Louisiana

A security vehicle sits outside Exxon / Mobil refinery September 23, 2005 in Baytown, Texas.

Hazardous Chemicals Released Into Air Following Hurricane-Related Refinery Accidents in Houston

ExxonMobil acknowledged that two of its refineries were damaged, and there was an unrelated pipeline leak. 

An abandoned lighthouse is seen surrounded by water in Plaquemines Parish August 3, 2006, near Venice, Louisiana.

READ: In Southern Louisiana, A Question of Whether to Stay or Go

Climate change has hit the region hard, and residents must answer an urgent question.

Indigenous children at the L'eau Est La Vie (Water is Life) Camp on June 24, 2017, in southern Louisiana.

New Louisiana Anti-Pipeline Camp Increases Security by Requiring Water Protector Application

The vetting process is intended to keep out infiltrators and protect camp occupiers.

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Alton Sterling's Family Sues Baton Rouge, Police Department for Wrongful Death

The Department of Justice did not file criminal charges against officer Blake Salamoni, who killed Sterling outside a Baton Rouge convenience store.

 Indigenous leaders open the L'eau Est La Vie (Water Is Life) Camp in ceremony June 24, 2017, in southern Louisiana.

ICYMI: Prayer and Resistance Camp Launches in Louisiana to Challenge Pipeline Connected to DAPL

The Bayou Bridge Pipeline would transport North Dakota’s crude oil to refineries and facilities in Louisiana.

 The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image of the storm at 12:48 p.m. Central Time (17:48 Universal Time) on June 20, 2017. (Caption by Adam Voiland)

What the Numbers Tell Us About Tropical Storm Cindy

It’s hitting an area with a high concentration of Black people.

A sheen of oil floats in a marsh on April 19, 2011, at Middle Ground in southern Louisiana. More than seven years later, the Gulf Coast region still feels the disaster's effects.

A Louisiana Parish Just Received $45 Million To Help Rebuild From the BP Oil Spill

Plaquemines Parish still deals with the impact of the 2010 accident, and experts have differing ideas on how the money can best help the community.  

The coast of Grand Isle ahead of Tropical Storm Karen on October 4, 2013, in Grand Isle, Louisiana.

LISTEN: Louisiana Tribes Losing Their Traditional Food in Face of Climate Change

Sinking land and rising sea waters are forcing people off their land and destroying the means to raise cattle. 

Photo of Phillips 66 pipeline fire

Worker Missing in Louisiana Pipeline Explosion Assumed Dead

It took four days for responders to extinguish the blaze caused by the accident.

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Louisiana Environmentalists Release Report on the Petrochemical Industry

It comes one week after a significant fire at a Baton Rouge Exxon refinery.

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6 Arrested During Protest of David Duke's HBCU Appearance

Duke—a former Ku Klux Klan leader, current Senate candidate and Donald Trump supporter—railed against the Black Lives Matter movement and Jews during a controversial debate appearance at Dillard University, an historically Black institution.

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10 Behind-the-Scenes Photos From the Smithsonian's Long-Awaited Black History and Culture Museum

Check out pics of a Tuskeegee Airmen plane, the P-Funk Mothership and more in this roundup from yesterday’s media day at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Severe storms that caused significant flooding is seen on August 14, 2016, in Port Vincent, Louisiana. Louisiana was overwhelmed with flood water causing at least 13 deaths and 150,000 properties damaged by the flood waters.

New Study Shows Link Between Louisiana Floods and Climate Change

Because of global warming, events like the one that devastated Baton Rouge are 40 percent more likely today than a century ago.

A sign is seen along a flooded road on August 15, 2016, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Record-breaking rains pelted Louisiana the weekend of August 12 leaving the city with historic levels of flooding that have caused at least 13 deaths and damaged homes.

Latest Numbers Show Louisiana Flooding Was Worse Than Initially Thought

Nearly 400,000 people in the Baton Rouge area were affected by the nonstop rainfall—and over one thousand are still in shelters.  

U.S. President Barack Obama walks out of the White House before boarding Marine One and departing to Louisiana August 23, 2016, in Washington, DC. Obama will survey historic flooding that has damaged more almost 70,000 homes and killed at least 13 people.

President Barack Obama in Baton Rouge Today

The president holds a press conference in Louisiana to further bring the flood crisis to national attention. 

Colorlines screenshot courtesy of Louisiana Police Department via Twitter (@LAStatePolice), taken on August 15, 2016.

6 Die in Louisiana Flooding as Rains Continue

The extreme weather in the southern state has resulted in President Obama declaring it a federal disaster. 

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Federal Judge Seals Alton Sterling's Autopsy Report

The parish coroner William “Beau” Clark says this is the first time a judge has sealed a report from his office.

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Ava DuVernay's 'Queen Sugar' Gets Second Season Order, New Trailer

The first season of DuVernay’s family drama series will premiere on OWN this September. 

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14 Must-Read Reactions to Baton Rouge Police Shooting

Shaun King: “Blaming the #BlackLivesMatter Movement for violence would be like blaming libraries for illiteracy rates or fire departments for fires.”

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Feds Will Lead #AltonSterling Investigation, Officers Are Named

Also, in a press conference, Baton Rouge law enforcement confirmed the existence of body-camera footage.