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  • 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 »
  • Boehner says debt limit should be part of talks

    November 9, 2012 10:54 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner says any deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff should include lower tax rates, eliminating special interest loopholes and revising the tax code. Speaking to reporters Friday, the Ohio Republican insisted that changing the tax code and making it more efficient would lead to... more »
  • Term limits for school board members on ballot

    October 15, 2012 10:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE - After years of off and on debates, voters in most school districts will decide on Nov. 6 whether to limit local school board members to 12 consecutive years of service. The only exceptions are Lafayette and Jefferson parishes. Under the ballot measure, voters of each... 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 »
  • Bill to limit gun restrictions heads to La. voters

    May 29, 2012 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana voters will decide whether to toughen the state's constitutional protections for weapon owners. The proposal by Republican Sen. Neil Riser would strike a provision that gives the Legislature explicit authority to limit concealed handguns. The Senate gave final passage to the measure Tuesday with a 34-4... 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 »
  • Parking changes in effect for Gonzales city streets

    December 19, 2011 4:47 AM

    GONZALES - The city of Gonzales has implemented new parking regulations, creating a four-hour parking limit on city streets during the day. Mayor Barney Arceneaux says a committee made the recommendation in November to address several complaints that some businesses use city parking spaces to park company vehicles when... more »
  • House begins debate on debt limit compromise

    August 1, 2011 4:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress has started debating the debt limit compromise negotiated by President Barack Obama and Republican leaders. The GOP-run House began considering the bill less than a day after the White House and top lawmakers reached agreement on a dispute that had locked them in deadlock for months.... more »
  • White House, GOP discuss potential debt limit pact

    July 31, 2011 10:01 AM

    WASHINGTON- White House officials and congressional Republicans are discussing a potential agreement that could end their bitter debt limit showdown. The hope is that a deal can be completed by Tuesday to avert a possible government default. Officials speaking on condition of anonymity say the White House and GOP... more »
  • Phone lines, websites busy as people weigh in on debt limit

    July 26, 2011 2:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's appeal for Americans to let their lawmakers know how they feel about the debt limit debate may be having an impact. Congressional officials say the House switchboard is near capacity, and they're suggesting using backup numbers. Websites are also experiencing heavy traffic. But... more »
  • Shrimping limit set after tar ball found

    November 24, 2010 7:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The federal government has closed part of the Gulf of Mexico to royal red shrimping after a commercial shrimper found tar balls in his net. In a news release late Wednesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the new restriction covers 4,213 square miles of federal... more »
  • Term Limit Bill passes in House committee

    April 7, 2010 10:43 AM

    A bill dealing with the term limits of governor and statewide elected officials has passed out of a state House committee. The bill places a three term limit on the positions of secretary of state, attorney general, commissioner of agriculture, treasurer and commissioner of insurance. We'll have more... more »
  • Gulf fishery council ups red snapper catch limit

    February 5, 2010 5:33 AM

    A Gulf of Mexico fisheries council says it wants to increase the amount of red snapper fishermen can catch. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council voted to raise the annual catch limit from 5 million pounds to 6.9 million pounds. Recent red snapper studies found that the species was... more »

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