Louisiana News

Stories and interviews from across the state.

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BATON ROUGE  The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is proposing that recreational anglers be allowed to harvest additional red snapper in state waters beginning Friday, Oct 6. The proposal would be for weekends – Friday, Saturday and Sundays – only.

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ALEXANDRIA, La.  Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that Monterey man pleaded guilty Monday to possessing a revolver after having been convicted of a felony.


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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A small jet with six people aboard went off the end of a runway at New Orleans' main airport. 

     No injuries have been reported and commercial flights were not interrupted.  

     A news release from Louis Armstrong International Airport says a Learjet 35 ran off the end of a runway and came to a stop a little before 8 a.m. Tuesday. 

     The jet had four crew members and two passengers on board.  

     Airport spokeswoman Michelle Wilcut said the runway was closed but the airport remained open. 

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U.S. Army officials say a soldier from Texas serving with the 10th Mountain Division's Louisiana-based brigade combat team has been killed by an improvised explosive device in Iraq. 

     Officials at Fort Drum in northern New York say 20-year-old Spc. Alexander Missildine, of Tyler, Texas, was killed Sunday when an IED detonated near his convoy. 

     Missildine served with the division's 710th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team based at Fort Polk, Louisiana. The division's other two brigade combat teams are based at Fort Drum. 

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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.  

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A driver was shot and killed Monday by a Ouachita Parish Sheriff's deputy.  The deputy stopped the driver of a vehicle at a traffic stop. The incident happened on Guyton road just south of West Monroe. 

The area around the scene was closed for many hours. Louisiana State Police is investigating the incident. The identity of both the driver and the officer have not been released.

More information will be released as soon as it is available. 

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This weekend’s Flambeau Music Festival takes place in Ascension Parish and authorities are assuring ticket-holders that safety will be of the utmost importance after Sunday night’s attack at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas. Sheriff Jeff Wiley says preparation is the best plan for a safe and enjoyable concert.

Wiley says it is their responsibility to move forward and reassure that the concert at Lamar Dixon Center in Gonzales will be a safe place. He hopes no one decides not to attend given what happened in Las Vegas.


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.

Man Who Killed NFL Star's Son Taking Case To High Court

Oct 2, 2017
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The case of a man serving life in prison for killing the 2-year-old son of NFL running back Adrian Peterson in South Dakota is going before the state Supreme Court.

 Joseph Patterson was convicted in September 2015 of second-degree murder in the October 2013 death of Tyrese Ruffin, the son of Patterson's girlfriend and Peterson.