State News

June 15, 2017 - 4:12 pm
WWL.com Reporting Governor John Bel Edwards signed 10 bills into law today that will result in shorter sentences for many non-violent offenders and expanded rehabilitation programs. Edwards predicts the new sentencing laws will reduce the prison population by 10-percent and Louisiana will finally...
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June 15, 2017 - 10:00 am
(AP) _ In a legislative session mired by budget feuds, tax disagreements and a divisive debate over Confederate monuments, Gov. John Bel Edwards had one major achievement: He convinced legislators to overhaul Louisiana's criminal sentencing laws and its approach to prisoner rehabilitation. Over the...
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June 14, 2017 - 7:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Trump makes surprise visit to hospital where Rep. Scalise is being treated after shooting.
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June 14, 2017 - 4:49 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- With the narrowest vote, lawmakers in the Louisiana House spurned their GOP leaders and backed a $28 billion-plus operating budget that would use every dollar forecast to be available for spending. The vote was a blow to House Republican leaders who wanted to withhold $100...
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June 14, 2017 - 11:40 am
(WWL.com) New Orleans Congressman and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is recovering from a gunshot wound to the hip, as he underwent surgery this morning. Scalise was shot at the practice for the Congressional Baseball Game in Alexandria, Va. US Senator John Kennedy says he wishes he understood...
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June 14, 2017 - 7:16 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice, congressional officials say. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., said several other people also were hit, including two law enforcement officers.
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June 14, 2017 - 7:10 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional aide: House Majority Whip Steve Scalise shot at congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning.
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June 14, 2017 - 6:27 am
The House Appropriations Committee has approved a $28 billion budget plan that spends more than what they proposed in the regular session, but still less than what the Senate and governor wanted. The new proposal represents 98.94 percent of the state income forecast that would be spent. “Just about...
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June 13, 2017 - 1:42 pm
(WWL.com) Governor John Bel Edwards has named Col. Kevin Reeves the permanent superintendent of Louisiana State Police. Reeves, who has served in the interim position since March, says he is humbled and honored to be offered this role by the governor. He says the department is moving forward from...
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June 13, 2017 - 1:08 pm
Jordan Fiegel reporting Another year, another budget battle for Louisiana. Lawmakers were unable to come together to pass a budget, and now there's another special session. The big debate was whether to set the budget according to the revenue forecast or to budget for a little less than that in...
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