State News

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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Jim Hanzo
May 15, 2018 - 9:28 am
As the Harrah's bid that would give Harrah's a no-bid, 30-year extension of its state operating license was passed by a Louisiana Senate legislative committee we talked with some people visiting Harrah's Casino. One woman said that bill does NOT need to be passed. "I believe the bids should be...
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Chris Miller
May 15, 2018 - 8:40 am
Gasoline prices are hitting levels we haven't seen in a few years, and the peak of the season for gas prices is now just days away. It's primarily because of the price of oil, says Mike Right of AAA. He notes oil is trading above $70 a barrel. "That same barrel this time last year could've been...
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May 15, 2018 - 6:15 am
(WWL.com) -- Louisiana’s deadline for filing your state income taxes is today. Those who do not file in time will be subject to a 5% of tax due penalty for each 30 days of delinquence. Department of Revenue spokesperson Byron Henderson says if you need more time to file, the department has an...
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May 14, 2018 - 9:21 pm
(WWL.com) A House bill that allows some convicted felons while serving probation and parole to get their voting privileges back cleared the Senate and Governmental Affairs committee today. The bill restores voting rights five years after he or she is released from prison. Bruce Riley is the Deputy...
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May 14, 2018 - 8:39 pm
(WWL.com) The House erupted into applause as a constitutional amendment requiring unanimous juries for criminal convictions passed on an 82 to 15 vote. Louisiana is currently one of two states that does not require a unanimous jury verdict. Baton Rouge Representative Ted James recalled earlier...
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