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DOJ sues Ruston Housing Authority

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NEW ORLEANS (KNOE 8 News/AP) - The federal government has filed a lawsuit against the Housing Authority for the City of Ruston, alleging it has engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination against black tenants.

The civil suit was filed Monday in federal court in Monroe.

The complaint alleges the housing authority maintained a "racially segregated housing authority by steering and assigning applicants to its five complexes based on race, rather than in order of their placement on the Ruston Housing Authority's waiting list."

A telephone message left at the district office of state Rep. Robert E. Shadoin, an attorney representing the agency, and his law office was not immediately returned.

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