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Some oyster leases near offshore wells have a surprising owner: oil and gas companies

By Michael Isaac Stein The Lens The state of Louisiana leases the muddy bottoms of its many bays and bayous to fishermen so they can

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Census challenges jeopardize efforts towards greater equity in the South

By Allie Yee Contributing Writer (Special from Facing South) — The 2020 Census — a once-a-decade effort by the federal government to count every person

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More than 100 federal agencies fail to report hate crimes to the FBI’s national database
By A.C. Thompson and Ken Schwencke ProPublica In violation of a longstanding legal mandate, scores of federal law enforcement agencies are failing to submit statistics to the FBI’s national hate crimes database, ...
Key NOPD commander transferred amid internal probe of his contact with recruits
Lt. Carlton Lewis, the NOPD commander who heads the department’s Recruitment and Applicant Investigation Division, was recently reassigned to regular field duties in the NOPD’s Fifth District in the midst ...
$3 million settlement paid in cop killing of Philando Castile
By Frederick H. Lowe Contributing Writer (Special from NorthStarNews Today) — The city of St. Anthony, Minn., has agreed to pay nearly $3 million to the mother of Philando Castile, a registered ...
New Orleans mayoral candidates jockeying for early lead
By Christopher Tidmore Contributing Writer Five weeks ago, LaToya Cantrell nearly lost momentum in her bid to become the next Mayor of New Orleans. The District “B” Councilwoman contended with Desiree ...
Democratic Senators condemn Betsy DeVos’ record on Civil Rights
By Annie Waldman ProPublica In a letter sent on June 27, more than 30 Democratic senators rebuked Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for scaling back civil rights enforcement at the Department of Education.
Children of Alton Sterling sue Baton Rouge, police department
A week before the first anniversary of the tragic, officer-involved shooting of 37-year-old Alton Sterling over the Fourth of July weekend last summer, his children filed a lawsuit against ...
Louisiana has one of the highest rates of child gun deaths
By Della Hasselle Contributing Writer In March, 10-year-old Justin Simms and 6-year-old Jumyrin Smith were discovered dead alongside their mother Monique Smith in New Orleans after a quadruple shooting rocked their Gentilly ...
Ashé co-founder Carol Bebelle and Luther Gray discuss the 17 annual Maafa with NNPA/DTU Journalism Fellow Tiana Hunt. (Photo by Darrell Larome Williams, NNPA/DTU Journalism Fellow)
Ahead of tricentennial, Maafa celebration honors ancestors
[caption id="attachment_25818" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Ashé co-founder Carol Bebelle and Luther Gray discuss the 17 annual Maafa with NNPA/DTU Journalism Fellow Tiana Hunt. (Photo: Darrell Larome Williams, NNPA/DTU Journalism Fellow)[/caption] By Tiana ...

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