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A protester wears tape over her mouth during a silent demonstration against what they say is police brutality after the Ferguson shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by a white police officer, in St. Louis

Alton Sterling’s Killing Was Caught On Camera, But Justice Is Still A Long Shot

Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD officer who killed Eric Garner with a chokehold in 2014, was acquitted by a jury. Garner was unarmed, and Pantaleo had faced two civil suits previous to the incident related to abuses of power.

July 6, 2016

Louisiana Protesters Demand Justice For Black Man Shot By Police

Posts on Twitter showed the demonstrators gathered outside the Triple S Food Mart convenience store in Baton Rouge, where, police said in a statement, the man, Alton Sterling, 37, was shot by officers soon after midnight.

July 6, 2016
An alligator crosses Sawmill Road near Brazos Bend State Park in flood waters in Fort Bend County after heavy rainfall caused the Brazos River to surge to its highest level causing flooding outside Houston, Texas, in this picture taken June 1, 2016, courtesy of the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office. Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office/Handout via REUTERS

Louisiana, Mississippi Areas Under Flood Watch As Texas Floods Spread

Torrential rains in Texas which caused flooding that killed 16 people this week have spread to southern Louisiana, leaving parts of that state and Mississippi under a flash flood watch through Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

June 5, 2016
A member of the Black Lives Matter protesters argues with a police officer as they shut down the main road to the Minneapolis St. Paul Airport following a protest at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota December 23, 2015. REUTERS/Craig Lassig

‘Blue Lives Matter’ Movement Wins Big In Louisiana

The state of Louisiana has just expanded its hate crime law to include protections for law enforcement and first responders: Anyone found to have targeted a police officer, firefighter, or first responder because of their profession will face an increased penalty of five years in prison, and a fine of up to $5,000.

May 27, 2016
An activist holds a rosary while ralling against abortion outside City Hall in Los Angeles, California September 29, 2015. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Louisiana Legislature Passes 72-Hour Waiting Period For Abortions

The bill requires a woman to wait at least 72 hours after a state-mandated ultrasound for the procedure. The current waiting time is 24 hours, the same as in most states with waiting periods. Only five other states require 72-hour waiting periods: Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Utah.

May 11, 2016

Donald Trump: America’s Sore Loser

Donald just wants you to know that it’s not his fault.

April 14, 2016
People stand outside the Supreme Court building at Capitol Hill in Washington D C

Supreme Court Blocks Louisiana Law That Would Restrict Abortion Providers

The court’s order is a good sign for abortion-rights groups in Louisiana and nationwide.

March 4, 2016

Endorse This: Louisiana Says ‘Adieu’ To Bobby Jindal

Democratic governor-elect: “The last thing that I want to do is compound the problems that Gov. Jindal has created.”

November 23, 2015

Democrat Wins Louisiana Governor Election In Upset For Republicans

Democratic candidate John Bel Edwards won election a rare victory for his party in the conservative South, over scandal-plagued GOP Sen. David Vitter.

November 22, 2015

Late Night Roundup: ‘Swamp Sling’ In Louisiana

Trevor Noah: “That comeback was like a brothel — Vitter walked right into it!”

November 20, 2015

Endorse This: David Vitter Is Really Going There?

Senator implicated in prostitution says gay marriage is being “shoved down the throats of folks who have sincerely held religious views.”

November 13, 2015

Louisiana Debate Erupts Against Vitter: ‘You Are A Liar, And You Are A Cheater’

Democratic opponent tells David Vitter: “If it’s a low blow, it’s only because that’s where you live, Senator.”

November 11, 2015

Louisiana Democrat’s TV Ad: David Vitter ‘Chose Prostitutes Over Patriots’

David Vitter might actually be losing a contest of personal morality — against an opponent named John Edwards.

November 6, 2015
Planned Parenthood wall

Texas Defunds Planned Parenthood; Court Orders Louisiana To Keep Funding In Place

Those videos by the Center for Medical Progress continue to ripple throughout conservative states.

October 19, 2015

Ten Years Later, Resilient New Orleans Reflects On Katrina

From the Lower Ninth Ward to the Super Dome, New Orleans launched a day of events on Saturday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, paying tribute to its victims and homage to the city’s resilience in the face of disaster.

August 29, 2015

Ten Years After Katrina, Resilient New Orleans Honors Its Victims

New Orleans launched a day of events on Saturday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, paying homage to the city’s resilience.

August 29, 2015

Katrina Landfall Began The End Of Bush’s Presidency: Gone With Wind And Water

Frankly, my dear, Bush was gone with the wind and water in 2005. Any faith left in the Iraq War he started in 2003 collapsed. It’s a usually long way from New Orleans to Baghdad, but not on that late summer day.

August 28, 2015
checkbook pen writing money

‘Checkbook’ Websites Shine Light On State Spending

Every state now runs some kind of public accountability — or “checkbook” — site. The goal is to increase transparency and accountability.

August 18, 2015
Guns, Second Amendment Rights, Laws, Shootings, Online Shopping, Weapons Ban

How Many Must Die In Mass Shootings For Lawmakers To Act?

Why was someone who had been “involuntarily committed” and reportedly had a history of domestic violence able to get a handgun?

July 24, 2015

Gunman Kills 2, Wounds 7 In Louisiana Theater Before Killing Himself: Police

The Louisiana shootings took place almost three years to the day after 12 people were killed at a cinema in Aurora, Colorado.

July 24, 2015

As Rain Stops In Oklahoma And Texas, Downriver States Brace For Flooding

The waters are inundating rivers across four states, bringing new flood worries for weeks ahead as the torrents barrel toward the Gulf of Mexico.

June 3, 2015

Today, Gulf Looks Fine, But Wait Until The Next One Hits

Because the whole world got to watch the Deepwater Horizon disaster live politicians who favored more offshore exploration retreated — temporarily.

May 5, 2015
Private prisons, deportations

Constitutional Or Not? Court Weighs Obama’s Deportation Deferrals

A panel of three federal appeals court judges grilled government lawyers here Friday as they considered whether to lift a temporary stay on President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, which seeks to shield up to 5 million people from deportation.

April 17, 2015
Sprots, Indiana, Louisiana, Discrimination, Race, Gay Rights, Final Four, Basketball, University of Kentucky

59 Years Ago, Discrimination Law And Sports Intersected

Recent controversy over sports and discriminatory laws in Indiana, find a parallel in Louisiana circa 1956.

April 7, 2015

This Week In Crazy: Obama’s Reefer Madness

Another edition of “This Week In Crazy,” our weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing.

March 27, 2015