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It may be no surprise that New York City is America’s noisiest city. But one possible solution to decrease noise pollution may come as a surprise: introducing more park space in urban environments. Noise pollution is defined as any unwanted or disturbing sound that affects the health and well-being of humans and other organisms, according […]

Some ski resorts in the western U.S. are fighting to stay open with poor snowfall and warmer weather threatening the snowpack. This month, a locally owned ski resort west of Choteau, Montana closed halfway through the 2023-2024 season, citing lack of snowfall, warming temperatures and financial issues. In Big Sky, Montana, snowfall levels hit a […]

Lawsuit seeks to block Louisiana’s new congressional map that has 2nd mostly Black district Published 7:25 am Friday, February 2, 2024 The Louisiana Legislature’s redrawn congressional map giving the state a second mostly Black district is being challenged by 12 self-described “non-African American” voters in a new lawsuit. The challenge filed Wednesday and assigned to a judge […]

A prominent Louisiana politician and a sitting U.S. congressman — both Black Democrats — are at odds over new district lines that would add another majority-minority seat to the state’s U.S. House delegation.  Public Service Commissioner Davante Lewis, D-Baton Rouge, is one of the Black voters in the lawsuit that challenged the congressional redistricting plan […]

Louisiana lawmakers on Friday approved a new congressional map that would create a second district with a majority of Black voters, after a federal court found that the existing map appeared to illegally undercut the power of Black voters in the state. Given that Black voters often back Democratic candidates in the state, the new […]

Louisiana state lawmakers approved a new congressional map on Friday, drawing a second majority-Black district to comply with a court order. A federal court had ruled in 2022 that Louisiana’s Republican-controlled Legislature had illegally disenfranchised Black voters in the state with their previous redistricting plan. After more than a year of appeals and a U.S. […]

Then-U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry of Louisiana speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Oct. 2011. Now the state’s governor, Landry on Tuesday addressed the need for a new congressional map in the state and said, “The federal courts have ordered us to perform our job.” File Photo by Roger L. Wollenberg/UPI | License […]

Then-U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry of Louisiana speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Oct. 2011. Now the state’s governor, Landry on Tuesday addressed the need for a new congressional map in the state and said, “The federal courts have ordered us to perform our job.” File Photo by Roger L. Wollenberg/UPI Jan. 19 […]

A Louisiana legislative committee advanced a congressional redistricting plan Thursday with two majority-Black districts after making substantial changes to the original version of the proposal.  The House and Governmental Affairs Committee approved the Senate Bill 8 by Sen. Glen Womack, R-Harrisonburg, on a 14-1 vote after adopting the amendments without objection. The alterations include splitting […]

BATON ROUGE, La. — A proposed Louisiana congressional map with a second majority-Black district, which could deliver another U.S. House seat to Democrats, received bipartisan support and advanced through a legislative committee Tuesday. During the second day of Louisiana’s special redistricting session, lawmakers took their first in-depth look at proposed congressional boundaries, backed by newly inaugurated GOP […]


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