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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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May 25, 2017 - 8:15 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ A proposal seeking to protect controversial speakers' appearances at Louisiana colleges and calling on campuses to punish students who disrupt them won support from House lawmakers on a second try. Rep. Lance Harris, chairman of the House Republican Delegation, says his bill...
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May 25, 2017 - 4:40 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Louisiana wildlife officials are proposing an experiment that could someday enable private recreational fishermen to catch highly sought Gulf of Mexico red snapper any time of year in federal waters. This year, the federal season for recreational red snapper fishing by...
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May 25, 2017 - 2:13 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Gov. John Bel Edwards is threatening to veto Louisiana's state operating budget bill if it looks like the version crafted by House Republicans. The Democratic governor Thursday repeated his description of the House-backed spending plan as a ``non-starter.'' But he went...
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May 25, 2017 - 2:09 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Louisiana lawmakers have spiked a proposal to keep fully automatic weapons away from young children. The House voted 61-21 Thursday against Rep. Barbara Norton's bill to fine, and possibly imprison, people who allow children under 13 to handle fully automatic firearms. The...
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May 25, 2017 - 12:39 pm
(AP) _ A man and woman accused of cheating a casino in Louisiana have been arrested. It's reported that 36-year-old Kevin Gray and 36-year-old Josekeitha White were booked Monday and charged with partnering with a craps dealer to swindle a value estimated between $500 and $5000 from Treasure Chest...
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May 25, 2017 - 11:51 am
(WWL.com) NOAA predicts an above average 2017 Atlantic hurricane season with the potential for as many as 17 named storms and a half a dozen hurricanes. Acting administrator Ben Friedman says they are anticipating a weak or nonexistent El Nino, which typically leads to an above normal season. “The...
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