State News

February 10, 2018 - 2:33 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Dozens of pelicans died this week along a Louisiana highway. The state wildlife veterinarian says they weren't poisoned or sick, but hit by vehicles. Coastal consultant P.J. Hahn posted a photo of a dead bird Wednesday on Facebook, saying he'd counted 25 dead pelicans in a short...
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February 10, 2018 - 7:20 am
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ The builders of the Bayou Bridge pipeline and the environmentalists trying to stop them will have to wait a few more days for a court decision on whether the project can continue moving forward. After a day and a half of testimony and arguments, U.S. District Judge Shelly...
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February 10, 2018 - 7:14 am
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ A prison guard at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center has been arrested on a charge of sexual battery and immediately fired. Ken Pastorick, a spokesman for the Louisiana Department of Corrections, says 32-year-old Krystal L. Binder, of Walker, was arrested Friday after she...
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February 09, 2018 - 3:15 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Gov. John Bel Edwards is summoning lawmakers to the Louisiana Capitol on Feb. 19, to consider passing a tax package aimed at replacing $1 billion in expiring taxes. Without the replacement taxes, Edwards says Louisiana would have to make devastating cuts to health care...
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February 09, 2018 - 2:51 pm
(WWL.com) - Congress approved a spending bill that reopened the federal government after a brief shutdown over the night. Louisiana's delegation voted three to five against accepting the budget deal. Senator John Kennedy voted against the bill, saying the spending increases are not paid for. “It’s...
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February 09, 2018 - 1:12 pm
(WWL.com) - The carnival season ramps up this weekend with parades all across the state. Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser says New Orleans is the focal point for Mardi Gras, but the entire state benefits from an influx of tourists who want to be a part of the celebration. "We've got family friendly...
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February 09, 2018 - 11:28 am
By MELINDA DESLATTE | Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Louisiana lawmakers will learn Friday if they are returning to the state Capitol after the Mardi Gras holiday to debate replacing $1 billion in expiring taxes, to avoid deep budget cuts. Gov. John Bel Edwards said he'd need to call a...
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February 08, 2018 - 9:26 pm
(WWL.com) - There is an expanded presence of state police troopers in New Orleans as Mardi Gras ramps up for the final weekend. They have committed 165 troopers to working the French Quarter and the metro area. Senior Trooper Melissa Matey says they will perform a variety of assignment. “Criminal...
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February 08, 2018 - 9:15 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ In Louisiana's partisan debate over taxes, Republicans and Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration are bickering over a one-stop website detailing how every state budget dollar is spent. GOP lawmakers, conservative organizations and business groups are promoting a searchable...
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February 08, 2018 - 9:00 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ The Federal Emergency Management Agency has agreed to reduce rent for Louisiana flood victims still residing in temporary trailers. The Advocate of Baton Rouge reports Gov. John Bel Edwards announced rent will be reduced to $50 from March 1 through May 14, when the program...
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