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Louisiana House Leaders Plan Closed-Door Financial Retreat

Oct 11, 2017
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Louisiana House lawmakers are planning a closed-door retreat to hash out ideas for closing a looming $1 billion-plus state budget gap.

 The meeting will be held Thursday at a Baton Rouge catering hall.

 Alexandria Rep. Lance Harris, head of the House GOP delegation, called the gathering an "educational, bipartisan retreat" aimed at getting the most up-to-date information about the state's finances and the options for filling the budget hole.

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Ten people will be arrested on hazing charges in the death of a Louisiana State University fraternity pledge after a night of drinking, LSU officials said Wednesday. 

 One of the 10 suspects - Matthew Alexander Naquin, 19, of Boerne, Texas - also faces a negligent homicide charge in the death last month of 18-year-old Maxwell Gruver, a freshman from Roswell, Georgia, LSU said in a statement. 

Robbery Suspect Shot, Arrested After He Goes To Hospital

Oct 9, 2017
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 Police in Louisiana say an armed-robbery suspect was shot in the arm by one of his victims.

 A suspect was arrested Saturday. The alleged robbery attempt was last Thursday afternoon in Baton Rouge. The Advocate reports that police say the suspect approached two people in a parking lot and threatened them with a gun. They handed him their cell phones. But, according to the police report, one of the victims pulled out his own gun and fired.

 Police said the suspect ran away. Police later found a long trail of blood and a cell phone of one of the victims. 

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 A Louisiana man accused of stealing a car last month has been arrested after leading police on a chase. 

 The Advocate reports that Baton Rouge police responded to reports of a disturbance and spotted a pickup truck speeding away Saturday. Authorities say the vehicle failed to stop and the driver, later identified as 23-year-old Chancellar Williams, fled on foot.

 An arrest report says the truck was reported stolen, and that authorities later found several items, including a marijuana cigar, while searching the vehicle. 

Gov. Edwards Congratulates LIGO Physicists

Oct 4, 2017

Gov. John Bel Edwards congratulated physicists from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) in Livingston Parish for being awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics. LSU researchers at LIGO recorded, for the first time ever, the sound of two black holes colliding a billion light years away – demonstrating Einstein’s theory of relativity and proving black holes exist.

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The death of a Louisiana State University student who was reported missing and later found dead has been ruled a suicide.  

     East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner William "Beau" Clark said Monday that 21-year-old Michael Nickelotte Jr. died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Officials say the investigation into his death will remain closed unless further details emerge.

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued the following statement in response to last night’s violence in Louisiana and Las Vegas, Nev.:

“My heart is heavy this morning as we all woke up to terrible news both here in Louisiana and in Las Vegas, Nevada. Last night, a Lafayette police officer was fatally shot while on duty. Words are never enough to show gratitude to those who pay the ultimate price while carrying out their oath to protect and serve. We are forever grateful for this officer’s service to our community.

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Mississippi woman has been arrested following a fatal hit-and-run in Louisiana. 

 Senior Trooper Dustin Dwight with the Louisiana State Police says 59-year-old Albert Watson was driving on Interstate 12 early Sunday morning when his car was hit from behind and thrown off the road by a car driven by 52-year-old Deana Collier of Sandersville, Mississippi. Dwight says Watson was not wearing a seat belt, and died at a hospital. 

BATON ROUGE — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced $10 million in funds dedicated for a project to alleviate severe erosion along the canals that run through Southern University Baton Rouge campus to the Mississippi River. The erosion, exacerbated by failed drainage structures, is impacting critical infrastructure and utilities on campus resulting in safety concerns and challenges to the day to day operation of the university. In June, the governor toured damages on campus caused by the erosion including a temporary bridge and a partially collapsed road.

Baton Rouge Slayings

Sep 20, 2017

An aunt of the 23-year-old white man accused of killing two black men in Baton Rouge says his arrest has left her shocked and baffled.

Kerrie Highley, a maternal aunt of 23-year-old Kenneth James Gleason, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that her nephew was an Eagle Scout from a church-going family. She said she never heard him express any racist views.