State News

May 16, 2018 - 10:50 am
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana education officials say 23,517 public high school students who graduated in 2017 enrolled in college in the fall. That's a record for the state. Tuesday's news release from the Department of Education says it's an increase of more than 500 from the previous year;...
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May 16, 2018 - 10:39 am
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State says it has reached $500 million settlement with women and girls assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar.
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May 16, 2018 - 6:11 am
(AP) - Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to let the state's riverboat casinos move onshore and rework their gambling space. A 54-41 House vote Tuesday sent the bill by Republican Sen. Ronnie Johns to the governor. The Senate previously voted 22-14 for the measure. Gov. John Bel Edwards is expected to...
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May 15, 2018 - 6:52 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A push to let visitors with concealed-carry permits bring guns onto Louisiana school campuses has been rejected by senators. A Senate judicial committee on Tuesday gutted the House-backed proposal, removing the portion that would have allowed armed civilians at schools...
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May 15, 2018 - 6:45 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana senators shelved a proposal Tuesday that would have let the legislative auditor use state income tax returns to check people's eligibility in the Medicaid program, with opponents saying the bill unfairly targets the poor. The Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs...
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May 15, 2018 - 6:38 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is moving to outlaw abortions after 15 weeks if a federal court upholds a similar ban in Mississippi. The House approved the measure without debate Tuesday by a vote of 78-9. Sen. John Milkovich, a Democrat who sponsored the bill, has said he wants to see Louisiana...
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May 15, 2018 - 3:01 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Sports betting won't be coming to Louisiana, despite a U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing it. Sen. Danny Martiny chastised his colleagues Tuesday for spurning efforts this legislative session to legalize the activity in Louisiana. What is the future of sports betting in...
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May 15, 2018 - 2:26 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A more than $28 billion Louisiana operating budget that would make steep cuts across government to protect health programs for the elderly and disabled won the backing Tuesday of a divided state Senate. Senators who voted for the budget proposal said they didn't support the...
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May 15, 2018 - 12:23 pm
(WWL.com) The Governor’s administration and GOP legislators continue to exchange barbs over the decision to mail program cancellation warnings to 37,000 Medicaid patients. Lafayette Representative, Republican Nancy Landry, blamed the Medicaid budget cuts on John Bel Edwards. “The governors...
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May 15, 2018 - 11:20 am
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Voters will decide whether Louisiana gets rid of a Jim Crow-era law that lets divided juries settle criminal cases. The Senate gave final passage to the constitutional amendment with a 28-7 vote Tuesday, sending the proposal to a public vote in November. Currently, serious...
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