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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.

Video: Braithwaite Louisiana Fire and Rescue save man and dogs

Braithwaite - Braithwaite Louisiana Fire and Rescue boats patroled a subdivision in Plaquemines Parish searching for trapped residents. One resident they find is trapped in his attic along with his four dogs.

Central, North Louisiana ready for Hurricane Isaac's impact Special

Many people outside of Louisiana focus on New Orleans when it comes to weather conditions. But the State of Louisiana is often on a statewide alert when storms like Hurricane Isaac approach.

18 photos from inside Hurricane Isaac's destructive path

As Hurricane Isaac bears down on U.S. coastlines, wrecking havoc with torrential rain and devastating winds, Digital Journal presents some of the most powerful photos of Isaac's wrath from social media sources such as Instagram and Twitter.

Isaac upgraded to Category 1 hurricane, to hit Louisiana tonight

Reaching wind speeds of 75 mph, the storm Isaac is now a Category 1 hurricane and is moving northwest toward the mouth of the Mississippi River. It's expected to make landfall along the Louisiana coast tonight.

11-month-old baby dies after being left in hot car for six hours

Lafayette - In an instance of unimaginable heartbreak, this week Louisiana authorities have launched an investigation into the death of an 11-month-old baby. The baby was left in his father's vehicle for several hours in hot weather.
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Officials are forced to use airboats to examine Bayou Corne Sinkhole
Officials are forced to use airboats to examine Bayou Corne Sinkhole
Bayou Corne Sinkhole
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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.
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on Decatur Street in the French Quarter.  New Orleans  LA
on Decatur Street in the French Quarter. New Orleans, LA
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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
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on Decatur Street in the French Quarter.  New Orleans  LA
on Decatur Street in the French Quarter. New Orleans, LA
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on Decatur Street in the French Quarter.  New Orleans  LA
on Decatur Street in the French Quarter. New Orleans, LA
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Blalock is shown on the right  looking at the pictures of the devastation on the coast and speculati...
Blalock is shown on the right, looking at the pictures of the devastation on the coast and speculating on the risks to the State of Louisiana.
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Grand Isle Mayor David Camardelle points out areas on a map during a briefing with President Barack ...
Grand Isle Mayor David Camardelle points out areas on a map during a briefing with President Barack Obama at the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Grand Isle
White House Photo by Pete Souza
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Lafourche Parish jail was built in the 1940 s.
Lafourche Parish jail was built in the 1940's.
Jordan McAlister
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The boats took people along Cane River Lake as jazz flooded the town.
The boats took people along Cane River Lake as jazz flooded the town.
Del Forsloff
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on Decatur Street in the French Quarter.  New Orleans  LA
on Decatur Street in the French Quarter. New Orleans, LA
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on Decatur Street in the French Quarter.  New Orleans  LA
on Decatur Street in the French Quarter. New Orleans, LA
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on Decatur Street in the French Quarter.  New Orleans  LA
on Decatur Street in the French Quarter. New Orleans, LA
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Street performer in the French Quarter.  New Orleans  LA
Street performer in the French Quarter. New Orleans, LA
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Colorful street performer in the French Quarter.  New Orleans  LA
Colorful street performer in the French Quarter. New Orleans, LA
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Street performer in the French Quarter.  New Orleans  LA
Street performer in the French Quarter. New Orleans, LA
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on Decatur Street in the French Quarter.  New Orleans  LA
on Decatur Street in the French Quarter. New Orleans, LA
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President Barack Obama and Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolf  left  inspect a tar ball as...
President Barack Obama and Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolf, left, inspect a tar ball as they look at the effect the BP oil spill is having on Fourchon Beach in Port Fourchon, Louisiana, May 28, 2010.
White House photo by Chuck Kennedy
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Submerged houses in southern Louisiana thanks to Hurricane Isaac
Submerged houses in southern Louisiana thanks to Hurricane Isaac
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Dragon Master Showcase street performer in the French Quarter.  New Orleans  LA
Dragon Master Showcase street performer in the French Quarter. New Orleans, LA
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