NEW ORLEANS (AP) - By a vote of 4-3, Louisiana's Supreme Court has rejected Gov. John Bel Edwards' attempt to revive his executive order protecting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in state government. The court on Friday refused to hear arguments on Edwards' April 2016 order banning discrimination in state government and state contracts based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - NFL and NBA executives joined Saints and Pelicans players and coaches and New Orleans city officials in a historic French Quarter cathedral Friday for the funeral of Tom Benson. The owner of the city's two major professional sports franchises died last week at age 90. Throngs of tourists and locals stood outside St. Louis Cathedral as the midday Mass began.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Louisiana man serving time for a 2012 sexual assault conviction has been indicted by a grand jury in two earlier rapes now that sexual assault kits have been tested. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reported Thursday that 55-year-old Juancheus "Juan" Caesar was charged with two counts each of aggravated rape and aggravated kidnapping. A prosecutor says his DNA matches evidence from rapes in 1999 and 2011.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Police in Louisiana have identified a man who died after exchanging gunfire with another man during an altercation outside a laundromat. Baton Rouge spokesman Sgt. L'Jean McKneely Jr. said in a news release Thursday 23-year-old Joel Fealing exchanged gunfire with an unnamed 29-year-old during an altercation in the laundromat parking lot. The 29-year-old is expected to survive.
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