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  • Man accused of hate crime against child check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 28, 2015 3:47 PM

    CLINTON - Sheriff's deputies charged an East Feliciana Parish man with a hate crime after investigators said he pulled down the pants of a 12-year old child and called him a racial slur in public. Deputies charged 54-year-old Ronnie Barnes with misdemeanor simple battery on Saturday. Tuesday, he was... more »
  • Lawmaker's watermelon giveaway was racist, challenger says

    July 22, 2015 3:41 PM

    JACKSON - A white lawmaker says he gave watermelons to people in his central Mississippi House district, and his black challenger says doing so promoted racial stereotypes. First-term Democratic Rep. Brad Oberhousen of Byram tells The Clarion-Ledger that he gave the melons to several people for their Fourth of July... more »
  • Woman given 8 years in Mississippi hate crime killing

    April 9, 2015 5:21 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - A second woman who was part of a group that repeatedly searched Mississippi's capital city for black people to assault has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate on Thursday sentenced Shelbie Brooke Richards of Pearl on one count... more »
  • Official: US report finds racial bias in Ferguson police

    March 3, 2015 3:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that a Justice Department investigation has found patterns of racial bias in the Ferguson, Missouri, police department and at the municipal jail and court. The official says the investigation found that officers disproportionately used excessive force against blacks and too... more »
  • SU students sue apartments over racist attack check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 8, 2015 10:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Two students from Southern University filed a lawsuit Thursday claiming the managers of an apartment complex near LSU attacked them and called them racial slurs after the students tried to lease an apartment there. Jasmine Edwards and Demonya Williams named Courtyard Orleans Apartments, apartment manager Kortney... more »
  • Man sentenced for racially-motivated attack check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 4, 2014 9:20 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - An Iberville Parish woman said she feels vindicated following the sentencing of a man for his racial tirade toward her two years ago. Josh Jambon was recorded on cell phone yelling expletives and spitting on workers doing cleanup work for the federal government after Hurricane Isaac. The... more »
  • Court weighs role of race in Alabama redistricting

    November 12, 2014 11:40 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is considering a dispute over the use of race to redraw political districts that turns the usual arguments on their heads. Alabama is telling the justices in arguments Wednesday that it had no choice but to concentrate black voters in some legislative districts, making the... more »
  • Race-based claims thrown out in Deen lawsuit

    August 12, 2013 3:23 PM

    SAVANNAH, Ga. - A federal judge in Georgia has thrown out race discrimination claims by a former Savannah restaurant manager whose lawsuit against Paula Deen ended up causing the celebrity cook to lose a big slice of her culinary empire. Lisa Jackson sued Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers,... more »
  • Cooper back with Eagles after excused absence

    August 6, 2013 10:25 AM

    PHILADELPHIA - Riley Cooper has returned to the Philadelphia Eagles after he was caught on video using a racial slur and given four days off. The team says Cooper is expected to be at practice Tuesday. The Eagles and Patriots are to hold a joint practice. The wide receiver was... more »
  • Deen parts with agent after racial slur fallout

    July 4, 2013 3:48 PM

    SAVANNAH, Ga. - Paula Deen is ending her business relationship with a longtime agent after her admission that she used racial slurs in the past resulted in the loss of major pieces of her media and merchandising empire. The celebrity chef's spokeswoman, Elana Weiss, said in a statement Thursday that... more »
  • Food Network won't renew Paula Deen's contract

    June 21, 2013 3:56 PM

    SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Food Network says it will not renew the contract of celebrity chef Paula Deen, days after it was revealed she admitted using racial slurs in the past. The network said in a news release Friday afternoon that it would not renew Deen's contract when it expires... more »
  • Senator calls colleagues racist, dodges questions check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 29, 2013 10:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republicans and Gov. Bobby Jindal called for a New Orleans state senator to apologize for her recent accusations that opposition to expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act was based in racism. Senator Karen Carter-Peterson said Monday her colleagues in the Senate opposed President Obama's reform... more »
  • BRPD: FBI asked to investigate possible hate crime check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 14, 2013 6:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two days after an attack described by its victims as racially-charged, police investigators asked the FBI to investigate possible federal hate crime charges. Police said the white victims were both knocked unconscious as they were pumping gas Sunday evening at a station on the corner of... more »
  • High court to take new look at voting rights law

    November 9, 2012 2:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court says it will consider eliminating the government's chief weapon against racial discrimination at polling places since the 1960s. Acting three days after the election, the justices are agreeing Friday to hear a constitutional challenge to the part of the landmark Voting Rights Act that requires... more »
  • Court revives racial bias claims over school plan

    November 3, 2011 2:24 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit that claims a Louisiana school board's redistricting plan discriminated against black students. In Thursday's ruling, a divided three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said a judge erroneously dismissed all the claims filed against the... more »
  • Outdoor retailer denies discrimination allegations

    September 21, 2011 2:51 PM

    HOUSTON - A spokesperson for Bass Pro Outdoor World denied allegations in a federal lawsuit that the company has engaged in racial descrimination in their hiring practices since as early as 2005. The Equal Opportunity Commission filed the suit in U. S. District Court in Houston, claiming qualified African-Americans... more »
  • State boards and commissions under review

    November 17, 2010 5:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State Representative Regina Barrow is raising more questions about the state's boards and commissions, while other lawmakers say her concerns are already being addressed. Barrow brought up several concerns during a joint committee meeting at the Capitol today, including questioning their usefulness and expense to taxpayers. ... more »
  • Parents sound off on Assumption HS Facebook threats

    September 15, 2010 10:38 PM

    Tonight the Assumption Parish School Board tried to calm fears after a racially-charged threat on Facebook. Half the students went home early today, even though deputies checked for weapons. News 2’s Kristy Davis got the latest on how the district plans to move forward. more »
  • Extra security at Assumption High School after threats on Facebook

    September 15, 2010 8:19 AM

    More than a dozen additional deputies were present as Assumption High School students reported to classes on Wednesday morning after numerous complaints from parents regarding racially based threats posted on Facebook. Students were searched before being allowed to enter the campus. The investigation into this matter is in progress and... more »
  • Former principal suing school superintendent and board

    June 18, 2010 6:31 AM

    A former South Lafourche High School principal is suing the parish's schools superintendent and school board, alleging her contract was not renewed because of racial and gender discrimination. In the suit filed last week, Curole alleges the Lafourche School Board and Superintendent Jo Ann Matthews acted in "bad faith" in... more »
  • Conflicting takes on racially-charged pictures

    November 2, 2009 10:26 PM

    Pictures taken on Halloween night in Ponchatoula have caused some controversy among residents. The pictures of a woman dressed in black face and three men in what appeared to be white hoods were posted on the Tangipahoa Parish NAACP website on Sunday. Chapter President Pat Morris says the... more »

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