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Governor asking senators to strip all House budget changes


Gov. Edwards' administration is asking state senators to scrap all the changes made to next year's nearly $26 billion budget by their colleagues in the House. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne told the Senate Finance Committee to strip the changes "in their entirety.''  Read more...
Girl Drowns

5-year-old girl drowns in pool behind abandoned Metairie house


A five-year-old girl is dead after drowning in a swimming pool behind an abandoned house in Metairie. Read more...
Agenda Support

Nonprofit group raises money to support Governor's legislative agenda


The nonprofit group Rebuild Louisiana is raising money that will go towards getting public support for Governor John Bel Edwards' legislative agenda. It's expected the governor will call a special session next month to address a $600 million budget shortfall.  Read more... 
Therapy Bill

Direct access to physical therapists wins House approval


A Senate-approved bill that would allow patients to see physical therapists without a doctor's referral also has the support of the House as it nears final passage. Ville Platte Representative Harvey LeBas is the House sponsor of the bill.  Read more...

 
Cursive Script

House-backed cursive writing bill nears final passage


A proposal to require the teaching of cursive writing in Louisiana's public schools is near final legislative passage, after overwhelming support from the state House. The House voted 88-1 Thursday for the bill to require students to learn cursive reading and writing by the third grade.  Read more... 
Seatbelt Fines

Lawmakers vote to increase fines for not wearing seatbelts


Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to boost the fines against people caught not wearing seatbelts in a vehicle. The bill by Rep. Walt Leger, a New Orleans Democrat, would increase the fine for a first offense from $25 to $50. Violators would pay $75 each additional time.  Read more...
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New Clinic?

Planned Parenthood will seek abortion license for new 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...
Teacher Sex

Former teacher accused of having sex with student


Police say a former 34-year-old assistant athletic trainer and health teacher at East Ascension High School has been arrested on allegations he had sex with a 17-year-old female student. Gonzales police said Louis Carl Aguillard, of Prairieville, faces two counts of prohibited sexual conduct.  Read more...
Convention

Lawmakers back call for US constitutional convention


Louisiana is joining a call for the first U.S. constitutional convention since the nation's founding, under legislation backed by state lawmakers. The House voted 62-36 to support the call, giving it final passage. Less than 10 states have signed onto the effort.  Read more...
Jail Reforms

More testimony on future of a dangerous jail in New Orleans


A hearing on the future of the troubled New Orleans jail has resumed in federal court with testimony from a mental health expert. Raymond Patterson is discussing the lack of resources for suicide prevention at the jail.  Read more...
Fish Closures

State: Amberjack, gray triggerfish closures starting June 1


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is reminding anglers the 2016 recreational fishing season for greater amberjack and gray triggerfish will close in state waters on Wednesday, June 1.  Read more...
Early Storm?

Hurricane Center watching early disturbance


Forecasters are keeping an eye on an area of low pressure that could become the second tropical formation of the year in the Atlantic Basin. "A low pressure area centered between Bermuda and the Bahamas is gradually becoming better defined... Read more
Salternative

LSU AgCenter scientist develops salt alternative


An LSU AgCenter scientist has discovered a new way to reduce the sodium content in food. Marvin Moncada developed nanosalt, which is salt in a powder form that is about one-thousand times smaller than kosher salt. Moncada says nanosalt is a natural alternative to... Read more
Uber in JP?

Jefferson Parish delays vote regulating services like Uber


Over the objections of taxi drivers, the Jefferson Parish Council deferred a vote on new regulations for ride-hailing services such as Uber. The ordinance the cab drivers wanted passed Wednesday largely is the same as a previous version they opposed. That one died a ... Read more
Concert Venue

Major New Orleans East lakefront development planned


A new entertainment venue, at the site of the idle South Shore Harbor marina in New Orleans East on Lake Ponchartrain, has received unanimous approval from the New Orleans City Planning Commission. The plan comes from... Read more
Holiday Travel

Memorial Day travel to hit levels not seen in 11 years


The big retro trend this memorial day? Going on a trip! The American Automobile Association says this holiday weekend will be the second-busiest on record. AAA says 38 million Americans will take a trip for the long holiday weekend, and 34 million of them will... Read more
REAL ID

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...
Abortion

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...
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Kristian: LSU Baseball has the "it" factor - the possum factor?


Sometimes teams tend to believe and sometimes teams just win. LSU baseball has both.  The Tigers just win, in any way possible. Read More

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
 
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