Louisiana News

Stories and interviews from across the state.

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Orthopedic specialists in the Bayou State are using a new post-surgical procedure to control pain and decrease the need for oral painkillers. Dr. Judson Penton says they are using a specially designed disposable pump to deliver medication that blocks pain only in the area of the surgery.


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Today, Gov. John Bell Edwards is pleased to help announce the creation of a statewide scholarship agreement between the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) and the Louisiana Future Farmers of America Student Association (FFA). The agreement calls for a $500 one-time scholarship for every Louisiana FFA member who graduates from a Louisiana high school and a $1,000 one-time scholarship for each state champion to any LCTCS college, beginning with the high school graduating class of 2017-2018. 

Audit: Nursing Home Payments Up, But Not Patient Numbers

Nov 20, 2017
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A new audit says Louisiana's payments to private nursing homes for taking care of Medicaid patients have risen substantially over the last decade. But while the facilities are pocketing ever-higher dollars from the state, their occupancy rates stayed largely flat.

Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office said Louisiana uses payment structures that are out of step with other states, driving up costs on the nursing homes and long-term rehabilitation facilities. 

3 Dead After Medical Helicopter Crash In Eastern Arkansas

Nov 20, 2017
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Officials say a medical helicopter has crashed in rural Arkansas, killing all three people on board.

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management confirms the helicopter went down Sunday night near the Arkansas County town of DeWitt, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) southeast of Little Rock.

 Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says the aircraft was flying from Pine Bluff to DeWitt at the time of the wreck. Lunsford says no patients were on board.

Man Freed From Death Row Blames Conviction On Racial Bias

Nov 20, 2017
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A man freed from Louisiana's death row says his case was corrupted by a biased autopsy and a prosecutor's racism and religious fervor.

Rodricus Crawford sued the Caddo Parish coroner and district attorney's offices last Thursday, one year after the Louisiana Supreme Court overturned his first-degree murder conviction in the death of his 1-year-old son.

Crawford's federal lawsuit says authorities recklessly disregarded medical evidence that his son had pneumonia and died of natural causes. Investigators accused Crawford of smothering the child.

The Latest: Cantrell Wins Race For Mayor In New Orleans

Nov 20, 2017
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It's a historic election night in New Orleans, where voters have elected the first woman mayor and the first member of the Vietnamese community to serve on the City Council.

Complete returns show LaToya Cantrell, a City Council member, defeated former municipal Judge Desiree Charbonnet (DEZ'-uh-ray SHAR'-boh-nay) in the race to succeed term-limited Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

In a City Council race, Cyndi Nguyen (Winn), defeated an incumbent to become the first Vietnamese council member.

Man Faces Life For Killing Ex-Girlfriend's Brother

Nov 20, 2017
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A Louisiana man faces life in prison for killing his former girlfriend's teenage brother and shooting the woman and her mother at their home on Bayou Blue.

Seventeen-year-old David Trahan Jr. died almost instantly on Oct. 25, 2016. The Courier reports that both women survived, and testified against Rhubin Scott Jr.

Jurors also heard voicemail messages that Scott left, yelling and cursing at his ex-girlfriend and threatening to hurt or even kill her.

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 Louisiana officials say DNA links an Avoyelles Parish inmate to a rape 20 years ago.

Forty-one-year-old Lorenoza Danela Carlos is serving 20 years for a holdup committed in 2004. KPLC-TV reports that he was arrested Nov. 15 on a charge of aggravated rape. That attack was in Lake Charles in 1997. Deputy Chief Mark Kraus says Lake Charles police began re-investigating the case in May.

Louisiana Chef Accused Of Stalking, Threatening Woman

Nov 20, 2017
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A chef who was named the 2016 Louisiana Seafood King is accused of stalking a woman.

News outlets report an arrest affidavit filed Saturday says 35-year-old William Blake Phillips texted and called the woman a total of 54 times, showed up at her home several times after being told not to come and threatened to hurt and kill her.

The affidavit says Phillips told Ouachita Parish sheriff's deputies he contacted to woman, but did not travel to her home.

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One person was killed and three others were injured in a boat's collision with a parked barge in Louisiana.

The U.S. Coast Guard said in a news release that a 22-foot recreational boat with four passengers struck a barge around 4:15 a.m. Sunday and ran aground, ejecting one passenger near Bayou Segnette.

The barge launched a small boat to assist, recovering the ejected person.

One woman died and two women and one man were reported to be in serious and critical conditions.

The names of the victims haven't been released.