Federal lawsuit filed against new La. abortion law
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An abortion rights organization has filed the first court challenge to a Louisiana law that would require doctors who perform abortions to be able to admit patients to a nearby hospital.
The Center for Reproductive Rights filed its lawsuit Friday in U.S. District Court in Baton Rouge on behalf of abortion clinics in Shreveport, Bossier City and Metairie and two doctors.
It seeks an immediate injunction against the law, which takes effect Sept. 1.
Under the law, abortion doctors must be able to admit patients to a hospital within 30 miles of where the procedure is performed. The hospital must provide obstetrical or gynecological services.
The lawsuit says doctors haven't had enough time to obtain the privileges and the law likely would force Louisiana's five abortion clinics to close.
LAFAYETTE SCHOOL-VIDEO VOYEURISM
Lafayette teen booked with video voyeurism
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Authorities say a Lafayette High School student was arrested Thursday after a photo of a special-needs student was taken in a bathroom at the school and posted online.
Police tell KATC-TV that two other students at the school told them the 17-year-old male suspect took the photo without the victim's knowledge.
The suspect was booked at the Lafayette Parish Jail on one count of video voyeurism.
'Critical habitat' for endangered frog upheld
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge says U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials' were within the law when they declared thousands of acres in Louisiana and Mississippi as 'critical habitat' for an endangered frog species.
The case involved 1,544 acres in St. Tammany Parish and 5,000 acres in Mississippi named as critical habitat for the dusky gopher frog.
Landowners had argued that the Fish and Wildlife Service should have prepared an environmental impact statement on the designation, and that the service failed to adequately consider the possible economic impact of its decision.
U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman rejected those and other arguments Friday.
Landowners worry that the designation could cost more than $33 million in lost development. A wildlife service lawyer argued Thursday that such a high cost is unlikely.
Rep. McAllister signs up for re-election, with ice
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister started his sign-up for re-election the same as any other candidate, filling out paperwork and handing over cash to pay his qualifying fee. But he finished it quite differently, doused with ice.
The embattled Republican congressman took the "ice bucket challenge" outside Secretary of State Tom Schedler's office Friday after registering for the Nov. 4 ballot. The challenge is designed to bring donations and attention to the ALS Association, which raises money for Lou Gehrig's disease research.
Caught up earlier this year in a cheating scandal, the congressman is threatened in his re-election bid, drawing five challengers in the 5th District race.
Also signing up on the last registration day was Republican Senate candidate Rob Maness, a tea party favorite challenging Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu.
Shreveport officer cleared in shooting
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A Shreveport police officer accused of firing his weapon during the arrest of a suspect earlier this month has been cleared of any misconduct.
The shooting happened in Natchitoches Parish on Aug. 12 when members of the U.S. Marshal's Violent Offender Task Force were tracking down a man wanted for a Texas shooting. When officers found the suspect and tried to take him into custody, it was reported the officer fired at least one shot from his gun hitting the suspect in the lower body.
Police say the projectile that hit the suspect was not fired by the Shreveport officer.
KSLA TV reports the officer has been returned to full duty. Police did not release the name of the officer due to departmental policy because the officer works undercover.
CREDIT UNION ROBBERY
Authorities investigation credit union robbery
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) - Natchitoches police and FBI agents are investigating a robbery that occurred at the Louisiana Capital Federal Credit Union in Natchitoches.
Police Capt. Brad Walker tells The Times the two thieves got away with several money bags.
Walker says the call from 911 came in shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday from employees of the credit union. The robbers left the scene before officers arrived.
Investigators say the bandits pried a back door off its hinges and entered. They left the same way after grabbing the money.
Walker says both wore masks and gloves.
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