Louisiana News

Stories and interviews from across the state.

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A Louisiana state senator wants a review of state government hiring practices and policies for handling sexual misconduct allegations after a top aide to Gov. John Bel Edwards resigned following harassment accusations. 

Republican Sen. Sharon Hewitt is asking the legislative auditor to compare Louisiana's policies for handling allegations to other states and recommend ways to strengthen procedures. She wants a tally of how much Louisiana agencies spent on sexual harassment settlements over five years. 

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Tax reform remains hanging in the balance as U.S. Senators are considering an overhaul that Republicans say will give an average family of four an additional 14-hundred dollars in annual income. The bill passed the Senate Budget Committee Tuesday 12-to-11 and heads to the Senate floor. Senator John Kennedy cites three benefits.

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Kyle Duncan, the Louisiana nominee for the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals seat will go before the Senate Judiciary committee today.  Attorney General Jeff Landry has been lobbying for Duncan, who was nominated by President Donald Trump. He says especially for conservatives, this is an easy selection.

Senator John Kennedy sits on the committee and has yet to make a decision on if Duncan should be judge. Landry says it’s a bit odd that Kennedy is taking so long to decide on an individual with Duncan’s record and skill set.

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Secretary of State Tom Schedler is today slated to once again testify before a US House committee that there is no need to worry that elections in Louisiana are being hacked by Russians. He says he plans to remind the panel that no state votes online.

Schedler says the main concern is over online voter registration lists, but Louisiana was not one of the states identified as a target of hackers during last year’s election. He says when someone registers to vote online, they are behind a firewall and all information is kept private.

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The Louisiana Association of Non Profit Organizations will hold 24 hour campaigns in Baton Rouge and Acadiana urging people to give to their favorite non-profit organization during Giving Tuesday.  LANO’s Director of Business Development Emilie McBride says their hope is that people open their hearts and donate.

 

State Police arrest a Slidell man after he allegedly hit a bicyclist, removed him from his windshield and left the scene.  Trooper Dustin Dwight says 48-year-old Larry Kellett struck 59-year-old Calvin Lefort Jr. of Slidell on US 190 Saturday night.

It was fairly easy to find out where Kellett went.  Dwight says all they had to do was follow a fluid trail.

After police found Kellett, Dwight says he offered a breath sample, which showed no alcohol in his system.  Dwight says they are still trying to find out why he left the scene, making more of a problem for himself.

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Baton Rouge Police charge a 38-year-old man with cruelty to a juvenile after allegedly beating his son with a belt for getting suspended. Sgt. Don Coppola says Edward Humphrey dropped the child off at his mother’s workplace, who called police about her 11-year-old son’s injuries.

 

Coppola says earlier this month, Humphrey was sent to pick up his son from school after being suspended. He says that’s when Humphrey allegedly took the 11-year-old to the teacher’s lounge and whipped him with a belt.

 

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State Police are looking for the driver of a pickup truck after a man riding in the bed of the truck, fell out and died in Winn Parish Sunday morning.   Master Trooper Scott Moreau says they believe they know the events leading up to the death of 21-year-old Hunter Thomisee of Montgomery.

Troopers are still trying to determine how Thomisee fell out and why he was in the bed of the pickup.  Moreau says while they continue the investigation, they need the public’s help to find the vehicle and it’s driver.

Murder Suspect Arrested in Alabama

Nov 27, 2017
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Authorities say a suspect linked to the fatal shootings of four people in Zachary and East Feliciana was arrested in Alabama. East Feliciana Sheriff Jeff Travis says they responded to a call Sunday around 5pm and located three people deceased inside a home. He says they established Ike Hamilton as the suspect.

 

Zachary Police Chief David McDavid says they were called to a grocery store Sunday afternoon in reference to a fatal shooting. He says they responded and located the fourth victim, Chris Price, dead.

 

Police: Man Whipped Son For Being Suspended From School

Nov 27, 2017
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Baton Rouge police say a 38-year-old man is accused of whipping his son with a belt in an elementary school teachers' lounge because the boy had been suspended.

The Advocate quotes a police report as saying Edward Humphrey was arrested Friday on a charge of cruelty to a juvenile.

Police say the incident allegedly happened Nov. 8 at Claiborne Elementary School, and an arrest warrant was issued Nov. 16.

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