State News

Jim Hanzo
May 09, 2018 - 8:45 am
(WWL.com) It’s high times in New Orleans this week as the annual MjBiz conference kicks off today. 70 experts and 275 companies will be represented in the marijuana industry conference that’s in it’s 7th year. Cassandra Farrington is the CEO of Marijuana biznews daily which reports on the cannabis...
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May 09, 2018 - 7:37 am
(AP) - Louisiana has a new, temporary secretary of state. Kyle Ardoin has officially taken over the job as the state's chief elections official on an interim basis. Tom Schedler ended his tenure in the elected job Tuesday, resigning amid allegations he sexually harassed and stalked an employee who...
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May 08, 2018 - 10:04 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The waiting period to get a marriage in Louisiana will be shortened, under a bill headed to the governor. The proposal is by Rep. Julie Emerson, a Republican from Carencro. It drops the wait from the issuance of the marriage license to the ceremony from 72 hours to 24 hours...
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Jim Hanzo
May 08, 2018 - 4:45 pm
State Police are investigating a St. John the Baptist Parish Judge for allegedly sexually assaulting a 15 year old friend of his daughter's during a family trip to Destin, according to the New Orleans Advocate. The girl told police that Judge Jeff Perilloux slipped his fingers inside her bathing...
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May 08, 2018 - 2:15 pm
(WWL.com) Oil prices in the U.S. have climbed over the $70 mark for the first time since 2014. But Gifford Briggs, president of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association, says the rise in crude prices is not jump starting an industry that’s been struggling. “If you would have told me when oil was at $...
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May 08, 2018 - 12:29 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ A proposal that could allow Louisiana school employees to pray with students during the class day edged closer to final legislative passage despite concerns it could embroil the state in litigation. The measure by Sen. Ryan Gatti, a Bossier City Republican, would allow...
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May 08, 2018 - 11:56 am
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana state lawmakers again have spurned efforts to enact statewide regulations governing ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft. Facing pushback from senators, House Speaker Taylor Barras pulled the bill from consideration Tuesday in a Senate judiciary committee...
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May 08, 2018 - 11:52 am
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana lawmakers have a message for pet owners: Don't tie up your dog or cat during a hurricane or a flood. The state House of Representatives gave final passage Monday to a proposal outlawing the behavior. The bill by Sen. Troy Carter, a New Orleans Democrat, prohibits...
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May 08, 2018 - 10:38 am
(WWL.com) -- Letters are set to go out on Thursday to 37,000 Medicaid recipients informing them they could lose their benefits, because of a lack of state funding. About 20,000 of those live in nursing homes. Louisiana Department of Health Deputy Secretary Michelle Alletto says anyone who receives...
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May 08, 2018 - 6:51 am
(WWL.com) -- We are 15 months away from qualifying for the 2019 Louisiana Governor’s race. Speculation is that Republican U.S. Senator John Kennedy will challenge Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards. Pollster John Couvillon says Kennedy was elected as a Senator in 2016, and Edwards re-election...
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