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March 28, 2017 - 16:03 pm
WWL.com reporting A measure has been filed for the upcoming legislative session that would increase cigarette taxes by 22-cents. Currently, the tax on a pack of cigarettes is $1.08 and the proposal would up that to $1.30 a pack. Author of the legislation, West Monroe Representative Frank Hoffman,...
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March 28, 2017 - 15:03 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Republican lawmakers on the House budget-writing committee are resisting suggestions that Louisiana's budget needs more money next year. Instead, they're suggesting they'll be looking for deeper cuts. The Appropriations Committee opened hearings Tuesday on Gov. John Bel...
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March 28, 2017 - 14:03 pm
WWL.com reporting A statewide survey finds a majority of Louisiana residents support higher taxes if the tax revenues go towards public schools, colleges, health care and roads. But Director of the LSU Public Policy Research Lab, Michael Henderson, says their poll doesn’t mean taxpayers are...
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March 28, 2017 - 13:03 pm
WWL.com Reporting... Most Louisianans oppose reducing the amount of the TOPS scholarship award to cut costs, according to a recent survey from LSU. State leaders have proposed several means of making TOPS more affordable, including limiting the amount each student receives. Michael Henderson with...
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Dave Cohen
March 28, 2017 - 13:03 pm
Republican Leaders today say they are more determined than before the get rid of Obamacare. A lawmaker from Louisiana is leading the charge. "The resolve of our conference to repeal and replace Obamacare has never been stronger," Rep. Steve Scalise of Metairie said. The Majority Whip insisted that...
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Jim Hanzo
March 28, 2017 - 13:03 pm
WWL.com Reporting A bill filed for the regular session seeks to protect Louisiana’s military monuments, including controversial confederate statues. Shreveport Representative Thomas Carmody authored the legislation that would prohibit state and local governments from removing, relocating, or...
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Dave Cohen
March 28, 2017 - 12:03 pm
New Orleans Police have arrested a man they say killed a new born baby. Jeffery Edward Coleman is behind bars on a charge of 2nd degree murder. His bond is set at $450,000. A news release said, "He is believed to have inflicted severe bodily harm to a 17 day old infant boy." Officers responded to...
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Dave Cohen
March 28, 2017 - 12:03 pm
Jazz Fest organizers have released the "cubes" showing the times and stages of each of the artists slated to perform at the annual music, food and culture celebration in New Orleans. Again, there will some tough choices with some of the most popular performers taking different stages at the same...
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Jim Hanzo
March 28, 2017 - 10:03 am
A plan to provide high-speed internet access to Louisiana's public school districts at no cost to them has died because local educators showed too little interest. Louisiana's Board of Regents offered to make the upgrade happen for free for the school districts, but only 11 of the state's 69...
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Jim Hanzo
March 28, 2017 - 09:03 am
WWL.com Reporting A bill filed for the regular session seeks to fully fund the TOPS scholarship program with gambling franchise fees. Baton Rouge Representative Franklin Foil says his bill dedicates part of the funds from riverboat gambling to TOPS so the program isn’t underfunded in the future...
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