State News

May 18, 2018 - 1:01 pm
SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — Law enforcement official identifies person in custody in Texas school shooting as 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis.
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May 18, 2018 - 12:24 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ More Louisianans report having a job than ever before, a sign the state's economy is improving. Employers reported 9,000 more workers in April than in March, another strong sign. April's survey shows 2.04 million people reporting jobs, beating the previous record of December 2014...
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May 18, 2018 - 12:17 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Louisiana lawmakers are winding down their regular session, a few days before they enter another special session to consider taxes to stave off deep budget cuts. The House and Senate intend to adjourn sometime Friday, after 10 weeks of often break-neck speed to sift through...
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May 18, 2018 - 10:49 am
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man who founded Cajun Navy 2016, a volunteer flotilla renowned for responding to natural disasters, has been arrested on a charge he defrauded a customer who hired him to rebuild a home. An attorney for Jon Bridgers says he was freed from jail on $10,000 bond...
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May 17, 2018 - 10:02 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — After years of fighting for the change, an effort to restore the voting rights of thousands of Louisiana's convicted felons still serving probation and parole was successful Thursday, winning final passage amid cheers, high-fives, and hugs. A 54-42 House vote gave final...
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May 17, 2018 - 9:16 pm
(WWL.com) - The Louisiana Legislature has passed a budget measure that fully funds the Department of Health, but reduces nine state agencies' budgets by 24 percent, slashes higher ed spending, and cuts TOPS coverage to just 70 percent. The jury is still out on whether the governor will veto the...
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May 17, 2018 - 8:03 pm
(WWL.com) - Governor John Bel Edwards Thursday addressed the recent US Supreme Court decision to allow sports betting outside of Nevada. .Thirty-two states, including Mississippi, have legislation in place to allow the activities. However, Louisiana shot down similar legislation this past session...
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May 17, 2018 - 6:59 pm
(WWL.com) - Riverboat casinos were thrown a lifeline this week as legislation was passed that would allow the water based facilities to expand onto land. That has Boyd Gaming CEO Keith Smith, who owns Treasure Chest, Sam’s Town, and Amelia Belle, pretty excited. He says this could lead more...
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May 17, 2018 - 5:31 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ It would be clear that concealed carry permit holders in Louisiana are allowed to bring their firearms up to the edge of a school campus under a measure heading to the governor's office. The House on Thursday gave final passage to the proposal by a vote of 88-6. Republican...
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May 17, 2018 - 2:43 pm
(WWL.com) -- The Louisiana House has sent a 28-billion dollar budget to Governor John Bel Edwards, that fully funds health care, but slashes higher education, funding for state agencies, and cuts TOPS by 30 percent. But it's likely the governor will not sign the spending plan of the cuts just...
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