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David Blake
May 26, 2017 - 1:41 pm
As we get ever closer to the end of this legislative session in Baton Rouge, there are many questions about the future of the TOPS scholarship program. High Education Commissioner Joe Rallo tells WWL First News that the current House budget has TOPS fully funded, and we should know next week what...
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May 26, 2017 - 12:22 pm
A sales tax discount is available for hurricane preparedness items this weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, residents can purchase flashlights, batteries, portable generators and other emergency supplies at a reduced sales tax rate. Department of Revenue spokesperson Byron Henderson says, "eligible...
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Chris Miller
May 26, 2017 - 11:17 am
An Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office employee, an inmate, and a civilian face charges of smuggling contraband into the jail. "Civilian employee Ciboney Parker, civilian Brittany Theophile, and inmate Elton Williams were involved in a plot to smuggle different types of narcotics into the Orleans...
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May 26, 2017 - 9:46 am
(WWL.com) Concertgoers at this weekend’s Bayou Country Superfest in New Orleans can expect even more security after the terrorist attack at a concert in Manchester. Producer Quint Davis says safety is always the number one concern, and everyone should feel comfortable attending the event. “The...
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May 25, 2017 - 10:02 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Key pieces of Louisiana's planned criminal justice overhaul were temporarily shelved Thursday after lawmakers said some Republicans threatened to trounce the proposals because Democrats are holding up an unrelated financing bill. The House was expected to vote on six bills...
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May 25, 2017 - 9:53 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Lawmakers are considering whether to raise driver's license fees by $1 and deposit the estimated $2.4 million raised over five years into a veterans assistance fund. The House overwhelmingly supported the measure by Pineville Rep. Chris Hazel, a Republican, in an 81-14 vote...
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May 25, 2017 - 8:56 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ House lawmakers refused to give a protected, $2 million annual stream of state cash to the Louisiana inspector general's office that investigates government fraud and waste. Rep. Julie Stokes, a Kenner Republican, said her constitutional amendment would promote independence...
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