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August 22, 2019 - 7:16 pm
A bagpiper played a somber “Amazing Grace” as Louisiana’s first and only female governor, Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, returned to the state Capitol for her last time Thursday, carried in her casket by an honor guard for public viewing. Her former staff lined the building steps, and hundreds of...
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Thomas Perumean
August 20, 2019 - 11:05 am
Louisiana's first female governor will lie in state at the Louisiana Capitol, Thursday. Thursday morning an interfaith service for Blanco will be held in Baton Rouge at St. Joseph's Cathedral. Thursday afternoon, Blanco will be placed in the Capitol rotunda with visitation open to the public from...
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Chris Miller
August 06, 2019 - 5:50 pm
A shooting reported at a Baton Rouge WalMart store earlier today did not happen, says the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office. A 911 caller shortly before noon reported “two black males in the Wal-Mart on Burbank shooting.” Sheriff Sid Gautreaux says deputies arrived to find a chaotic scene. “...
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Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
August 06, 2019 - 12:29 pm
UPDATE 5:50 p.m.: The sheriff's office now says it doesn't believe anyone was shot at the WalMart. Click here to read. There was gunfire around noon today at a Baton Rouge Walmart. Some media reported it was an “active shooter situation.” East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputies confirm shots...
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Newell Normand
August 02, 2019 - 5:18 pm
Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul apologized to the family of Alton Sterling for his killing at the hands of law enforcement in 2016. My question is... why? Let me preface all this by saying, I have immense respect for Chief Paul. We don’t always agree, but I know he’s a good man with good...
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July 21, 2019 - 11:45 am
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Baton Rouge resident faces a mandatory life sentence after being convicted of kidnapping, torturing and sexually abusing another man. The Advocate reports that jurors convicted 31-year-old Almoine Lemar Powell on Friday of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated second-degree...
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Thomas Perumean
July 15, 2019 - 5:19 am
Police in Louisiana say the founder of an African American history museum has been found dead in the trunk of a car. Baton Rouge police Sgt. L'Jean McKneely said her body was found Friday afternoon. The Advocate reports the coroner ruled her cause of death to be "traumatic asphyxia, including...
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Don Ames
June 22, 2019 - 11:41 am
A lawsuit filed in Baton Rouge says Louisiana imposes onerous and unconstitutional permit requirements on people who braid hair for a living. The suit was filed by three practitioners of natural hair braiding techniques practiced widely in African American communities. The suit says it's difficult...
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June 18, 2019 - 8:16 am
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ The leader of the Louisiana State Troopers Association is accused of shooting at his daughter's boyfriend on Father's Day. News outlets report 71-year-old Executive Director David Young was arrested Sunday and charged with offenses including with false imprisonment with a...
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June 05, 2019 - 9:56 pm
As the Louisiana legislature reaches the final hours of the session, disputes continue regarding sports betting and minor budget skirmishes needing a resolution, but with debates settled over new abortion restrictions and the bills passed to implement them. The 60-day session is over at 6 p.m...
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