Prosecutorial misconduct cost New Orleans convictions in a case where police officers were accused of firing on unarmed storm victims and then charging a man with murder in a coverup.
Donaldsonville explosion: Chemical plants are safe overall, but where industries are packed closely together, such as in Texas and Louisiana, worries simmer over looming accidents such as the back-to-back explosions in Donaldsonville and Geismar this week.
Cuba is not granting asylum to a Florida couple charged with kidnapping their two kids, after a Louisiana judge ended parental rights. The 2000 Elian Gonzalez case may have played a role.
New Orleans has a long, colorful history of corruption, but some see a post-Katrina change in attitudes with the indictment Friday of former Mayor Ray Nagin on 21 corruption and bribery charges.
The nation’s boldest school voucher program made nearly half of Louisiana’s students eligible for taxpayer-funded vouchers to attend private schools. A state judge ruled the plan unconstitutional, setting up a funding fight in an age of austerity.
Louisiana officials and residents protected by a new 133-mile federal levee system sing its praises for withstanding a storm surge and flooding from hurricane Isaac. Coastal areas outside the system didn’t fare so well.
With maximum winds from Hurricane Isaac expected to be 80 miles an hour, the storm’s main threat is posed by water. The new New Orleans surge barrier has been closed for the first time.