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May 28, 2017 - 5:42 am
Department of Health Secretary Rebekah Gee made her case to the Senate Finance Committee today, as her department is facing a huge budget cut. Mandeville Senator Jack Donahue says state spending on healthcare has increased $1.4 billion since 2010. LDH spending now accounts for nearly half the state...
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May 28, 2017 - 5:37 am
With the summer in full swing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns the public about bacteria in public pools. Michelle Hlvasa with the CDC says there’s a germ called cryptosporidium that’s causing a lot of outbreaks linked to swimming. She says they’re seeing an uptick in the...
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May 28, 2017 - 5:25 am
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Louisiana State University's College of Engineering is getting a $1 million leadership gift from Valero Energy Corporation to support the engineering education and hands-on experiences for engineering students. Officials say the Valero Fund at the LSU Foundation will acquire...
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May 27, 2017 - 10:53 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Louisiana crawfish producers: beware. State aquaculture specialists say a deadly virus is threatening the industry. Mark Shirley of the LSU Agriculture Center says the virus _ known as white spot syndrome _ primarily affects shrimp and was first discovered in Thailand and other...
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May 27, 2017 - 7:40 am
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Louisiana residents looking to stock up on supplies for the hurricane season might want to do their shopping this weekend. The Department of Revenue says the Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday starts Saturday and ends Sunday evening. It provides a 2 percent...
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May 26, 2017 - 4:18 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana State Police say 13 people have been arrested in connection with an insurance fraud scheme involving staged automobile crashes. A news release says Thursday's arrests followed an investigation that began with complaints from insurance companies. Investigators say the...
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May 26, 2017 - 3:47 pm
ANGOLA, La. (AP) _ A prisoner at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola is facing murder charges in the alleged beating death of his cellmate, one in a string of inmate-on-inmate attacks at the facility. 37-year-old Wilbert Carter was rebooked on a count of second-degree murder in the death of...
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May 26, 2017 - 2:26 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Lawyers and lawmakers are ramping up efforts to alter or kill the Louisiana law that kept a foreign-born U.S. citizen from getting a marriage license because he couldn’t produce a birth certificate. A Senate committee is scheduled on Tuesday to hear a bill that would allow judges...
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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 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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