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Breaking down Perkins v. Hart, the case against police violence in St. Tammany Parish

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The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice recently released new maps that show petrochemical plants in Louisiana are disproportionately located near Black communities. This report builds on research from the 1990s, and argues that little has changed in the last 30 years.

The coastal desk’s Halle Parker joins us for more on these maps and what they reveal about the health and safety of residents in “Cancer Alley” and Calcasieu Parish.

Last week in New Orleans, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit heard arguments in Perkins v. Hart. The case centers on a Louisiana woman who accused deputies of using excessive force during her arrest, and the recent hearing was to determine whether she has the right to demand a jury trial.

For more on this pivotal case on law enforcement accountability, we are joined by Nora Ahmed, legal director for ACLU of Louisiana. She gives us some background on last week’s hearing and tells us what may happen next.

And lastly, it’s that time of year again. Formosan subterranean termites are swarming into south Louisiana homes, crawling through nooks and crannies and eating away at wood floors and roofs. New Orleans has been experiencing these swarms lately, and while it might be a disturbing sight, it’s not necessarily one to panic about.

Karen Henderson spoke with LSU AgCenter urban entomologist Karen Sun to learn more about how to manage termites and mitigate their damage.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Adam Vos. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman and Aubry Procell. 

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Adam is responsible for coordinating WRKF's programming and making sure everything you hear on the radio runs smoothly. He is Newscast Editor for the WRKF/WWNO Newsroom. Adam is also the Baton Rouge-based host for Louisiana Considered, our daily regional news program, and is frequently the local voice afternoons on All Things Considered.
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WRKF from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.