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Chrissy Tiegen Donates $20,000 to Burned Louisiana Black Churches as Fundraiser Passes $2 Million

A fundraiser to rebuild three historically black Louisiana churches recently targeted in suspected arson attacks has surpassed its $1.8 million target. As of 3 a.m. E.T. Thursday, donations had hit $1,840,000.


Louisiana churches burned in recent hate crimes find support on GoFundMe

Over the span of ten days in late March and early April three predominantly African American churches in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, were destroyed by fire. Although the fires received some media attention, the overwhelming international response to this week’s fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Pari


Louisiana man charged with 100 counts of first-degree rape

PINEVILLE, La. — A 71-year-old Louisiana man has been charged with 100 counts of first-degree rape over allegations of criminal sexual conduct involving minors. The Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office tells news outlets the allegations against Harvey Joseph Fountain date to the 1970s.


Humane Society of Louisiana: Don't give animals as gifts this Easter

NEW ORLEANS, La. (KLFY) - (4/19/19) According to the HSL, the novelty of these presents wears off rather quickly and many of the animals are later released into the wild, surrendered to humane societies, or neglected after the Easter season.


Supreme Court asked to void Louisiana law that could leave state with one clinic

WASHINGTON — A Louisiana abortion clinic is asking the Supreme Court to strike down regulations that could leave the state with just one clinic. A divided high court had previously agreed to block the law pending a full review of the case.


LSU survey: Majority of Louisiana residents support legalizing sports betting and marijuana; most oppose assault weapons ban

About 59 percent of Louisiana residents favor legalizing sports betting in the state, while 35 percent are opposed, according to the results of an LSU survey. The 2019 Louisiana Survey, conducted by LSU’s Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs, found virtually no difference in the level of support


Tornado Watch Coming Soon For Portions Of Louisiana & Mississippi

The threat of severe storms is starting to flare up back to our west in Louisiana and eventually into southwestern Mississippi. SPC has drawn up a mesoscale discussion stating that a tornado watch will be issued by 11:00 am CDT.


Severe weather pounds Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi

(AP) - Heavy winds and power outages are being reported as a storm system moved across Louisiana and Mississippi. The National Weather Service reported gusts of 60 mph in Natchez, MS, on Thursday afternoon as the storm system moved across the Mississippi River from Louisiana.


Storms cause damage in Louisiana, heading towards MS/AL/FL

SHREVEPORT, La. (CBS Newspath) - Storms that are headed towards the Gulf Coast hit Shreveport, Louisiana first. Crews are out trying to restore power after high winds blew over trees there. Residents are just happy it wasn't worse, "I hate to see it, especially all of these other houses, ours didn't


Weather forces Louisiana state offices to close on Thursday

BATON ROUGE, La. - Due to the threat of severe weather across the state of Louisiana, Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne is making a rare move and closing all state offices on Thursday, April 18.


Louisiana authorities ID woman found in submerged car

MONROE, La. (AP) — A woman found inside a submerged car in Louisiana has been identified. The Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office says the victim found Saturday in floodwaters in Calhoun was 80-year-old Patsy Meeks, of Calhoun.


Thursday's storm mostly spares south and central Louisiana, but Mississippi gets the worst of it

Thunderstorms brought rain and occasional wind gusts Thursday through south and central Louisiana, but the worst of the weather passed to the northeast of the Capital City. The prospect of severe weather, including possible tornadoes, had prompted Baton Rouge area schools and government offices to c


Tornado Watch extended for all of southeast Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS — TORNADO WATCH: A Tornado Watch has been issued for the following parishes in the WDSU viewing area: Lafourche, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, Tangipahoa, and Terrebonne. A few tornadoes likely with a couple intense tornadoes will be possible. Widespread damaging winds ar


Former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco In Hospice Care

Former Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco is now under the care of Hospice. The Lafayette native has been battling ocular melanoma since 2011. WBRZ reports, the state legislature has released a statement that she is now under the care of hospice. Ms. Blanco told AP last December there is "no escape"


Storms roar east through Louisiana, Mississippi

LEARNED, Miss — Strong storms again roared across the South on Thursday, toppling trees and leaving more than 100,000 people without power across Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.


Louisiana School Funding Proposal Rejected by House Education Committee

LA. SCHOOL FUNDING - Louisiana House Republicans blocked passage of a $3.8 billion Louisiana public school financing formula during the House Education Committee meeting in Baton Rouge Tuesday. The K-12 funding proposal is backed by Governor John Bel Edwards. On a party-line vote, GOP members refuse


Bill banning new highway billboards rejected in Louisiana House

(KLFY) - (4/18/19) The House transportation committee voted 14-3 Tuesday against the measure after a three-hour hearing. Rep. Jack McFarland, a Winnfield Republican, sought to put a moratorium on new billboards across the state. The state's trucking industry backed the proposal. Supporters said the


East Baton Rouge postpones jury trials after state Supreme Court halts Caddo cop-killer case

East Baton Rouge Parish is putting all jury trials on hold — perhaps into June — after the state Supreme Court declared Thursday that the parish's jury pool was so flawed that a Shreveport judge must pick a new panel to hear the capital murder trial of accused cop-killer Grover Cannon.


After Notre Dame, viral tweet helps raise $1.8M for burned down Louisiana churches

The goodwill generated by the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is also helping three historically black Louisiana churches. They were destroyed in an arson attack. A GoFundMe created last week soared to its goal of more than $1.8 million overnight. Omar Villafranca reports.


The Latest: Power pole falls, hit 2 vehicles in Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS – The Latest on severe weather moving across the United States (all times local):. A utility pole has fall and hit two vehicles as stormy weather moved into the New Orleans area.