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  • Civil rights group's lawsuit targets bail bond companies

    June 19, 2017 6:29 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A civil rights group has filed a federal lawsuit against a New Orleans bail bond company and related businesses, alleging they violated federal lending and racketeering laws by charging hidden and illegal fees. The Southern Poverty Law Center's lawsuit also claims the defendants resorted to... more »
  • Lower threshold for recall elections wins La. House support

    May 10, 2017 9:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the Louisiana House want to make it easier for voters to recall elected officials. The House voted 70-27 Wednesday for a proposal from Rep. Paul Hollis, a Covington Republican, to change rules for recall elections. The measure heads to the Senate for consideration. Under current... more »
  • Renter claims landlord not making repairs, evicted Wednesday Play Video

    April 26, 2017 6:22 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - A renter was evicted from her apartment Wednesday for withholding rent from her landlord. Durante Converse tells 2 On Your Side she has good reason. There's mold growing in her apartment, in the air ducts, under the sinks and along the floorboards. After repeatedly asking her... more »
  • AG's office to hold fair housing workshops

    April 7, 2017 12:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE – April is National Fair Housing Month and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is hosting several educational workshops on fair housing throughout the state. The workshops are free and will focus on educating the public about their housing rights. Landry said his office will continue to... more »
  • Lawyer argues that a chimp is legally a person

    March 16, 2017 3:50 PM

    NEW YORK - An attorney says in court in New York that a chimpanzee should be treated as a person with legal rights. Attorney Steven Wise argued Thursday before the state appeals court in Manhattan that two chimps named Tommy and Kiko should be freed from cages to live in... more »
  • Charlotte council repeals entire LGBT ordinance

    December 21, 2016 10:05 AM

    RALEIGH - City leaders in Charlotte, North Carolina, have held an emergency meeting and taken more action designed to get a statewide law off the books that limits LGBT rights and designates which restrooms transgender people can use in public schools and government buildings. The Charlotte City Council voted 7-2... more »
  • Workers at O'Hare airport expected to strike over wages

    November 29, 2016 10:04 AM

    CHICAGO - Workers at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport are expected to walk off the job over union rights and an hourly wage of $15. About 500 workers have committed to the strike on Tuesday. They include cabin cleaners, janitors, wheelchair attendants and baggage handlers. The workers are employed by private... more »
  • Judge to hear arguments in Louisiana's LGBT-rights dispute

    November 29, 2016 9:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards says his LGBT-rights protection order is a statement that Louisiana doesn't discriminate. Attorney General Jeff Landry calls it executive overreach. A Baton Rouge judge hears the arguments Tuesday as he decides whether to block the Democratic governor from enforcing the anti-discrimination order. Edwards... more »
  • Edwards says he's not rescinding anti-discrimination order

    October 19, 2016 4:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards says he won't change his order requiring most state contracts to contain LGBT rights protection language, despite a loss in court on the issue. On his monthly radio show Wednesday, the Democratic governor said he is exploring his legal options - but won't... more »
  • Lawsuit: Georgia voter registration process violates the law

    September 14, 2016 9:29 AM

    ATLANTA - A federal lawsuit claims Georgia's voter registration process violates the Voting Rights Act and has prevented tens of thousands of people from being able to register to vote - many of them minorities. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Gainesville says a state policy causes voter registration applications to... more »
  • Pentagon ends ban on transgender troops in military

    June 30, 2016 12:55 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon will let transgender individuals serve openly in the U.S. military, ending one of the last bans on service in the armed forces. Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the change Thursday. Carter says it's the right thing to do. He says only a person's qualifications should matter,... more »
  • Clock ticking, but tweaks in play for N. Carolina LGBT law

    June 29, 2016 11:10 AM

    RALEIGH, N.C. - The window is small and the strategy tricky, but GOP legislative leaders in North Carolina say there's a chance to change the state law that sparked a clash over transgender rights nationally. The law limits anti-discrimination rules that protect LGBT people. It also directs transgender people to... more »
  • Pope: Gays and others marginalized deserve an apology

    June 26, 2016 10:15 PM

    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE - Pope Francis says gays - and other people marginalized by the church like the poor and the exploited - deserve an apology. Francis was asked Sunday en route home from Armenia if he agreed with one of his top advisers, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who... more »
  • Thousands plan May 1 marches in US in heated election year

    May 1, 2016 3:14 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Thousands are expected to rally in cities across the United States for immigrant and worker rights and against what they see as hateful presidential campaign rhetoric. Events are planned for Sunday in cities from New York to Miami to Cleveland and to Los Angeles. Organizers say they... more »
  • New project at Atlanta museum focuses on LGBT civil rights

    September 2, 2015 2:19 PM

    ATLANTA - Leaders of an Atlanta museum want the space focused on modern and historic civil rights to contribute to a national push to ensure LGBT rights, particularly in southern states. Wednesday marks the formal launch of the LGBT Institute, housed at the Center for Civil and Human Rights. The... more »
  • Some want language changed in state's deaf child bill of rights

    January 25, 2015 9:11 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Several deaf advocacy groups gathered together Saturday morning until the afternoon to discuss ways they want to see legislation changed for deaf children in the state. Around a hundred people were at The Louisiana Summit for Deaf and Education Reform. Groups including Lighthouse Louisiana and... more »
  • TV campaign for gay equality starting in Miss

    November 8, 2014 12:14 PM

    BRANDON, Miss. - A civil rights group is launching an advertising campaign aimed at softening religious opposition in the Deep South to equal rights for gay, bisexual and transgender people. The Washington-based Human Rights Campaign is taking on the region's longstanding church-based opposition to homosexuality in a series of television... more »
  • Obama on Labor Day: Don't take rights for granted

    August 30, 2014 11:50 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is asking Americans this Labor Day to think about the rights and benefits that people often take for granted. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says he's optimistic about the growing economy. He says decisions made now will determine whether the recovery will... more »

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