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    Tax credits revised, higher ed cuts smaller in La. budget

    Updated: 1:38 PM 2/27/2015

    BATON ROUGE - An overhaul of state tax credits, smaller cuts to higher education and the reduction of hundreds of state workers are all part of the Jindal administration's plan to fill a $1.6 billion budget hole. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols unveiled the proposed executive budget to lawmakers... (More)
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    LSU punished for violation of recruiting rule

    LSU punished for violation of recruiting rule

    Updated: 2:59 PM 2/27/2015

    BATON ROUGE - The LSU football program will have its recruiting privileges revoked for the second time in four years. The punishment from the Southeastern Conference comes after LSU continued to engage in unlimited contact with Matt Womack, a prospective early enrollee and offensive tackle from Mississippi, after he... (More)
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    Leonard Nimoy, Mr. Spock on 'Star Trek', dies

    Leonard Nimoy, Mr. Spock on 'Star Trek', dies

    Updated: 2:05 PM 2/27/2015

    LOS ANGELES - Former "Star Trek" co-star William Shatner is among those mourning the death of Leonard Nimoy, who played the half-Vulcan, half-human Mr. Spock on the TV series and in several movies. Shatner says, "We will all miss his humor, his talent and his capacity to love." He says,... (More)
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    BRPD: Teen arrested for knocking out bus driver

    BRPD: Teen arrested for knocking out bus driver

    Updated: 1:03 PM 2/27/2015

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a 15-year-old student accused of punching a school bus driver multiple times in the head while she was driving the bus to school Thursday afternoon. Investigators said the incident happened at around 3 p.m. as the 26-year-old woman drove the bus in the 5100... (More)
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    Lawmaker reimbursed costs for lavish office decor

    Lawmaker reimbursed costs for lavish office decor

    Updated: 12:41 PM 2/27/2015

    WASHINGTON - The Associated Press has learned that Illinois Republican Rep. Aaron Schock has personally reimbursed the government $40,000 for renovations to his congressional office. It was modeled after the TV show "Downton Abbey." Schock is under scrutiny for using an office expense account to pay for the redecorating, as... (More)
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    Mysterious graffiti artist Banksy illustrates Gaza debris

    Mysterious graffiti artist Banksy illustrates Gaza debris

    Updated: 11:39 AM 2/27/2015

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - The work of mysterious British graffiti artist Banksy has made an appearance in Gaza. In a short film posted on his website, the popular street artist appears to have sneaked into Gaza through an underground tunnel from Egypt. The video combines footage from the Israeli-Hamas... (More)
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    Suspect booked in overnight BRPD shootout

    Updated: 11:11 AM 2/27/2015

    BATON ROUGE - Police charged a man with attempted murder Friday in connection with a shootout with officers in Baton Rouge overnight. BRPD spokesperson L'Jean McKneely said 24-year-old Torrance Smart was shot in the encounter. Police arrested Smart after his release from the hospital. Officers said they stopped... (More)
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    UK spies face questions about failure to stop 'Jihadi John'

    UK spies face questions about failure to stop 'Jihadi John'

    Updated: 11:02 AM 2/27/2015

    LONDON - A former head of Britain's National Counterterrorism Security Office says police and intelligence agencies lack the resources to monitor a growing number of terror suspects. Chris Phillips says the fact that a young Londoner can travel to Syria and become the masked militant known as "Jihadi John" shows... (More)
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    Rick Perry tells CPAC: Obama has made the world less safe

    Rick Perry tells CPAC: Obama has made the world less safe

    Updated: 10:52 AM 2/27/2015

    OXON HILL, MD - Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry says the Islamic State group seizing territory in the Middle East represents the worst threat to freedom since communism. The likely Republican presidential contender spoke Friday morning in front of an audience of conservative activists at the second day of the... (More)
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    A look at Jindal's proposal to close the $1.6B budget gap

    A look at Jindal's proposal to close the $1.6B budget gap

    Updated: 10:38 AM 2/27/2015

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana has a $1.6 billion budget shortfall in the 2015-16 fiscal year that begins July 1. Gov. Bobby Jindal proposes to close the gap with savings from lessened tax break spending, piecemeal financing and cuts across state agencies. Here's how Jindal proposes to address the shortfall: -Cap... (More)
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    Louisiana reaches export record of $65.1 billion

    Louisiana reaches export record of $65.1 billion

    Updated: 10:29 AM 2/27/2015

    BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Department of Commerce says merchandise exports from Louisiana climbed 2.8 percent to a record $65.1 billion in 2014, and new trade agreements could boost those totals in the coming years. The World Trade Center in New Orleans says the 2014 gain marked the sixth consecutive... (More)
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    Police: 7 fatally shot, gunman dead in southeastern Missouri

    Police: 7 fatally shot, gunman dead in southeastern Missouri

    Updated: 10:17 AM 2/27/2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Missouri State Highway Patrol says seven people have been killed in overnight shootings in southeastern Missouri and that the gunman is also dead. Sergeant Jeff Kinder says the 36-year-old suspect was found dead in Shannon County early Friday from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Investigators... (More)
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    House clears way for short-term Homeland Security bill

    House clears way for short-term Homeland Security bill

    Updated: 10:13 AM 2/27/2015

    WASHINGTON - The House has cleared the way for passage of a short-term bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security and avert a partial agency shutdown. The vote was 240-183, and it came just hours ahead of a midnight deadline to fund the agency. The procedural vote cleared the... (More)
  • Community

    The Pledge of Allegiance: Trinity Episcopal Day School

    Updated: 9:24 AM 2/27/2015

    BATON ROUGE - Today's Pledge of Allegiance comes from the 3rd grade at Trinity Episcopal Day School.

    Be sure to watch The Daily Pledge every weekday on 2une In at 5:58 a.m. to see if your child's school is featured.

  • Sports

    Outdoors Report: Fly Fishing

    Updated: 8:55 AM 2/27/2015

    BATON ROUGE - For most people, fly fishing brings visuals of the Midwest and rocky rivers, but Louisiana fishers have taken the sport to a new level . They're catching large offshore species like lemon fish, as well as bass bream and crappie in our local lakes and ponds.... (More)
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    Fraley's triple lifts LSU to 9-8 win over SLU

    Fraley's triple lifts LSU to 9-8 win over SLU

    Updated: 8:54 AM 2/27/2015

    BATON ROUGE, La. - LSU (7-1) earned a hard-fought victory Thursday night against Southeastern Louisiana (5-4) as a two-run RBI triple by Jake Fraley in the bottom of the eighth inning provided the winning runs in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. LSU returns to action at 7 p.m.... (More)
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