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‘If I get fired, so be it’: the Louisiana nurses refusing to get the Covid vaccine

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Louisiana’s largest hospital systems are requiring their employees to be fully vaccinated, but a minority of nursing staff say they are still considering leaving their jobs instead of getting the jab, citing concerns ...

‘I don’t have a choice’: Hurricane Ida leaves devastated Louisiana communities struggling with new reality

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As they sifted through the wreckage of their childhood home in Mount Airy, members of the Robinson family were hunting for memories. They came in the form of a dozen family photo albums, somehow preserved amid the rub...

Louisiana Shell refinery left spewing chemicals after Hurricane Ida

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Behind a playground littered with downed tree branches, Shell’s refinery in Norco, Louisiana spewed black smoke from its stacks. The smell of rotten eggs, the signature scent of sulphur emissions, lingered in the air....

Louisiana governor tells Hurricane Ida evacuees it’s too soon to return

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The Louisiana governor, John Bel Edwards, has told those who fled their homes amid the aftermath of Hurricane Ida to not come home until officials say otherwise. “Many of the life-supporting infrastructure elements a...

Hurricane Ida could be among strongest to hit Louisiana since 1850s, governor warns

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As Hurricane Ida barrelled towards the Louisiana coast, residents braced for a storm of potentially historic proportions due to arrive on the 16th anniversary of Katrina, the brutal hurricane that claimed more than 1,...

Multibillion-dollar Louisiana plastics plant put on pause in a win for activists

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The US government has placed further delays on a proposed multibillion dollar plastics plant in south Louisiana, marking a major victory for environmental activists and members of the majority Black community who have...

Louisiana hospitals, overwhelmed with Covid patients, sending ambulances

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Like so many people in Louisiana, Tyler Duplantis was hesitant to get a Covid-19 vaccine. The 26-year-old witnessed the virus tear through his Native American tribe, the United Houma Nation, last year. But when the va...

Confederate statue removed from city hall in Louisiana after 99 years

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Spectators cheered Saturday as a stone statue of a Confederate general was hoisted by a crane and removed from a pedestal where it stood for 99 years in front of a city hall in south Louisiana. The removal came a day...

Edwin Edwards, Louisiana governor who went to prison, dies aged 93

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Edwin Washington Edwards, the high-living four-term governor whose three-decade dominance of Louisiana politics was all but overshadowed by scandal and an eight-year federal prison stretch, died on Monday. He was 93. ...

‘I’m scared!’: body-cam video shows deadly arrest of Black man in Louisiana

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Louisiana state troopers were captured on body-camera video stunning, punching and dragging a Black man as he apologized for leading them on a high-speed chase – footage of the man’s last moments alive that the Associ...

Bill seeks to make Louisiana ‘fossil fuel sanctuary’ in bid against Biden’s climate plans

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Just south of Oil City, where Louisiana representative Danny McCormick is from, is the predominantly Black city of Shreveport. Residents there breathe some of the most toxic air in the country. Oil refineries owned by...

Louisiana woman charged with pocketing $1.2m bank error in her favor

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A Louisiana woman experienced what for many would have been a dream come true: Over $1.2m randomly appeared in her bank account one day in February. Kelyn Spadoni used the fast-acting skills she developed as a 911 dis...