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Police officer dead after suspect rams car into barricade outside U.S. Capitol

BY: - April 2, 2021

WASHINGTON—One U.S. Capitol Police officer was dead and another injured Friday after a driver slammed a car into a barricade outside the Capitol and struck the officers, according to law enforcement. The suspect in the vehicle was shot and killed, said Yogananda Pittman, the acting chief of the U.S. Capitol Police, during a press conference. […]

Voting rights advocates air worries about onslaught of new state election laws

BY: - April 2, 2021

WASHINGTON—A U.S. House elections panel on Thursday heard from witnesses about the need to craft a new formula that identifies which states or jurisdictions have problematic histories of racial discrimination when it comes to access to the ballot box.   The hearing in the House Administration Committee’s elections subcommittee also served as a way for voting […]

Acadiana’s hotel shelters wind down as COVID-19 and housing insecurity persist

BY: - April 2, 2021

This story was originally published by The Current, a nonprofit news organization serving Lafayette and southern Louisiana. Pillows are in short supply at the Lafayette warehouse operated by the Acadiana Regional Coalition on Homelessness and Housing. But not pillowcases. Workers with ARCH have gathered and stocked home necessities for dozens of families delivered into stable housing […]

Louisiana House votes to ban ‘vaccine passports’ that don’t exist yet

State AGs urge tech companies to stop vaccine card scams

BY: - April 2, 2021

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and 45 other state attorneys general are urging Twitter, eBay, and Shopify to stop scammers from selling blank or fraudulently completed COVID-19 vaccine cards bearing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention logo on their platforms, according to a press release from Landry’s office. “The use of your platform to […]

George Floyd’s girlfriend takes the stand; Chauvin’s supervisor says restraint should have stopped sooner

BY: - April 2, 2021

The fourth day of testimony in Derek Chauvin’s trial revolved around George Floyd’s drug use and two paramedics’ conclusion that Floyd was dead by the time their ambulance arrived on the scene at Cup Foods. Takeaways from the trial Thursday: Floyd’s girlfriend acknowledges their opioid addiction George Floyd’s girlfriend, Courteney Ross, 45, gave jurors a […]

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A third of Louisianians have no intention of getting vaccine, survey finds

BY: - April 2, 2021

A third of Louisianians have no intention of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to them, while 17 percent have already received the COVID-19 vaccine and another 41 percent said they plan on getting it, according to the latest report of the Louisiana Survey. Michael Henderson, director of LSU’s Public Policy Research Center, […]

House passes qualified immunity bill

STD legislation that criminalizes exposure runs afoul of latest research, critics say

BY: - April 1, 2021

A state legislator has introduced a bill that would make it a crime for someone to intentionally expose another with a sexually transmitted disease (STD). But some in the health care industry and LGBTQ community fear the bill will do the opposite of what is intended. House Bill 238, sponsored by Rep. Patricia Moore, D-Monroe, […]

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LSU holds mass vaccination event at Tiger Stadium

BY: - April 1, 2021

It’s been a boring first year of college for Gerica Buchanan at LSU, she said Thursday. Buchanan expected to connect with new people from around the world, make connections with her professors and go to LSU football games, but “I didn’t really get to do any of that since we’re not on campus,” she said. […]

Cup Foods clerk regrets 911 call on George Floyd; Chauvin body cam footage played in third day of trial

BY: - April 1, 2021

During the third day of testimony in Derek Chauvin’s trial for murder and manslaughter, the jury saw more videos from virtually every angle of the day George Floyd died in south Minneapolis. They heard from the 19-year-old clerk who sold Floyd cigarettes, and an elderly Black man who pleaded with Floyd while he was pinned […]

‘A once in a generation investment’: Biden unveils $2T infrastructure package; creating millions of jobs

BY: and - March 31, 2021

Unveiling what he called the boldest domestic spending package since the construction of America’s interstate highway system and the dawning of the space race, President Joe Biden released broad details of a $2 trillion infrastructure package that would rebuild highways and bridges, along with providing funding programs for housing, broadband and schools and increasing U.S. […]

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Gov. Edwards adds Laurie Lipsey Aronson to LSU board, bringing the number of women to 3

BY: - March 31, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards appointed Laurie Lipsey Aronson to the LSU Board of Supervisors Wednesday, bringing the total of women on the 16-member board up to three.   Earlier this month, a reporter asked Edwards if an investigative report detailing LSU’s systemic indifference to violence and sexual violence against women made him regret not having appointed […]

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Louisiana prison system may seek federal COVID-19 funding for air conditioning

BY: - March 31, 2021

The officials who run Louisiana’s Department of Corrections are looking at whether any federal funding included in a recent COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress could be used to install air conditioning in state prisons.  Concerns over inmates’ well-being doesn’t seem to be what’s driving the conversation over air conditioning. Department of Corrections Secretary Jimmy […]