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Wilbert Jones talks to media with his brother Plem Jones, right, after leaving East Baton Rouge Parish Prison in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. Wilbert Jones, who has spent nearly 50 years in prison was freed after a judge overturned his conviction in the kidnapping and rape of a nurse. State District Court Judge Richard Anderson threw out Jones' conviction on Oct. 31, saying authorities withheld evidence that could have exonerated Jones decades ago. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
November 15, 2017 - 2:08 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Nearly 50 years after he was arrested in the kidnapping and rape of a nurse, a Louisiana man walked out of prison on Wednesday, his life sentence and conviction overturned by a judge who said the case against him was "weak at best." Authorities withheld evidence decades ago...
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Wilbert Jones talks to media with his brother Plem Jones, right, after leaving East Baton Rouge Parish Prison in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. Wilbert Jones, who has spent nearly 50 years in prison was freed after a judge overturned his conviction in the kidnapping and rape of a nurse. State District Court Judge Richard Anderson threw out Jones' conviction on Oct. 31, saying authorities withheld evidence that could have exonerated Jones decades ago. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
November 15, 2017 - 2:08 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Nearly 50 years after he was arrested in the kidnapping and rape of a nurse, a Louisiana man walked out of prison on Wednesday, his life sentence and conviction overturned by a judge who said the case against him was "weak at best." Authorities withheld evidence decades ago...
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USA TODAY
November 15, 2017 - 12:26 pm
(WWL.com) The U.S. House passed a bill Tuesday to overhaul the National Flood Insurance Program, allowing it to operate another five years and to update flood mapping requirements. Richland Parish Representative Ralph Abraham says he voted against the bill because he’s concerned about double digit...
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November 15, 2017 - 7:11 am
(WWL.com) There were three fatal police shootings in Louisiana in just four days in the past week. It has some asking why this is happening so frequently. LSU School of Public Health Criminologist Dr. Peter Scharf says the Bayou State has a relatively high rate of police using deadly force. “Since...
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November 15, 2017 - 7:10 am
(WWL.com) There were three fatal police shootings in Louisiana in just four days in the past week. It has some asking why this is happening so frequently. LSU School of Public Health Criminologist Dr. Peter Scharf says the Bayou State has a relatively high rate of police using deadly force. “Since...
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November 14, 2017 - 9:57 pm
By KEVIN FREKING Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House on Tuesday backed legislation that will increase flood insurance premiums for many property owners to help firm up a program under stress from ever-more frequent and powerful storms. The bill's passage was secured when sponsors made a...
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November 14, 2017 - 3:17 pm
(AP) - A Louisiana man who has spent nearly 50 years in prison will be freed after a judge overturned his conviction in the kidnapping and rape of a nurse. State District Court Judge Richard Anderson set Wilbert Jones' bail at $2,000 after hearing arguments from defense attorneys and prosecutors in...
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November 14, 2017 - 10:20 am
(AP) _ A Louisiana man could be freed after nearly 50 years in prison for a rape conviction recently thrown out by a judge who concluded authorities withheld evidence. State District Court Judge Richard Anderson overturned Wilbert Jones' conviction on Oct. 31, saying the case against him was ``weak...
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