Two people in a suspected stolen car died when the car crashed into a New Orleans beauty salon and sparked a fire that lit up the night sky.

New Orleans police say the accident happened about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Six people were hurt, including a woman in the building who was badly burned and two juveniles who escaped the building with help from police. Two police officers and a firefighter were treated for smoke inhalation.

Scientists are warning that historic flooding could soon deluge parts of several Southern states along the lower Mississippi River, where floodwaters could persist for several weeks.

Major flooding now occurring in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, and other Midwestern states is a preview of what forecasters expect the rest of the spring, said Mary Erickson, deputy director of the National Weather Service.

An official sign declaring that slaves were "well taken-care of and happy" at Louisiana's most-visited historical site has been removed. It's unclear how long the sign was up at Rosedown Plantation, State Parks deputy assistant secretary Brandon Burris told The Advocate .

Rock 'n' roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis has been transferred from a hospital to a rehabilitation center following a stroke last month, but will have to cancel upcoming shows, including his appearance at the New Orleans Jazz Festival.

According to a statement from his neurologist released Monday, the 83-year-old Lewis is expected to fully recover with aggressive and intensive rehab.

courtesy / Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Louisiana recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will receive their April benefits on a modified schedule, as the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) works to transition families back to the regular distribution schedule that was disrupted by the partial federal government shutdown in January.

The April schedule is as follows:

The Louisiana legislative auditor says a state college gave more than $400,000 in salary and benefits to a worker who reportedly admitted to not doing his job for several years.

News outlets report Auditor Daryl Purpera announced Monday that the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine also failed to address the employee's lack of work. The audit says the worker told school authorities that he didn't deserve to be paid for about two years.

A Mississippi transportation official says the absence of a $3 part may have let tires roll off of a tractor trailer, killing a Tulane University student from Minnesota.

Office of Enforcement director Willie Huff tells The New Orleans Advocate that a locking washer designed to secure truck wheels was missing from the trailer.

Two wheels joined together rolled into a rest stop, killing Margaret Maurer of Forest Lake, Minnesota. Huff says the conclusion blaming the missing metal ring is still preliminary. Dana Transport Inc. of Avenel, New Jersey, owns the truck.

MONROE, La.  Chad Lightfoot, 47, of Chalmette, Louisiana, was convicted by a federal jury for using an address at a Monroe house that he did not live in to receive disaster payments.  

Abortions in Louisiana Hit 10-Year Low

Mar 14, 2019

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has released data showing that the number of abortions in Louisiana has fallen to a 10-year low. Since 2014, the number of abortions conducted in Louisiana has fallen by 20 percent. 

In 2018, 8,048 abortions were conducted in the state, the lowest since 2008. It represents a 20 percent drop from 2014, when 10,211 abortions were performed in Louisiana.

The former warden of the Avoyelles Correctional Center in Cottonport, Louisiana, pleaded guilty for a scheme to steal more than $150,000 in taxpayer money for his personal benefit.

Nathan Burl Cain II, 51, of Moreauville, Louisiana, pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud. A trial started on Monday related to an indictment filed on August 11, 2017 charging Nathan Cain with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and 17 counts of wire fraud. The trial ended with his plea to two 20-year counts in the indictment.