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  • Legal marijuana goes on sale in Washington

    July 8, 2014 10:12 AM

    BELLINGHAM, WA - The first legal sales of recreational marijuana in Washington state have begun. Eager customers bought pot at 8 a.m. at Bellingham's Top Shelf Cannabis, one of two stores in the city north of Seattle that started selling marijuana as soon as was allowed under state regulations. Washington... more »
  • Port officials fire back at locked out landowners Play Video

    June 26, 2014 10:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A heated confrontation about a land dispute took center-stage at Thursday's Port of Baton Rouge commission meeting. "They had the audacity to file suit," commission attorney Barry Wilkinson said. "They try to paint the port as an obstructionist and unwilling to work with them that is... more »
  • People looking for ways to bring back Clinton curfew

    August 19, 2013 10:31 AM

    CLINTON - Support for an overnight curfew in Clinton continues even after the town's original, wide-ranging curfew ran into legal trouble. The town canceled the curfew after a lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of Clinton resident Tommy Mead. The measure banned pedestrians and drivers from the town's... more »
  • City attorney to resign during legal storm

    June 10, 2013 12:02 PM

    PORT ALLEN - The city attorney for Port Allen confirmed to News 2 today that he's submitted his resignation after serving the city for 16 years. Victor J. Woods, Jr. submitted his letter of resignation on May 29. It said he'd previously asked Mayor Deedy Slaughter that he be... more »
  • Lawmakers seek injunction against Jindal budget

    April 1, 2013 4:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two Jefferson Parish lawmakers have tweaked their legal challenge to Gov. Bobby Jindal's patchwork financing of the budget. Now, they're asking a Baton Rouge judge to block the use of such financing in next year's spending plans. Republican Reps. Kirk Talbot and Cameron Henry filed their amended... more »
  • La. AG's oil spill tab nears $24M

    January 14, 2013 2:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's attorney general has spent nearly $24 million building the state's legal case against BP over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. And records show much of the money has gone to outside law firms that have contributed to his campaigns. The $15.4 million that Attorney... more »
  • Pot legalized in Colorado with gov's proclamation

    December 10, 2012 3:27 PM

    DENVER - Using marijuana for recreational use is now effectively legal in Colorado. Gov. John Hickenlooper declared a voter-approved marijuana legalization amendment as part of the state constitution on Monday. It was the last procedural step needed for the amendment to take effect. The drug became legal in Washington state... more »
  • Republicans stepping in own way on immigration

    November 29, 2012 1:29 PM

    WASHINGTON - After Mitt Romney's presidential election loss, Republicans quickly identified one of their mistakes as the party's dysfunctional relationship with Hispanic voters, who overwhelmingly voted for President Barack Obama. But early GOP immigration reform efforts on Capitol Hill seem to miss the mark. A pair of bills offered by... more »
  • Stores selling synthetic marijuana warned Play Video

    November 16, 2012 5:20 PM

    GONZALES - Ascension Parish is aggressively targeting the sale of synthetic marijuana. This comes after a number of students were sent to the hospital for using the synthetic drug. The synthetic drug is used as a marijuana-type substance, it's marketed and sold in stores as incense or potpourri. ... more »
  • Former Jindal adviser doing lobbying, legal work

    November 14, 2012 3:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's former chief of staff, Stephen Waguespack, is taking a job that will keep him near the Louisiana Capitol. The Jones Walker law firm announced Wednesday that Waguespack has joined the business as special counsel and as the director of the firm's government relations practice,... more »
  • Former Jindal adviser doing lobbying, legal work

    November 14, 2012 3:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's former chief of staff, Stephen Waguespack, is taking a job that will keep him near the Louisiana Capitol. The Jones Walker law firm announced Wednesday that Waguespack has joined the business as special counsel and as the director of the firm's government relations practice,... more »
  • Jindal continues staff shake-up

    October 15, 2012 6:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is switching up his top legal adviser. Jindal announced late Monday that Executive Counsel Liz Murrill is leaving the governor's office and going to the Division of Administration. No word was given for why Murrill was leaving. The governor's office did not immediately respond... more »
  • Developer must pay $201M for loans, interest

    September 5, 2012 8:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge says a Baton Rouge developer owes an Ohio lender $201.9 million in loans and interest on a mixed-use project called Perkins Rowe. U.S. District Judge James J. Brady added that J.T. "Tommy" Spinosa and his firms also must pay Cleveland-based KeyBank National Association... more »
  • LAE asking schools to wait before using voucher money

    July 27, 2012 10:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An attorney for the Louisiana Association of Educators sent a letter asking voucher schools to hold off on using money until the legal challenge is finalized. The association's president said the latter hopes to prevent schools from having to pay back dollars spent if courts rule... more »
  • US panel: Improve child custody rules for military

    July 18, 2012 3:54 PM

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A national legal panel that works to standardize state laws is looking to simplify child custody rules for military service members, whose frequent deployments can leave them without clear legal recourse when family disputes erupt. The Uniform Law Commission is a group of some 350 attorneys appointed... more »
  • 15-year-old dies, one critical in Slaughter crash that killed 5 others

    June 1, 2012 10:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A 15-year-old died Friday night after sustaining injuries in a crash in Slaughter that left five others dead. His 13-year-old brother remains in critical condition, according to the victims family. State Police said the man accused causing the crash in East Feliciana Parish had a blood... more »
  • St. Helena hires legal expert to craft new sex law

    April 2, 2012 7:12 AM

    GREENSBURG - The St. Helena Parish Police Jury has hired Scott Bergthold, a Chattanooga, Tenn.-based lawyer whose practice specializes in helping local governments draft laws that regulate adult businesses. Police Jury Vice President Thomas Wicker says Bergthold was recommended to the police jury by the Moral Alliance of St. Helena,... more »
  • Police arrest man for drunk driving, injuring 3

    January 4, 2012 12:23 PM

    WALKER - A late afternoon crash injuring two women and a child Tuesday resulted in the arrest of a driver who police say was three times over the legal limit. Police arrested Jason R. Rodrigue, 34, for first offense DWI and careless operation of a vehicle. Authorities say... more »
  • Appeals court rules phony checkpoint was legal

    December 30, 2011 3:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has ruled that DeSoto Parish sheriff's deputies didn't illegally use a phony checkpoint to catch people driving under the influence of drugs. In April 2008, deputies placed a sign on a rural road that warned motorists a narcotics checkpoint was ahead, but the... more »
  • Closing ordinance opposed by club Play Video

    November 18, 2011 4:16 PM

    PORT ALLEN - A gentleman's club owner told West Baton Rouge Parish Council members that he would fight an ordinance requiring his business to close at 10 p.m. on Sundays. Last month, 53 percent of parish voters cast ballots in favor of a proposed law requiring businesses selling alcohol... more »
  • Judge asked to intervene in BP claims process

    February 1, 2011 4:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Louisiana’s governor and attorney general want a judge to step in and oversee communications between people claiming a portion of BP’s oil spill compensation fund and the fund’s administrator, Ken Feinberg. Attorney General Buddy Caldwell filed the motion in federal court in New Orleans today. It asks... more »
  • Group wants truck stop tiger removed

    November 23, 2010 11:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE – An animal rights group has asked state officials to revoke a truck stop’s permit to have a live tiger named Tony on display. The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a petition with the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, claiming the tiger’s conditions and habitat at... more »
  • Ascension Parish battles over bingo

    October 14, 2010 6:33 PM

    Video bingo is on the chopping block in Ascension Parish. The game is legal, but some parish council leaders want to rid their home of what they call a "vice." After a Popeyes in Livingston Parish asked the owners of an attached video bingo hall to leave, they... more »
  • Lawyer database created for oil spill victims

    August 11, 2010 5:39 AM

    The National Bar Association is creating a database of attorneys for residents seeking legal help in the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill. The attorney database will be posted on the group's website. The oil spill already has spawned hundreds of lawsuits and many more claims by individuals and businesses.... more »
  • Oil spill legal mess likely one of costliest ever

    July 27, 2010 5:29 AM

    BP and the other companies involved in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill face multiplying lawsuits likely to spark one of the most drawn-out and expensive legal battles in U.S. history. Legal experts say the fight could easily consume the $20 billion BP set aside for the disaster. One veteran... more »
  • Rapides commission stops 'FEMA trailer' permits

    June 29, 2010 6:47 AM

    The Rapides Area Planning Commission won't issue permits for house trailers once used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency until legal issues are worked out. Tens of thousands are being sold at auction nationwide. The commission's chief building official, Lee Lemoine, tells The Town Talk that some have been put... more »
  • Ban on synthetic marijuana receives final passage

    June 14, 2010 10:23 AM

    A ban on synthetic marijuana has received final passage in the Louisiana legislature. The measure, proposed by Rep. Ricky Templet would ban the sale, possession and manufacture of the product, which is often labeled as botanical incense. It has brand names like "K2", "Voodoo" and "Spike". The mixture of... more »
  • LA Department of Insurance Owes Nearly $700,000

    August 24, 2009 5:14 PM

    State Legislative Auditor Steve Theriot says the Louisiana Department of Insurance owes his office $692,000 for legal fees and other services. Theriot's office recently settled a lawsuit against the department of insurance. It had to do with access to e-mails and other records from the department. Access has been granted,... more »

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