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  • Incoming House speaker Ryan says he'll vote for budget pact

    October 28, 2015 9:53 AM

    WASHINGTON- Rep. Paul Ryan - expected to be the next House speaker - says he'll vote for a bipartisan budget bill even though he thinks the process that produced the measure "stinks." A House vote is expected Wednesday on legislation that settles fights over defense and domestic spending, and federal... more »
  • French Quarter sales tax hike to fund State Police

    October 26, 2015 9:40 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Residents of New Orleans' French Quarter have overwhelmingly approved a new five-year sales tax to keep more than 30 state troopers patrolling their historic district. Complete but unofficial returns show that nearly 1,000 people voted, and 78 percent of them voted for the tax. It will add about... more »
  • Louisiana's disaster declaration approved

    July 14, 2015 8:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The federal government has approved Louisiana's request for a disaster declaration for the Red River flooding that caused damage across a half-dozen parishes in the last month. Mike Steele of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness says the Obama Administration approved the declaration Monday for... more »
  • Revised cost of Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium approved

    July 7, 2015 10:04 AM

    TOKYO- The building of a new main stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will go ahead as planned after approval of the revised $2.1 billion construction cost. The Japan Sports Council, which will operate the main venue, approved the cost at a meeting on Tuesday. The price tag is up... more »
  • Metro Council approves library tax

    June 11, 2015 7:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish Library System will hold a property tax increase election this fall. The Baton Rouge Metro Council approved holding the election Wednesday night. Residents with $150,000 properties would see their bills rise from $80.85 a year to $83.25 a year, and residents with $250,000... more »
  • MLB likely to approve replay funding

    November 11, 2013 3:20 PM

    ORLANDO- Baseball owners are likely to give the go-ahead this week to spend the money for expanding instant replay next season. A baseball official familiar with the deliberations said management probably would approve the additional video review by umpires in phases. The go-ahead to spend the funds probably will... more »
  • Senate Committee clears nomination of new FBI head

    July 18, 2013 10:23 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee has unanimously approved the nomination of James Comey to be director of the FBI, clearing the way for a full Senate vote. The 18-0 committee vote will send Comey's nomination to the Senate floor. The soonest a vote could take place would be early... more »
  • Judge approves Transocean's $1B spill settlement

    February 19, 2013 10:41 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge today approved Transocean Ltd.'s agreement with the Justice Department to pay $1 billion in civil penalties for its role in the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier said in his ruling Tuesday that he found... more »
  • Utah Gov asks Obama to approve state's exchange

    December 11, 2012 2:31 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Governor Gary Herbert is asking President Barack Obama to approve the state's health insurance exchange and declare that it meets the requirements of the federal health overhaul. Herbert sent the letter Tuesday ahead of Friday's deadline for states to decide if they'll do their own... more »
  • Congressional aides: Obama asks $60.4B Sandy aid

    December 7, 2012 4:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congressional aides say President Barack Obama is asking Congress to approve $60.4 billion in federal aid for New York, New Jersey and other states hit by Super Storm Sandy in late October. The formal paperwork is expected to be sent to Congress later today or early next week.... more »
  • GOP-led states start warming up to health care law

    November 15, 2012 1:21 PM

    WASHINGTON - From the South to the heartland, the once-solid wall of Republican resistance to President Barack Obama's health care law is cracking. Ahead of a federal deadline Friday for states to declare their intentions, Associated Press reporters interviewed governors and state officials around the country. AP found surprising openness... more »
  • Council approves letting EBR bars open on Sundays

    October 24, 2012 5:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro council members approved an ordinance tonight allowing bars to stay open from 11 a.m. until midnight on Sundays. The ordinance passed 8-3, with Council members Ronnie Edwards, Tara Wicker and Mike Walker voting against it. Council members Trae Welch, Ulysses Addison, Chandler Loupe, Scott Wilson,... more »
  • EBR Sheriff's Office moving to airport

    March 15, 2012 11:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Metro Council has unanimously approved a deal that will move the Sheriff's Office headquarters from its downtown location to a larger facility at Metro Airport. Sheriff Sid Gautreaux called it a win-win for everyone. Gautreaux said his staff will immediately begin making preparation for... more »
  • Voters approve Lake Charles casino project

    May 1, 2011 9:56 AM

    LAKE CHARLES- Voters in Calcasieu Parish have approved a proposal to bring a fourth riverboat casino to the area. Creative Casinos LLC plans to use the 15th and final riverboat gambling license allowed by Louisiana law to build a $400 million gambling resort known as Mojito Pointe. With... more »

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