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  • Gorsuch calls Trump's judge attacks demoralizing

    March 21, 2017 9:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is saying for the first time publicly that President Trump's attacks on federal judges were "disheartening" and "demoralizing." In February, Trump described the Seattle judge who put a stay on his immigration and travel ban a "so-called judge" in a tweet. Gorsuch first... more »
  • Court: Student prayers OK at school board meetings

    March 20, 2017 8:53 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court says a Texas school board can continue to let students offer public prayers at its meetings. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld a lower court ruling dismissing a lawsuit against the Birdville Independent School District. It was filed... more »
  • Federal charges filed against man arrested for shooting 16-year-old

    March 16, 2017 4:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Acting United States Attorney Corey Amundson has filed federal criminal charges against a man who was arrested for shooting a 16-year-old in the head earlier this week. The charges are filed against 45-year-old Octavio Bringas-Posadas for possession of a firearm prohibited by a person and... more »
  • Settlement resolves race bias claims over salon inspections

    March 9, 2017 3:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A settlement agreement has been reached in a federal lawsuit that accuses Louisiana state regulators of racially discriminating against a group of Vietnamese-American nail salon owners. Court filings on Wednesday don't disclose any terms of the deal. Attorneys for the state and for four Vietnamese-American salon owners... more »
  • Trump offers Planned Parenthood funds if it halts abortions

    March 6, 2017 9:45 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has offered to maintain federal funding for Planned Parenthood if the group stops providing abortions. Its president has spurned the proposal and noted that federal money already is not allowed to be used for abortion. Trump confirmed there had been discussions after The New York... more »
  • Federal appeals court rejects egg-labeling lawsuit

    February 27, 2017 9:34 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - A federal appeals court has rejected a lawsuit that sought to require labels on egg cartons indicating the conditions in which the chickens were raised. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday ruled that several federal agencies had acted reasonably in... more »
  • Judge blocks Texas cutting Medicaid to Planned Parenthood

    February 21, 2017 9:53 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - A federal judge has stopped Texas from cutting off Medicaid dollars to Planned Parenthood over secretly recorded videos taken by anti-abortion activists in 2015. The decision by U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks on Tuesday preserves what Planned Parenthood says are non-abortion services to nearly 11,000 low-income women.... more »
  • Trump says 'no doubt' he'll win immigration case

    February 10, 2017 1:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump says he has "no doubt" that he will prevail in the federal court case over his travel ban. He also promises to take additional steps to improve U.S. security. Trump commented a day after a San Francisco-based U.S. appeals court refused to reinstate his temporary... more »
  • US court refuses to reinstate Trump's travel ban

    February 9, 2017 6:25 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO- A federal appeals court in San Francisco has refused to reinstate President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday wouldn't block a lower-court ruling that suspended the ban and allowed previously barred travelers to enter the... more »
  • US State Department reinstates visas

    February 4, 2017 12:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - The State Department says it's reversed the cancellations of visas for foreigners after a federal judge put on hold President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration. The department had said up to 60,000 foreigners from seven majority-Muslim countries had their visas "provisionally revoked" to comply with Trump's order... more »
  • Puerto Rico gets more time to propose fiscal plan

    January 28, 2017 1:28 PM

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - A federal control board is giving Puerto Rico's government more time to figure out how to confront its financial crisis. Saturday's action gives the territorial government a little more time to negotiate with creditors and stave off possible lawsuits. The deadline for presenting a fiscal... more »
  • 'Net neutrality' foe Ajit Pai is Trump's new FCC head

    January 23, 2017 5:07 PM

    NEW YORK - President Donald Trump has picked a fierce critic of the Obama-era "net neutrality" rules to be chief regulator of the nation's airwaves and internet connections. In a statement Monday, Ajit Pai said he was grateful to the president for his new role as the next chairman of... more »
  • Judge orders town, ex-police chief to pay $40K in legal fees

    January 22, 2017 12:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge has awarded nearly $40,000 in fees to attorneys for a woman who accused a former Louisiana police chief of sexually assaulting her in his office while she was drunk and he was on duty. The woman's lawyers sought nearly $90,000 in fees, but U.S.... more »
  • Feds: Ex-UN official's relatives indicted in bribe scheme

    January 10, 2017 8:46 PM

    NEW YORK - Federal prosecutors in New York have charged two relatives of former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with plotting to bribe a Middle East official to influence the $800 million sale of a building complex in Vietnam. The relatives were named in an indictment unsealed in Manhattan federal court... more »
  • Planned Parenthood asks judge to halt Texas Medicaid cuts

    December 31, 2016 2:03 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Planned Parenthood is asking a federal judge to stop Texas from cutting off Medicaid funding to the nation's largest abortion provider in January. The request for an injunction was filed late Friday in Austin. It's part of ongoing lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood against Texas last year.... more »
  • January meeting set to discuss flood spending plans

    December 25, 2016 3:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Plans for spending more than $1 billion in newly approved federal flood recovery money will be discussed at a Jan. 6 meeting of the Restore Louisiana Task Force. U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro announced Friday that Louisiana would receive more than $1.2 billion, part... more »
  • $2 million to go toward improving passenger rail in 3 states

    December 19, 2016 4:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - More than $2 million in federal funds will go to 11 communities in three southern states to restore and improve passenger rail service. The Southern Rail Commission on Monday announced the Federal Railroad Administration funding for the communities in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. The communities will get... more »
  • Officials: 150 US border agents being sent to South Texas

    November 12, 2016 2:58 PM

    EDINBURG, Texas - Federal officials say 150 Border Patrol agents will be deployed to South Texas from Arizona, California and elsewhere to help process a spike in immigrants who have been apprehended after illegally entering the U.S. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement Saturday that agents from... more »
  • Deadline for flood victims to register with FEMA Nov. 14 Play Video

    November 12, 2016 11:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana residents with damage from the severe mid-August flooding have only a few more hours remaining to register for aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The deadline is Monday, Nov. 14. For those who apply online the deadline is 10 p.m. and for those who apply... more »
  • Jury awards UVA administrator $3 million

    November 7, 2016 10:21 PM

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - A federal jury has awarded $3 million to a University of Virginia administrator who they concluded was defamed by a now-discredited Rolling Stone magazine article about a gang rape at a fraternity house. Nicole Eramo claimed the 2014 article "A Rape on Campus" portrayed her as a... more »
  • Edwards to travel to D.C. to discuss additional federal assistance following flood

    November 7, 2016 6:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards will travel to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to meet with congressional leaders to discuss the state's need for additional federal assistance following the flood in August. Edwards and congressional delegation lobbied Congress for an initial recovery down payment of $438 million .... more »
  • Grant to reduce crime in popular Tigerland area denied Play Video

    October 12, 2016 9:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A grant requested by Baton Rouge officials, LSU and the District Attorney's office to reduce crime in Tigerland has been denied. Crime statistics were released along with the request for the square-mile area of Tigerland. According to the summary, the violent crime rate was more than 33... more »
  • Settlement reached in north La. housing discrimination case

    October 1, 2016 12:52 PM

    BOSSIER CITY - A low-income housing authority in northwest Louisiana has settled a federal lawsuit in which it was accused of discriminating against black and disabled residents. The Bossier City Housing Authority had been accused of assigning elderly residents to housing based on race, instead of their place on a... more »
  • Governor Edwards increases request for federal assistance to $2.8 billion

    September 12, 2016 2:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards sent an additional letter to President Barack Obama updating the state's request for federal assistance for an additional $800 million, bringing the total to amount to $2.8 billion. The additional $800 million requested will be used on projects to protect homes and... more »
  • Homeland Security official to visit Louisiana

    August 17, 2016 4:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The White House says Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson will visit Louisiana on Thursday to review the federal government's response to the widespread flooding that has damaged tens of thousands of businesses and houses. Spokeswoman Jennifer Friedman says President Barack Obama also spoke with FEMA Administrator Craig... more »
  • Washington flummoxed over federal Confederate flag displays

    July 1, 2016 11:30 AM

    WASHINGTON - A year after South Carolina removed the Confederate flag from its capitol grounds, official Washington is struggling with further restrictions on the flag's display on federal property, including the U.S. Capitol complex. The National Park Service, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Army have longstanding guidelines for... more »
  • REAL ID driver's license bill sent to the governor's desk

    May 30, 2016 6:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers have decided the state's drivers should get to choose whether they want a driver's license that complies with the federal REAL ID security law. With a 28-9 vote Monday, the Senate gave final legislative passage to a bill that lets a driver decide between a... more »
  • State discusses switching over to 'REAL ID' licenses Play Video

    March 23, 2016 12:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE - On the same day as a terrorist attack overseas, lawmakers in Louisiana discussed transferring state drivers' licenses to the 'REAL ID" system mandated by the federal government. Some states already signed-on to the system but not Louisiana. That decision was made by the Jindal administration, who was... more »
  • Obama mobilizes federal aid to north La. parishes

    March 13, 2016 6:09 PM

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama declared Louisiana flooding as a major disaster Sunday and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in north Louisiana. According to a White House press release, Obama’s order will make federal funding available to individuals affected in Bossier, Claiborne, Grant, Morehouse,... more »
  • Use of federal drinking water money varies in Deep South

    January 30, 2016 2:35 PM

    ATLANTA - Money from a federal fund aiming to help states comply with drinking water requirements goes toward a mix of state employee salaries and expenses and private contractors throughout the Deep South. The Associated Press reviewed state records in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi. In addition to providing loans... more »
  • US budget deficit rose in December

    January 13, 2016 2:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - The federal budget deficit increased in December and for the third month is running ahead of last year's pace. The Treasury Department says the deficit totaled $14.4 billion in December. That compares to a small surplus of $1.9 billion in December 2014. For the first three months of... more »
  • Expert says 'almost impossible' for Texas refugee lawsuit to succeed

    December 3, 2015 2:26 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Texas is suing the U.S. government in an attempt to block six Syrian refugees from being resettled in Dallas this week. Here's what preceded the lawsuit and what it means: WHAT'S THE SIGNIFICANCE? Texas is the first state in the nation to ask a federal court to... more »
  • 5th US Circuit to hear appeal of ex-New Orleans Mayor Nagin

    October 5, 2015 8:32 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A federal appeals court will hear arguments in the case of Ray Nagin, the former New Orleans mayor now serving a 10-year prison sentence. Monday's hearing is set before a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Nagin, a Democrat who served from 2001 to... more »
  • Program designed to help with new health cooperatives fails

    September 28, 2015 9:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A federal program designed to aid federally created health plans such as the Louisiana Health Cooperative Inc. instead became the final nail in the ailing nonprofit's coffin. Louisiana Health - taken over by state regulators on Sept. 1 - was one of 23 plans created nationally under the... more »
  • New federal requirements on cellphone surveillance

    September 3, 2015 4:19 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Justice Department says federal law enforcement must now generally obtain search warrants before using secretive and intrusive cellphone technology. The warrant requirement is part of a new policy unveiled Thursday regarding cell-site simulators, which can sweep up basic cellphone data from a neighborhood and help identify a... more »
  • Cadets have first day of training in Baton Rouge

    August 30, 2015 6:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Dozens of cadets reported to their first official day of training at the Louisiana State Police Training Academy. "We want to make sure that the right people are here," Sgt. Nick Manale told News Two. "We want to make sure that these men and women are... more »
  • Planned Parenthood sues Jindal over Medicaid order

    August 25, 2015 11:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday asking a judge to stop Governor Bobby Jindal's attempt to end their Medicaid service provider agreement, and with it Medicaid funding. Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast and three patients filed the suit requesting an injunction to stop enforcement of Jindal's... more »
  • BESE approves plan to make childcare more affordable Play Video

    August 12, 2015 4:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some federal dollars will now be used in Louisiana to help parents in need save hundreds of dollars on child care each year. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved additional federal funding for child care assistance this week. The money will be used to... more »
  • Sen. Paul: Senate will vote on fed aid to Planned Parenthood

    July 28, 2015 11:17 AM

    WASHINGTON - Presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul says Senate leaders have told him the chamber will vote on his effort to block federal aid to Planned Parenthood before lawmakers begin their August break. The Kentucky Republican said Tuesday that Senate GOP leaders told him the vote will occur. He says... more »
  • 18-year-old's video of gun-firing drone spurs investigation

    July 21, 2015 12:49 PM

    CLINTON - An 18-year-old Connecticut man may be in trouble with federal aviation officials after posting a video online that shows shots being fired from a drone that had been jury-rigged with a handgun. The FAA says it is investigating whether Austin Haghwout of Clinton violated its regulations, which prohibit... more »
  • Denham Springs seeks grants for proposed nature park

    July 15, 2015 9:47 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS- The Denham Springs City Council has voted to seek $100,000 in federal grant money to help pay for a long-desired nature park on the Amite River. The grant request has been sent to the Federal Highway Administration's Recreational Trails Program for Louisiana and would be used to build... more »
  • House moves to ban Confederate flag in federal cemeteries

    July 8, 2015 1:02 PM

    COLUMBIA - The South Carolina House is taking a lunch break, in part so Republicans can meet behind closed doors again to talk about whether to take down the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds. In three hours of debate, the House took up just four amendments, rejecting them... more »
  • District judge orders La. to recognize same-sex marriages

    July 2, 2015 12:47 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge ordered Thursday that Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban was officially overturned and the state must recognize such unions immediately. The order from U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman in New Orleans specifically said the state must begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, in line... more »
  • Louisiana getting $1 million federal job-training grant

    June 18, 2015 7:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana is getting $1 million in federal grant money to train residents needed as employees by specific industries. The federal money targets the Alexandria, Shreveport and Monroe areas and will be administered by the Louisiana Workforce Commission. Much of it is earmarked for apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship training, on-the-job... more »
  • GOP-controlled Hill panel backs state medical marijuana laws

    June 11, 2015 2:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - The federal government would be unable to block state laws permitting the use of medical marijuana under legislation that has been approved by a Republican-controlled Senate committee. The 20-10 vote puts the Senate Appropriations panel on record in favor of permitting people to obtain and dispensaries to provide... more »
  • Ex-New Orleans school official pleads guilty

    May 13, 2015 5:37 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former New Orleans school board member has changed his plea to guilty in a federal bribery case. Ira Thomas pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery and wire fraud. The hearing comes more than two months after U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite (poh-LEET')... more »
  • Filmmaker admits to defrauding film tax credit program

    May 13, 2015 8:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A Baton Rouge movie maker has admitted in a federal courtroom that he falsified invoices to receive Louisiana's film tax credits. U.S. Attorney Walt Green said in a news release that 46-year-old George Kostuch pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of wire fraud that accused him of penning... more »
  • Federal indictment details historic EBR drug seizure

    April 14, 2015 11:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - U. S. Attorneys unsealed a federal indictment Tuesday which listed nine arrests and an historic drug seizure for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, all part of an operation to take down what federal agents said was a drug trafficking networking in Louisiana and California. U.... more »
  • Federal charge for ex-cop in confrontation with Indian man

    March 27, 2015 11:56 AM

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A former Alabama police officer is charged with violating the civil rights of an Indian man during a violent confrontation in February. Former Madison police officer Eric Sloan Parker is charged with using unreasonable force that left Sureshbhai Patel (suh-RESH'-beye pah-TEL') hospitalized. Federal prosecutors announced the charge... more »
  • Judge blocks federal change of 'spouse' definition

    March 26, 2015 5:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction Thursday blocking a new federal regulation that would change the definition of "spouse" under the Family and Medical Leave Act, according to the Louisiana Attorney General's Office. AG Buddy Caldwell sued the federal government over the change, which was... more »
  • Free FAFSA webinar, workshops available through LELA Play Video

    March 18, 2015 7:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The federal government awards $150 billion dollars to high school seniors going to college, but in order to apply for this money you must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Last year only 44% of Louisiana high school seniors filled out a FAFSA, which... more »
  • Bus-jacker found guilty by federal judge

    February 23, 2015 3:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The U. S. Attorneys Office in Baton Rouge said a federal judge found a man guilty Monday of kidnapping a school bus driver and stealing her bus last year. U. S. Attorney Walt Green said 38-year-old Jock Jones pleaded guilty on Feb. 2 to a federal... more »
  • More than 184,000 Louisiana sign-ups in federal marketplace

    February 18, 2015 2:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE- More than 184,000 Louisiana residents enrolled for health insurance through the federal marketplace, before the sign-up period ended Sunday. That's a growth of 82,000 people from last year. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the latest enrollment data Wednesday. About 11.4 million people nationwide... more »
  • Program offers free tax filing help to B.R. residents

    February 2, 2015 11:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE - With tax season entering full swing, Mayor-President "Kip" Holden's Office of Social Services is offering free help from IRS-certified workers to assist Baton Rouge residents in filing their federal and state taxes. The service is offered through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which offers free... more »
  • Rules in works to stop payday loan debt

    February 1, 2015 1:18 PM

    WASHINGTON - Efforts to stop debt from payday loans are still underway for lawmakers. Federal regulators say they are now putting together the first-ever rules on those loans to help cash-strapped borrowers avoid falling into a cycle of high-rate debt. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says state laws governing... more »
  • Feds warn La law might set HS grad bar too low for disabled

    January 19, 2015 6:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal officials have renewed warnings that a state law to help special education students may violate federal laws. A letter sent last week says authorities are worried the law will illegally set standards too low for disabled students. The law lets teachers and parents put together alternative... more »
  • Feds issue counterfeit costume contact lens warning

    October 23, 2014 11:44 AM

    WASHINGTON - As the weather cools and people begin to finalize their Halloween costume choices, federal officials released an official warning to the public about the dangers of novelty contact lenses, not approved by the FDA, and sold by many retailers throughout the nation. Federal agents are engaged in... more »
  • Federal offshore oil lease sale set for March

    October 17, 2014 1:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Oil and gas leases for 40 million acres off the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama will be offered by the federal government in a March sale at the Superdome in New Orleans. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced the lease sale on Friday, calling it... more »
  • St. Helena Parish makes strides in bridge construction Play Video

    August 21, 2014 3:56 PM

    GREENSBURG - St. Helena Parish is coming closer and closer to finishing a project they started at the beginning of the year. A total of 5 bridges are a part of a project that the parish has started in order to rebuild the old structures. Residents say the... more »
  • Federal agency has questions about hospital deals

    August 20, 2014 2:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's revised financing plan for six LSU hospital privatization deals is running into questions from federal health officials who rejected a previous version. The state health department on Wednesday released the three-page question letter from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS.... more »
  • LSU, gov announce new cyber research center

    August 18, 2014 11:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal and Chancellor King Alexander say Louisiana State University is creating a center to go after big federal and commercial contracts for applied technology. They say they expect the Transformational Technology and Cyber Research Center to get $30 million in federal research contracts in its... more »
  • Full appeals court upholds labels on meat packages

    July 29, 2014 12:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court has upheld new government rules that require labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat to say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. The meat industry has attempted to block the rules, saying they are costly to comply with and... more »
  • Ag commissioner seeks preservation of La. farmland

    July 28, 2014 4:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's top agriculture official is concerned about the loss of farmland in the state. Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain said Monday that 15,000 acres of farmland in Calcasieu and St. Charles parishes have been lost in the last year to wetlands mitigation projects. In St. Charles Parish, landowners... more »
  • House to take up highway bill as deadline looms Play Video

    July 15, 2014 2:16 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House is poised to act on a bill that would temporarily patch over a multibillion-dollar pothole in federal highway and transit programs while ducking the issue of how to put the programs on sound financial footing. The bill by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave... more »
  • Homeowners fighting feathered invaders Play Video

    July 10, 2014 5:43 PM

    CENTRAL - People in Central and Baker are fighting a loud, smelly tourist: Canada geese. People who live in Central and Baker told News 2 that the birds are not only pesky, they're actually starting to cost them money. Charles McIntyre lives in front of a lake and... more »
  • Louisiana to share $154M for job training

    June 27, 2014 3:13 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana is among a group of 32 states, Puerto Rico and the Cherokee tribal nation getting a portion of more than $154 million awarded by the federal government for job training laid-off workers in high-demand industries. The U.S. Department of Labor announced Thursday that Louisiana will get... more »
  • La. to license and regulate insurance 'navigators'

    June 13, 2014 4:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's "navigator" organizations that get grants to help consumers enroll in insurance under the federal health care law will have to be licensed by the state. Gov. Bobby Jindal's office announced Friday that the governor signed Republican Rep. Kevin Pearson's bill to require the licensing and registration... more »
  • Court: Warrantless cell tracking unconstitutional

    June 11, 2014 6:25 PM

    MIAMI - A federal appeals court has ruled that investigators must obtain a search warrant to collect records from cellphone towers that are often used to track suspects' movements. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed Wednesday with the American Civil Liberties Union that the... more »
  • Lawmakers agree to try out Jindal health plan

    May 30, 2014 6:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana could become a testing ground for Gov. Bobby Jindal's health care alternative to the federal health care overhaul, under a bill that has received final backing from lawmakers. Democratic Sen. Ben Nevers, of Bogalusa, proposed trying to use Jindal's "America Next" health care plan in Louisiana,... more »
  • Gov't puts new age restriction on tanning beds

    May 29, 2014 12:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - Tanning beds and sun lamps will carry new warnings that they should not be used by anyone under age 18 as the federal government works to reduce rising rates of skin cancer linked to the radiation-emitting devices. The Food and Drug Administration has regulated tanning machines for over... more »
  • Jindal administration still planning on privatization

    May 5, 2014 11:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Jindal's top budget adviser says the administration is going ahead with privatization of state-owned hospitals, despite federal approval problems. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols told lawmakers Monday that federal rejection of the privatization contracts won't force an adjustment. Nichols says the state will appeal the... more »
  • Bill proposes $10 minimum wage for La. Play Video

    February 21, 2014 6:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A proposed law would add Louisiana to the 21 states that have a minimum wage higher than the federal rate of $7.25 an hour. Louisiana currently follows the federal minimum wage rate. Senator Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb pre-filed Senate Bill No. 46 for the upcoming session, which would change... more »
  • Taxpayers have more questions this season Play Video

    February 19, 2014 6:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - This year a delay in state tax refunds and numerous new questions are causing headaches for taxpayers and more work for tax preparers. Steve Everly, the district manager of Jackson Hewitt, taxpayers in Louisiana can expect their refund money about two weeks later than usual. He... more »
  • Ascension Schools discrimination case set to begin Play Video

    February 17, 2014 5:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A federal lawsuit first filed in 2008 claims the Ascension Parish School Board discriminated when it redrew district lines to alleviate overcrowding. The plaintiff in the case, Darrin Kenny Lewis, claims that when Ascension went through a redistricting process the school board forced his children into East... more »
  • Jurors find Nagin guilty of 20 out of 21 counts

    February 12, 2014 11:52 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Jurors returned a guilty verdict against former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin Wednesday in his federal corruption trial. The jury made the announcement after just over six hours of deliberation, according to WDSU in New Orleans. Nagin faced a 21-count indictment and was found guilty... more »
  • Justice Dept applies same-sex rights to itself

    February 8, 2014 2:27 PM

    WASHINGTON - In an assertion of same-sex marriage rights, Attorney General Eric Holder is applying a landmark Supreme Court ruling to the Justice Department. The attorney general says same-sex spouses cannot be compelled to testify against each other, should be eligible to file for bankruptcy jointly and are entitled to... more »
  • Nagin takes stand in federal trial

    February 6, 2014 12:04 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin has taken the stand to defend himself in his federal corruption trial. Nagin began his testimony by discussing his relationship with Rodney Williams. Williams was the first witness for the prosecution when the trial began last week. Four others followed,... more »
  • Knockout game becomes hate crime

    January 23, 2014 7:42 PM

    HOUSTON, TEXAS- A white man accused of cold-cocking an elderly black man was indicted by a federal grand jury on a hate crime charge for an attack known as the "knockout game". Twenty-seven year-old Conrad Barrett is accused of slugging a 79-year-old man who had his jaw broken in... more »
  • Trial against Painter continues Friday

    December 19, 2013 10:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Friday, jurors will continue deliberating whether or not former Alcohol Tobacco Control Commissioner Murphy Painter is guilty of computer fraud and lying to the FBI. At 10:00 Thursday night, they decided to end deliberations for the day and return the following morning. Painter, accused of spying... more »
  • Jury selection begins in former BP engineer trial

    December 2, 2013 11:33 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Jury selection has begun in the trial against a former BP engineer charged with deleting texts and voicemails about the response to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Kurt Mix has been charged with two counts of obstruction of justice by the U.S.... more »
  • Appeals court rules against birth control mandate

    November 1, 2013 11:20 AM

    WASHINGTON - Two Ohio business owners who challenged the birth control mandate in the new federal health care law have won a ruling in an appeals court. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia says the mandate limits the right to free exercise of religion. ... more »
  • State won't apply for $44M federal education grant

    September 27, 2013 3:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana won't apply for $44 million in federal grant money available to the state for early childhood education programs. Superintendent of Education John White made the decision and notified Chas Roemer, who is the president of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Several groups urged White to... more »
  • Two former Monroe councilmen sentenced

    September 26, 2013 12:16 PM

    SHREVEPORT - Former Monroe City Councilmen Arthur Gilmore and Robert "Red" Stevens have been sentenced in federal court today. They were convicted more than two years ago of racketeering charges for accepting bribes. Gilmore was sentenced to 24 months in prison while Stevens was given 20 months. Both were... more »
  • Two Louisiana airports get federal grants

    September 18, 2013 11:38 AM

    LAKE CHARLES - Two airports in southwestern Louisiana are getting federal money. Both Chennault Industrial Airport Authority in Lake Charles and the Jefferson Davis Airport Commission in Jennings have received U.S. Department of Transportation grants. Chennault in Lake Charles received $2 million for fixing the runway and for a... more »
  • St. Helena board seeks to regain control of school

    September 17, 2013 9:15 AM

    GREENSBURG- The St. Helena Parish School Board is appealing a federal judge's decision to deny the board a new trial after the judge rejected the parish's request to offer middle school grades to its students. U.S. District Judge James J. Brady shot down a request in August by the school... more »

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