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  • Livingston council announces public hearing for term limits, gravel pits

    April 15, 2016 12:24 AM

    LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Parish Council made headway on a pair of items at a meeting Thursday night that have been in the works for months. The council briefly discussed and set a date for a public hearing about administering term limits for themselves. Voters replaced the entire council last... more »
  • Boehner likely to move on debt limit hike before departure

    October 14, 2015 3:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner is signaling that he'll move must-do legislation to increase the government's borrowing cap before he leaves Capitol Hill. The statutory cap on the government's so-called debt limit needs to be raised by early November, the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday, confirming a recent warning... more »
  • 2015 Louisiana dove season's first split to open Sept. 5

    July 8, 2015 8:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The opening split of the 2015 Louisiana dove season in the north zone will open Sept. 5 and run through Sept. 27 if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approves date submissions by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. Additional north zone splits for dove would be Oct.... more »
  • Atchafalaya Basin black bass creel limit to change

    June 19, 2015 7:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Beginning Saturday, black bass regulations on the Atchafalaya River Basin will be consistent with statewide regulations - no length limit with a 10 fish daily creel. Impacted waterbodies include the Atchafalaya River Basin, Lake Verret, Lake Palourde Complex and Lake Fausse Point/Lake Dauterive Complex. In June 2013, the... more »
  • Age limit on La. officials on hold indefinitely

    August 29, 2014 2:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A state judge has indefinitely blocked enforcement of a new Louisiana law that sought to force incumbent constables and justices of the peace who are 70 or older into retirement. District Judge Tim Kelley of Baton Rouge replaced a temporary restraining order he issued Aug. 18 with a... more »
  • Red snapper anglers' season cut from 11 to 9 days

    May 14, 2014 6:15 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal fisheries officials have cut this year's recreational red snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico from 11 days to nine days, starting June 1. A NOAA Fisheries news release says the change was needed because the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council reduced the snapper quota... more »
  • Task force urges limit on NSA snooping

    December 18, 2013 3:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - A presidential advisory panel is recommending stripping the National Security Agency of its ability to store Americans' telephone records and requiring a court to sign off on individual searches of phone and Internet data. The panel does not recommend that the NSA stop seizing phone and Internet data... more »
  • NYC appeals ruling striking down soda size limit

    March 28, 2013 3:07 PM

    NEW YORK- New York City is asking appeals judges to reinstate a ban on supersized sodas and other sugary drinks. A Manhattan judge struck down the first-of-its-kind measure March 11, a day before it was to take effect. The rule would prohibit many eateries from selling high-sugar drinks in more... more »
  • House passes bill to defuse debt crisis

    January 23, 2013 12:29 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has passed a bill to permit the government to borrow enough money to avoid a first avoid default for at least four months, defusing a crisis looming next month and setting the stage for a springtime debate over taxes, spending and the deficit. The House... more »
  • GOP moves to delay debt-ceiling showdown 3 months

    January 22, 2013 4:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republicans controlling the House are moving quickly to try to defuse a potential debt crisis. They're offering legislation to prevent a first-ever default on U.S. obligations for three months or more. The Republicans are giving up for now on trying to extract spending cuts from Democrats in return... more »
  • GOP official: House to vote on delaying debt limit

    January 18, 2013 12:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - A Republican official says the GOP-controlled House will vote next week to permit the government to borrow more money to meets its obligations. Full details aren't settled yet, but the move is aimed at giving the government about three more months of borrowing authority beyond a deadline expected... more »
  • US taps pension fund to avoid passing debt limit

    January 15, 2013 5:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says the government has begun borrowing from the federal employee pension fund to keep operating without surpassing its debt limit. Geithner says in a letter to congressional leaders that the move will free up $156 billion in borrowing authority while Congress debates increasing the... more »
  • Geithner: Gov't could pass debt limit by mid-Feb.

    January 14, 2013 4:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is telling congressional leaders that the U.S. government will exhaust its borrowing limit as soon as mid-February, earlier than expected. The government reached its $16.4 trillion borrowing limit on Dec. 31, but began using bookkeeping maneuvers to keep from surpassing it. In a letter... more »
  • Boehner: GOP will pass 'responsible' debt bill

    January 14, 2013 1:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - Speaker John Boehner says the GOP-controlled House will "do its job" and pass legislation to lift the nation's borrowing cap and keep the government running, but will insist that Democrats accept new spending controls. Boehner acknowledged Monday that failing to lift the so-called debt ceiling would have bad... more »
  • Obama: Debt limit increase can't be tied to spending cuts

    January 14, 2013 12:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is demanding that Congress quickly raise the nation's $16.4 trillion debt limit, telling reporters, "we are not a deadbeat nation." At a White House news conference less than a week before he takes the oath of office for a second term, Obama warned that if... more »
  • Governors warn Congress over debt limit

    January 9, 2013 10:41 AM

    WASHINGTON - Governors are warning Congress that lingering uncertainty over raising the nation's debt limit could hinder their state budgets and job growth. Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin are outlining state agendas in 2013 as part of the National Governors Association. Markell says the postponing of... more »

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