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  • Flag furor

    September 29, 2014 7:38 PM

    BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND- It seems the European Union flag can be mistaken for an emblem of terror in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Police were called to golfer Rory McIlroy's hometown after locals reported seeing a house flying a flag of what was described as an Islamic terrorist group. The... more »
  • Prosecutor: 800 ammo rounds found in car of White House intruder

    September 22, 2014 2:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - Authorities are describing Omar Gonzalez as a threat to the president. Gonzalez is the man accused of scaling the White House fence on Friday and sprinting inside the building, where he was stopped after making his way through the front door while armed with a knife. Investigators say... more »
  • New home in Geismar donated to Iraq war veteran Play Video

    September 17, 2014 6:15 PM

    GEISMAR - A 16-year veteran of the armed services who was is injured during a 2011 tour of duty in Iraq is the proud owner of a new home in Geismar as of Wednesday morning. Wells Fargo and the Military Warriors Foundation presented Cory Jenkins, who served in the... more »
  • Disabled man shot and killed by neighbor

    August 24, 2014 5:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One man is dead and no one has been arrested yet. Gary Andrus, 51, was shot and killed in the yard of his neighbor's house after an altercation broke out. Police officers responded to the 2600 block of Tecumseh St. around 8:00 Saturday night. ... more »
  • Final day for election qualifying Play Video

    August 22, 2014 7:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Today is the final day for candidates to qualify to run for political office in Louisiana in November 4th elections. There has been a steady flow at the Secretary of State's Office the past two days. On Thursday, Zach Dasher joined the 5th Congressional District race... more »
  • Father describes shooting intruder Play Video

    August 6, 2014 6:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A father in Baton Rouge who police said shot an intruder in his daughter's home said if he found himself in the same situation, he'd do the same thing all over again. "It had to be me or him. So, it had to be him instead... more »
  • GOP-led House approves lawsuit against Obama

    July 30, 2014 5:41 PM

    WASHINGTON - A sharply divided House has approved a Republican plan to file an election-season federal lawsuit against President Barack Obama. The suit will contend that Obama has exceeded his constitutional powers in the way he has enforced the 2010 health care law. The vote was 225 to 201. Democrats... more »
  • House approves VA health care overhaul

    July 30, 2014 3:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has approved a compromise bill to refurbish the Veterans Affairs Department and improve veterans' health care. The 420-5 vote Wednesday sends the bill to the Senate, where approval is expected by the end of the week. The $16.3 billion measure is intended to help veterans avoid... more »
  • House, Senate in stalemate over border crisis

    July 23, 2014 2:49 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Democrats and House Republicans are moving separately to slash President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency spending request for the southern border, but they're unlikely to end up with a deal that could pass both chambers. A Senate bill being unveiled Wednesday would allocate $2.7 billion for... more »
  • Elderly man dead

    July 20, 2014 7:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A 90 year old man died Saturday in the 1500 block of Bay Street near Scenic highway. Investigators say the man and his 87 year old wife were inside their home when an electrical fire happened. Neighbors say they tried to break down the door before... more »
  • House passes $22B bill cutting IRS tax enforcement

    July 16, 2014 3:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - The GOP-controlled House has passed a $22 billion measure that would slash budgets for enforcing tax laws and new financial regulations, and a healthy food initiative that's a pet cause of first lady Michelle Obama. The bill passed Wednesday on a nearly party-line 228-195 vote. Companion legislation has... more »
  • John Kennedy reacts to Gov. Jindal's veto Play Video

    June 27, 2014 7:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - HB-142 was unanimously passed by the Louisiana House and Senate with the goal of cutting government waste by giving more oversight to government contracts. Governor Jindal had other ideas. He vetoed the bill. State Treasurer John Kennedy stopped by 2une In Friday with his reaction. more »
  • GOP-led House backs limits on Obama's authority

    June 20, 2014 11:59 AM

    WASHINGTON - The House has voted overwhelmingly for a $570 billion defense bill that limits President Barack Obama's authority on handling detainees at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The vote was 340-73 on Friday for an election-year measure that also would impose new curbs on the National Security... more »
  • House votes to make business tax break permanent

    June 12, 2014 11:14 AM

    WASHINGTON - The House has voted to make permanent a generous tax break that makes buying new equipment and improving property easier for small businesses. The tax break would allow business owners to write off such investments more quickly. It expired at the beginning of the year, along with more... more »
  • House passes consulting contracts oversight bill

    May 27, 2014 11:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators voted 37-0 Tuesday for a proposal to give lawmakers more oversight of the consulting contracts signed across state agencies. Rep. Jerome "Dee" Richard, I-Thibodaux, sought to force a 10 percent cut on agencies' spending on consulting and professional services contracts, and the idea passed by the... more »
  • Bill delaying shift to Common Core nears passage

    May 22, 2014 5:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An effort to delay the consequences of Louisiana's shift to Common Core education standards for one year longer than state education board policy is nearing final legislative passage. The Senate Education Committee voted 3-1 Thursday to advance the proposal by Rep. Walt Leger, D-New Orleans, to the... more »
  • House poised to pass curbs on NSA surveillance

    May 22, 2014 2:22 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House is poised to pass legislation that would end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of American phone records. The compromise bill is displeasing many civil liberties activists but would significantly change the most controversial program revealed by former agency contractor Edward Snowden. The USA Freedom... more »
  • House approves bill to speed firings at VA

    May 21, 2014 5:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has approved a bill to give the Veterans Affairs secretary more authority to fire or demote senior executives at the agency. The bill responds to a growing furor over allegations of treatment delays and preventable deaths at VA hospitals. The department's inspector general says 26 facilities... more »
  • La. House approves abortion restriction bill Play Video

    May 21, 2014 2:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's abortion clinics will be required to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, a restriction that abortion-rights groups say will shutter three of the state's five abortion clinics. With an 88-5 vote Wednesday, the House sent the bill by Rep. Katrina Jackson, a Democrat... more »
  • House health committee rejects Medicaid expansion

    May 21, 2014 1:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Efforts to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program appear dead for the legislative session, after a House committee rejected multiple bills to give government-funded health care to more adults. The House Health and Welfare Committee voted 12-4 Wednesday against a Medicaid expansion proposal from Rep. Herbert Dixon, a Democrat... more »
  • La. Legislature tries to rebalance budget

    May 20, 2014 1:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An effort to rebalance this year's $25 billion budget, to fill $75 million in gaps in education and prison programs, began advancing Tuesday in the Louisiana Legislature. The House Appropriations Committee agreed without objection to the budget-balancing proposal (House Bill 1094), sending it to the full House... more »
  • House passes bill to increase jail time for heroin

    May 15, 2014 1:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the House on Thursday rewrote and passed a Senate-approved bill to lengthen the possible jail time for heroin dealers in Louisiana. Under the revamped version, the minimum sentence for distribution of heroin would be increased from five years to 10 years. The maximum sentence for... more »
  • Rogers defends creation of select Benghazi panel

    May 13, 2014 6:54 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is defending creation of a special investigation into the attack at Benghazi. Republican Rep. Mike Rogers says Congress owes this to Americans who will be asked to conduct "expeditionary diplomacy" in an increasingly dangerous world. Rogers tells MSNBC lawmakers "want... more »
  • Louisiana House approves $25 billion state budget

    May 8, 2014 8:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the Louisiana House have backed a $25 billion budget for next year, supporting Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposals to increase spending on health care and colleges. No changes were made to financing for privatization deals involving the LSU hospitals, though federal officials have rejected the funding... more »
  • House works on its version of next year's budget

    April 28, 2014 2:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers in the House have taken their hand at crafting next year's $25 billion budget. The Appropriations Committee on Monday reshuffled dollars in the 2014-15 spending plans submitted by Gov. Bobby Jindal. The committee filled gaps in public school funding, the free college tuition program known as TOPS... more »
  • Prostitution and panhandling the focus of potential law Play Video

    April 25, 2014 10:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Legislators are targeting prostitutes and panhandlers with a bill that passed unanimously in the House. This week, Rep. Austin Badon from New Orleans introduced HB 1158. The bill would allow officers to arrest anyone found soliciting money or transportation from someone else. It was approved... more »
  • Unanimous agreement to ban e-cig sales to minors

    April 24, 2014 10:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Both the House and Senate have unanimously agreed to outlaw the sale of electronic cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18 in Louisiana, similar to the state's existing ban on cigarette sales to minors. The House voted 88-0 Thursday for the bill (House Bill 1264) by... more »
  • White House makes economics focus of Asia trip

    April 18, 2014 2:48 PM

    WASHINGTON- The White House is focusing President Barack Obama's upcoming Asia-Pacific trip on the economic benefits of closer ties to the region. But tensions between Russia and Ukraine will likely push regional security concerns higher on the president's agenda. Some of the countries Obama is visiting are eyeing the developments... more »
  • House kills bill to remove La.'s unenforceable anti-sodomy law

    April 15, 2014 5:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has overwhelmingly rejected a repeal of the state's unconstitutional anti-sodomy law. Baton Rouge Rep. Patricia Smith, a Democrat, sought to remove consensual sex between people of the same sex from Louisiana's crimes against nature law. The U.S. Supreme Court threw out a similar Texas... more »
  • House committee supports removing unconstitutional law

    April 9, 2014 2:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A House committee has narrowly agreed to advance a bill that would repeal an unconstitutional state law prohibiting intercourse between two people of the same sex. The criminal justice committee voted 9-6 Wednesday for the measure by Baton Rouge Rep. Patricia Smith, over the objections of conservative and... more »
  • Twins were dead 3 years and no one noticed

    April 2, 2014 7:45 PM

    CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE- Two elderly twins found dead in side-by-side recliners in their home were identified by autopsy but authorities in Tennessee don't know how they died. Mystery surrounds the deaths of 63-year-old twins Andrew and Anthony Thompson who died three years ago but were discovered just this week. ... more »
  • House to consider restrictions on traffic cameras

    March 31, 2014 2:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana House will debate a proposal to place new limits on automated speed enforcement systems that towns and cities use to issue traffic tickets. The bill is part of an annual effort by New Orleans Rep. Jeff Arnold to chip away at traffic cameras. Arnold says the... more »
  • Space heater causes house fire in Baton Rouge

    March 17, 2014 3:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters said combustibles placed too close to a portable heater were to blame for a house fire in Baton Rouge this morning. The fire happened around 11 a.m. in the 2700 block of North Lark. Firefighters said it started in the rear bedroom of the... more »
  • Man arrested for battery, threat of arson

    March 11, 2014 11:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A man has been arrested for threatening to burn down his mother's house after a fight with his fiancee. Police say Richard Farris was at his mother's house at 1102 Roundtree in Baton Rouge when he became violent and started breaking things. The fiancee told... more »
  • Home damaged by plane crash finally demolished Play Video

    March 10, 2014 5:37 PM

    BAKER- After months of waiting, residents of a quiet Baker neighborhood will get some closure as a home damaged in a plane crash last year is finally torn down. The plane crashed shortly after the pilot took off from Baton Rouge Metro Airport in June 2013. "I saw... more »
  • 2 die, 3 escape in St. Landry Parish house fire

    March 3, 2014 3:27 PM

    LAWTELL- An early morning house fire in St. Landry Parish has claimed the lives a 72 year-old man and his wife. It happened just after 4 a.m. Monday at the couple's home in Lawtell. Investigators say Willis Semien and his 66 year-old wife, Lou Anna Semien, died in... more »
  • Man arrested for trying to climb White House fence

    February 7, 2014 2:47 PM

    WASHINGTON- Authorities say a man has been arrested trying to climb over a fence at the White House. The Secret Service says the unidentified man was apprehended before he could get over the fence. He had two bags with him and authorities are waiting for the Washington police... more »
  • Vitter wants food stamp users to show ID

    January 15, 2014 10:55 PM

    WASHINGTON- Senator David Vitter (R-Louisiana) is pushing to require people who use food stamps to show a valid photo ID when buying items. "Using a photo ID is standard in many day to day transactions, and most of those are not exclusively paid for by the taxpayer dollars," Vitter... more »
  • Egging leads to drugs in Beiber's house

    January 14, 2014 7:26 PM

    LOS ANGELES- Sheriff's deputies searching singer Justin Bieber's house after he was accused of vandalism found cocaine. Bieber says it belonged to his friend. The deputies carried out a felony warrant at his mansion in Calabasas after Bieber was accused of being part of a group that egged... more »
  • Fire destroys house on New Year's Eve Play Video

    December 31, 2013 10:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Investigators are looking into what sparked a fire on New Year's Eve night. The fire broke out at a house on North 30th Street around 9 p.m. At least two nearby houses were damages. more »
  • Firefighters work Christmas Eve house fire

    December 24, 2013 4:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- People gathered on Christmas Eve to watch as firefighters rushed to extinguish a fire in an upscale neighborhood. Fire crews were dispatched to the home on Bocage Boulevard just before 4 p.m. Tuesday. As many as forty-five minutes after the dispatch, smoke was still visible from the... more »
  • Squatter's nine-year-old dump Play Video

    November 7, 2013 10:26 PM

    PORT ALLEN - A city official says a man has been squatting in a house for nine years. The house, located on the 100 block of Atchafalaya St., has been without utilities since Sept. 2006. There is no running water, no lights and the roof of the home is... more »
  • Baton Rouge house fire caused by space heater

    October 24, 2013 2:14 PM

    Baton Rouge- A space heater is being blamed for a house fire in Baton Rouge. It happened around noon Thursday in the 2500 block of Madison. Fire investigators say the heater was placed too close to furniture in the living room. The house was engulfed in flames... more »
  • Arson suspected in vacant house fire

    October 23, 2013 3:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Arson is suspected in a vacant house fire in Baton Rouge on Wednesday. Firefighters said the home in the 5200 block of Peerless was engulfed with flames when they arrived. It is considered a total loss. No one was hurt. Anyone with information about... more »
  • Two dogs killed in house fire

    October 3, 2013 11:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Two dogs died in a house fire at 17819 Christopher's Crossing in Baton Rouge this morning. No people were home and one other dog was taken to a veterinarian for care. Firefighers say the fire appears to have begun in the kitchen area, but the... more »
  • Senate rejects House conditions on spending bill

    September 30, 2013 1:50 PM

    WASHINGTON- The Democratic-led Senate has rejected conditions that House Republicans attached to a temporary spending bill. On the brink of a government shutdown, the Senate voted 54-46 on Monday to strip a one-year delay in President Barack Obama's health care law from the bill that would keep the government operating.... more »
  • Eminem's childhood home up for auction

    September 18, 2013 7:35 PM

    DETROIT- No price given, but the childhood home of singer Eminem is up for auction on Detroit's northeast side. The address shows the house is where his mother, Deborah Mathers lived from 1989 to 2003. The house is listed by the Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority which acquires and... more »
  • House GOP chiefs urge end to La. voucher challenge

    September 17, 2013 2:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and other Republican congressional leaders are urging the Justice Department to consider ending its move to block Louisiana from issuing new private school tuition vouchers in districts that remain under federal desegregation orders. Tuesday's letter to Attorney General Eric Holder says the department's... more »
  • Habitat for Humanity marks 300th home Play Video

    September 13, 2013 4:18 PM

    SCOTLANDVILLE - Habitat for Humanity marked its 300th home in the Baton Rouge area Friday morning. The homeowners, Norvel and Takirri Blackburn, received the honor to own the milestone home after being chosen from a pool of elligible families. Norvel actually grew up in the 10th Habitat home in... more »
  • "Jade's Flowers" won't stop after devastating fire Play Video

    August 20, 2013 2:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The young girl who raised thousands of dollars to help a local animal shelter says she won't stop, even though a fire destroyed her Denham Springs home overnight. "If you quit, you're always gonna wanna quit, but if you keep trying, you're always gonna wanna try,... more »
  • Baton Rouge house fire under investigation

    August 8, 2013 2:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Investigators are looking into what started an early morning house fire in Baton Rouge. It happened around 6 a.m. in the 7000 block of Calumet. The fire started in one of the home's bedrooms, and extended into the attic. Investigators said they're still looking into... more »
  • Demolition begins on Ohio house in kidnapping case

    August 7, 2013 7:42 AM

    CLEVELAND - Demolition has begun on the Cleveland house where three women were held captive and raped over a decade. The house is being torn down as part of a deal that spared Ariel Castro a possible death sentence. He was sentenced last week to life in prison plus... more »
  • House approves lower rates on student loans

    July 31, 2013 5:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - A bill that would lower the cost of student loans has passed the House and is heading to President Barack Obama for his signature. The House on Wednesday gave final congressional approval to a bipartisan measure that links student loan interest rates to the financial markets. Most students... more »
  • 72-year-old woman dies in house fire

    July 28, 2013 11:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A 72-year-old woman died in a house fire around 3:45 a.m. on the 1200 block of N. 49th St., according to Baton Rouge Police Department Cpl. L'Jean McKneely. McKneely says Doris Antwine died inside the home during the fire, and there are no signs of foul... more »
  • Witnesses: lightning strikes house, causes fire

    July 26, 2013 9:02 PM

    CENTRAL- Eyewitnesses said lighting struck a house seconds before they saw smoke and eventually flames erupt from the roof Friday night. Multiple crews were dispatched to the fire on Lavender Drive off Sullivan. The fire was reported as a wave of thunderstorms moved across the region. More... more »
  • Shots fired at Gonzales home while children inside

    July 26, 2013 8:45 AM

    GONZALES - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said they're searching for two men believed to be involved with a recent shooting. Deputies said early Thursday morning someone fired shots into a home in Gonzales on Richard Miles Road. They said three children were inside the home at the time,... more »
  • Senators vote against holding veto session

    July 12, 2013 9:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers won't be returning to Baton Rouge to reconsider Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget cuts and bill rejections. Twenty-six of 39 senators voted to cancel this year's veto session, according to a tally released Friday by the Senate. The session's scrapping came despite a push from advocates for... more »
  • Texas House passes abortion bill; Senate next stop

    July 10, 2013 11:24 AM

    AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas House has approved new abortion limits in a second special session, less than two weeks after Senate Republicans failed to finish work on the bill amid a filibuster and raucous protests. A final vote could be held as early as Friday in the Senate, where... more »
  • House speaker announces opposition to veto session

    July 2, 2013 4:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - House Speaker Chuck Kleckley says he doesn't want lawmakers to hold a veto session to reconsider Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget cuts and bill rejections. Kleckley, a Republican ally of the governor, released a statement Tuesday announcing his opposition to the session - though he said he doesn't... more »
  • BRFD: Mattress fire started by child with matches

    June 20, 2013 4:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters in Baton Rouge said a house fire today was started by a child playing with matches, but put out before any major damage could be done. Curt Monte with the Baton Rouge Fire Department said the fire was called in just after 3 p.m. from... more »
  • House votes to cut food stamps

    June 19, 2013 5:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has voted to cut food stamps by $2 billion a year. The chamber rejected 234-188 a Democratic amendment to a wide-ranging farm bill that would have maintained current spending on food stamps and cut farm subsidies instead. The bill cuts the $80 billion-a-year program by about... more »
  • House panel starts rewrite of No Child Left Behind

    June 19, 2013 8:55 AM

    WASHINGTON- House lawmakers are beginning work on a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind education law that would give states more authority and Washington less. Members of the House Education and the Workforce Committee on Wednesday considered a replacement to the law that expired in 2007. From the start,... more »
  • House, Senate on diverging paths on agency budgets

    June 18, 2013 4:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Republicans have unveiled slashing cuts to a program that helps localities build community development projects. Their rivals in the Democratic-controlled Senate are moving to restore Republican cuts to international food aid and nutrition help for pregnant women. Senate Democrats are pressing to restore deep cuts to domestic... more »
  • White House threatens veto of House farm bill

    June 17, 2013 5:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House is threatening to veto the House version of a massive, 5-year farm bill, saying food stamp cuts included in the legislation could leave some Americans hungry. The House is preparing to consider the bill this week. The legislation would cut $2 billion annually from food... more »
  • Immigration splits GOP's national, House interests

    June 17, 2013 2:54 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican establishment hopes an overhaul of immigration laws will help the party run stronger presidential races. But that goal is about to hit big hurdles in the form of House Republicans. Many House Republicans are hostile to the bipartisan immigration bill before the Senate. Even substantial changes... more »
  • House prepares for new abortion debate

    June 12, 2013 8:04 PM

    WASHINGTON- Expect another contentious debate on abortion after a House committee approved a bill that would ban almost all procedures after 20-weeks of pregnancy. The legislation is called the "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" could be voted on as early as next week. The bill says fetuses can feel pain... more »
  • Auctioneers delay sale of Saban's $11M lake home

    June 10, 2013 10:32 AM

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A multimillion dollar lakefront home owned by Alabama football coach Nick Saban is still for sale. The 9,600-square-foot house didn't sell at auction as scheduled last Thursday. The company handling the property said Monday the auction is now set for June 27, three weeks later than planned.... more »
  • House rejects budget changes with two days to go

    June 4, 2013 10:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state House unanimously rejected the Senate's changes to the $25 billion state budget bill today as the regular session winds down. The House voted 98-0 to send House Bill 1 to a conference committee. They also appointed six House members to work out a compromise... more »
  • Budget negotiations continue as session end nears

    June 3, 2013 2:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Devising the budget in the Louisiana Legislature is often an elaborate game of chicken, with the House and Senate challenging each other to see who will relent to avoid an end of session meltdown. Usually the House yields rather than push work into a special session. Now,... more »
  • Breakaway school district amendment delayed

    June 3, 2013 10:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the state House delayed today a constitutional amendment required to create a breakaway school district in southeast Baton Rouge. Legislators returned Senate Bill 73 to the calendar without a vote after it was brought to the floor today. It could be rescheduled for debate... more »
  • Senators rework $25B budget, reverse House cuts

    May 29, 2013 5:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Senate's budget-writing committee has taken its turn at next year's $25 billion spending plan, adding $350 million in state dollars to reverse many cuts sought by the House. The 2013-14 budget proposal backed by the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday looks quite different from the House... more »
  • House rejects change in concealed permit ID bill

    May 28, 2013 5:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The final version of a bill to make it a criminal act for journalists, bloggers or anyone else to publish or release the names or addresses of applicants for concealed handgun permits will be worked out in a legislative compromise committee. The House on Tuesday refused to... more »
  • House overwhelmingly refuses to expand Medicaid

    May 21, 2013 6:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has rejected an attempt to provide government-subsidized health insurance to thousands of people with the Medicaid dollars available under the federal Affordable Care Act. The 59-37 vote against the Medicaid expansion proposal appeared to kill the issue for the legislative session. The Senate's budget... more »
  • House passes bill on lying about military medals

    May 20, 2013 6:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has passed a bill making it a crime for people to falsely claim they have received a military medal in order to obtain money or government benefits. Under the legislation, which passed overwhelmingly and now goes to the Senate, offenders could face up to a year... more »
  • Another round for the House on 'Obamacare'

    May 16, 2013 5:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - One more time, with feeling! The Republican-led House has voted yet again to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law, knowing full well that won't stop it. Thursday's party-line vote marked the 37th time in a little over two years that the House has voted to eliminate, defund... more »
  • Questions raised about House budget proposal

    May 16, 2013 3:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Senators are expressing skepticism about some assumptions House lawmakers used to balance next year's budget. The Senate Finance Committee have started to comb through the House's $25 billion bipartisan budget, trying to decide what senators might want to change. Sen. Greg Tarver, of Shreveport, questioned how the House... more »
  • House lawmakers shelve Citizens rate review bill

    May 14, 2013 12:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the House have rejected a proposal seeking legislative review of large rate hikes for customers of Louisiana's property insurer of last resort. The House Insurance Committee scrapped the idea Tuesday in a 9-4 vote against the bill by St. Mary Parish Sen. Bret Allain. The... more »
  • Breakaway school district bill before committee

    May 14, 2013 10:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Supporters of a breakaway school district in southeast Baton Rouge gathered at the Capitol today for a committee hearing over the bills to create it. The House Education Committee scheduled a hearing for the two bills this morning. Both were approved in the Senate last week.... more »
  • $25B budget debate shifts to Louisiana Senate

    May 13, 2013 6:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Action on crafting next year's nearly $25 billion budget has shifted to the Senate. Last week, the House sent senators a compromise proposal to fund state government in the fiscal year that begins July 1. Senators say they are combing through the details. But the leader of... more »
  • House backs big budget compromise Play Video

    May 10, 2013 6:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House voted overwhelmingly in favor of a $25 billion budget today which sways from spending plans recommended by Gov. Bobby Jindal. The House stripped $500 million from Jindal's plan which was either one-time money, or not guaranteed. They instead opted for cuts to state... more »
  • House backs $25 billion budget compromise

    May 10, 2013 4:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After days of closed-door negotiations, the Louisiana House has backed a nearly $25 billion budget that deeply diverges from spending plans recommended by Gov. Bobby Jindal. Lawmakers objected to Jindal's proposal to use $500 million in uncertain financing from property sales, legal settlements, fund sweeps and other... more »
  • Reworked budget plan taking shape in La. House

    May 9, 2013 3:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - House Speaker Chuck Kleckley says he's confident the House has the two-thirds support needed to pass a bipartisan compromise budget plan Friday. The proposal - which has been tweaked several times - comes after lawmakers in the House refused to support budget sought by Gov. Bobby Jindal.... more »
  • Reworked budget compromise taking shape in House

    May 9, 2013 10:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House is considering substantial tweaks to an alternative proposal to Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget for next year. A bipartisan group of lawmakers is working to strip out $500 million in uncertain funding proposed by Jindal. In its place, lawmakers are proposing changes to tax break... more »
  • House committee approves fee increase bill for LSU

    May 8, 2013 2:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE- LSU students could see a $60 a year fee increase this fall, thanks to an approval from the House Education Committee. That fee could top out at $300 a year by the fall of 2017. Baton Rouge Rep. Franklin Foil, sponsor of the fee bill, said the money... more »
  • Republicans clash over House budget compromise

    May 7, 2013 10:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is making a strong bid to kill a bipartisan budget compromise that contains $329 million in cuts to tax break programs that largely benefit businesses. Jindal assembled a group of industry lobbyists Tuesday to criticize the budget proposal, which was devised by conservative House... more »
  • House speaker changes course on budget negotiation

    May 2, 2013 12:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - House Speaker Chuck Kleckley has reversed course and thrown his support behind bipartisan budget negotiations in the House between Democratic leaders and a group of conservative Republicans. Kleckley, a Republican, previously was supporting a plan that involved maneuvering the budget through the House and working with the... more »
  • House committee rejects gay discrimination ban

    May 1, 2013 2:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A ban on discrimination against state employees because of their sexual orientation has been rejected in a House committee. The 6-3 vote shelves the proposal by New Orleans Rep. Austin Badon. Badon says people should be judged on their employment qualifications, rather than on whether they are gay.... more »
  • Budget maneuvering continues in House

    April 30, 2013 4:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the House have refused to accept a procedural move by their leaders that would have given most of the decision-making on next year's budget to the Senate. House Speaker Chuck Kleckley and Appropriations Chairman Jim Fannin sought to remove $490 million in patchwork funding from... more »
  • Archaeology dig near casino to get public showing Play Video

    April 29, 2013 3:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE- An archaeological dig just yards away from L'Auberge Casino is unearthing a 19th century "sugar house" on the historic Chatsworth Plantation. The project, commissioned by Pinnacle Entertainment and foster by the LSU Rural Life Museum, has already found thousands of artifacts at the site, which was abandoned... more »

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