State News

May 11, 2018 - 1:17 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Louisiana's Department of Health has confirmed a second case of measles in New Orleans, and says it is not related to the first. But the person who got sick in April and the current patient do have two things in common: The department says neither had been vaccinated against the...
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May 11, 2018 - 10:22 am
(WWL.com) The push to trigger a constitutional convention is picking up steam, as this year’s version of the bill gained a majority vote in the House, but not the two thirds needed for passage. The convention is aimed at rewriting the rules on Louisiana’s finances. President of the Louisiana...
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May 10, 2018 - 8:32 pm
(WWL.com) - A bill strengthening laws against animal sexual abuse passed the House unanimously and heads back to the Senate for final passage. Conservative Christian groups oppose it because they say it could undermine Louisiana’s unconstitutional anti-sodomy law. Lafayette Representative Jean-Paul...
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May 10, 2018 - 8:19 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A ban on hand-held cellphone use while driving is advancing in the Louisiana Legislature, steps from final passage. Rep. Mike Huval, a Breaux Bridge Republican, had to bring the proposal up twice to get the 53 House votes needed to pass it. The Senate transportation...
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May 10, 2018 - 5:28 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Fantasy sports gambling through online sites such as DraftKings and FanDuel could soon be legal in Louisiana, under a bill that won passage from state lawmakers. The Senate voted 21-15 for the proposal Wednesday, after the House approved it in a 67-23 vote last month. If Gov...
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May 10, 2018 - 4:37 pm
(WWL.com) Governor John Bel Edwards punched back against lawmakers who criticized his decision to mail nursing home eviction warnings resulting from a potential Medicaid cut, and who are stalling on approving the $648 million in revenue needed to fund healthcare and TOPS. Governor Edwards: “There...
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May 10, 2018 - 4:21 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Police say an off-duty officer foiled the robbery and kidnapping of an 83-year-old woman in Louisiana. WAFB-TV reports the woman was leaving a Baton Rouge casino Wednesday when another woman kidnapped her at gunpoint. A statement by the Baton Rouge Police Department says 45-...
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May 10, 2018 - 1:42 pm
(WWL.com) Louisiana high schools posted an all-time high of 78.1% of four year graduation for the class of 2017. That’s an increase of eleven percent over the last ten years. Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White says it’s a 4,000 student increase over last year. “2017 had the greatest...
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May 10, 2018 - 12:22 pm
(WWL.com) It will be easier to recall an elected official in Louisiana, if the Governor signs a bill into law that has cleared the legislature. A 31-1 senate vote sent HB 54 by Mandeville Representative Paul Hollis to the governor’s desk. The bill lowers the threshold on how many signatures are...
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Chris Miller
May 10, 2018 - 6:56 am
The state will send out letters today to 37,000 elderly and disabled people, warning them the Medicaid programs which pay for their care could be eliminated on July 1st. It’s possible that legislators will approve funding to avoid the cut, but Louisiana Health Secretary Doctor Rebekah Gee didn’t...
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