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  • Edwards promotes awareness of 'move over' law for safety

    November 14, 2016 3:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards, highway officials and law enforcement agencies are promoting Louisiana's "move over" law. The law requires motorists to change lanes, if possible, when approaching emergency or police vehicles on the shoulder of a highway, or to at least slow down. The law is aimed... more »
  • State brings stripper's death into suit over age limit law

    November 11, 2016 11:15 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Lawyers for the state want a federal court to review a Louisiana police report on the 2015 death of a 19-year-old stripper. But a judge has rejected their arguments. Thursday's ruling is the latest development in a lawsuit filed by three dancers who are fighting a new... more »
  • Tax law rewrite proposals released to Louisiana lawmakers

    November 2, 2016 9:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's lawmakers are being urged to make sweeping changes to the state's sales tax, personal income tax and property tax policies. The effort is aimed at stabilizing state government finances and ending its boom-and-bust budgeting cycles. A study group created by lawmakers to recommend a tax revamp... more »
  • Attorneys in BP settlement with divide $555.2 million

    October 27, 2016 8:57 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A judge has ruled a group of attorneys will divide $555.2 million for their work on behalf of people and businesses who suffered economic damages because of BP's 2010 Gulf oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier of New Orleans issued a 42-page ruling spelling out reasons... more »
  • Pointe Coupee residents learn more about possible government change Play Video

    October 26, 2016 9:49 PM

    POINTE COUPEE - A change in government could be coming, as voters decide whether to keep their police jury or switch to a parish council. In a packed meeting, residents listened to arguments on both sides of the coin, before they get a chance to vote on the Novermber 8... more »
  • Supposed niece, others seek shares of Prince's estate

    October 21, 2016 10:07 PM

    CHASKA, Minn. - A Minnesota judge says he'll try to rule quickly whether Minnesota law entitles a purported niece, grandniece and nephew of Prince to shares of the late rock superstar's estate. Attorneys for Prince's siblings said at a hearing Friday that the purported family members' claims should be rejected... more »
  • Man sues over arrest after police mistake doughnut glaze for meth

    October 21, 2016 10:03 PM

    ORLANDO, Fla. - A Florida man arrested last year after police mistook doughnut glaze in his car for meth is suing the city of Orlando and a drug-testing kit company. The Orlando Sentinel reports Daniel Rushing filed a lawsuit last week, claiming negligence by the city and the kit's manufacturer.... more »
  • La. Supreme Court Justice's case against other justices thrown out

    October 20, 2016 10:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that a member of Louisiana's Supreme Court filed against four fellow justices. Justice Jefferson Hughes filed suit last December saying he was illegally removed from two cases against oil companies. His suit said defendants sought his removal because lawyers for... more »
  • US citizen born in refugee camp challenges Louisiana law to marry

    October 18, 2016 12:55 PM

    LAFAYETTE - A Louisiana man is suing to challenge a state law that has prevented him and other immigrants from obtaining a marriage license because they couldn't produce a birth certificate. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court claims the marriage law amended last year by state lawmakers violates the... 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 »
  • Federal court blocks Louisiana online verification law

    October 10, 2016 5:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A judge signed an order permanently preventing Louisiana from enforcing a 2015 state law that required websites to verify the age of internet users before accessing non-obscene material. The order was signed by Chief Judge Brian A. Jackson of federal district court on Friday. Judge Jackson... more »
  • Tourist sues Louisiana State Police over 2015 arrest

    October 7, 2016 9:28 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Five Louisiana State Police troopers and the agency's leader have been sued for an alleged unconstitutional stop and arrest last year of a 17-year-old tourist in New Orleans' French Quarter. The lawsuit was filed Friday in federal court by Lyle Dotson, of Muncie, Indiana, and his father,... more »
  • Feds: Ignore that post about banning driver cell phone use

    August 22, 2016 8:41 PM

    DETROIT - Briefly Monday, it looked like the federal government was going to push all 50 states to ban the use of cell phones and other wireless devices while people are driving. But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration now says it was all a mistake. The agency posted non-binding... more »
  • Get free legal advice during the flood aftermath

    August 22, 2016 11:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Flood victims can access free legal advice to help guide them through the recovery process. Victims will have a lot of questions and this service is aimed at getting answers. Here are examples of the legal assistance available: · Help securing FEMA and other... more »
  • Kenny Matassa addresses bribery allegations at council meeting Play Video

    August 4, 2016 11:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Ascension Parish Presidnet Kenny Matassa addressed the media for the first time since bribery allegations surfaced. "I've got nothing to say," Matassa told people at a council meeting Thursday. "I'm doing my job and I'm going to continue doing my job." At the meeting, Matassa began answering... more »
  • NBA moving All-Star Game out of Charlotte, sites LGBT law

    July 21, 2016 6:06 PM

    CHARLOTTE - The NBA is moving the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte because of its objections to a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people. The league says it hopes to announce a new location for next February's events shortly. It hopes to... more »
  • LSU law students safe in France after Nice attacks

    July 15, 2016 3:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - All of the 45 LSU Law students that were participating in the study abroad program in France are safe after a truck drove into a large crowd during Bastille Day celebrations, killing 84 people and injuring many more. Five LSU Law students were in Nice at... more »
  • Lawsuit against NFL by former players will go to court

    July 1, 2016 8:30 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - More than 1,500 former players claiming that NFL teams and their training staffs dispensed powerful drugs while misleading them about the health risks will get their day in court. Federal judge William Alsup of the Northern District of California denied a motion Friday to dismiss the players'... more »
  • YouTube star arrested for lying about assault, injuries

    June 29, 2016 10:10 PM

    LOS ANGELES - A YouTube personality who said he was assaulted outside a West Hollywood club has been charged with filing a false police report and faking his injuries. The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department says London-native Calum McSwiggan was seen hitting himself with a jail payphone after his arrest early... more »
  • U.S. officials look for more time to discuss military transgender policy

    June 29, 2016 9:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. officials say senior military leaders are expressing deep concerns that the launch of new Pentagon rules allowing transgender service members to serve openly in the military is moving too quickly. The Pentagon plans to unveil the new regulations in the next day or two. Under those rules,... more »
  • La, Miss abortion laws similar to overturned Texas law Play Video

    June 27, 2016 1:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana Right to Life says the Supreme Court's ruling on a Texas abortion law may indicate trouble ahead for a similar Louisiana law. Legislative Director Deanna Wallace says Monday's decision doesn't invalidate Louisiana's law requiring doctors who perform abortions to be able to admit patients to a... more »
  • New law will crack down on puppy mill sales

    June 23, 2016 11:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed a bill into law that will crack down on pet stores that acquire dogs from puppy mills. The new law will prohibit pet stores in Louisiana from acquiring dogs and cats from breeders with documented Animal Welfare Act violations within... more »
  • New law provides for more animal shelter oversight

    June 17, 2016 2:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New legislation will require publicly funded animal shelters in the state to register with the animal welfare officials in an effort to identify areas in the state where more animal assistance is needed. The law, which passed with amendments, was brought about because the Humane Society... more »
  • New law makes operating unlicensed child day care center a criminal offense

    June 17, 2016 9:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - On Thursday, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a bill into law that creates criminal penalties for individuals accused of operating a child day car center without a valid license. The law also establishes penalties for continuing to operate a child day care center after the operator... more »
  • Surrogacy regulations bill signed into law by Gov. Edwards

    June 15, 2016 3:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards has reversed course from his predecessor and agreed to create regulations governing surrogacy births in Louisiana. Surrogacy isn't illegal in Louisiana, but contracts between a couple and its surrogate haven't been enforceable in court. The woman who gives birth is presumed to be... more »
  • Edwards signs cursive writing mandate for schools into law

    June 15, 2016 12:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards has agreed to a mandate that cursive writing must be taught in Louisiana's public school classrooms. The governor's office announced Tuesday that Edwards had signed the requirement bill by Republican Sen. Beth Mizell, of Franklinton, into law. The measure requires public schools, including... more »
  • Charter school restriction bill heads to governor's desk

    May 26, 2016 12:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards has won one victory in his effort to put more limits on charter schools in Louisiana. With a 78-12 vote Thursday, the House gave final passage to a bill pushed by Edwards to remove an unused method for creating charter schools, which are... more »
  • Bill aimed at identifying sex offenders online gets final OK

    May 25, 2016 12:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal described as helping parents keep their children away from sex offenders when they play video games or participate in other online activities has received final passage. The bill by Republican Rep. Cameron Henry, of Metairie, would let the public have access to email addresses and... more »
  • Religious objections bill rejected by La. Senate committee

    May 24, 2016 12:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's state senators have refused to enact a new law declaring pastors and churches don't have to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies or allow them in their facilities. The Senate Judiciary B Committee voted 3-2 Tuesday to shelve the House-approved bill. Opponents of the proposal by... more »
  • Fine for texting and driving could jump to $500 for first offense

    May 18, 2016 10:27 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Fines for texting while driving could see a dramatic increase in the near future. While there’s already a state law against texting and driving, Senator Yvonne Colomb is looking to have the associated fine raised from $175 to $500 for the first offense. The maximum fine... more »
  • Minimum wage increase stalled as negotiations continue

    May 2, 2016 1:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' push to boost Louisiana's minimum wage remains stalled in the Senate as the Democratic governor continues negotiating with lawmakers, trying to win support for the bill. The proposal to raise the minimum wage to $8.50 an hour, sponsored by New Orleans Sen.... more »
  • Industrial hemp pilot program backed by House lawmakers

    April 27, 2016 9:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State Rep. Jack Montoucet wants to study the growing of industrial hemp. But first he had to persuade his colleagues he wasn't creating a path toward legalizing marijuana. Montoucet's proposal would allow public colleges or the Department of Agriculture to set up a pilot program to explore... more »
  • Gov. signs law denying service based on religion

    April 5, 2016 3:15 PM

    JACKSON- Mississippi's governor has signed a law that allows religious groups and some private businesses to refuse service to gay couples based on religious beliefs. Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 1523 on Tuesday, despite opposition from gay-rights groups and some businesses. Some conservative and religious groups support the bill.... more »
  • Bill aimed to stop peeping Toms using drones Play Video

    April 1, 2016 7:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The increasing popularity of unmanned flying drones equipped with cameras has raised privacy concerns. State Representative Marcus Hunter wants to expand Louisiana's video voyeurism law to include these remote controlled devices. "What we want to do is create the crime where someone uses the drone to be... more »
  • Parking the 'wrong' way could soon be allowed Play Video

    March 31, 2016 9:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It's illegal to parallel park facing on-coming traffic, but a bill making its way through the state legislature would change that. Current law requires vehicles to park within 18 inches of the curb with the right side of the vehicle, parallel to the curb. The bill... more »
  • Public record at center of Nakamoto arrest released Play Video

    March 24, 2016 2:27 PM

    WHITE CASTLE - The third part of a public records request that was not filled and lead to the arrest of WBRZ Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto Wednesday was released to the station's news department Thursday morning. Just received part 3 of @ChrisNakamoto 's public records request. The part... more »
  • Leaders avoid questions; Nakamoto escorted away in handcuffs, given summons Play Video

    March 23, 2016 3:32 PM

    WHITE CASTLE - Police detained WBRZ reporter Chris Nakamoto while Nakamoto was pursuing a story on town government operations Wednesday. Nakamoto was put in handcuffs, escorted to the police department and written a misdemeanor summons. The summons was written for an alleged violation of statute 14:63, remaining after being... more »
  • Clinic no longer performing abortions in Baton Rouge

    February 25, 2016 1:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Abortions are no longer being performed in Baton Rouge since the only abortion clinic here no longer meets state law. After a court upheld the law requiring doctors at clinics have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, the facility in East Baton Rouge was forced to... more »
  • Four candidates for SU Law Center post announced Thursday

    February 25, 2016 10:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The search committee looking to select the next chancellor of the Southern University Law Center will pick from four candidates announced Thursday morning. Three of the four candidates are closely tied to the university already as internal candidates. The other is a state appellate court judge... more »
  • Congressional agency reduces health law sign-up predictions

    January 25, 2016 3:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - A report confirms that fewer people than expected are purchasing health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law. The Congressional Budget Office study released on Monday says that 13 million people are likely to purchase policies through the Affordable Care Act, down about 8 million from... more »
  • Baton Rouge law fixture Cheney Joseph dies

    December 18, 2015 11:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A longtime member of the Baton Rouge legal community, Cheney Joseph Jr., passed away this week. He was 73. Joseph was named co-dean of the LSU Law Center in August to fill in for chancellor Jack Weiss, who resigned. Cheney was battling cancer at the... more »
  • Bookstores sue over La. age-verification law

    November 4, 2015 3:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A pair of Louisiana booksellers joined civil rights groups to file a lawsuit Wednesday over a new law requiring publishers to put age gates on their websites. The American Civil Liberties Union and Media Coalition filed the suit on behalf of Garden District Book Shop and... more »
  • Health law sign-ups keep growing; uninsured rate declines

    August 13, 2015 2:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says nearly a million people signed up for health insurance under the health care law even after the official enrollment season ended. That helped push the share of uninsured Americans below 10 percent and underscored how hard it could be for Republicans to dismantle the... more »
  • New Louisiana law taking effect Saturday targets 'revenge porn'

    July 31, 2015 4:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Sending "revenge porn" can land you in jail, new housing protections are being extended to domestic violence victims and enforcement of sea turtle protection laws is tightening. Those are among hundreds of new Louisiana laws that take effect Saturday. Anyone who shares a nude or partially-nude cell phone... more »
  • Jindal agrees to new housing protections for abuse victims

    July 1, 2015 7:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Victims of domestic violence are receiving new housing protections in state law. Gov. Bobby Jindal's office announced Wednesday that the governor has signed the bill by Baton Rouge Sen. Sharon Weston Broome, a Democrat, that sets up the new guidelines. In addition to allowing victims to break... more »
  • Jindal agrees to medical marijuana, lessened pot penalties

    June 29, 2015 5:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's penalties for having small amounts of marijuana have been lowered. Gov. Bobby Jindal signed the measure into law Monday, along with a bill that will get medical marijuana to people suffering from cancer, glaucoma and a severe form of cerebral palsy through a limited number of... more »
  • Lawmakers vote to let state agents enforce sea turtle law

    June 9, 2015 4:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State wildlife officials should soon be able to enforce federal laws that require shrimp nets to include escape hatches for sea turtles. With a 99-0 vote Tuesday, the House gave final passage to a bill that will remove Louisiana's enforcement ban. Supporters of the bill say some... more »
  • Court won't lift hold on Obama immigration action

    May 26, 2015 2:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has refused to lift a temporary hold on President Barack Obama's executive action that could shield millions of immigrants from deportation. A 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel issued the 2-1 ruling Tuesday. The U.S. Department of Justice had asked the court... more »
  • Elected official violates bid law purchasing ritzy rides Play Video

    May 18, 2015 6:08 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - If you drive a vehicle less than $60,000, does it anger you that an elected official used your tax money to purchase two luxury vehicles totaling nearly $110,000? Iberville Parish Assessor Randy Sexton is under fire tonight after the WBRZ Investigative Unit uncovered he violated the public... more »
  • Judge throws out part of suit against Louisiana abortion law

    May 12, 2015 6:09 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge in Baton Rouge says there is a rational reason for Louisiana's law requiring abortion clinic doctors to get hospital admitting privileges, but the law could still turn out to be an undue burden on women who want abortions. District Judge John deGravelles threw... more »
  • Southern grad prepares for Harvard law Play Video

    May 8, 2015 7:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Almost 700 Southern University students got their diplomas Friday morning with their eyes toward the future, and one student among their ranks is preparing to head to his dream school. Daniel Joiner, 21, graduated with close to a 4.0 grade point average, making him the top... 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 »
  • Proposed law could end suspensions, expulsions Play Video

    March 31, 2015 6:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One state lawmaker is proposing a bill that would no longer kick kids out of school in the state. Senator Sharon Weston-Broome(D-Baton Rouge) filed SB54 , which would to prohibit any school from suspending or expelling children from kindergarten through third grade. "I firmly believe... more »
  • Local law enforcement take the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Play Video

    February 23, 2015 7:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Law enforcement agencies from across the area are teaming up to raise money for Special Olympics by taking the Polar Plunge. This year's plunge is Saturday, February 28th at 9 a.m. at the Cabela's in Gonzales. This is the eighth year of the event. There are... more »
  • Dozens of guns taken off the streets

    February 21, 2015 7:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Multiple people turned in their unused guns, Saturday, at Elm Grove Baptist Church. The Sheriff's office along with state and city police with the District Attorney's office hosted the annual Gas for Guns event. This was the 5th year law enforcement put the event together,... more »
  • Baton Rouge gets tough on 'litter sign' offenders Play Video

    January 15, 2015 5:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City officials are coming down on individuals, businesses and organizations who place signs where they don't belong in Baton Rouge. According to the Department of Public Works, any signs that are in the public right of way or on utility poles are illegal and those who... more »
  • Man accused of rape in SU law library

    January 9, 2015 3:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Southern University Police accused a 32-year-old Georgia man of raping a woman in the school's law library last semester. SUPD said Shaboyd Cannon of Gray, Ga. surrendered Friday to an arrest warrant for forcible rape. Investigators said on Aug. 20 Cannon forced himself on a... more »
  • Hungary says Sunday is sacred for workers

    December 16, 2014 7:54 PM

    BUDAPEST, HUNGARY- Lawmakers approved a measure that bans most stores from opening on Sunday, a day the government says employee should not be forced to work. Trade unions and business groups challenged the law that passed Tuesday. Even the Economy Minister said last month the measure was "not wise." One... more »
  • Surge in health law sign-ups

    December 16, 2014 4:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - Sign-ups under President Barack Obama's health care law surged last week, driven by a deadline for getting covered by Jan. 1, officials said Tuesday. Unlike last year, the HealthCare.gov website was working well. More than 1 million people picked a plan from Dec. 6 through Dec. 12, bringing... more »
  • Attorney General Caldwell opposes Maryland gun law

    November 17, 2014 3:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has joined 20 other state attorneys general in opposing Maryland's gun law. The brief from the attorneys general was filed this past week in U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Baltimore. They argue Maryland's law violates citizens' rights to keep and... more »
  • Teachers say cell phone driving ban working Play Video

    October 31, 2014 4:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Parents and teachers say a new law that bans handheld cell phones in some school zones is working to keep kids safe. The new law applies only during school zone hours if a specific sign is posted. Drivers are still allowed to use phones when reporting... more »
  • Signs to remind drivers of 'Move Over' law

    September 30, 2014 3:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - If you're driving past stopped police cars or stranded motorists on the side of Louisiana's roadways, officials want you to "Move Over." Louisiana's state police superintendent and transportation secretary announced Monday the installation of several dozen signs telling people to "Move Over for Emergency Vehicles." The signs,... more »
  • Illegal immigrant drivers put to vote

    September 17, 2014 7:38 PM

    PORTLAND, OREGON- Some people in Oregon were successful in blocking a new law that allowed illegal immigrants to get driver's licenses and instead passed a measure to allow voters to decide the issue in November. Seven other states allow it. Oregonians for Immigration Reform says the state should... more »
  • Justice Dept. seeks new tool against data fraud

    September 12, 2014 3:20 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Justice Department officials are pressing Congress for a new law to help them prosecute criminals overseas who traffic in stolen credit cards. It's part of an effort to combat an increasingly lucrative crime that crosses national boundaries. Authorities say the current law is too weak because it... more »
  • State Supreme Court hears arguments on teacher tenure

    September 5, 2014 3:09 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A law toughening teacher tenure requirements in Louisiana is up for arguments before the state Supreme Court. Friday's high court hearing deals with a Baton Rouge judge's decision that the 2012 legislation that included the tenure changes was unconstitutional. State District Judge Michael Caldwell ruled that the... more »
  • Judge: Sept 30 conference on La abortion law

    September 3, 2014 3:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. District Judge John deGravelles has scheduled a status conference Sept. 30 on a request to block Louisiana's restrictive new abortion law while a suit challenging it is in court. He told lawyers Tuesday that he wants brief memos by Sept. 23 on what issues each side... more »
  • $2 million collected from gamblers for child support program

    August 26, 2014 4:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state confiscated over $2 million in gambling winnings Tuesday as part of a state law that allows the government to collect casino winnings from parents behind on child support. It is the most money collected yet since the program's $1 million milestone in August 2013.... more »
  • Federal lawsuit filed against new La. abortion law

    August 22, 2014 2:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE- An abortion rights organization has filed the first court challenge to a Louisiana law that would require doctors who perform abortions to be able to admit patients to a nearby hospital. The Center for Reproductive Rights filed its lawsuit Friday in U.S. District Court in Baton Rouge on... more »
  • Obama to sign veterans' health care overhaul

    August 7, 2014 3:39 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is set to sign into law a bill aimed at helping veterans avoid long waits for health care. The legislation is a response to reports of veterans dying while awaiting appointments to see Veterans Affairs doctors and of a widespread practice of employees covering... more »
  • Legislator says La. abortion law not in jeopardy

    July 29, 2014 4:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The sponsor of a Louisiana law that requires doctors that perform abortions to have hospital admitting privileges doesn't believe the provision is in jeopardy after a federal appeals court struck down a similar Mississippi law. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 Tuesday to overturn... more »
  • US appeals panel strikes down Miss. abortion law

    July 29, 2014 1:35 PM

    JACKSON, Miss.- A federal appeals court panel has ruled that a Mississippi law that would close the state's only abortion clinic is unconstitutional. The three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued its ruling Tuesday in a case involving the state's 2012 law, which required physicians at... more »
  • Revised law will help notify law enforcement of arsonists Play Video

    July 27, 2014 9:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new law is reformatting the arson registry database to keep better tabs on firebugs. The arson registry was established in 2010 to track convicted arsonists but some state leaders call it insufficient. State Fire Marshal Deputy, Brant Thompson, said they are reformatting the registry to monitor... 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 »
  • La. school bus law could add costs and travel time

    July 5, 2014 11:32 AM

    MONROE, La. - Officials are warning that a new state law could cause a big increase in school bus costs and travel times across Louisiana. The law, which takes effect in August, prohibits bus drivers from picking up or dropping off students in locations where they would have to cross... more »
  • New law aims to keep student information private

    June 24, 2014 2:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal signed a bill into law today that stiffens penalties for educational institutions found guilty of collecting or sharing certain types of personal student information. Gov. Jindal said children and parents shouldn't have to fear the involuntary exposure of private information when they enroll... more »
  • Jindal signs harsher penalties for referee attacks

    June 23, 2014 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Parents who attack referees at their children's athletic events will face toughened penalties. Gov. Bobby Jindal's office announced Monday the governor has signed a bill increasing punishment for conviction of the misdemeanor crime of battery of a school or recreation contest official. The crime had carried a... more »
  • New La. law ups penalties for the sale of children

    June 20, 2014 3:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal signed another piece of legislation Friday intended to make life tougher on people who profit off trafficking children. The law introduces stricter penalties for anyone involved in the sale, transfer or arrangement of the exchange of a child to another person in exchange... more »
  • Baker backs away from party law, suggests resolution instead

    June 9, 2014 8:38 PM

    BAKER- City leaders scrapped a plan for an ordinance that would have required a special permit before certain venues can host birthday parties or similar events for teenagers. Instead, city council members decided on writing a resolution to encourage businesses to follow a list of suggested ways to make events... more »
  • Law setting new welfare limits nears passage

    June 2, 2014 11:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State law will prohibit Louisiana's welfare recipients from spending their federal assistance at jewelry stores, lingerie shops, tattoo parlors and nail salons. The House and Senate gave final passage Monday to a bill by Hammond Rep. Chris Broadwater, a Republican, that codifies rules that were put in... more »
  • Jindal signs alternative treatment bill into law

    May 30, 2014 2:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A bill signed into law on Friday by Bobby Jindal allows terminally ill patients to use experimental drugs or treatments that are still awaiting FDA approval as long as they have physician approval for the interventions. Representative Julie Stokes sponsored the bill and said it gives... more »
  • New La. law bans sale of cough syrups to minors

    May 28, 2014 4:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Jindal signed a bill into law that prohibits minors from purchasing over-the-counter cough medicines containing dextromethorphan (DXM) without a prescription. The creation of the law makes Louisiana the sixth state to pass legislation aimed at eliminating the abuse of DXM by minors. According to... more »
  • Tanning bed ban for minors signed into law

    May 23, 2014 12:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has agreed to ban Louisiana's minors from using tanning beds. The governor's office announced Friday that Jindal signed into law the bill by New Orleans Rep. Helena Moreno, a Democrat, that prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from using the tanning facilities. Supporters... more »
  • New law toughens registration law for sex offenders

    May 23, 2014 11:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal signed a bill into law on Thursday that stiffens the punishment for sex offenders and child predators who fail to register with the state. Jindal said the bill makes failing to register a criminal offense and requires jail time for convicted offenders who... more »
  • Jindal signs cigarette butt littering ban into law

    May 20, 2014 3:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Flicking a cigarette butt out of your car window could get you slapped with a hefty fine and community service. Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed into law a bill that labels cigarette butts as litter and allows the fines. The measure by Republican Rep. Patrick Connick, from... more »

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