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Op-Ed: Dear Louisiana — Creationism belongs in church, not in schools Special

Baton Rouge - When it comes to teaching evolution in Lousiana, educators and school officials are robbing students of a proper education in science. And it almost seems like some teachers are crawling out of the woodwork to do this.

Meet the pocket shark: Extremely rare and only seen once before

Sharks are handsome creatures, and generally, most of us don't think of them as cute. Chances are, many of us may think of them as stately, graceful, and cunning creatures, but no, not cute. Except for the pocket shark. It is very cute, and very rare.

Louisiana teen accused of knocking school bus driver unconscious

An unruly Louisiana teen has been charged with assault after knocking a school bus driver unconscious, leading to another teen on the bus stepping in to bring the vehicle to a halt.

Op-Ed: One man's journey West to change his life and defy the past Special

San Francisco - As commemorations of Martin Luther King, Jr. day were being planned and celebrated, one man, Ardist Cooper, Jr. who lived through those times before the Civil Rights Movement, shared his recollections.

Republican win in runoff US Senate vote boosts majority

Baton Rouge - US Senator Mary Landrieu, one of the last standing elected Deep South Democrats, lost her bid for re-election in Louisiana, further clinching Republicans' dominance in the Senate following mid-term elections last month.

ExxonMobile to pay $1.4 million after 2012 pipeline spill

The Department of Justice announced today that ExxonMobile Pipeline Company has agreed to pay a civil penalty for its alleged violation of the Clean Water Act stemming from a 2012 Northline crude oil spill in Louisiana.

Louisiana Governor does an about-face on Common Core standards

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, in a complete about-face, announced on Wednesday his plans to remove Louisiana schools from the nation's Common Core English and math standards. The move would make Louisiana the fourth state to withdraw this year.

Louisiana’s construction budget goes over by $400m

On Sunday, a Senate committee bloated the state construction budget with more projects. Going over budget by $400 million, House Bill 2 is now in the hands of Gov. Bobby Jindal who needs to decide on which projects stay and which go.

Corn dog truck overturns, causes spill in Louisiana

Shreveport - A section of interstate in Louisiana shut down Tuesday morning after a semi-truck carrying about 75,000 corn dogs crashed.

Louisiana cracks down on welfare dollar acceptance

New limits enacted and announced recently by Louisiana social service officials prohibit welfare recipients from using their benefits to make purchases from tattoo parlors, lingerie retailers, nail salons, and jewelry stores.

Ultra-religious southern U.S. states watch the most gay porn

The majority of states with a high percentage of gay porn viewers is in the South, where gay marriage is illegal in all states, according to new findings on the salacious topic.

Louisiana death row inmate freed after 30 years behind bars

Angola - A black man convicted by an all-white jury of a murder he did not commit walked out of a Louisiana state prison a free man on Tuesday after spending 30 years on death row.

Lafourche voters keep library funds intact

Lafourche Parish voters spoke out at the ballot box on Saturday, rejecting a measure to rededicate real estate tax monies toward the construction of a much needed new detention center. The hotly-debated issue was contentious and nasty at times.

Louisiana lawmaker wants to defund library in favor of new jail

Come Saturday, members of a southern Louisiana community of 97,000 known as Lafourche Parish will vote on a controversial ballot proposal aiming to reallocate $800,000 a year from the local library budget to the funding of a new $25 million jail.

Lafourche Parish to vote on funding jail with library money

Given the choice, would voters opt for a new 600-bed jailhouse, or vote to keep funds in a library system that has been well-managed for years? That question has been put on the ballot in one Louisiana parish today, and the outcome will be interesting.

Louisiana Supreme Court considers case about felons owning guns

A 2012 amendment to the Louisiana Constitution holds the ownership of firearms to be a “fundamental” right. At the time of writing, the Court is deciding whether that right extends to convicted felons.

CDC: Deadly brain-eating amoeba found in Louisiana

Louisiana - The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that a deadly amoeba has been found in a North Louisiana water system.

Prisoner released after 41 years in solitary dies 3 days later

Three days after a judge overturned his conviction, Herman Wallace died of liver cancer after his few days of freedom. He was in solitary confinement for 41 years.

Tropical storm Karen brewing in Gulf, prompts hurricane watch

Tropical storm Karen is developing in the Gulf of Mexico and fears of hurricanes on the Gulf coastline heighten. Hurricane watches are effective from Louisiana to Florida while Federal Emergency Management Committee workers have been recalled to work.

Prisoner's conviction overturned after 41 years in solitary

Baton Rouge - Herman Wallace, 71, was released on Tuesday after spending 41 years in solitary confinement in a Louisiana prison. His conviction was overturned by a Federal Judge who said he did not receive a fair trial.

Brain eating amoeba found in water supply where boy died

Tests carried out by the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of a Louisiana parish's water supply found that it contained the deadly brain eating parasitic amoeba.

Willie Robertson 'Duck Dynasty' running for office?

Started from duck calls to roll calls? A “Duck Dynasty” star is evidently being closely monitored by Republican lawmakers in Louisiana as a promising congressional candidate.

Video: Louisiana taste-test of 20-lb nutria swamp rat

Imported from Argentina in the 1930's for their fur, these giant swamp rats escaped into the wild and are now devouring the roots of wetland plants and transforming the Bayou into a wasteland. A solution has been found, with several tasty recipes.

Photo Essay: Street performers greet visitors to French Quarter Special

New Orleans - From breakdancers, to mimes, to the other-worldly, street performers in the New Orleans French Quarter are sure to entertain visitors.

Bayou Corne Sinkhole ignored by media while residents suffer

Approximately 300 people evacuated from their Louisiana homes in early August, many forced to spend Thanksgiving in hotels or campgrounds, are still looking for answers and wondering when, or if, they will ever be able to return home.

Ex-FEMA Director Brown: 'Obama jumped the gun on Sandy'

Republican governor Chris Christie of New Jersey has given praise to US President Barack Obama in regards to Hurricane Sandy's response. Michael Brown, FEMA's former director, criticized saying that Obama acted too fast.

Louisiana woman set ablaze in alleged KKK attack

Sharmeka Moffitt, 20, is in critical condition at the LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, La., after she was set on fire by three men in white hoods who burned the initials KKK and a racial slur on the hood of her car.

Louisiana woman set ablaze in alleged KKK attack

Sharmeka Moffitt, 20, is in critical condition at the LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, La., after she was set on fire by three men in white hoods who burned the initials KKK and a racial slur on the hood of her car.

New social media platform ready to launch Special

Shreveport - Logic Nation, a start-up digital technology company based in north Louisiana, announced a revolutionary new social media platform during DigiFest South 2012 in Bossier City, Louisiana on September 7, 2012.

Video: Aftermath of Isaac south of New Orleans

New Orleans - The video shows the aftermath left by Hurricane Isaac as it hit the New Orleans area on Tuesday, and pushed water over the 18-mile levee.
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This street tapers down to a low-lying area where rain can accumulate and cause flooding.
This street tapers down to a low-lying area where rain can accumulate and cause flooding.
Dragon Master Showcase street performers in the French Quarter.  New Orleans  LA
Dragon Master Showcase street performers in the French Quarter. New Orleans, LA
on Decatur Street in the French Quarter.  New Orleans  LA
on Decatur Street in the French Quarter. New Orleans, LA
Street performer on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter.  New Orleans  LA
Street performer on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter. New Orleans, LA
Workers at a decontamination site in Venice  La.  bundle oil containment boom after it was replaced ...
Workers at a decontamination site in Venice, La., bundle oil containment boom after it was replaced by clean boom and cleaned
US Coast Guard
People wandered along the river  coming and going in large and small groups from the crowd at the ja...
People wandered along the river, coming and going in large and small groups from the crowd at the jazz festival.
VENICE  La. - U.S. Environmental Services’ workers move oil-absorbent pads into a warehouse at a p...
VENICE, La. - U.S. Environmental Services’ workers move oil-absorbent pads into a warehouse at a pollution control staging area in Venice, La., April 27, 2010. Staging areas are being set up along the Gulf Coast to actively identify, target and protect environmentally and economically sensitive areas.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Kelley.
This mother  Tanya Sturman  is an excellent example of good parenting  influencing and encouraging h...
This mother, Tanya Sturman, is an excellent example of good parenting, influencing and encouraging her daughter's creativity in ways that will support her throughout life, according to an expert in the field of parenting.
Morganza Spillway  opened in May 2011  its first opening since 1973.
Morganza Spillway, opened in May 2011, its first opening since 1973.
lagohsep/flickr
This old plantation home in Cane River country in Natchitoches Parish Louisiana remains the symbol o...
This old plantation home in Cane River country in Natchitoches Parish Louisiana remains the symbol of the place where settlers began their dreams of going West, from the area known as the oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase.
A program targeted for young children and the value of reading skills was presented in Natchitoches ...
A program targeted for young children and the value of reading skills was presented in Natchitoches as a way of focusing on the needs of young children.
Street performer in the French Quarter.  New Orleans  LA
Street performer in the French Quarter. New Orleans, LA
on Decatur Street in the French Quarter.  New Orleans  LA
on Decatur Street in the French Quarter. New Orleans, LA
ENERGY: A major oil refinery in Port Arthur  Texas  is shown after it was damaged by Hurricane Rita ...
ENERGY: A major oil refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, is shown after it was damaged by Hurricane Rita in 2005.
Leif Skoogfors-FEMA/Wikimedia Commons
This booth was set up for children to examine free books and to present the work of new authors.
This booth was set up for children to examine free books and to present the work of new authors.
on Decatur Street in the French Quarter.  New Orleans  LA
on Decatur Street in the French Quarter. New Orleans, LA
Submerged houses in southern Louisiana thanks to Hurricane Isaac
Submerged houses in southern Louisiana thanks to Hurricane Isaac
Via Instagram user heatherlynette
President Obama at the Coast Guard Venice Center in Louisiana
President Obama at the Coast Guard Venice Center in Louisiana,
White House Photo by Pete Souza
on Decatur Street in the French Quarter.  New Orleans  LA
on Decatur Street in the French Quarter. New Orleans, LA
on Decatur Street in the French Quarter.  New Orleans  LA
on Decatur Street in the French Quarter. New Orleans, LA