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$208M in business tax break applications stalled by governor

An estimated $208 million in property tax breaks for businesses have been stalled at the request of Gov. John Bel Edwards. The Board of Commerce and Industry agreed Thursday to delay a decision on 305 applications for the Industrial Tax Exemption Program.  Read more...
Girl Drowns

Jefferson Parish Sheriff: 5-year-old girl downs in pool

A 5-year-old girl has drowned in the pool of a vacant home in Metairie. Jefferson Parish Sheriff's spokesman Col. John Fortunato says Renee Thompson was pronounced dead after she was taken to a local hospital Wednesday.  Read more...

Hurricane center: Keep an eye on low pressure off U.S. East Coast

The low pressure area centered between Bermuda and the Bahamas has an elongated circulation, although the shower activity has been increasing during the past 24 hours. Read more...
OPP Problems

New jail, new problems in New Orleans

Testimony at a federal court hearing indicates that the transition from an old jail to a new jail in New Orleans didn't go smoothly. Read more...
Blue Lives

Harming a cop, firefighter or paramedic now a hate crime in Louisiana

Louisiana has become the first state in the nation to expand its hate-crime laws to protect police, firefighters and emergency medical crews. Read more...
Rising Crude

Crude oil tops $50 a barrel for first time since October

Earlier this morning, the price of oil rose above 50 dollars a barrel for the first time since October. Read more...
State Budget

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...
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...

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

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

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...
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Davis Out $24M

Pelicans' Davis not named All-NBA, loses $24 million

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis is out about $24 million after not being named to the All-NBA first, second or third team. Now his five-year extension is worth $121 million instead of $145 million.  Read more...

Bobby: Very competitive practice from Saints today

The media got their first offseason glance at the Black and Gold today and Bobby said that early on in practice the Saints offense took control, but the defense would finish up strong. Read More

Steve: Rookie receiver Mike Thomas looks legit at Saints OTA

With Brandin Cooks out of today's Saints organized team activities, rookie receiver Mike Thomas got a ton of reps in the offense. Read More

Saints OTA Highlights: If Peat starts, who's the odd man out?

Zach Strief is one of only two players remaining from the Saints Super Bowl-winning team back in February of 2010.  And after hearing what Sean Payton had to say, he could be in for a good battle this training camp. Read More

Brees: Contract with Saints is a non-issue; talks concussion fight

Regardless of what goes down this off-season, Brees said it won’t effect his approach to the work. “I’m playing year to year in terms of what I have to prove,” he said. Read More

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...

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