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  • Lafourche Parish Council stands with Jindal on blocking refugees

    November 26, 2015 5:21 PM

    LAFOURCHE PARISH - The Lafourche Parish Council is standing with the state congressional delegation and more than half of U.S. governors in asking the president to halt the acceptance of Syrian refugees into the country. The council approved a resolution in a 6-3 vote Tuesday requesting that President Obama... more »
  • Baker tackles blight with weed, grass ordinance

    November 25, 2015 9:25 AM

    BAKER- The Baker City Council has voted unanimously to streamline the process of punishing property owners who fail to keep "excessive grass, weeds and vegetation" on their land under control. The law is part of a series of ordinances the city is developing to combat blight. The ordinance adopted Tuesday... more »
  • Baton Rouge-area home sales up 8.8 percent in October

    November 25, 2015 9:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Thanks to strong activity in East Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes, the number of houses sold in metro Baton Rouge rose 8.8 percent in October from a year ago. There were 766 homes sold in October in the nine-parish area. That's according to figures released Tuesday by the... more »
  • GOP loses state Senate seat, but picks up 2 spots in House

    November 23, 2015 6:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republicans have narrowly lost their super-majority in the state Senate after the weekend's runoff election. Democrats picked up a Senate seat Saturday. The chamber's GOP membership will drop from 26 to 25 in January, keeping Republicans short of the two-thirds bloc required to pass certain types... more »
  • House weighs proposal to allow heavier trucks on interstates

    November 3, 2015 6:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House is considering a controversial amendment to allow heavier trucks on interstate highways in an effort to save shippers time and money. The amendment by Rep. Reid Ribble, R-Wisc., offered to a larger transportation bill, is expected to be voted on Tuesday. Ribble says trucks leave... more »
  • Dogs, on fire, run from burning home after people report hearing explosions check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 20, 2015 9:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Fire officials are trying to figure out what caused a massive fire late Monday evening. The fire broke out on North Stevendale Drive in Baton Rouge. BRFD spokesman Mark Miles says no one was home at the time, but the house was torched beyond repair. Neighbors say they... more »
  • House OKs lifting 40-year-old US ban on oil exports

    October 9, 2015 1:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - Defying a White House veto threat, the Republican-controlled House has approved a bill to lift a 40-year U.S. ban on crude oil exports. The House approved the bill on a 261-159 vote. The White House calls the measure unnecessary and argues a decision on ending the... more »
  • Pressure mounts on Paul Ryan to run for speaker

    October 9, 2015 12:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - The pressure is on Congressman Paul Ryan to run for House speaker. The process of finding a successor to John Boehner was thrown into chaos yesterday, when the front-runner, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, announced he was abandoning his campaign for the post. Entering a closed-door Republican... more »
  • White House opposes bill blocking Iran nuclear deal

    September 30, 2015 1:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House is opposing a House bill that aims to block implementation of the Iran nuclear deal until Tehran pays billions of dollars in damages to victims of Iranian-sponsored terror. In a statement on Wednesday, the Obama administration said the bill, which the House is to vote... more »
  • Home sales continue to rise in Baton Rouge area

    September 29, 2015 10:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The number of houses sold in metro Baton Rouge rose 5.7 percent in August from a year ago despite a drop in activity in Livingston Parish. In figures released Monday by the Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors' Multiple Listing Service, there were 914 homes sold in August... more »
  • Court documents: Man burned house, took selfies at ruins

    September 2, 2015 9:46 AM

    MARYLAND- Court documents say a man who burned down a Maryland house in a jealous rage went back to the site and took selfies in front of the ruins. Twenty-six-year-old Justin Michael Clum of Pasadena, Maryland, was charged Saturday with three counts of attempted first degree murder, arson and other... more »
  • Polar opposites vying for late Rep. Williams seat check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 1, 2015 6:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two women on the East Baton Rouge Metro Council going head-to-head for the late Representative Alfred Williams' District 61 House seat. C. Denise Marcelle and Donna Collins Lewis, both Democrats, are considered polar opposites in their styles. Marcelle is known for taking strong stands on issues... more »
  • Baton Rouge-area home sales increase for second consecutive month

    August 27, 2015 7:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE- For the second month in a row, the number of houses sold in metro Baton Rouge increased from a year ago. According to figures from the Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors' Multiple Listing Service, there were 955 homes sold in July in the nine-parish area. That compares... more »
  • Obama to visit New Orleans for 10th anniversary of hurricane

    August 19, 2015 11:25 AM

    EDGARTOWN - President Barack Obama will visit New Orleans next week to mark the approaching 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The powerful storm struck Louisiana on Aug. 29, 2005, causing significant damage to the Gulf Coast and forcing a storm surge that breached New Orleans' levee system and flooded large... more »
  • Habitat For Humanity: Pink Tool Belt Bash

    August 11, 2015 8:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Habitat For Humanity's 10 th annual Pink Tool Belt Bash is coming back to Baton Rouge. “The Pink Tool Belt Bash is all about women helping other women rise above poverty housing to a more stable environment for themselves and their families,” said Habitat For Humanity... more »
  • Family pet killed in overnight house fire

    August 3, 2015 9:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Investigators with the Baton Rouge Fire Department are looking into an house fire that killed a dog early Monday morning. Fire crews responded to the blaze in the 1800 block of Birch St. near N. 19 th around 3a.m. It took crews about 30 minutes to get... more »
  • Confederate flag is removed in South Carolina

    July 10, 2015 10:17 AM

    COLUMBIA- The Confederate flag has been removed from a flagpole on the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse, where it has had a presence for 54 years. The rebel banner was taken down Friday morning by a Highway Patrol honor guard in a ceremony attended by thousands who cheered at... more »
  • 1 killed in house fire; under investigation

    July 10, 2015 8:42 AM

    LULING- Authorities say a St. Charles Parish man was killed in a house fire that they believe may have been started because he smoking in bed. Multiple media outlets report that State Fire Marshal Deputy Chief Brant Thompson says 62-year-old George Welch died in the fire at his Luling home... 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 »
  • JDRF 2015 Children's Congress check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 6, 2015 9:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The JDRF Children's Congress goes to Washington D.C. every year to meet face-to-face with some of the top decision-makers in the country. This morning on 2une In, Children's Congress advocates, Max Jacobsen and Ben Ellison stopped by to tell us about what they've been doing to help thousands... more »
  • Workers hailed as heroes after rescuing 3 from burning home

    June 26, 2015 8:04 AM

    METAIRIE- Six employees of Jefferson Parish's Streets Department have been honored for rescuing three people from a burning house earlier this month in Metairie. Ricky Walker, Rickey Addison, Keith Ellis, Paul Ellis, Don Cunningham and Randy Bass received certificates of merit from Jefferson Parish President John Young Wednesday. On the... more »
  • House ready to kill health law's Medicare savings panel

    June 23, 2015 3:21 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House is ready to ignore a veto threat and take their latest shot on Tuesday against President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. This time, they want to kill a federal panel that is supposed to find ways to curb Medicare spending. Members of the Independent Payment Advisory... more »
  • SC House agrees to take up flag removal

    June 23, 2015 2:09 PM

    CHARLESTON, S. C. - A South Carolina senator has proposed a bill that would move the Confederate flag from the Statehouse to a relic room in a museum. Democratic Sen. Vincent Sheheen introduced the bill Tuesday. It would move the flag from a 30-foot pole in front of the Statehouse... more »
  • Baton Rouge area home sales drop nearly 8 percent in May

    June 23, 2015 7:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The number of houses sold in metro Baton Rouge dropped 7.6 percent in May from a year ago, a decline that real estate experts are blaming on tight inventory. There were 848 homes sold in May in the nine-parish area. That's according to figures released Monday by the... more »
  • SAVE tax credit passes House after earlier defeat

    June 11, 2015 5:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers sided with Governor Bobby Jindal's budget dictates Thursday as both houses approved a bill amended to include the controversial SAVE tax credit, which turned into a major sticking point in budget negotiations this session. With less than two hours before the mandatory end of the... more »
  • Bill permitting automatic license plate scans gets final OK

    June 11, 2015 2:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to let law enforcement agencies automatically scan motorists' license plates, to crack down on car thieves and insurance scofflaws. The House and Senate voted Thursday for a proposal by Republican Sen. Ronnie Johns, of Lake Charles, creating a pilot program that will allow... more »
  • House rejects Senate changes to budget check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 10, 2015 12:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With the clock winding down on the Louisiana legislative session, lawmakers in the state House voted to reject the Senate's changes to the $24 billion budget bill and send it to a conference committee to hash out the final details. The House and Senate have been... more »
  • Budget deal tricky to reach in final days of lawmakers' work

    June 9, 2015 3:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Now that the House and Senate have passed strikingly different packages of budget-balancing plans, negotiations move behind closed doors as legislative leaders try to strike a deal. The biggest stumbling block isn't necessarily the proposed spending plans or tax hikes. One of the largest disputes is whether... more »
  • House won't relinquish legislative authority over tuition

    June 8, 2015 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the Louisiana House have refused to turn over tuition-setting authority to the state's college system management boards. House rejection Monday of the Senate-backed proposal killed a key priority of higher education leaders for the legislative session. They were seeking more autonomy to run their own... more »
  • House fire kills Opelousas man, injures 2 first responders

    June 5, 2015 12:28 PM

    OPELOUSAS - Authorities say 54-year-old man has died in a house fire near Opelousas. State Fire Marshal investigators are still looking into the cause. Firefighters responded to the fire Thursday night. Officials say the body of Curtis Iles was found in the hallway outside of his bedroom,... more »
  • Medical marijuana bill passes La. House check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 4, 2015 3:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A bill which would create a dispensary system for medical marijuana in Louisiana passed the state House Thursday afternoon, potentially clearing its way to the governor's desk for signature. Senate Bill 143 from Sen. Fred Mills passed 70-29 with amendments in the House. It now goes... more »
  • House committee kills Jindal-backed higher ed tax credit

    June 3, 2015 2:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After a meeting filled with wrangling and amendments, the Louisiana House Ways and Means Committee ultimately chose to kill a Jindal-backed higher education tax credit which opponents said benefited nobody but the outgoing governor. The committee voted 10-9 to defer Senate Bill 284 , which would... more »
  • Congress sends NSA phone collection bill to president

    June 2, 2015 12:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress has sent legislation to the president reviving and remaking a disputed post-9/11 surveillance program two days after letting it temporarily expire. The vote in the Senate Tuesday was 67-32. The House already has passed the bill, and President Barack Obama plans to sign it quickly. The legislation... more »
  • Key piece of budget-balancing plan meets resistance in House

    June 1, 2015 11:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the House have stalled a key piece of legislation sought by Gov. Bobby Jindal as part of the budget-balancing plan. The bill was designed to allow the governor to maintain his record against tax increases. The House Ways and Means Committee canceled its planned Monday... more »
  • House committee kills Senate-backed equal pay proposal

    May 28, 2015 6:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - For the third time in recent weeks, a House committee voted down a proposal requiring employees to be compensated equally if they do the same work, no matter their gender. The equal pay proposal, sponsored by Sen. Ed Murray, a New Orleans Democrat, had been backed by... more »
  • House unanimously agrees to overstuffed construction budget

    May 28, 2015 12:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An overloaded state construction budget that will leave the governor choosing which projects advance is headed to the Senate for debate after getting unanimous House support. The budget - known as the capital outlay bill - contains about $330 million more in projects for the 2015-16 fiscal... more »
  • House backs Common Core compromise as Jindal gets on board

    May 27, 2015 5:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has agreed to the main planks of a Common Core compromise, appearing to quiet the controversy over the education standards for the legislative session. Near-unanimous votes Wednesday for the two bills came as Gov. Bobby Jindal announced his support for the deal. One bill... more »
  • Senate-backed medical marijuana bill advancing in House

    May 27, 2015 5:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Only a year after a medical marijuana proposal stalled in its first hearing before state lawmakers, a bill that could get medical-grade pot to people suffering from cancer, glaucoma and a severe form of cerebral palsy is nearing final passage. The House Health and Welfare Committee approved... more »
  • Common core, infrastructure on session agenda Wednesday

    May 27, 2015 9:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers will revisit common core standards during Wednesday's session. They'll be looking at a bill that would review the academic benchmarks throughout the state. The bill would also include required public hearings in every congressional district. A House committee will also look at another bill that would... more »
  • House backs pension hike for retired teachers, state workers

    May 27, 2015 6:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Retired state employees, public school workers and teachers would get a boost to their pension checks, under a bill advancing to the state Senate for consideration. The House voted 80-20 Tuesday for the proposal by Rep. Sam Jones, a Democrat from Franklin. The measure would provide a 1.5... more »
  • Construction budget jammed with more projects than money

    May 26, 2015 5:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have started advancing Louisiana's multibillion-dollar state construction budget for next year. But just because projects are in the budget bill doesn't necessarily mean they'll get money in the fiscal year that begins July 1. Gov. Bobby Jindal submitted an overloaded construction budget proposal with $258 million... more »
  • At least $163M in gaps identified in House-approved budget

    May 25, 2015 3:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's state senators have started digging into the details of the House version of next year's budget, with holes mainly in the public health care budget that provides services for the poor and uninsured. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols, the governor's chief budget adviser, says the House-approved budget... more »
  • Lawmakers in Louisiana House take aim at Jindal travel costs

    May 21, 2015 3:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Tired of Gov. Bobby Jindal's extensive out-of-state travel, lawmakers in the Louisiana House want Jindal's office to carry the burden of those security detail costs. The House voted 55-35 Thursday for a change to next year's budget that would transfer $2.5 million from Jindal's office to the... more »
  • Louisiana House passes $24B budget proposal for next year check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 21, 2015 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has agreed to a more than $24 billion budget proposal for next year that contains fewer cuts than lawmakers had feared but still leaves some public health care programs short. Lawmakers voted 65-37 Thursday for the spending plan to finance government operations in the... more »
  • Louisiana House to complete budget work on Thursday

    May 21, 2015 8:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana House is expected to finish its work on next year's $24 billion budget Thursday. Lawmakers have spent the last few days deciding what programs to cut. Healthcare is likely to take the brunt of the reductions, as lawmakers hurry to protect public colleges and universities.... more »
  • House passes another temporary fix to keep highway aid going

    May 19, 2015 5:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has passed a bill to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states for another two months. It's the 12th temporary patch in six years and a reflection of lawmakers' lack of consensus on how to solve the nation's infrastructure financing woes. The bill was approved... more »
  • Bill to rebalance this year's budget heads to House floor

    May 19, 2015 2:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - House lawmakers have started work on rebalancing this year's budget, advancing a bill to plug health care and education gaps with money from an improved state income forecast. The Appropriations Committee approved several financial measures Tuesday to close this year's shortfalls and to use patchwork dollars to... more »
  • Senators sail through tax bills

    May 18, 2015 8:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Senators sailed through 11 House-approved tax changes Monday that would raise $615 million dollars and save state colleges from devastating cuts. The Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee offered no amendments or objections to the bills, preferring to send them to the Senate Finance Committee next week. ... 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 »
  • Lawmakers to discuss cigarette tax hike Monday

    May 18, 2015 8:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Four weeks remain in the Louisiana session. Balancing the budget is still the focus for state lawmakers, who have yet to reach an agreement on how to close the $1.6 billion shortfall. Today the Senate Committee on Revenue and Fiscal Affairs is set to discuss a tax... more »
  • Bill reducing sentences for marijuana possession narrowly passes House

    May 14, 2015 3:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE- With the narrowest of votes, the Louisiana House voted to lower the maximum sentence for repeat marijuana possession from 20 years to eight years. The bill by Rep. Austin Badon, a New Orleans Democrat, moved to the Senate with a 53-36 vote. That was the minimum support needed... 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 »
  • Anti-union bill gains momentum in right-to-work Louisiana

    May 11, 2015 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An anti-union bill is stirring up what may be Louisiana's first real battle between business and labor unions in a generation. The measure is scheduled for a Tuesday debate before the full House. If approved, it would bar police, firefighters and teachers from having union dues automatically... more »
  • Colleges fully funded in reworked state budget proposal check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 11, 2015 1:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers on the House budget committee have poured all the money expected from a series of House-backed tax changes into keeping Louisiana's public colleges free of cuts next year. The Appropriations Committee then used the remaining dollars available to close some gaps in health care services in... more »
  • Budget decisions ahead after House tax votes: Where to cut?

    May 8, 2015 4:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With the House's first round of tax votes done, lawmakers are deciding how to spend the $670 million that would be generated - and whether the House should pass more tax changes. The House Appropriations Committee will craft its version of next year's budget Monday, plugging in... more »
  • House passes $677 million in tax, credit changes check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 7, 2015 12:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A controversial cap on tax credits for the filmmaking industry. An increased cigarette sales tax. Scaling back solar and corporate tax credits. Almost a dozen such bills were all passed by the Louisiana House Thursday in their efforts to raise revenue and start filling a $1.6... more »
  • Bill decreasing marijuana sentencing passes House committee

    May 6, 2015 2:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A House legal committee approved a bill that could lower the maximum sentence for repeat marijuana possession from 20 years to eight years. But a measure to ask Louisiana voters if pot should be legal was widely opposed and withdrawn without debate. Rep. Austin Badon, a New... 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 »
  • Baton Rouge-area home sales up in March

    May 1, 2015 7:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The number of houses sold in metro Baton Rouge jumped 14.7 percent in March when compared with figures from the year before. There were 755 homes sold in March in the nine-parish area, according to figures released Thursday by the Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors' Multiple Listing... more »
  • House committee OKs anti-union bill to strip dues deduction

    April 30, 2015 6:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A House committee approved an anti-union bill that would prohibit the automatic deduction of union dues from public employee paychecks. The bill was pushed by business and industry groups, as well as national conservative organization Americans For Prosperity. It targets teachers, firefighters and police who belong to... more »
  • Bill would ban hospitals from charging victim for rape exam

    April 30, 2015 6:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal to prohibit hospitals from billing rape victims for medical exams has started advancing in the Louisiana House. Rep. Helena Moreno, a New Orleans Democrat and the measure's sponsor, said billing rape victims is commonplace in Louisiana, even though it is banned by federal law. Moreno's... more »
  • House gets bill to let state agents enforce sea turtle law

    April 30, 2015 11:02 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The state House has been sent a bill that would reverse a 1987 law forbidding the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to enforce federal laws requiring shrimp nets to include escape hatches for sea turtles. The House Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment approved the... more »
  • Tight squeeze as pickup hits house

    April 26, 2015 12:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A pickup truck hit a house on North Boulevard in Baton Rouge this morning. The truck was wedged between a tree and the house. A man who was driving and a baby apparently in a child restraint seat were not injured. The pickup caused damage to the... 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 »
  • Common Core opponents fall short on La. House test vote

    April 20, 2015 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - If Common Core opponents want to get the education standards stripped from Louisiana's public schools, it looks as if they have more work to do, to get lawmakers on their side. Rep. Brett Geymann failed in a procedural move Monday to get his bill - which would... more »
  • Overloaded extension cord causes house fire

    April 4, 2015 5:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Fire officials are investigating a house fire caused by an overloaded extension cord. Fire damaged the hall, attic and front porch of a home on 1870 Birch St. around 2:20 p.m. Saturday. The rest of the home sustained smoke damange according to the Baton Rouge Fire... more »
  • Arson blamed for fire at vacant home

    March 28, 2015 11:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A vacant house is completely destroyed after firefighters say an arsonist lit a house on fire early Saturday morning. The fire broke out around 1 a.m. at a house located on 4000 Mayan St. Fire officials say the property was completely engulfed in flames by... more »
  • GOP-controlled House oks balanced budget plan

    March 25, 2015 6:09 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled House has approved a budget blueprint that projects balance by the end of the decade and includes trillions of dollars in savings from benefit programs. The vote in favor of the plan was 228-199. The blueprint itself is non-binding, but sets Republicans on a path to... more »
  • Legislative hearings open on Jindal's $24.6B budget proposal

    March 17, 2015 4:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The House budget committee has started its hearings on Gov. Bobby Jindal's $24.6 billion spending plan recommended for next year. Lawmakers are looking for ways to close a $1.6 billion budget gap in the fiscal year that begins July 1 and avoid deep cuts to colleges and... more »
  • Stopgap Homeland Security spending bill fails in House

    February 27, 2015 4:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has rejected a stopgap spending bill for the Homeland Security Department with just hours to go before a midnight deadline to fund the agency or see it begin to partially shut down. The surprise 224-203 defeat of the legislation was a major embarrassment for House... more »
  • Protect yourself: Springtime is scam time check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 26, 2015 7:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Springtime is scam time. Whether it's your tax returns or yard work, scammers are looking to con you to get your money or personal information. National Consumer Protection Week was created to keep that from happening. "We're seeing a lot of disputes about tax prepares," Sam... more »
  • House to debate GOP bill to fix No Child Left Behind

    February 25, 2015 2:44 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - No Child Left Behind is a widely criticized law, but a GOP bill the House is considering to fix it isn't winning popularity contests among Democrats. House Republicans say the measure, which will be debated Wednesday, would restore local control in schools and stop top-down education mandates.... more »
  • Pressure on House GOP for Homeland Security bill

    February 25, 2015 2:30 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The pressure is on House Republicans days ahead of a looming partial Homeland Security Department shutdown. Senate GOP leaders have agreed to Democratic demands and announced legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department without contentious immigration provisions opposed by Democrats and President Barack Obama. Now all eyes... more »
  • Firefighters respond to Baton Rouge house fire

    February 22, 2015 6:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A fire broke out at a house in Baton Rouge Sunday night. Baton Rouge firefighters responded to the blaze around 6:20 p.m. on 2280 Gore Rd. Fire officials are still investigating what happened. more »
  • Baton Rouge house fire under investigation

    February 22, 2015 3:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A house was halfway engulfed in flames when emergency responders arrived at a residence in Baton Rouge early Sunday morning. The fire happened around 6:20 a.m. at a house on 7625 Glen Oaks Dr. According to District 6 firefighters, no one was in the house... more »
  • Baton Rouge house fire ruled accidental

    February 17, 2015 2:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A child playing too close to a space heater with some paper is to blame for a house fire in Baton Rouge. It happened around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 2600 block of Lobelia. The paper caught on fire, causing it to spread through the... more »
  • Deadly house fire in Baton Rouge check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 6, 2015 10:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters said a house fire reported in Baton Rouge has taken the life of at least one person. Investigators said they're looking into the cause of the fire at a home on Park Drive, off of Florida Boulevard. The fire was reported around 9:40 a.m.... more »
  • House caught on fire due to electrical malfunction

    January 25, 2015 8:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE- An electrical malfunction is to blame for a house fire in Baton Rouge where a family of four lived. It happened Sunday evening around 5 in the in the 5000 block of Frey St. just north of an apartment fire that started two minutes earlier. Fire... more »
  • Shy of votes, House GOP drops planned vote on abortion bill

    January 22, 2015 2:29 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - With thousands of anti-abortion protesters in the nation's capital, Republicans are ready to push legislation through the House designed to please them. But it's not the bill an embarrassed GOP was hoping for. Republican leaders were forced late Wednesday to abruptly drop plans for House debate of... more »
  • Husband demolished house

    January 21, 2015 7:47 PM

    MIDDLETOWN, NEW YORK- A man in New York is accused of demolishing his house without telling his wife and now faces a charge of criminal mischief. Police found James Rhein using a excavator to knock down the house without removing any of the household items or having the utility... more »
  • Obama sits down with leaders of new GOP-run Congress

    January 13, 2015 3:11 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The guest list hasn't changed, but President Barack Obama faces a different type of crowd when he meets with congressional leaders on Tuesday. Obama's sit-down with House and Senate leaders is his first since the new, fully Republican-run Congress was seated last week. Senate Democratic leader Harry... more »
  • U. S. House approves Keystone XL pipeline

    January 9, 2015 12:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has overwhelmingly passed a bill authorizing the Keystone XL oil pipeline despite a veto threat from the White House. The bill passed Friday on a 266-153 vote, one of the first pieces of legislation considered by the Republican-controlled Congress. It was the 10th vote the House... more »
  • House poised to pass pipeline bill as Senate wrangles

    January 9, 2015 2:39 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Republicans are on track to easily pass legislation to authorize the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, moving the GOP-led Congress closer to a clash with President Barack Obama. The House will vote later Friday on a bill identical to one headed to the Senate... more »
  • Under fire, House GOP lawmaker says he rejects bigotry

    January 7, 2015 10:15 AM

    WASHINGTON - The No. 3 Republican in the House says he rejects all forms of bigotry after his admission last week that he addressed a white supremacist group in 2002. Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana on Wednesday faced fresh questions about his speech at a 2002 Louisiana convention of the... more »
  • New Congress convenes with GOP in charge

    January 6, 2015 11:24 AM

    WASHINGTON - A new Congress has convened with Republicans ready to take charge of the House and Senate. Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell was poised to become the new Senate majority leader. In the House, John Boehner was widely expected to win another term as speaker. Two Louisiana lawmakers were... more »
  • New House budget chairman to follow Ryan framework

    December 12, 2014 12:57 PM

    WASHINGTON - The incoming Republican chairman of the House Budget committee says he's going to draft a fiscal blueprint to balance the budget in 10 years and call for transforming Medicare into a system that places future retirees in private health insurance plans - much like outgoing chairman Paul Ryan... more »
  • Lawmakers seal deal on $1.1T spending bill

    December 9, 2014 5:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congressional aides say a final agreement has been sealed on a massive $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill that would prevent a government shutdown and fund most of the government through next September. The hard-fought agreement would delay a politically-charged struggle over President Barack Obama's new immigration policy until... more »
  • Official: 6 dead after plane crashes into Md. home

    December 8, 2014 11:53 AM

    GAITHERSBURG, MD - Three residents of a house hit by a small, private jet were among six people killed in the crash in Maryland's Montgomery County. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Chief Steve Lohr says three people were aboard the jet when it crashed Monday into the home in Gaithersburg,... more »
  • AP: Graves, Abraham win La. Congressional runoffs

    December 6, 2014 8:32 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republicans will hold at least 246 seats in the House come January, matching the post-World War II high of the Truman administration. Republicans will expand their current 234-201 advantage by a dozen seats in the next Congress - with one race still undecided. On Saturday, Republicans kept control... more »
  • House moves to extend tax breaks through December

    December 3, 2014 6:33 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House is moving to extend a $45 billion package of expired tax breaks through the end of the year. The bill would enable millions of businesses and individuals to claim the tax breaks on their 2014 returns. Beyond Dec. 31, their fate would be uncertain. The... more »

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