The Orleans Parish sheriff has asked state police to investigate a jail death that the coroner says was homicide.

State Police chief Colonel Mike Edmonson says he will meet with Sheriff Marlin Gusman today to decide what to do.

Authorities have said 40-year-old Willie Lee collapsed and died within 90 minutes of a fight with another inmate March 23.

Orleans Parish Coroner Jeffrey Rouse said in a statement last week that Lee had a heart attack, but his death was homicide caused by a fight between inmates.

New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison has placed five officers on administrative reassignment while an investigation is made into their actions as detectives in the Special Victims Section.

The Public Integrity Bureau is investigating each officer based on an Office of Inspector General inquiry.

The Inspector General report found evidence suggesting the officers weren't doing their job. Specifically – they’re accused of labeling sex crimes as “miscellaneous” and following up on only a fraction of those cases.

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Louisiana is one of the only states that has not cut down on incarceration rates over the last five years, the Times-Picayune reports.

A new Pew report says that most states have managed to cut their imprisonment and crime rates in that time, but that's not true of Louisiana, which has the highest incarceration rate of any state.

Overall, the U.S. imprisonment rate has gone down 6 percent since 2008, but Louisiana's has stayed flat during that time period.

The FBI is widening its investigation into possible fraud in the state’s film tax-credit program.

The New Orleans Advocate reports producer George Kostuch is suspected of bilking the state over inflated production costs.

Two filmmakers pleaded guilty last year to federal wire fraud charges, and are now cooperating with federal investigators.

The FBI wrote in a search warrant application that the scheme was carried out on the motion pictures Xtinction: Predator X, Sports Trivia Clash and Mysterious Island.

A New Orleans Family's Lives Changed In An Instant

Oct 26, 2014

NPR Ed is reporting this year on the extraordinary changes in the New Orleans schools.

I was in New Orleans to report on how the city's nearly all-charter school system is handling children with disabilities and special needs.

An old friend, a veteran New Orleans reporter, told me about a family — a mother and her two youngest sons — who'd been badly wounded in a drive-by shooting just days into the new school year.

I met up with Alanna Romain at a recreation league football game at City Park. She has five children. Her oldest boy plays football.

The Louisiana health department will be seeking legislation next year to stop billing sexual assault victims for exams and tests.

Monday's announcement from the Department of Health and Hospitals was in response to criticism from victims' advocacy groups and lawmakers.

The complaints came after Times Picayune reported that women who have been raped were being billed for treatment.

Changes to state law will be proposed in the legislative session that begins in April.

A former BP engineer waiting for a retrial on charges stemming from the 2010 oil spill has been granted permission to travel abroad.

A federal judge says that Kurt Mix will be allowed to travel to China next month to attend his stepson's wedding, and visit with family.

Prosecutors have accused Mix of deleting text messages about the amount of oil hushing from the blown-out well.

He was convicted on one count in 2013 but won a new trial based on juror misconduct. He has pleaded not-guilty.

A former BP executive charged with obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has gotten a delay in his case.

David Rainey's court arraignment, originally set for this week, was re-scheduled for December 3 by a federal magistrate judge in New Orleans Thursday.

Rainey faces charges of obstruction of Congress and false statements. He currently is set for trial March 9. He has pleaded not guilty.

News reports over the weekend about rape victims in New Orleans being charged for some medical treatments are prompting a leading women’s rights organization to push for change. The group is calling on state health officials to change the rules.

Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Jerry Larpenter says a 14-year-old boy was brandishing a BB gun made to look like a semi-automatic pistol when he was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy.

Relatives of other teens who were there say that's not true.

Larpenter told The Courier he believes Cameron Tillman thought he was opening the door to a buddy Tuesday evening.

Larpenter says deputies were called to a vacant house by a neighbor who said men with guns had gone in.