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Three arrested for ‘gruesome’ torture of enslaved transgender woman in Louisiana

Police in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana have arrested three people suspected of enslaving and torturing a transgender woman. The victim, whose name is being withheld, was discovered after she approached Assistant Robeline Police Chief Shelby Borders at a gas station. She claimed she had been shackled to a 35-foot-long chain in…

Oklahoma enacts Texas-style law endangering womens’ health clinics

By Kathy Finn NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Oklahoma, soon to be followed by Louisiana, has joined other socially conservative states in adopting laws that place new restrictions on abortions, measures that critics say are aimed at shutting abortion clinics. Legislation in the two states require physicians who perform abortions to…

Louisiana lawmakers vote to exempt themselves from gun ban in most public buildings

Lawmakers in Louisiana passed a measure Tuesday to exempt themselves from gun restrictions at public buildings in the state. The House voted 79-12 to approve a bill that would allow them to carry concealed weapons in courthouses and state offices, as judges and district attorneys are already permitted, reported New…

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…

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