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In Louisiana’s 3rd congressional district, 12 candidates will vie for the seat that is being left vacant by Republican incumbent Rep. Charles Boustany.

The seat is expected to stay red, and the Republicans vying for that spot are trying to distinguish themselves.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Sue Lincoln of WRKF about the state’s unique November primary to fill the seat.

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Tens of thousands in Louisiana were surprised by floods last week. In a changing climate, what more can be done to warn communities that the weather can do things they aren't used to?

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The cleanup continues after record floods devastated Louisiana. Relief organizations are on the ground in, trying to help thousands of victims of the floods that devastated Baton Rouge. But some in a downtown shelter say it is not enough. Mallory Falk of WWNO found out that many are renters, and some would like to leave the area altogether.

This week flooding in Louisiana killed at least 13 and damaged more than 40,000 homes. The disaster stopped life in its tracks for many across the state, including Louisiana’s second-biggest school system: East Baton Rouge Parish.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd checks in with the superintendent of that school system, Warren Drake, who says East Baton Rouge is hoping to resume school Wednesday.

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On the closure of East Baton Rouge Parish schools

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On July 5, Alton Sterling was killed by police officers in Baton Rouge. Two days later in downtown Dallas, at the end of a peaceful protest against the police killings of Sterling and other black men, a lone shooter gunned down five police officers.

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A makeshift memorial at the commercial plaza where three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers were killed.
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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and state law enforcement officials revealed more details about the events that led to the shooting deaths of three local law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge.

 


The investigation into the deadly Baton Rouge police shootings is focusing on what prompted the attacker to open fire. 

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