State News

May 14, 2018 - 4:13 pm
SORRENTO, La. (AP) - Louisiana authorities say a 27-year-old boater is dead and his father is accused of causing his death by driving the boat while intoxicated. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says in a news release that the boat driven by 53-year-old Patrick White of Sorrento hit a...
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May 14, 2018 - 3:38 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — It was a historic reform in the incarceration capital of the nation, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said as lawmakers gathered last year to celebrate their sweeping overhaul of the state's criminal justice system. Democrats and Republicans embraced each other. A jazz band...
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May 14, 2018 - 12:53 pm
(WWL.com) The US Supreme Court has ruled that states outside of Nevada are now allowed to permit sports gambling. Neighboring states such as Arkansas and Mississippi approved legislation that would allow the gaming to take place, but Louisiana denied legislation that would have put the issue up for...
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Chris Miller
May 14, 2018 - 12:53 pm
Elaine Edwards, Edwin Edwards's first wife and first lady of Louisiana for his first three terms as governor, has died according to several news outlets. Mrs. Edwards stood by her husband's side through federal trials and constant rumors about her husband's extramarital affairs, but eventually...
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Jim Hanzo
May 14, 2018 - 8:38 am
The fast food industry seems to be losing teen workers. Fewer teens are working behind the counter according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Less than half of what it was 25 years ago. A recent analysis by economists at the Bureau found that an increased emphasis on education - and getting...
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May 14, 2018 - 6:24 am
(WWL.com) -- A Senate Committee will review a House approved bill Monday that would renew the state’s contract with New Orleans Harrah’s Casino for another 30 years. The bill has received opposition from statewide leaders like U.S. Senator John Kennedy, who say Louisiana should hold out for a...
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May 13, 2018 - 7:44 pm
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office said the body of a swimmer has been recovered Sunday afternoon. The body was found near a fishing pier near Fountainbleau State Park. State Park Rangers called the sheriff's office around 5 p.m. in reference to a missing swimmer. The body was found a short...
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May 13, 2018 - 4:35 pm
(WWL.com) A constitutional amendment requiring unanimous jury verdicts in all felony trials is scheduled to be taken up by the House Monday. Louisiana is one of two states that does not require unanimous jury decisions. Legal analyst Tim Meche says Louisiana’s outlier verdict system influences DAs...
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May 13, 2018 - 2:12 pm
NEW ROADS, La. (AP) _ The Louisiana National Guard has unveiled a memorial at one of its armories to honor four soldiers killed in Iraq. The memorial, at the armory in New Roads, is dedicated to Sgt. Christopher Ramsey, Sgt. Michael Evans, Sgt. David Murray and Staff Sgt. Jonathan Reed. They were...
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May 13, 2018 - 10:29 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — One used to deal drugs on the streets of New Orleans. Another grew up in Chicago with two drug-addicted parents. A third survived the tough streets of New York and Washington, D.C., where he once stared down the barrel of a gun. All three young black men became board-certified...
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