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Louisiana lawmakers advance bill that would make the Bible the state’s official book

Brushing aside concerns over potential lawsuits, a bill has been sent to the Louisiana state legislature that would make the Bible the official state book. On an 8-5 vote, the House municipal committee advanced the bill which now goes to the full House for debate, according to WWLTV. Rep. Thomas…

Louisiana senators vote to keep unconstitutional creationism law on the books

Lawmakers in Louisiana voted overwhelmingly Monday against repealing an unconstitutional creationism statute. State senators voted 34-5 without any debate against Senate Bill 70, which would have removed the Balanced Treatment for Creation-Science and Evolution-Science Act from state law, reported the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the…

Three years after leaving prison, ex-Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards will run for Congress

By Kathy Finn NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards, who had served an eight-year prison term on racketeering charges, said on Monday he will seek election to the U.S. Congress. The 86-year-old Democrat, who was released from prison about three years ago, will campaign for the seat…

Louisiana 8-year-old ‘intentionally’ shoots grandmother in back of head

Investigators in Louisiana suspect that an 8-year-old boy may have been inspired by the video game “Grand Theft Auto IV” to shoot his grandmother in the back of the head on Thursday, and he will not be charged with a crime. CNN on Sunday reported that 87-year-old Marie Smothers had…

Southern U.S. welcomes hairy ‘crazy ant’ invasion in Florida, Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana

Hairy crazy ants are on the move in Florida, Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana. The flea-sized critters are called crazy because each ant in the horde seems to scramble randomly, moving so fast that videos look as if they’re on fast-forward. (Joe MacGown/Mississippi State…  …

Alligator wanders up to Louisiana Motel 6 and bites guest

A Motel 6 in Port Allen, Louisiana had an unusual guest on Thursday, a 5-foot-plus alligator that wandered up to the building from a nearby canal. It was first spotted by a hotel employee, but it was a guest who attempted to subdue the animal before police and animal control…

House-cat surrogate mom gives birth to endangered kitten

At the Audubon Center for the Research of Endangered Species in Algiers, Louisiana, a rare African black-footed kitten named Crystal was born on February 6, 2012. She was born as part of a program in which regular domestic cats act as surrogate mothers to rare and endangered offspring. According to…

Louisiana family on the lam from monkey inspector

A Louisiana couple fled their home out of fear that their Capuchin moneys would be taken away by state officials, according to the Associated Press. Jim and Donita Clark have been hiding in their motor home for the past four months, leaving their house just before wildlife agents came for…

Louisiana councilman proposes ban on colorful ‘Mardi Gras’ like tombs

A councilman in Louisiana is so upset over colorful tombs in one cemetery that he is proposing a band on them entirely. Alvin Tillman, a council man from the town of Terrebonne, is proposing a law to restrict the color a tomb can be painted, according to the Associated Press.…

Louisiana warns of brain-eating parasite in tap water

Officials in Louisiana warned this week that a brain-eating parasite known as Naegleria fowleri might survive in some of the state’s tap water, cautioning that if residents use the common cold remedy known as a neti pot, they should thoroughly boil their water first. Neti pots work by injecting a…

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