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  • EBRSO: Slidell contractor accused of scamming flood victim

    June 21, 2017 6:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Deputies have arrested a contractor after he allegedly took thousands of dollars from a flood victim and failed to complete work on her home. According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, the victim hired 51-year-old Mark Tomerlin of Slidell and his company, All-Star Construction, to... more »
  • Cell phone tax to pay for deaf services passed by lawmakers

    June 6, 2017 9:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new 4.25-cent monthly tax will be added to Louisiana cell phone bills if the governor agrees with a bill backed by lawmakers. The dollars would pay for technology assistance and services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Current law imposes a 5-cent monthly... more »
  • Grace period for flood victim utility disconnections will soon end Play Video

    January 18, 2017 7:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Thousands of residents exempt from utility disconnection following August's historic flooding will soon lose that exemption. Starting on March 1, the Louisiana Public Service Commission's plan to get money owed to utilities will go into effect. In 17 disaster parishes, people benefited from an executive... more »
  • Some Entergy Louisiana customers to receive January refund

    December 21, 2016 2:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some customers of a major Louisiana utility will see a refund in their January electricity bills. Entergy Louisiana says in a news release that refunds totaling $70 million will go to customers in 40 parishes. It's the result of an agreement approved Wednesday by the Louisiana Public... more »
  • Houma woman arrested in insurance fraud scheme

    October 12, 2016 10:23 PM

    HOUMA - Louisiana State Police have arrested a woman accused of fraudulent insurance claims dating back to 2014. 38-year-old Shanta Simmons was arrested Wednesday morning. In March, investigators in the insurance fraud/auto theft unit in Houma were contacted by fraud investigators with Progressive Insurance Company concerning fraudulent claims... more »
  • Maringouin residents shocked by abrupt utility bill increase Play Video

    July 31, 2016 11:48 PM

    MARINGOUIN - Sam Watson and his neighbors in Maringouin are talking about the shock they got when they opened this month's utility bill. "Our bills have increased more than at 100 percent," Watson said. "I think all the citizens' bills have increased to that magnitude." Tyese Givens says... more »
  • Louisiana may need short-term loan for temporary cash flow

    July 21, 2016 3:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana is laying the groundwork for possibly taking out a short-term loan to pay the state's bills. The Bond Commission on Thursday agreed without objection to start the process, with a final decision in August. Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration, Treasurer John Kennedy's office and legislative leaders... more »
  • A review of Thursday's tax bills approved by lawmakers

    June 23, 2016 5:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers were nearing the Thursday end of a special session aimed at raising more money for next year's budget through tax changes. Here's a look at bills that passed and those that failed to win support (revenue figures are estimates): SENT TO THE GOVERNOR: ... more »
  • Who will pay? A look at tax bills approved by lawmakers

    June 21, 2016 2:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers are nearing the end of a special session aimed at raising more money for next year's budget through tax changes. Here's a look at bills that passed and those that failed to win support: BILLS SENT TO THE GOVERNOR: -Lessen the tax break... more »
  • Bills to lessen business tax breaks still alive Play Video

    June 20, 2016 7:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two tax bills that could raise more than $70 million for next year's budget will be considered by the Louisiana House. They are likely the last proposals that could win final passage in the special session to help lessen budget cuts. The measures would scale back some... more »
  • House considering compromise proposal on income tax bill

    June 14, 2016 4:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - House lawmakers negotiated behind the scenes ahead of a Wednesday vote on a bill to raise more than $100 million in taxes for next year's state budget. The bill, sought by Gov. John Bel Edwards as part of a budget-balancing package, would decrease an income tax... more »
  • Bills aimed at cutting state consulting contracts advance to House

    April 29, 2016 10:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Bills aimed at cutting consulting contracts were advanced by the House Appropriations Committee this week, according to State Treasurer John Kennedy. "We had $12.23 billion in contracts last year. State agencies will tell you every one of those contracts is necessary. I disagree," said Treasurer Kennedy.... more »
  • More than 40 changes to La. gun laws proposed by lawmakers

    April 8, 2016 4:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers are looking to shape Louisiana's gun laws with more than 40 firearm-related changes proposed this session. But while proposals have come from lawmakers in both parties and within each chamber, disagreements lie in how to best curb the state's high incarceration and crime rates while respecting... more »
  • GOP Congress' incomplete: Stalled bills, no court nominee

    April 3, 2016 2:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress increasingly is being defined by what it's not doing this election year. The Senate returns this week with a strong majority of Republicans saying no to any consideration of President Barack Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court. No hearings, no vote and, for some lawmakers, not even... more »
  • Re-entry bills part of bipartisan push for prison overhaul

    April 1, 2016 1:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State legislators and advocates are spearheading a bipartisan push to lower Louisiana's leading incarceration rate. Baton Rouge Reps. Patricia Smith, a Democrat, and Rick Edmonds, a Republican, say they are confident legislators across the political spectrum will support their efforts to lower recidivism. Three proposals aimed at... more »
  • Who could pay? A look at tax bills advancing with lawmakers

    March 3, 2016 11:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the House and Senate have supported varying measures to change Louisiana's tax laws. None has made it to final passage so far, with less than a week remaining in the special legislative session. Here's a look of what some of the proposals would do and... more »
  • St. Gabriel residents get another break on sewer bills Play Video

    July 1, 2015 6:34 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - Residents in the City of St. Gabriel will get yet another break if they owe outstanding sewer bills. July 1 was supposed to be the cut-off date when residents started getting their water turned off. The City of St. Gabriel is owed nearly a quarter of... more »
  • La. Senate starts approving tax bills for next year's budget

    June 5, 2015 12:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators have started passing tax bills to help raise new dollars for next year's budget. With a 28-7 vote Friday, the Senate agreed to temporarily suspend a 1-cent state sales tax exemption on the purchase of electricity, steam and water for utilities by businesses. The suspension would... more »
  • House tax bills receive passage from Senate committee

    May 18, 2015 3:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A package of House-approved tax bills estimated to raise $615 million for next year's budget has sailed through its first stop in the Senate amid ongoing budget negotiations. Without objection Monday, the Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee advanced 11 bills to rework tax break programs, scale back... more »
  • Budget-balancing deal has yet to take shape in Legislature

    April 30, 2015 2:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers remain undecided on an approach for closing next year's $1.6 billion shortfall, so the House tax committee has advanced a menu of options that could become the building blocks of a budget-balancing deal. The Ways and Means Committee sent to the House floor a cigarette tax... more »
  • Tuition bills start advancing in House and Senate

    April 22, 2015 2:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers have started moving proposals to let public college campuses raise their own tuition and fee rates to help offset hefty budget cuts from the state. The House and Senate education committees Wednesday advanced several bills that would remove the Legislature from setting tuition and fees. The... more »
  • Fake money making rounds in Ascension Parish Play Video

    April 16, 2015 6:21 PM

    ST. AMANT - Deputies have some leads in a funny money scheme where hundreds of dollars in fake bills have been passed around Ascension Parish. Thursday, investigators spent the day questioning people who were seen on surveillance video with the fake money. Earlier in the day, WBRZ cameras recorded... more »
  • Applications now being accepted for energy bill assistance program

    January 28, 2015 11:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Qualifying low-income households may be able to get some help with paying their energy bills for the remainder of winter through the Office of Social Services' Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. To see if your household qualifies for funds available through the program, refer to... more »
  • 42.9 million Americans have unpaid medical bills

    December 11, 2014 2:12 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new government report shows that nearly 20 percent of U.S. consumers - nearly 43 million people - have unpaid medical debts. The findings from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau suggest that many Americans are being trapped by debt because they are confused by the notices they... more »
  • Rape exams should be billed to state, Jindal says

    December 9, 2014 1:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has directed a state crime victim's board to pay hospitals and health centers for sexual assault victims' medical exams. Jindal's executive order, issued Tuesday, is trying to keep victims from being charged for a forensic medical exam, billing that advocacy groups and lawmakers called... more »
  • Tannehill, former Tiger Landry lead Dolphins over Bills

    November 14, 2014 6:10 AM

    MIAMI GARDENS, FL - Ryan Tannehill shook off five sacks and a third-quarter deficit, throwing for two late touchdowns to help the Miami Dolphins break a streak of three consecutive losses to Buffalo with a 22-9 win Thursday. Tannehill went 26 for 34 for 240 yards and threw touchdown... more »
  • Facebook video feature blamed for high bills

    September 3, 2014 8:01 PM

    PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA- Facebook's autoplay video feature is blamed for increasing data plan bills over the limit. The consumer finance website, Moneysavingexpert.com, flagged the issue. Now, smartphone users are advised to change the default setting in the Facebook App to stop the streaming video function. more »
  • Lawmakers refuse to hear income tax repeal bills Play Video

    April 15, 2013 10:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state House Ways and Means committee said today they would defer all income tax repeal bills for this session, essentially killing Governor Bobby Jindal's main plan for tax reform. Committee chair Joel Robideaux (R-Lafayette) said such bills already scheduled for a hearing would still be... more »

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