Louisiana News

Stories and interviews from across the state.

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The University of Louisiana System has set a goal to graduate 150-thousands students by 2025. U-L System President Jim Henderson says if this can be accomplished by the nine universities in the system, these students will be the most educated generation in Louisiana history.

Henderson says in order to achieve this increase in graduates over the next eight years, partnerships with technical and community colleges are needed to provide ample classroom space for more students. He also adds using technology to our advantage.

A well-known member of the Boy Scouts was killed Monday in a drive-by shooting in Clinton. East Feliciana Parish Sheriff Jeffery Travis says the victim has been identified as 48-year-old Brad DeFrancheschi. He says three other middle aged white men have been killed since July in a similar manner and they are receiving assistance from the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office to solve these murders.

Trial Set To Start In 2014 Murder Case

Oct 9, 2017
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 Jury selection is set to begin for the trial of a man charged with capital murder in the 2014 death of a Mississippi woman.  

 Quinton Verdell Tellis was indicted in February 2016, more than a year after the death of Jessica Lane Chambers.

 Chambers was 19 years old when she died at a Memphis hospital. She had been found in Panola County, walking away from her burning vehicle with burns over 98 percent of her body. 

 The Clarion-Ledger reports that Tellis has pleaded not guilty. 

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 Baxter County officials will consider an ordinance to add a 10th paid holiday for their workers: Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

 County Clerk Canda Reese says the ordinance could be approved by December. The Baxter Bulletin reported that, if approved, it would cost the county about $14,500. Law officers working that day would receive holiday pay.

Low Interest In Saturday Election

Oct 9, 2017
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 Few Louisiana voters cast ballots early for the upcoming statewide election, and Louisiana's chief elections officer is predicting the low interest in early voting signals a likely dismal turnout on Election Day.

 Secretary of State Tom Schedler anticipates only about 15 percent of Louisiana's nearly 3 million voters will participate in the Saturday election. On the ballot are races for state treasurer, proposals to make three changes to the state constitution and competitions for municipal jobs.

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  A Mississippi man reported missing has been found dead inside his truck. 

 Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace told WAPT-TV that 71-year-old Eddie Brent went fishing on Saturday near the Steele Bayou Flood Control Structure and drove off the levee road. Brent was found Sunday afternoon in a Chevrolet pickup with a disabled license plate. 

 Pace said the cause of death was the wreck, but the state crime lab will conduct an autopsy. 

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 Authorities say a man has shot and killed himself at a hospital in northeast Mississippi.

 Tishomingo County coroner Mack Wilemon told news outlets that 64-year-old Gary Lomenick died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head Saturday around 2 p.m. Wilemon says Iuka police had responded to the situation in the emergency room at North Mississippi Medical Center.

 Wilemon says Lomenick had been talking to hospital staff and that a motive for the shooting was unclear.

 The incident remains under police investigation.  

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 State police are investigating and a sheriff's deputy is on paid leave after an Arkansas woman died while handcuffed following a disturbance.

 According to officers, deputies responding to a disturbance near Springfield early Sunday used a chemical agent and a stun gun on 36-year-old Regina Twist of Hot Springs. After she was handcuffed, she became unresponsive and died. Autopsy results are pending.

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 Arkansas' attorney general's office has rejected language proposed for a 2018 ballot issue, saying the attempt to legalize marijuana is too ambiguous to make sense.

 In a letter dated Friday but released Monday, the attorney general's office expressed concerns about a provision that allowed a grower to have 25 mature plants and 25 non-mature plants. If one of the 25 non-mature plants matures, giving a grower 26 mature plants, what should happen next?

Nate Marches Across US East Coast, Dumping Heavy Rains

Oct 9, 2017
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 Nate slogged its way across the U.S. East Coast on Monday, dumping heavy rains and bringing gusty winds to inland states as a tropical depression, a day after Hurricane Nate brought a burst of flooding and power outages to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

 Nate spared the region the kind of catastrophic damage left by a series of hurricanes that hit the southern U.S. and Caribbean in recent weeks.