Louisiana

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 Louisiana authorities are investigating the shooting death of a pregnant woman at an apartment complex in Minden.

KSLA-TV reports Police Chief Steven Cropper says 19-year-old NaToyedre Barrow was found dead Wednesday morning. Her body was found on the apartment's couch. She was eight months pregnant.

Officials say the unborn child also died in the incident.

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 A trucker with two children in his cab crossed the center line and hit a pickup truck and an SUV, killing the latter's driver and injuring the other.

Louisiana State Police say it happened Tuesday just after 6:30 p.m. on Interstate 10, about 4½ miles (7.24 kilometers) west of Vinton.

Investigators say 34-year-old Justin Chong, of Asheville, North Carolina, was headed east when his tractor-trailer ran off the road and hit the westbound pickup driven by 24-year-old Zachary Flessner, of Damon, Texas, and an SUV driven by 54-year-old Stephen Bertram, of Dequincy, Louisiana.

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Four New Orleans police officers have been fired and two suspended for an unauthorized chase just before a deadly car crash and fire at a beauty salon.

Police Chief Shaun Ferguson announced the moves Wednesday at a news conference.

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Pinal County authorities have issued an Amber Alert after two young children were taken from Arizona Department of Child Safety custody by their parents.

They say the two boys — ages 2 and 4 months — were taken around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Arizona Department of Public Safety officials say 34-year-old Jerry Jay Kirkley and 34-year-old Melissa Joy Gladden may be headed to Mississippi or Louisiana with the children.

The couple reportedly is traveling in a pickup truck with a Louisiana license plate.

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 Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has lost the latest appeal of his 2014 corruption conviction.

Nagin is serving a 10-year sentence on charges including bribery, fraud and money laundering. The charges relate to crimes that happened before and after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. He was mayor from 2002 until 2010.

Man Arrested In Slaying Of 75-year-old Community Activist

Jul 17, 2019
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The suspect in the slaying of a community leader who founded Baton Rouge's African American history museum was a tenant who owed her back rent, authorities said Tuesday.

Ronn Jermaine Bell, 38, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of first-degree murder, city Police Chief Murphy J. Paul told news reporters. Bell is being held in the East Baton Rouge Parish jail. It's unclear whether he's represented by an attorney.

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A toxicologist has testified that a fraternity pledge was a "dead man walking" after chugging liquor during a hazing event.

The Advocate reports that Dr. Patricia Williams told the court Tuesday there was no way Max Gruver's 19-year-old body could have survived that level of intoxication. Gruver had a blood-alcohol level of more than six times the legal driving limit when he died in 2017 after a Phi Delta Theta event called "Bible study."

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 Louisiana Republican Congressman Ralph Abraham says he'll pay for four minority congresswomen to leave the country, piggybacking off comments by President Donald Trump.

Trump tweeted Sunday that the "progressive" Democrat congresswomen should go back to the "broken and crime infested places" they came from. He said they hail from countries whose governments are the most inept in the world.

Coroner Rules Museum Founder's Death A Homicide

Jul 16, 2019
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The founder of Baton Rouge's African American history museum died of suffocation and her death was a homicide, a coroner ruled Monday, as residents of Louisiana's capital city struggled to come to terms with the slaying of the well-respected, 75-year-old community leader.

East Baton Rouge Coroner Beau Clark released preliminary autopsy results that show Sadie Roberts-Joseph was suffocated before her body was found in the trunk of a car Friday.

Weakened Barry Still Poses Flood, Tornado Risks

Jul 15, 2019
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Even though Tropical Depression Barry did not unleash catastrophic flooding in Louisiana, many across the Gulf Coast were urged to take heed of tornado and flash-flood warnings Monday as the storm moved north.

Barry was downgraded from a tropical storm on Sunday afternoon but continued to pose a threat. Much of Louisiana and Mississippi were under flash-flood watches, as were parts of Arkansas, eastern Texas, western Tennessee and southeastern Missouri.

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