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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Breaking News

  • Passenger killed in Lafourche Parish crash

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — State police say a 29-year-old Kenner man died when the vehicle he was riding in traveled off the road and struck a tree in Lafourche Parish. Trooper Evan Harrell says Cesar Castillo-Ortiz was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lafourche Parish Coroner's Office.

  • Obama: US won't stop confronting Islamic State

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States stood firm Wednesday in its fight against Islamic State militants who beheaded a U.S. journalist in Iraq, pledging to continue attacking the group despite its threats to kill another American hostage. President Barack Obama denounced the group as a "cancer" threatening the entire region as the administration weighed sending even more American troops to Iraq.

  • US officials: Video shows American's beheading

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A grisly video released Tuesday shows Islamic State militants beheading American journalist James Foley, U.S. officials said, in what the extremists called retribution for recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.

  • Judge rules against Jindal in Common Core lawsuit

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal's effort to derail Louisiana's use of the Common Core education standards was halted Tuesday by a state judge who said the governor's actions were harmful to parents, teachers and students. Judge Todd Hernandez lifted Jindal's suspension of contracts the education department planned to use to buy testing material aligned with the multistate standards. 

  • Age limit on Louisiana officials on hold for now

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana court officials who face new age restrictions that could oust them from office will be allowed to sign up for re-election bids this week. A Baton Rouge judge issued a temporary restraining order Monday against enforcing a law that prohibits anyone 70 or older from running for justice of the peace or constable.

  • Attorney general sues State Farm over auto repairs

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Attorney General Buddy Caldwell filed a lawsuit Tuesday against State Farm, alleging Louisiana's largest auto insurer is illegally steering customers involved in car accidents to repair shops that use junkyard parts and choose cheap fixes over safety. The lawsuit, filed in state district court in Baton Rouge, accused the insurance company of violating Louisiana's unfair trade practices act with a systematic effort to lower its costs at the expense of its customers.

  • Accused killer’s trial postponed

    The trial for a man accused of the stabbing deaths of a Lockport woman and her two young daughters has been delayed until next year.David Brown, 36, of Houma and Texas, is charged with three counts of first-degree murder for allegedly stabbing Jacquelin Nieves, 29, and her daughters, 7-year-old Gabriela and 20-month-old Izabela, Nov. 4, 2012, in their Lockport apartment in 2012.

  • Jobless rate rises in La., but so do payrolls

    Louisiana's unemployment rate rose for the third straight month in July, but employer payrolls continued to grow strongly, telling two different stories about the state's labor market. The state's jobless rate rose to 5.4 percent in July from 5 percent in June. Louisiana's unemployment rate was 6.4 percent in July 2013. 

  • Next year's state budget shortfall pegged at $1.2B

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana state lawmakers got their first glimpse Thursday of next year's budget gap that they'll have to close, and it's another hefty shortfall: $1.2 billion. The grim news, delivered to the joint legislative budget committee, barely raised eyebrows at the committee hearing, after more than six years of such disappointing financial forecasts.

  • Report: Cost to raise today's child tops $245,000

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A child born in 2013 will cost a middle-income American family an average of $245,340 until he or she becomes an adult, with families living in the Northeast taking on a greater burden, according to a report out Monday. Those costs — food, housing, childcare and education — rose 1.8 percent over the previous year, the Agriculture Department's new "Expenditures on Children and Families" report said. As in the past, families in the urban Northeast will spend more than families in...

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