Tag: Louisiana

Pollution Is Driving Black Americans to the South. It May Not Be Any Better.

The air pollution in Emma Lockridge’s community in Detroit was often so bad, she had to wear a surgical mask inside her house. The smokestacks of nearby refineries and factories filled the sky outside her windows with black particles. “I couldn’t sleep because of those fumes,” she told me last year. In 2021 she fled […]

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Biden Administration Pauses Approvals of New Gas Export Terminals

President Biden on Friday paused the permitting process for new liquefied natural gas export facilities in order to analyze their impact on climate change, the economy and national security. “In every corner of the country and the world, people are suffering the devastating toll of climate change,” Mr. Biden said in a statement. “This pause […]

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Louisiana Lawmakers Pass Congressional Map That Empowers More Black Voters

Louisiana lawmakers on Friday approved a new congressional map that would create a second district with a majority of Black voters, after a federal court found that the existing map appeared to illegally undercut the power of Black voters in the state. Given that Black voters often back Democratic candidates in the state, the new […]

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The World Hasn’t Seen Cicadas Like This Since 1803

The cicadas are coming — and if you’re in the Midwest or the Southeast, they will be more plentiful than ever. Or at least since the Louisiana Purchase. This spring, for the first time since 1803, two cicada groups known as Brood XIX, or the Great Southern Brood, and Brood XIII, or the Northern Illinois […]

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Louisiana Becomes Latest State To Create New Majority-Black Voting District

NewsOne Featured Video Source: CRobertson / Getty On Wednesday, the Louisiana Senate passed a new congressional map that would create a second majority-Black voting district in the state. Senate Bill 8 will now advance to the House chamber for debate. Black voters in Louisiana have long argued that the current congressional map discriminated against Black […]

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Ex-Louisiana Cop Gets Light Sentence For Tasing, Beating And Pistol-Whipping ‘Nonviolent’ Black Man

NewsOne Featured Video Source: Shreveport Police Department A former police officer in Louisiana was given what appeared to be a light and lenient sentence for an egregious case of brutality against an unarmed Black man who federal officials said posed no physical threat to law enforcement during the violence that took place more than four […]

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Why Conservative Christians Are So Excited About New House Speaker Mike Johnson

Two days after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last year, a little-known congressman named Mike Johnson took the stage at Christian Center Shreveport to celebrate. “This is a day we’ve been waiting on for a half-century,” he told the ebullient congregation, adding that there was no place he would rather be than with […]

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I Grew Up in Mike Johnson’s District, Where Kindness Can Mask Cruelty

I don’t know Mike Johnson, the brand-new speaker of the House of Representatives, but I feel as if I do because we’re from the same neck of the woods. He’s from Shreveport, in Caddo Parish, La., where I was born and where one of my brothers died. Johnson’s district encompasses my childhood hometown, Gibsland, about […]

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Mike Johnson’s Elevation to Speaker Surprised His Louisiana District

When Chip Hemphill is on a hunting trip with his friends, looking for white-tailed deer and hogs, he doesn’t typically find himself discussing who is second in line to the presidency. His wife, Kathleen, barely mentions politics while overseeing archery lessons at Hoot & Holler Archery, their store in Bossier City in northern Louisiana. But […]

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Speaker Nominee Mike Johnson Helped Efforts to Overturn The 2020 Election

The Supreme Court ultimately rejected the suit, but not before Mr. Johnson convinced more than 60 percent of House Republicans to sign onto the effort. He did so by telling them the initiative had been personally blessed by Mr. Trump, and the former president was “anxiously awaiting” to see who in Congress would step up […]

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At Least 7 Dead as ‘Super Fog’ Blankets New Orleans, Causing Pileups

A dense “super fog” hovered over New Orleans on Monday, shrouding the area in an impenetrable mist that led to traffic pileups involving dozens of vehicles and leaving at least seven people dead, the authorities said. At least 158 vehicles were involved in a series of crashes, which began just before 9 a.m. on Interstate […]

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Supreme Court Delays Efforts to Redraw Louisiana Voting Map

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a lower-court ruling that delays an effort to redraw Louisiana’s congressional map, prolonging a bitter clash over the representation of Black voters in the state. The order temporarily leaves in place a Republican-drawn map that a federal judge had said diluted the power of Black voters while an appeal […]

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Black Voters Scapegoated For Louisiana Electing Suspected White Supremacist Jeff Landry As Governor

NewsOne Featured Video Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry speaks during the CPAC Texas 2022 conference in Dallas on Aug. 4, 2022. |. Source: Pacific Press / Getty The election of Louisiana’s new governor was a tale of two electorates as exit polling data showed nearly three times the number of white voters participated compared to […]

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Hard-Line Republican Leads Race to Succeed Louisiana’s Democratic Governor

Jeff Landry, the hard-line conservative leading the race for governor of Louisiana, surveyed the crowd packed into a small restaurant in Monroe, where his staff had covered the tables and a lone Halloween skeleton in his blue-and-yellow campaign merchandise. “How would y’all like to finish this in October?” Mr. Landry, the state attorney general, said, […]

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International Day Of The Girl Is A Reminder Of All The Critical Things We Must Do To Support Girls Globally

NewsOne Featured Video Source: nadia_bormotova / Getty October 11 is International Day of the Girl, an opportunity to center the needs of girls across the globe. It is also a moment to assess whether we are doing all we can to ensure that girls everywhere receive a quality education. As a United Women in Faith […]

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Ronald Greene Update: Judge Allows Homicide Charge Against Cops Accused Of Murder

NewsOne Featured Video Source: Michael M. Santiago / Getty UPDATED: 8:00 a.m. ET., Oct. 10 A Louisiana judge will allow a charge of negligent homicide to go forward in the case of the deadly 2019 arrest of Black motorist Ronald Greene. According to AP, on Monday, Judge Thomas Rogers ruled that Master Trooper Kory York […]

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Scalise, a McCarthy Rival, Seeks to Unite Republicans in Taking His Place

When Harriet M. Hageman announced her 2022 primary challenge against Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, House Republican leaders quickly endorsed her bid to oust a colleague whose condemnations of former President Donald J. Trump had made her a pariah in her own party. But one member of leadership remained notably silent: Representative Steve Scalise of […]

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Black Leaders In Louisiana Make It Clear: Climate And Racial Justice Go Hand-In-Hand

NewsOne Featured Video LaPlace, Louisiana on August 30, 2021, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. |Source: PATRICK T. FALLON / Getty This summer has brought no shortage of extreme weather events. July was the hottest-recorded month on Earth, and deadly heat is continuing to threaten millions across the world. We’ve also seen record-breaking storms in the Pacific and Gulf, and flooding harming our […]

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Mississippi River Drought Threatens New Orleans Drinking Water

Low water levels expose patches of sand on the Mississippi River in Memphis, Tennessee, US, on Monday, Nov. 7, 2022. Photo: Houston Cofield/Bloomberg (Getty Images) New Orleans has faced more than its fair share of environmental crises. But this time, a massive drought has the Crescent City bracing for impact. Courtney B. Vance in Heist […]

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Saltwater in the Mississippi Threatens Water Supply in New Orleans

Drought-like conditions in the Midwest over the summer have created a growing water problem in the New Orleans area this fall. Water levels of the Mississippi River have dropped low enough to make the river less resistant to a mass of saltwater flowing north from the Gulf of Mexico. This circumstance, known as saltwater intrusion, […]

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Michael Bloomberg Goes After Petrochemicals

Michael Bloomberg is many things: former New York City mayor, founder of a financial data company, failed presidential candidate and the 11th richest man in the world. Since leaving public office 10 years ago, Mr. Bloomberg, 81, has also emerged as perhaps the world’s single largest funder of climate activism, making himself an expensive thorn […]

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Black Woman Says She Was Fired From City Council For Speaking Against Racism And Sexual Harassment

NewsOne Featured Video Source: Sean Pavone / Getty A Black city council worker in Shreveport, Louisiana, has just been fired. She read a statement that suggested she was fired for calling out a white colleague for using the n-word and for rejecting “inappropriate” advances that had been made toward her. The white people who advocated […]

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