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Son of Sheriff’s Deputy Charged with Burning 3 Louisiana Black Churches

The son of a sheriff’s deputy was charged with burning down three predominately black churches in southern Louisiana over the past two weeks, officials said on Thursday, saying they acted quickly out of concern he would strike again. Holden Matthews, …

Fallen Tree Limb Kills Louisiana Motorcyclist, Injures Another

State police said one motorcyclist was killed and another was injured when a tree limb fell and struck them while they were riding near French Settlement. Trooper Jared Sandifer says 53-year-old Travis Lessard was riding a Harley Davidson alongside his …

Industrial Boom Driving Louisiana’s Ascension Parish

More than 2,000 construction workers are building a $2.1 billion expansion of CF Industries’ nitrogen complex in Louisiana’s Ascension Parish. The 100-acre addition to the nation’s largest nitrogen plant is expected to be completed in 2016. More than 17,000 pilings …

Trying to Summon Ghosts, Men Destroy Vacant Louisiana Mansion

Seven men have pleaded guilty to arson or trespassing in a fire that destroyed the vacant LeBeau Plantation mansion in Louisiana’s St. Bernard Parish last November. The sheriff said when they were arrested that the men told investigators they were …

Louisiana Parish Approves Stricter Dangerous Dog Ordinance

The Lafourche Parish Council in has approved a measure to tighten ownership restrictions for dangerous and vicious dogs. As with a similar law passed by the Terrebonne Parish Council this summer, The Courier reports the ordinance is not breed specific. …

Louisiana Refuses to Disclose Oil Train Records

Louisiana officials are refusing to disclose the details of crude oil shipments railroads haul through the state. The state Department of Public Safety and Corrections says the information freight railroads are required to provide to Louisiana is considered confidential. Louisiana …

Privatization of Louisiana Risk Management Office Saves $16M

A new audit says Louisiana has saved nearly $16 million in the first three years of a privatization contract for the Office of Risk Management, the state’s self-insurance agency. Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration hired Mandeville-based F.A. Richard and Associates in …

Louisiana Agency Sends Hurricane Guide to Parishes

Louisiana’s Department of Environmental Quality is distributing a hurricane guide to the state’s 64 parishes, providing information about available environmental cleanup resources if a storm hits. This is DEQ’s third year to send out the manual. It contains details about …

Louisiana Lawmakers Plan Use of Oil Spill Recovery Money

Lawmakers want to steer Gulf oil spill recovery money to help refill Louisiana’s “rainy day” fund, an elderly trust fund that was raided to fill budget holes and another health care fund. The plan taps into dollars that BP is …

Louisiana Woman Arrested in Arson Case

Deputies say a 21-year-old Chatham, La., woman has been booked with arson following an investigation into a January fire at a mobile home she rented. Natchitoches Parish sheriff’s deputies tell The Town Talk Ebony Sheree Hassen told officers she had …