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  • Navy Yard shooting raises background check questions

    September 17, 2013 11:48 AM

    WASHINGTON - The mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard yesterday is raising questions about background checks. Officials say the alleged shooter, Aaron Alexis, used a valid pass to get into the Navy Yard building where he killed twelve people. He was killed in a gun battle with police.... more »
  • Senate rejects expanded gun background checks

    April 17, 2013 3:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has rejected a bipartisan effort to expand federal background checks to more firearms buyers in a crucial showdown over gun control. Wednesday's vote was a jarring blow to the drive to curb firearms sparked by December's massacre of children and staff at an elementary school in... more »
  • Dem, GOP senators reach background check deal

    April 10, 2013 10:21 AM

    WASHINGTON - Two pivotal senators have announced a bipartisan deal on expanding background checks to more gun buyers. The agreement could build support for President Barack Obama's drive to curb firearms violence. Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Sen. Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania said their agreement would... more »
  • Senate panel OKs Dems gun background check bill

    March 12, 2013 10:38 AM

    WASHINGTON - A divided Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday narrowly approved a Democratic bill expanding required federal background checks for nearly all gun purchases, but put off immediate consideration of an assault weapons ban. The panel approved the measure by 10-8, supported by all Democrats and opposed by every Republican.... more »
  • NRA changes stance on background checks

    February 4, 2013 2:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - The country's most powerful gun rights lobbying group has reversed its decade-old stance on requiring instant background checks for people buying guns at gun shows. Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, said in 1999 that his group thinks "it's reasonable to provide mandatory instant... more »
  • ATF urges background checks in private gun sales

    January 16, 2013 2:29 PM

    WASHINGTON- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is encouraging licensed gun dealers to help private gun sellers run federal background checks. In an open letter to the country's federally licensed gun dealers, the ATF says they can "enhance public safety and assist law enforcement" by facilitating private sales... more »
  • Painter scheduled for arraignment on federal charges

    June 13, 2012 10:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Former Alcohol and Tobacco Control commissioner Murphy Painter is scheduled to be in federal court for an arraignment this afternoon. He faces 42 felony counts of computer fraud, making false statements and identity theft. He's accused of misusing his authority to run unnecessary background checks on... more »
  • Faulty background checks hurting job hunters

    April 11, 2012 6:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - Consumer advocates say thousands of U.S. job hunters are losing out because employers use faulty background-check data drawn from shoddy records. They want the government to make sure people know what information prospective employers see so errors can be corrected and abusive companies can be held responsible. The... more »
  • Child care centers in Baton Rouge, NO lose licenses

    August 30, 2011 6:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials revoked the licenses of two child care centers in Baton Rouge and New Orleans for failing to conduct background checks on their employees. The Department of Children and Family Services issued two revocation notices to Jumpstart Preschool and Daycare in Baton Rouge, and The... more »
  • Employers requiring social media background checks

    July 22, 2011 4:53 AM

    The New York Times says some companies are now requiring job candidates to pass a social media background check before being hired. Social intelligence searches the Internet for everything potential employees have said or done online over the past seven years. The Federal Trade Commission has determined this... more »
  • Grande Isle doing checks on spill workers

    July 1, 2010 2:12 PM

    The police chief of Grand Isle has begun running background checks on over 450 oil spill workers. Chief Euris DuBois says the island's residents will rest easy if they know none of the workers are wanted for serious crime. DuBois says there have been no problems reported since... more »
  • Daycare changes considered

    December 14, 2009 5:35 PM

    Changes are being considered for daycare workers and contractors at child care facilities. The workers and contractors are currently required to have a background check for every facility where they work. State Rep. Joseph Lopinto says a state certification should be valid at all schools for a specific amount... more »

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