Sunday, May 19 2013 5:58 PM EDT2013-05-19 21:58:26 GMT
Source: Louisiana State Police
Authorities are urging motorists to avoid I-10 West and East bound at mile marker 25 due to a tanker truck on fire. Fire crews are still working to extinguish flames on an 18-wheel oil tanker. LouisianaMore >>
Louisiana State Police is investigating an oil tanker tractor fire on Interstate 10 that caused major traffic delays Sunday afternoon. More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 9:05 PM EDT2013-05-18 01:05:04 GMT
The Southwest Louisiana Tea Party movement began picking up steam in 2009 as members from throughout the five parish area began gathering for rallies and becoming more visible and involved in local governmentMore >>
The Southwest Louisiana Tea Party movement began picking up steam in 2009 as members from throughout the five-parish area began gathering for rallies and becoming more visible and involved in local government and the political scene.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 8:55 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:55:58 GMT
An arrest has been made in the 1962 death of Mary Horton Vail. Vail was found dead in the Calcasieu River in October 1962, her husband, Felix Vail, claimed she was the victim of a boating accident. TheMore >>
Mary Horton Vail was found dead in the Calcasieu River in October 1962. Her husband, Felix Vail, claimed she was the victim of a boating accident.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 6:17 PM EDT2013-05-17 22:17:04 GMT
Friday marks the anniversary of the first woman reported missing in the Jeff Davis Eight case. On May 17, 2005, 28-year-old Loretta Chaisson Lewis went missing. Three days later, her body was found floatingMore >>
Friday marks the anniversary of the first woman reported missing in the Jeff Davis Eight case.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 5:47 PM EDT2013-05-17 21:47:38 GMT
More than 825 students - the largest graduating class in McNeese State University history - are expected to receive degrees at the university's spring commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18,More >>
More than 825 students - the largest graduating class in McNeese State University history - are expected to receive degrees at the university's spring commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday at Burton Coliseum.More >>
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The following is a Press Release from The Office of U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu
U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today honored Juneteenth Independence Day, which is celebrated on June 19 each year to recognize the day in 1865 when the enforcement of the abolition of slavery reached Texas, signifying that slavery had ended across the entire country. Also known as "Freedom Day" or "Emancipation Day," this day is celebrated as the anniversary of African-American freedom.
"Juneteenth serves as an important reminder of some of the darkest days in American history; today is also, however, an opportunity to recognize the progress we have made toward full equality, and celebrate the courage and triumph that has defined the African-American story. Today we reinforce our commitment to building a more just and promising society, in which a quality education, affordable health care and a good job are more than just dreams, but realities for all Americans," Sen. Landrieu said.
News of President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation took more than two years to reach some of the southwestern states. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, with the news that all slaves had been granted their freedom.
In 2011, she co-sponsored a resolution commemorating Juneteenth Independence Day. She also commemorated the 101st Anniversary of the NAACP. In 2007, Sen. Landrieu co-sponsored the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act, which gives the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI the ability to reopen unsolved Civil Rights-era murder cases and continues to support funding for the DOJ Civil Rights Division to aid in closing this important part of American history. Also in 2007, Sen. Landrieu and then Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., together introduced a bill to change the name of the main hall in the Capitol Visitors Center (CVC) from the "Great Hall," a name shared by the main hall of the Library of Congress, to "Emancipation Hall." The bill was subsequently signed into law.