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  • 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 »
  • Flags ordered at half-staff on day after tragic shooting

    July 18, 2016 1:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards has ordered the U.S. and state flag to be flown at half-staff over the Capitol and all public buildings in Louisiana until sunset on Monday. The governor said the decision was made in order to honor the lives of three law enforcement... more »
  • Peaceful protesters ask for unity in Capitol march Play Video

    July 10, 2016 12:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Hundreds gathered in the street in front of Baton Rouge City Hall, all chanting for justice for Alton Sterling. With megaphones and posters in hand, the people began their one-and-a-half mile march to the State Capitol. The march was organized by city leaders calling for... more »
  • 2 Special Sessions: The cost to taxpayers Play Video

    June 24, 2016 9:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In addition to the usual legislative session, lawmakers spent a lot of extra time at the Capitol this year thanks to two separate Special Sessions. The move cost taxpayers millions. The first Special Session began on February 14th. It ended 25 days later, but over that... more »
  • Lawmakers making last minute effort to fund TOPS Play Video

    June 22, 2016 7:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Capitol is taking last minute efforts to put more money into the TOPS Scholarship program. The plan requires a tax hike and would only effect those who make more than $100,000 a year. However, Republicans are not in favor of the plan. The proposal for the... more »
  • With clock ticking, Senators delay on crafting state spending plans

    June 21, 2016 10:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators are having trouble working out a final version of their plans to spend the $284 million raised in the special legislative session. The Senate Finance Committee planned a Tuesday meeting to craft its version of the bill to plug the money into next year's budget. But... more »
  • Fate of remaining tax proposals rests with House lawmakers

    June 18, 2016 3:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As Louisiana's special session on taxes enters its final week, only three tax bills remain in play for lawmakers considering ways to boost state revenue and lessen budget cuts next year. All three await decisions in the House, where Republicans have shown a willingness to bottle up... more »
  • Lawmaker calls proposed tax policy 'worst ever' Play Video

    June 15, 2016 11:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some lawmakers are calling a tax bill that passed through the House Ways and Means Committee Wednesday as some of the worst tax policy ever. The tax hike would mainly impact wealthy people when they file their state return. It will only take effect if the... more »
  • Critical tax vote planned Wednesday in House committee

    June 15, 2016 11:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Pressure is being put on members of the House tax committee, who are deciding whether to scale back a tax deduction for upper-income earners. The Ways and Means Committee meets Wednesday afternoon to consider the legislation by Bogalusa Rep. Malinda White, to raise more than $100 million... more »
  • House backs tax bills, but far short of Edwards' request

    June 9, 2016 5:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the Louisiana House have agreed to a package of tax bills that would raise more than $220 million for next year's budget. That reaches slightly more than one-third of the $600 million sought by Gov. John Bel Edwards to stop what he describes as deep... more »
  • Republicans defend display of Confederate imagery in Capitol

    June 9, 2016 5:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Republican leaders have blocked a Democratic congressman from Mississippi from offering legislation to ban Confederate imagery from the House side of the Capitol complex. Congressman Bennie Thompson had sought the opportunity to ban display of the Mississippi state flag and statues of Confederate icons such as Jefferson... more »
  • Lawmakers approve budget, look to raise taxes in special session

    June 5, 2016 10:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers passed a budget Sunday evening that slashes funding for both TOPS scholarships and hospitals. The approved cuts means the TOPS scholarship would be cut in half, costing an LSU student about $1,800 to go to school next year. The healthcare cuts could hurt health... more »
  • Louisiana's legislative session winding down, another looms

    June 5, 2016 5:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - While lawmakers continue to haggle over the budget, they are trying to resolve other issues as the clock winds down on the regular legislative session. The House and Senate held rare Sunday debate time to sift through remaining bills, on topics ranging from juvenile justice reform to... more »
  • Bill would end possible jail time for underage drinkers

    May 27, 2016 1:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers don't think underage drinkers should face jail time. A bill sent to the governor's desk this week would remove the possibility that someone under the age of 21 could be jailed up to six months if caught in possession of an alcoholic beverage. The violation would... more »
  • Bid for REAL ID-compliant driver's licenses passes House

    May 26, 2016 12:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - House lawmakers have unanimously agreed to allow Louisiana to issue driver's licenses that comply with federal identification law. The House voted 97-0 Wednesday to support the Senate-backed proposal to create REAL ID-compliant licenses. It now awaits final Senate approval. State residents would need to carry only one... more »
  • Surrogacy legal framework bill meets strong Senate support

    May 18, 2016 10:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana senators have strongly supported a bid to create a state regulatory framework governing surrogacy births. The Senate voted 30-6 Tuesday to support the bill. The House must approve minor technical changes before sending it to the governor, who has said he'll sign it. Currently, contracts for... more »
  • Person detained following bomb threat at State Capitol Play Video

    May 16, 2016 7:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- One person is in custody following bomb threats Monday evening at the State Capitol and Hollywood Casino in downtown Baton Rouge, State Police say. A bomb threat was called into the State Capitol just before 6:30 p.m. Minutes later, a similar threat was called into the Hollywood... more »
  • Lawmakers back 1-year delay on new pediatric health centers

    May 12, 2016 12:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to block the creation of new Medicaid-financed centers aimed at helping "medically fragile" children. With an 85-0 vote Wednesday, the House gave final legislative passage to a measure placing a one-year moratorium on pediatric day health care centers, not allowing any new ones... more »
  • Veteran burial fee bill receives final legislative passage

    May 11, 2016 11:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A $745 fee has been set by Louisiana lawmakers for burials in state veterans' cemeteries. But the cost won't be shouldered by veterans. The Department of Veterans Affairs says the federal government has been paying for veterans' burials. But the agency says a recent attorney general's opinion... more »
  • TOPS the priority as House lawmakers work on the budget

    May 6, 2016 1:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As House lawmakers work to craft their version of next year's budget, House leaders say the main focus is on protecting the state's TOPS free college tuition program from cuts. To help close a $600 million gap, Gov. John Bel Edwards proposed to only provide about one-third... more »
  • 'Raw milk' bill killed in House agriculture committee

    May 5, 2016 1:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers have killed an attempt to lift the state's ban on sales of unpasteurized - or "raw" - milk for the third year in a row. The House agriculture committee narrowly voted to halt Ville Platte Sen. Eric LaFleur's proposal to allow limited sales of raw... more »
  • House backs striking jail time from underage drinking law

    May 5, 2016 12:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Underage Louisianans caught with alcohol can face up to six months in jail under current state law, but that will soon change if lawmakers in the state House have their way. A bill from Rep. Franklin Foil, a Baton Rouge Republican, would remove that possibility for jail... more »
  • State lawmaker makes bribe-like accusation Play Video

    May 4, 2016 8:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A state representative has accused a well respected lobbying firm of making him a shady offer. Representative Terry Brown (I-Colfax) said Wednesday a lobbyist with Southern Strategy Group in Baton Rouge offered to shower his district with corporate investments if he agreed to kill a bill he's... more »
  • La. lawmakers try to cut state spending on office leases

    May 4, 2016 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers are trying to shrink state spending on office leases, sending a bill to Gov. John Bel Edwards that seeks to maximize available space in state-owned buildings. A 37-0 vote of the Senate on Tuesday gave final passage to the bill by Rep. John Schroder, a... more »
  • Students invade Capitol for 'Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day'

    April 29, 2016 7:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Lawmakers took the day off Friday, so students, along with their parents and teachers, took over the Louisiana State Capitol building. It was all part of a new event that Governor John Bel Edwards called, “Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.” And that is... more »
  • Governor sets May 15 target for tax study recommendations

    April 29, 2016 1:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards is urging a study group looking at state budget and tax policy to give him preliminary recommendations by May 15 for ways to raise money to fill financial gaps. A report from the task force, created by state lawmakers, is due in September.... more »
  • Budget the top worry as legislative session reaches midpoint

    April 22, 2016 2:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers have reached the halfway mark of their regular session, with financial decisions in limbo and the budget still the session's focus. Only six bills - out of more than 1,600 filed for consideration - had received House and Senate passage and reached the governor's desk... more »
  • Planned Parenthood defunding bill heads to La. House floor

    April 20, 2016 1:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers seeking to strip taxpayer funding from Planned Parenthood, if its New Orleans clinic starts providing abortions, have won support for the effort from the House health committee. Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards is pushing the bill by Republican Rep. Frank Hoffmann that would ban public funding... more »
  • Adoption disclosure bill fails to gain support in committee

    April 19, 2016 4:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A proposal to allow adopted adults to work through a third party in an attempt to gather more information from their birth parents has failed to advance in the Louisiana House. Isabel Wingerter, representing the Louisiana State Law Institute, presented the proposal. Wingerter said the measure would create... more »
  • Budget cut debate mired in uncertainty about special session

    April 14, 2016 3:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Budget debates always include uncertainty about how much money agencies will receive in the upcoming financial year and whether they might take cuts. But that uncertainty is worsened this legislative session, complicated by questions about whether lawmakers will consider raising taxes further and when they'd make those... more »
  • Mother fights for medical marijuana Play Video

    April 8, 2016 6:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Nine-year old Connor Corkern's epilepsy is so severe he once had a seizure that lasted 36 hours. To control his condition his mother Katie was forced to put him on a number of prescription medications. She said the medications break her heart because the side-effects are almost as... more »
  • Gov. Edwards takes questions on Medicaid, TOPS

    April 7, 2016 2:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. John Bel Edwards discussed TOPS, Medicaid and equal pay for women at a press conference that he held in his office on Thursday afternoon. He said that his administration will reveal budget cut proposals next week to cope with that state’s $750 million gap. Earlier, proposals for... more »
  • Teens speak about rallying for raising prosecution age in La. Play Video

    April 6, 2016 6:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Two teenagers stopped by News 2 at 4 on Wednesday afternoon to speak on a Senate Bill that raises the age limit for prosecution in the state. The current state law allows for 17 year olds to be prosecuted as adults. Senate Bill 324 creates the Raise the... more »
  • Advocates to rally at Capitol to raise prosecution age

    April 6, 2016 10:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana is one of nine states that prosecute 17-year-olds as adults, and supporters looking to raise the prosecution age in the state are set to rally at the State Capitol on Wednesday to kick off the first Youth Justice Day. Supporters, including Gov. John Bel Edwards and State... 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 »
  • Back in session: Higher education, healthcare could face cuts

    March 14, 2016 8:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The new legislative session began today, and Governor John Bel Edwards delivered grim news to lawmakers regarding the state budget in his opening address. Lawmakers didn't raise enough money in the special session to keep critical services from being cut. Under state law, they can't raise... more »
  • Who will pay? A look at tax bills approved by lawmakers

    March 9, 2016 9:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's lawmakers are wrapping up work Wednesday in a special legislative session aimed at balancing this year's budget, with decisions on several tax proposals that could help drum up more money for the state treasury still pending. Here's what passed and what's still pending in the final hours:... more »
  • Lawmakers race against the clock to close budget gap Play Video

    March 8, 2016 12:19 AM

    BATON ROGE - The special legislative session ends Wednesday and lawmakers now have less than 48 hours to sort out the state's budget mess. Monday, they discussed raising the sales tax an extra cent until the end of the current fiscal year. There's no official proposal yet, but republicans and... more »
  • Standoff between state House, Senate impeding progress Play Video

    March 2, 2016 1:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Tuesday at the capitol, discussions over raising sin taxes stalled again, but lawmakers did make a last minute decision to approve a one cent sales tax increase. For a 3rd consecutive day, Louisiana's House of Representatives refused to take an action on two tax increases - cigarettes... more »
  • LSU students removed from Capitol after senate chamber disruption Play Video

    February 29, 2016 6:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Two LSU students were removed from the state Capitol Monday afternoon after causing a disruption in the senate chamber. Peter Jenkins was escorted out of the Capitol after dropping a banner that read, “Save Our Schools #SOSLA.” Security quickly grabbed the banner and removed the students.... more »
  • Budget, taxes and baseball: This week at the Capitol Play Video

    February 23, 2016 12:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - While most bills filed this session deal with raising taxes, cutting incentives or trimming departmental budgets, the State House of Representatives is expected to take up a bill that would sweeten Louisiana's bid to host the SEC Baseball Tournament in New Orleans. The bill would ammend an... more »
  • Students rally at capitol Play Video

    February 19, 2016 6:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A small group of college students rallied at the capitol Friday protesting higher education cuts. They demanded state lawmakers take action in the current special session. The rally was completely organized by students, about fifty attended. "I think this is amazing that we were able to turn... more »
  • Edwards addresses lawmakers as special session begins Play Video

    February 14, 2016 3:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two of Louisiana's prominent Republican politicians were targets in Gov. John Bel Edwards' speech to open the legislative session. The Democratic governor never named former Gov. Bobby Jindal and state Treasurer John Kennedy directly. But he took digs at Jindal as helping to create the state's financial... more »
  • No college sports, a distant reality Play Video

    February 12, 2016 9:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - University athletics are putting a lot of faith in state leaders to right the state budget gap. The state partially reinstated TOPS Friday , following a big scare to Louisiana students and their parents. Many in-state student athletes rely on TOPS. LSU baseball head Coach Paul... more »
  • Edwards calls special session to raise taxes Play Video

    February 5, 2016 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers will start debating a tax hike next week with Governor John Bel Edwards calling a special legislative session Friday to tackle Louisiana's budget crisis. Lawmakers will go into the special session on Sunday, Feb. 14 and will remain in session until Mar. 9. Edwards... more »
  • Possible sales tax increase by April part of plan to balance budget

    January 19, 2016 3:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards proposed, among other things, a one-cent sales tax increase to help balance the budget. The plan was revealed at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. Edwards discussed ways he plans to fill a $750 million shortfall in the current budget and a shortfall... more »
  • On Capitol Hill, it's the establishment's turn to rise

    December 5, 2015 3:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - On Capitol Hill, it's the establishment's turn. For months, tea party lawmakers provoked crisis and unrest in Congress - and even drove out a speaker. But now, GOP leaders have turned to the business of governing, and they're pushing forward a series of bills destined to get the... more »
  • Governor-elect has short time to build new administration

    December 1, 2015 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards faces a daunting task in the fewer than 50 days between winning his election and taking office Jan. 11. He must piece together an administration, pick the people who will lead a dozen state departments and devise an agenda for a state awash... more »
  • Senate cancels session to consider overriding Jindal vetoes

    July 17, 2015 11:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers won't be returning to Baton Rouge this month to consider overriding Gov. Bobby Jindal's vetoes of bills passed in the last legislative session. As expected, the veto session was canceled by senators. It takes a majority vote of either the House or Senate to scrap... more »
  • Oklahoma court: Ten Commandments monument must come down

    June 30, 2015 3:44 PM

    OKLAHOMA CITY - A Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds is a religious symbol and must be removed because it violates the state's constitutional ban on using public property to benefit a religion, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday. Oklahoma's highest court said the Ten Commandments... more »
  • Alabama governor orders Confederate flags down at Capitol

    June 24, 2015 11:14 AM

    MONTGOMERY - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has ordered Confederate flags to taken down from the grounds of the state Capitol, the latest move to banish the divisive banner from state capitals, store shelves, license plates and monuments. Bentley issued the order Wednesday morning, one week after police say a white... more »
  • 'Snakes' in the Capitol Play Video

    June 9, 2015 8:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The session is nearly over which means special groups known as conference committees begin to form. Those are special committees where important bills go to get hashed out, but can also be the catalyst for legislative mischief. "This is the time of the year when the 'snakes'... more »
  • Veto session possible Play Video

    June 5, 2015 7:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Not once in modern history has a Louisiana governor vetoed the budget, but that might happen if lawmakers aren't willing to play ball. Governor Bobby Jindal has said he's willing to veto the budget if lawmakers don't give him the tax breaks he wants to offset the... more »
  • Louisiana Women Veterans Day at the Capitol Play Video

    June 2, 2015 10:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The state is honoring women veterans with "Louisiana Women Veterans Day at the Capitol." It's a place for veterans to networks, tour the Capitol, and meet with local leaders. This morning Alex Juan from the U.S.S. Kidd joined 2une In to tell us more about the event. ... more »
  • Budget, movies, taxes on Monday's session agenda

    June 1, 2015 8:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The state budget is a top priority at the Capitol Monday. The Senate Finance Committee was in session on Saturday trying to get some work done on the state budget. The state is in a $1.2 billion hole. So far, lawmakers have managed to close the gap... more »
  • Jindal plan to sell Baton Rouge welcome center hits snags

    May 21, 2015 5:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is rethinking its plan to sell a welcome center near the Louisiana Capitol after running into legislative resistance. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols said Wednesday that lawmakers have concerns about selling a building so close to the Capitol complex. She said: "We are listening... more »
  • House backs bill requiring casinos to pay for rape exams

    May 12, 2015 4:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana House has agreed to steer an estimated $1.6 million in unclaimed gambling money annually to pay for rape victims' medical exams. With a 93-0 vote Monday, the bill by Rep. Helena Moreno, a Democrat from New Orleans, was sent to the Senate for consideration. The casino... more »
  • Treasurer Kennedy on budget issues Play Video

    May 7, 2015 10:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The budget battle is heating up today at the Capitol. Lawmakers are expecting a long debate as they consider a dozen tax changes in the hopes of getting more money to balance next year's budget. State Treasurer, John Kennedy talked to News 2's John Pastorek about what the... more »
  • House Committee approves tax hike for road projects

    May 6, 2015 8:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A plan to fund road projects in Louisiana is moving forward at the Capitol. A House Committee approved two plans that would mean billions of dollars for road and bridge improvements over the next ten years. Lawmakers are considering a one cent sales tax increase, and a... more »
  • Hundreds of LSU students march to protest budget cuts Play Video

    April 30, 2015 2:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of LSU students holding signs and wearing school colors marched to the steps of the Capitol Thursday to protest against further cuts to higher education. The rally was organized through social media and called on students to show up to make lawmakers see who would... more »
  • LSU at the Capitol Play Video

    April 30, 2015 8:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Students, alumni, and friends of Louisiana State University will march to the Capitol today to call for change. They're asking legislators not to cut state funding to their school by 82%. LSU students are waking up to the reality, that if these cuts go through, their future... more »
  • At the Capitol: Representative Patricia Smith Play Video

    April 22, 2015 9:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE- State Representative Pat Smith from the 67th district stopped by 2une In this morning to give us an update on what's been going on during the current legislative session. "We've got to make sure that our folks have a quality of life," said Smith. "That includes not... more »
  • Southern University at the Capitol Play Video

    April 22, 2015 7:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Today at the Capitol talks will continue about the budget and potential cuts to higher education. Lawmakers will talk about allowing state colleges and universities to set their own tuition, and possibly changing the eligibility requirements for TOPS scholarships. All of these proposals have the same goal in... more »
  • Capitol security system claims another car

    April 17, 2015 6:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Another vehicle was stopped short by the new Capitol security system Friday as it tried to leave a parking lot. Authorities said a House staffer was trying to follow another vehicle out of the Southwest Lot at the Capitol when the security poles deployed and caught... more »
  • Friend feared Capitol gyrocopter pilot would get shot down

    April 16, 2015 8:24 AM

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - A friend of the Florida postal worker who piloted a gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol's lawn says he feared the man would get shot down. Mike Shanahan was quoted by The Tampa Bay Times as saying that Doug Hughes called him Wednesday and said he... more »
  • Lawmakers defend security upgrades Play Video

    April 14, 2015 7:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers believe a $4.8 million upgrade to security at the Capitol was worth it, despite the state's $1.6 billion dollar deficit. State Sen. Bodi White (R- Central) said arguing about the system and the budget is like comparing "apples to oranges." White championed the project when... more »
  • Johnson says he'll make changes to religious objection bill

    April 14, 2015 4:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Louisiana lawmaker says changes are coming to his divisive religious objections bill, a key piece of Gov. Bobby Jindal's legislative agenda that has run into sharp criticism. Rep. Mike Johnson says his bill will be clarified in the hopes of addressing concerns it could lead to... more »
  • Lawmaker says he broke hand, suffered concussion in wreck

    April 14, 2015 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A lawmaker who had a car accident with the Louisiana Capitol's new security system said he's broken his hand and suffered a concussion in the wreck. Rep. Paul Hollis, R-Covington, said his Audi A8 received considerable damage on the opening day of the regular legislative session when... more »
  • New Louisiana Capitol security system snares lawmaker's car

    April 13, 2015 2:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One Louisiana lawmaker had a particularly rough first day of the 2015 legislative session. Rep. Paul Hollis, a Covington Republican, says he was inching his Audi A8 through a Capitol parking lot exit when a brand new security system engaged, shooting two pylons through the front of... more »
  • Lockdown lifted at capitol after shots fired

    April 11, 2015 3:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - A precautionary lockdown of the U.S. Capitol has been lifted after shots were fired in an apparent suicide attempt. Capitol Police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider says the suspected shooter was "neutralized" after a self-inflicted gunshot wound. It's unclear whether the man is dead. No one else is believed to... more »
  • Police: Man shoots himself near U.S. capitol

    April 11, 2015 1:19 PM

    WASHINGTON - Police report a man shot himself near the West Front of the U.S. Capitol Building Saturday. Authorities say the man was wearing a blue backpack with a sign attached to his hand. The capitol is under lockdown as a precautionary measure according to Sgt. Kimberly Schneider... more »
  • Capitol employees fear traffic nightmare Play Video

    April 9, 2015 6:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Some state employees are concerned that new security measures at the state capitol will cause a traffic nightmare when they're implemented Monday, the first day of the legislative session. However, officials assured them that the details have been worked out, and traffic will move smoothly. Starting... more »
  • Financial adviser: Louisiana moving nearer to its debt cap

    March 19, 2015 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's financial adviser is warning that the state is edging closer to its debt ceiling and will need to tightly manage construction spending to stay under the cap. Lamont Financial Services Corp. provided an update Thursday to the State Bond Commission about the state's debt load. Gov.... more »
  • Lawmakers support most of Jindal plan to close midyear gap

    February 20, 2015 3:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers complained, but didn't reverse $61 million in cuts that Gov. Bobby Jindal levied across state agencies to close a midyear deficit. Members of the Legislature's joint budget committee raised objections Friday to reductions to state parks, agriculture programs and health care services. But they couldn't get... more »
  • Grand jury indicts Ohio man held in Capitol terror plot

    January 21, 2015 1:31 PM

    CINCINNATI - Federal authorities say a grand jury has indicted the 20-year-old Ohio man accused of plotting an attack at the U.S. Capitol. Justice Department officials and the FBI say the federal grand jury in Cincinnati has charged Christopher Lee Cornell with attempting to kill U.S. officials and employees, solicitation... more »
  • State lawmaker wants special session on budget, taxes

    January 6, 2015 4:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A state lawmaker from the Houma area wants his colleagues to convene a special legislative session to tackle Louisiana's continuing budget problems. Republican Rep. Joe Harrison sent a petition Tuesday to House and Senate members, asking for support to call a 14-day special session starting March 30.... more »
  • New Congress getting sworn in with GOP in charge

    January 6, 2015 2:28 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Republicans are assuming full control of Congress for the first time in eight years in a day of pomp, circumstance and raw politics beneath the Capitol Dome. They planned to move swiftly Tuesday toward a veto showdown with President Barack Obama over the Keystone XL pipeline. ... more »
  • US Capitol staffers raise their hands for Ferguson

    December 11, 2014 4:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - Dozens of minority congressional staffers and Capitol employees have gathered to protest the killing of unarmed black men by police. About 200 workers and a few members of Congress stood on the House steps Thursday and silently raised their arms in the "don't shoot" gesture used to protest... more »
  • Proposal would enshrine Old South symbols in Miss.

    November 5, 2014 5:53 PM

    JACKSON, MS - A Mississippi man with a history of trying to enshrine Old South symbols in the state constitution is trying again, this time hoping to change the state song to "Dixie" and require officials to fly a Confederate battle flag outside the Capitol. But getting a constitutional amendment... more »
  • Capitol Hill Christmas tree chosen, chopped down Play Video

    October 30, 2014 8:47 AM

    CASS LAKE, MN - Christmas is still nearly two months away, but the tree that will be on display in Washington, D.C. has already been chosen and chopped down. The winner this year- an 88 ft. tall white spruce from Minnesota. This is the first time in more than... more »
  • Dozens gather at Capitol for domestic violence vigil Play Video

    August 14, 2014 10:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A group gathered on the Capitol steps Thursday evening to call attention to the wide-spread issue of domestic violence in Louisiana. People shared their stories and paid tribute to those who died because of violence at home. The vigil honored Aleria Cyrus Reed and other victims... more »
  • House unanimously passes video secrecy bill

    May 30, 2014 12:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The House voted 96-0 Friday to make secret the security surveillance video from the Louisiana Capitol complex, supporting a measure that would exempt the video from the public records law. Lawmakers didn't debate or ask any questions about the proposal (Senate Bill 446) by Sen. Sherri Smith... more »

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