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Judge Orders Changes to Louisiana Prison Labor Program Likened to ‘19th Century Slavery’

The entrance to Louisiana State Penitentiary, also known as Angola (Flickr) By Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg / The Appeal A federal judge on Tuesday condemned working conditions for incarcerated people laboring on Louisiana State Penitentiary’s “Farm Line” and ordered corrections officials to make changes to their heat-related policies. In the same ruling, however, the judge denied a request to temporarily […]

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Ten Commandments governor declares no church-state separation in rough Fox News interview

Louisiana Republican Governor Jeff Landry appeared surprised in a Friday Fox News interview when asked to defend his newly-signed law requiring the Bible’s Ten Commandments to be posted in every public school classroom throughout the state, which critics say is unconstitutional. Speaking about the First Amendment principle of separation of church and state, which the […]

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Real-Time Data Show the Air in Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’ Is Even Worse Than Expected

Petrochemical manufacturing plant. Photo from Wikimedia Commons Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 from Sept 7, 2008. By Naveena Sadasivam / Grist Since the 1980s, the 85-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that connects New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has been known as “Cancer Alley.” The name stems from the fact that the area’s residents […]