Make You Squeamish

New Orleans' Audubon Insectarium is serving up cicadas at its 'Bug Appetit' cafe

(Newser) - As the nation prepares for trillions of red-eyed bugs known as periodical cicadas to emerge, it's worth noting that they're not just annoying, noisy pests—if prepared properly, they can also be tasty to eat. Blocks away from such French Quarter fine-dining stalwarts as Antoine's and Brennan'...

These States Have the Most Expensive Home Insurance

Florida comes in at No. 1 on Insurify's list, with an average annual cost of close to $11K

(Newser) - The average annual rate for home insurance comes in at just under $2,400, but in many parts of the country, what homeowners are paying exceeds that figure by far. Insurify lays out the damage, citing rates that rose an average of 20% over the past two years across America....

This Is the Most Stressed-Out State in America

Louisiana tops WalletHub's list, while Minnesotans emerge as the least stressed

(Newser) - If you've been living a relaxed, relatively stress-free life for the past few years, a) you're lying, and b) if you're not lying, can you tell us your secret? The folks in Louisiana certainly would like to know, as the Pelican State ranks as the most-stressed state...

Supreme Court Seems to Back Government Lobbying on Posts

Louisiana, Missouri call administration's efforts a First Amendment issue

(Newser) - While looking for when the lobbying would become coercion, the Supreme Court sounded unreceptive to arguments Monday that the government should not be able to try to persuade news or social media companies to not publish certain information. The case began with the Biden administration's efforts last year to...

Driver Praised After School Bus Blast: 'Courage on Wheels'

Quick-thinking Kia Rousseve, 28, got kids off her bus moments before it exploded in New Orleans

(Newser) - A young bus driver in Louisiana is being credited with saving the children in her charge after she got them all off the bus just moments before the vehicle exploded. Kia Rousseve, 28, tells NOLA.com that she was driving her regular route on Wednesday morning through the Central City...

New Orleans Police Chief: 'Rats Are Eating Our Marijuana'

Department to relocate from rodent-infested building lacking air conditioning, elevators

(Newser) - New Orleans' police chief pleaded for a new building to serve as police headquarters on Monday, summing up her case in just two sentences. "The rats are eating our marijuana. They're all high," Anne Kirkpatrick testified during a meeting of the city's criminal justice committee, eliciting...

New Louisiana Law Allows 2 More Execution Methods
Louisiana Nixes
Most Future

Louisiana Nixes Most Future Parole

New law applies to anyone convicted after Aug. 1; another bill allows for 2 more execution methods

(Newser) - As Louisiana's attorney general last year, Jeff Landry pushed back hard against efforts to commute the sentences of the state's death row inmates. As governor, the Republican signed a bill this week to allow two more execution methods in the state, NOLA.com reports. "This is what...

Disaster Declared for Crawfish Industry

Shortage is affecting 'our way of life,' Louisiana governor says

(Newser) - Amid a crawfish shortage in Louisiana, the nation's top producer of the crustaceans that are a staple in Gulf Coast seafood boils, Gov. Jeff Landry issued a disaster declaration for the impacted industry Wednesday. Last year's drought, extreme heat, saltwater intrusion on the Mississippi River, and a hard...

Cops: Sex Offender Was Killed With His Own Weapon

Nicholas Tranchant tried to rape woman in Louisiana laundromat, sheriff's office says

(Newser) - A convicted sex offender who was released from jail in December was killed with his own weapon after he tried to rape a woman in southeast Louisiana on Sunday, police say. The woman was attacked in a laundromat in the small town of Lacombe around 3:30pm, USA Today reports....

Baby Pig Tossed Around at Mardi Gras Has a New Home

Louisiana Rep. Lauren Ventrella was 'moved' by story of Earl 'Piglet' Long after incident at parade

(Newser) - A baby pig has found his forever home after being saved by a Good Samaritan who saw it being tossed around at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. WBRZ reports that Earl "Piglet" Long is now set to "live his best porking life" with Louisiana state Rep....

Murder Suspect Pepper-Sprays Louisiana Deputy, Escapes
Inmate Who Pepper-Sprayed
Deputy Recaptured

Inmate Who Pepper-Sprayed Deputy Recaptured

Sheriff says Leon Ruffin was found at hotel in New Orleans East

(Newser) - Escaped Louisiana murder suspect Leon Ruffin has been recaptured and will face additional charges including assaulting a police officer, authorities say. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto said Tuesday that the 51-year-old inmate was arrested at a hotel in New Orleans East, two days after he pepper-sprayed a deputy and stole...

Man on Confiscated Possum: 'Feels Like They Kidnapped My Kid'

William Voiles of New Orleans says his pet marsupial was taken by officials during Mardi Gras

(Newser) - William Voiles isn't feeling very celebratory this Mardi Gras season, even though he lives in the epicenter of the festivities: the Big Easy. That's because the artist's pet possum, Saffron, was confiscated from him in the French Quarter by Louisiana wildlife officials, and now he's vying...

Piglet Thrown Around 'Like a Nerf Football' Saved at Parade

Piglet rescued by Good Samaritan who saw him tossed back and forth at NOLA Mardi Gras event

(Newser) - A baby pig is now in need of its forever home, after a Good Samaritan rescued him from a cruel game of sorts at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. AL.com reports that a bystander was recently attending the Lenten celebration in the Big Easy when they spotted...

Landlord's Holiday Gift Has Tenants Calling Her an 'Angel'

Britni Ricard gives renters in her New Orleans apartment building a month's free rent

(Newser) - Britni Ricard certainly has her hands full as the CEO of a cosmetics company, but last year, she decided to branch out and start investing in real estate. Now, some uplifting news from the entrepreneur's very first investment property, a 10-unit apartment building in New Orleans where renters, many...

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