BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Deaf students have sued Louisiana's community college system, saying their grades suffered or they lost financial aid because they could not get interpreters or other accommodation for their disability. New Orleans attorney Andrew Bizer tells The Advertiser that although the lawsuit currently names two New Orleans plaintiffs, more will be added. System spokesman Quintin Taylor says he cannot talk about pending litigation, but the system always does all it can to provide access.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal appeals court has overturned two of three criminal convictions against a Hattiesburg pastor, finding that the indictment, jury instructions and jury verdict form incorrectly stated the law. The 2-1 decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was handed down Monday. Fairley was found guilty in 2016 of two counts of theft of government funds and one count of conspiracy to defraud the government, after prosecutors alleged he skimmed money from a housing rehabilitation program.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - President Donald Trump has nominated the wife of former U.S. Sen. David Vitter to serve as a federal judge in New Orleans. The White House on Tuesday announced Wendy Vitter's nomination for a seat on the bench in the Eastern District of Louisiana. Trump also nominated Robert Summerhays to serve as a federal judge in the Western District of Louisiana.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana is ending its preparations for cuts to a health insurance program for low-income children after Congress renewed the program for six years. Before the latest congressional action, Louisiana expected to run out of money sometime around March for the Children's Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP. No notifications had yet been sent to recipient families about the possible funding problems.
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