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Torched Black Churches Weigh Justice, Forgiveness

PORT BARRE, La. — From her front steps, Debra Mallet can see the plot of sandy-colored earth where her church once stood. It was where her daughter got married and where her husband is buried, a sacred house of memories …

‘Nothing Left’: How Back-to-Back Hurricanes Gutted a U.S. Town

On the day after Hurricane Delta cut its ruinous path across southern Louisiana, Dick Frerks pointed to a lone 20-foot pylon rising from the bayou and summed up what he’d lost. “Our house used to be on top of that,” …

In Hurricane-Ravaged Louisiana, Residents Dig Out, Again

LAKE CHARLES, La. — First, Hurricane Laura roared ashore with its staggering, 150 mph (241 kph) winds. Then Hurricane Delta followed, with less wind but with ferocious downpours. The two back-to-back hurricanes in the space of six weeks have left …

Louisiana Bracing for 6th Hurricane to Make U.S. Landfall This Year

MORGAN CITY, La. — Louisiana residents still recovering from the devastation of a powerful hurricane less than two months ago braced for another hit as Hurricane Delta steamed north through the Gulf on Thursday after swiping Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Forecasters …

In Aftermath of Hurricane Laura, Residents Worry About Help

LAKE CHARLES, La. — In a matter of hours last week, Hurricane Laura tore through the tire shop Layla Winbush’s family started just under a year ago, reducing most of it to rubble and scattering hundreds of tires across the …

Home Smashed: For One Family, Hurricane Laura the Third Strike

HACKBERRY, La. — Bradley Beard calls Hurricane Laura his third strike. In 2005, Rita pushed a foot of floodwaters into his white, wooden home in Hackberry, Louisiana, a tiny community in Cameron Parish 15 miles (24 kilometers) from the Gulf …

Republican Lawmakers Add Mistake in Signature Business Bill

BATON ROUGE, La. — After a last-minute scramble to pass the business lobby’s top priority for the regular session, Republican legislators quickly realized they mangled the language of the bill aimed at limiting damage claims against insurance companies in car …

Bid to Force Interruption Insurance to Cover Virus Shelved

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana lawmakers won’t try to force business interruption insurance policies to cover the widespread closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Sen. Rick Ward, a Port Allen Republican, scrapped the proposal Wednesday amid concerns it could crater …

Louisiana Flood Victims Owed Over $300 Million Sue State

BATON ROUGE, La. — A group of Louisiana flood victims who have been owed over $300 million for the past decade have filed a lawsuit against the state for failure to pay. The Advocate reports that Tangipahoa Parish home and …

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, …