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ACLU of Louisiana sues 2 police agencies over fatal shooting of LaPlace man

BY: - November 29, 2022

The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana is suing Louisiana State Police and East Jefferson Levee District Police Department for fatally shooting a man 24 times. Jabari Asante-Chioke, 52, of LaPlace was killed a year ago in Metairie. According to news reports, a passerby saw him in distress, walking along a highway, carrying what was […]

Governor: Some lawmakers focused on ‘non-issues’

Capitol Security Council interviews police chief finalists

BY: - November 17, 2022

State lawmakers who sit on the Capitol Security Council spent Thursday afternoon interviewing finalists for their first-ever police chief. It will be at least until early December before a candidate is chosen, and that pick will then be submitted to the full Louisiana Legislature for approval. Before the council went into executive session to conduct […]

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Report: Students at schools that close unlikely to continue education elsewhere

BY: - November 16, 2022

Less than half of students whose colleges closed between 2004 and 2020 went on to enroll at  another school, according to an analysis of school closures.  Between 2004 and 2020, approximately 12,000 campuses closed, impacting nearly 150,000 students. Of those schools, 78% were for-profit colleges.  Louisiana has not been immune to the wave of for-profit […]

Louisiana looks to cover tattoo removal for human trafficking survivors

BY: - November 15, 2022

Louisiana may soon cover the cost for people to remove tattoos forced upon them by sex traffickers. The Louisiana Crime Victims Reparations Board is considering a regulation that would make it easier to provide public money for human trafficking survivors. Bob Wertz, the board’s chief staff member, said the state can only award a victim […]

Governor: Some lawmakers focused on ‘non-issues’

4 finalists chosen for Capitol police chief position

BY: - November 14, 2022

A panel of Louisiana lawmakers met Monday and narrowed the list of applicants for the new Capitol police chief’s job to four finalists, paring down a list of 10 applicants. Those who made the cut include the nephew of a former legislative leader and a state trooper disciplined then cleared for unauthorized work travel. Members […]

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Kenner voters rerouted to new polling place after bomb threat

BY: - November 8, 2022

After bomb threat at a Jefferson Parish polling place Tuesday morning, voters are being rerouted to a new precinct, parish official say. According to the Kenner Police Department, Kenner Discovery School, one of the area’s polling locations, received a bomb threat Tuesday morning. No children were at the school due to Election Day. ‼️ Kenner […]

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Payroll issues persist at Office of Juvenile Justice, audit finds

BY: - October 26, 2022

The agency in charge of Louisiana’s juvenile detention centers continues to have issues with keeping accurate time and attendance records, according to a Legislative Auditor’s report issued Wednesday. In what was noted as the third consecutive review, the audit found the state Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ) “did not maintain adequate internal controls over time and […]

Louisiana sports betting revenue spikes in first full month of football

BY: - October 20, 2022

The first full month of college football saw a spike in sports wagering revenue for Louisiana, bringing in almost $4 million in fees for the state.  The accounting of September’s betting revenue came at Thursday’s meeting of the state Gaming Control Board, which regulates gambling in Louisiana.  “It’s very apparent that football season is here,” […]

Louisiana cans adviser critical of treasurer’s investment moves

BY: - October 20, 2022

The Louisiana Bond Commission has ended its 12-year relationship with a financial advisory group whose founder publicly aired his disagreement with the state treasurer’s investment moves. The decision was made Thursday to give the state’s municipal adviser contract to a competing firm. Lamont Financial Services, a New Jersey firm, was among the five companies seeking […]

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Bond Commission approves $45M to finance once-debated New Orleans project

BY: - October 20, 2022

With no discussion, the Louisiana Bond Commission gave final approval Thursday to $45 million in state financing for a critical infrastructure project in New Orleans. It’s the same deal that Attorney General Jeff Landry and other Republican officials on the commission stalled for two months after city leaders declared they wouldn’t prioritize enforcement of the […]

Louisiana says 8 incarcerated juveniles were moved to Angola, but not from Bridge City

BY: - October 19, 2022

The Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice clarified Wednesday that it moved eight incarcerated youth to a new facility on the grounds of  Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola this week, not 10 young people as originally reported. The eight young people sent to the Angola site also came from Swanson Center for Youth in Monroe and […]

Louisiana juvenile offenders have been moved to Angola site

BY: - October 18, 2022

The Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice has transferred incarcerated young people from the Bridge City for Youth to a new juvenile justice facility on the grounds of Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, one of the largest maximum security adult prisons in the country. Sen. Patrick Connick, R-Marrero, said about 10 young people where moved from […]