Melinda Deslatte, The Associated Press

Melinda Deslatte

The Associated Press

Baton Rouge, LA, United States

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Recent articles by Melinda:

Louisiana redistricting effort likely to get heated

The special sessions convened for the work each decade often are among the most contentious lawmakers face. → Read More

Louisiana launches $11M housing program for Hurricane Laura

Nearly 15 months after Hurricane Laura struck, Louisiana is kicking off $11.3 million in housing repair and rebuilding programs for the southwestern city of Lake Charles while it waits for hundreds of millions in promised federal aid to arrive. → Read More

Louisiana senators to review State Police use-of-force rules

The committee is set to examine the Louisiana State Police’s use-of-force policies as federal prosecutors are scrutinizing a series of beatings by troopers. → Read More

Louisiana senators to review State Police use-of-force rules

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Senate has created a special committee to dig into complaints about the use of excessive force by the State Poli... → Read More

Louisiana senators to review State Police use-of-force rules

The move comes after troopers have been documented in a series of beatings of Black men that have drawn attention from federal investigators. → Read More

Louisiana to get $595M federal disaster aid for Laura, Delta

The money is welcomed by officials as critical to rebuilding efforts in southwest Louisiana. → Read More

Louisiana lifts mask mandate amid sharp drop in COVID cases

Louisiana is ending its statewide indoor mask mandate after emerging from its latest and worst coronavirus spike of the pandemic and seeing a sharp decline in new COVID-19 infections → Read More

Louisiana lifts mask mandate amid sharp drop in COVID cases

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is ending its statewide indoor mask mandate after emerging from its latest and worst coronavirus spike of the pandem... → Read More

Louisiana to get $595M federal disaster aid for Laura, Delta

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana will receive $595 million in federal disaster block grant aid to help with housing restoration and other recovery ne... → Read More

Louisiana police boss says he’s open to federal oversight

The head of the Louisiana State Police said Friday he wants to know why 67% of his agency’s uses of force in recent years have been directed at Black people, and would welcome a U.S. Justice Department “pattern and practice” probe into potential racial profiling if that is deemed necessary. → Read More

Louisiana police boss says he’s open to federal oversight

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The head of the Louisiana State Police said Friday he wants to know why 67% of his agency’s uses of force in recent years have been directed at Black people, and would welcome a U.S. Justice Department “pattern and practice” probe into potential racial profiling if that is deemed necessary. […] → Read More

Louisiana police boss says he’s open to federal oversight

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The head of the Louisiana State Police said Friday he wants to know why 67% of his agency’s uses of force in recent years have... → Read More

Louisiana police boss says he's open to federal oversight

The head of the Louisiana State Police says he wants to know why 67% of his agency’s uses of force in recent years have been directed at Black people. → Read More

Louisiana State Police boss says he's open to federal oversight

“I’m a Black male. I don’t want to feel like I’m going to be stopped and thrown across a car just because of that, and I don’t want anyone else to feel that way.” → Read More

Hurricane Ida aftermath: Death toll in Louisiana rises to 26

Officials have raised Hurricane Ida's death toll in Louisiana to 26. The additional 11 deaths all occurred in the city of New Orleans. → Read More

Hurricane Ida curfew lifted in New Orleans; 11 new deaths reported

New Orleans lifted a nightly curfew Wednesday as the city moved closer to regaining full power 10 days after Hurricane Ida, but hundreds of thousands of people outside the city were still without lights and water and more than a quarter of a million children were unable to return to schools. → Read More

Ida deaths rise by 11 in New Orleans; Louisiana toll now 26

HOUMA, La. (AP) — The death toll in Louisiana from Hurricane Ida rose to 26 Wednesday, after health officials reported 11 additional deaths in New Orleans, mostly older people who perished from the heat. The announcement was grim news amid signs the city was returning to normal with almost fully restored power and a lifted nighttime curfew. → Read More

Ida curfew lifted in New Orleans; 250K students still out

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — New Orleans lifted a nightly curfew Wednesday as the city moved closer to regaining full power 10 days after Hurricane Ida, bu... → Read More

Ida curfew lifted in New Orleans; 250K students still out

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — New Orleans lifted a nightly curfew Wednesday as the city moved closer to regaining full power 10 days after Hurricane Ida, but hundreds of thousands of people outside the city were still without lights and water and more than a quarter of a million children were unable to return to […] → Read More

Ida curfew lifted in New Orleans; 250K students still out

New Orleans has lifted a nightly curfew as the city moves closer to regaining full power, but 96% of utility customers in Louisiana's hardest-hit communities are still without electricity. → Read More