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Bid for REAL ID-compliant driver's licenses passes House

House lawmakers have unanimously agreed to allow Louisiana to issue driver's licenses that comply with federal identification law.  The House voted 97-0 Wednesday to support the Senate-backed proposal to create REAL ID-compliant licenses.  Read more...
No Recital

Lawmaker shelves Declaration of Independence in schools bill

A Denham Springs lawmaker shelved her bill requiring Louisiana public school students to recite the Declaration of Independence daily, under pressure from her African-American colleagues.  Read more...

TOPS Changes

Lawmakers agree to tweak upper-tier TOPS awards in future

The criteria to get an upper-tier TOPS college tuition award that comes with a stipend would be toughened, under a bill heading to the governor. Read more...
'Ban the Box'

Senate sends "ban the box" bill to governor, who supports it

State agencies would be prohibited from asking job applicants about their criminal histories before interviewing them for a position, under a bill that has received final legislative passage. Read more...
OPP Problems

Monitor: Staff has 'no clue' how to run New Orleans jail

Staffers at the New Orleans jail that opened last September "just have no clue" about how to run it, a court-appointed jail monitor said during a Wednesday federal court hearing aimed at determining whether a parish sheriff should continue to operate the lockup. Read more...

Planned Parenthood will seek abortion license for New Orleans clinic

Planned Parenthood's national leader said Louisiana legislation aimed at discouraging the organization from offering abortions at its New Orleans clinic won't stop it from seeking a license to provide the procedure. Read more...
Caregiver Bill

Senate gives final OK to patient caregiver bill

A proposal to give people more information about how to properly care for patients who are discharged from the hospital has received final legislative passage. The Senate sent the measure to the governor's desk with a 37-0 vote Wednesday.  Read more... 
Super Bowls

A long wait before another New Orleans Super Bowl

For so many years, New Orleans was at the top of the heap when it came to hosting Super Bowls, a favorite of the NFL and the many visitors who came to town. But for now, it seems only cities building new stadiums win the bids, and the big games are now spoken for through 2021. Read more...
St. Roch Fire

Fire damages three St. Roch homes

A four-alarm fire that started in a vacant home on Marigny Street in the St. Roch neighborhood burned the home to the ground and badly damaged a home next door Wednesday morning. The fire broke out around 9 a.m. Dozens of firefighters responded to the scene.  Read more...

Louisiana, 10 other states sue over federal transgender directive

Louisiana and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over a new directive about transgender students in public schools. Read more...
LGBT Rights

AG: Edwards' anti-discrimination order not binding legally

Attorney General Jeff Landry's office says provisions in an LGBT rights anti-discrimination order issued by Gov. John Bel Edwards have "no binding legal effect.'' In April, the governor banned discrimination in state government based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  Read more... 
Cuba Trip

New Orleans mayor to travel to Cuba for mayors' conference

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is traveling to Cuba as part of a delegation of mayors from around the country. The trip began Wednesday and will continue through May 29, according to a release from the Mayor's Office.  Read more...
Caregiver Bill

Bill to give info to patient caregivers nears final passage

Both the House and Senate have cast unanimous votes in support of a proposal seeking to provide more information to people about how to care for their loved ones when they are discharged from hospitals.  Read more...
Final Passage

Warning signs will soon be required to be posted ahead of red light cameras

A bill to require municipalities to post warning signs 500 feet ahead of red light cameras has just received final legislative passage. New Orleans Senator Troy Carter says red light cameras should be about safety, not collecting revenues.  Read more...

$1M Pay Return

Seafood company, lawyers must return $1 million in spill money

A federal judge in New Orleans has ordered the return of more than $1 million in settlement money granted to a seafood company after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled that Crystal Seafood Company defrauded administrators of a BP settlement fund.  Read more...

St. John deputy suspended after his arrest

Following the arrest of a St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy,  Sheriff  Mike Tregre placed Barry Conner II, 23, on indefinite suspension.  Conner, a deputy had been assigned to the Corrections Division.  Read more...
More To Do

Feds: Company hasn't done enough to end slow-motion oil leak

The Justice Department is urging a federal court to let industry regulators decide if a New Orleans company has done enough to end a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico that could last another century.  Read more...

St. Roch Fire

Three alarm blaze in the St. Roch neighborhood

The New Orleans Fire Department is on the scene of a three alarm blaze in the St. Roch neighborhood, battling 3 dwellings.  One house is reported to have already collapsed.  The fire is in the 1600 block of Marigny, ...Read more
Sex Offenders

Bill aimed at identifying sex offenders online gets final OK

A proposal described as helping parents keep their children away from sex offenders when they play video games or participate in other online activities has received final passage.  The bill by Republican Rep. Cameron Henry, of Metairie, ...Read more
Trade Relations

Louisiana lawmakers encourage trade relations with Cuba

Louisiana's lawmakers are pushing trade talks with Cuba, now that President Barack Obama has moved to normalize relations with the island nation.  The House and Senate have passed a legislative resolution ...Read more
Mascot Program

PETA calling for LSU to end live mascot program

PETA has sent a letter to LSU calling for them to end the live mascot program once Mike VI passes away.  Lewis Crary, a captive wildlife specialist with PETA, says wild animals are not meant to live in captivity on a college campus.  Read more...


Louisiana Congressman seeks to halt transgender bathroom policy

Congressman Ralph Abraham of Louisiana has introduced legislation that seeks to combat what he says is executive overreach on the issue of transgender bathrooms in public schools. 
President Obama issued a decree that public schools must let transgender students use... Read more
New Stadium?

Does New Orleans need a new football stadium?

After finishing second to Atlanta to host the Super Bowl in 2019, some are wondering if it’s time for a new stadium in order to attract another Super Bowl. This is the second straight time New Orleans has lost to a city that was in the process of building a new stadium. Read more...
Jail Takeover?

Hearing on who should run OPP set for today

A federal judge in New Orleans today will hear arguments in the US Justice Department's request to place management of Orleans Parish Prison into receivership, taking control from Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlon Gusman. The feds argue that... Read more

House-approved sanctuary city bill dies in Lousiana Senate committee

A House-approved bill that would punish so-called sanctuary cities by making it difficult for them to borrow money for construction projects was defeated in a Senate committee. Read more...
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What A Game

Tigers beat Florida in 14 innings

LSU has had many dramatic victories at the SEC Tournament in Hoover, but none took as long as Wednesday night-Thursday morning's 5-3 win over Florida.  Jordan Romero snapped an 0-for-18 stretch with a single into right field to snap a 3-3 tie in the top of the 14th.  Read more...

Steve: Tigers and Gators and Possums, oh my!

The SEC tournament rolls on today with the LSU Tigers still in it after a heart pounding 5-4 comeback victory in a win-or-go-home opening contest against Tennessee. Read More

LSU comes back in bottom of 9th to defeat Tennessee

LSU rallied in the bottom of the 9th inning for a comeback victory 5-4 over the Tennessee Volunteers. Read more...

Snubbed again: NFL rejects New Orleans in favor of Atlanta

Once again, the NFL skipped over New Orleans in favor of a brand-new stadium as host site for a Super Bowl. NFL owners today picked Atlanta and its under-construction $1.4 billion dollar stadium as the host for Super Bowl LIII in 2019.  Read more...


Engineering and physics professors weigh in on Brady appeal

Numerous engineering and physics professors have weighed in with a federal appeals court being asked to review New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension for "Deflategate.''  Read more...

New Orleans makes a go for Super Bowl LIII

New Orleans sports officials make their pitch to the NFL owners today to host the 2019 Super Bowl in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The last time New Orleans put in a bid for a Super Bowl, NFL owners instead chose Minnesota and their yet-to open stadium. Read more...

Jake Latz to start vs Tennessee in SEC Tournament

LSU freshman left-hander Jake Latz will start on the mound Tuesday night for the Tigers when they take on Tennessee in the SEC Tournament. Latz has only appeared three games this season as he recovered from elbow surgery. But Coach Paul Mainieri says... Read more

Saints add WR Vincent Brown

The Saints have added veteran WR Vincent Brown to the mix - he signed with the team on the eve of OTA's beginning this week. Read More

Engster: Fournette not favorite for Heisman

The 2016 Heisman Trophy race is evolving into a showdown of junior running backs from LSU. There is 21-year-old Leonard Fournette, who is the contender from Bayou Country. And there is 19-year-old Christian McCaffrey ...Read more

LSU to erect statue of longtime baseball coach Skip Bertman

LSU plans to erect a statue of longtime head baseball coach Skip Bertman on campus. The university said in a news release that the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame Committee unanimously approved the proposal for a statute honoring Bertman.  Read more...

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