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  • House unanimously agrees to overstuffed construction budget

    May 28, 2015 12:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An overloaded state construction budget that will leave the governor choosing which projects advance is headed to the Senate for debate after getting unanimous House support. The budget - known as the capital outlay bill - contains about $330 million more in projects for the 2015-16 fiscal... more »
  • House backs Common Core compromise as Jindal gets on board

    May 27, 2015 5:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has agreed to the main planks of a Common Core compromise, appearing to quiet the controversy over the education standards for the legislative session. Near-unanimous votes Wednesday for the two bills came as Gov. Bobby Jindal announced his support for the deal. One bill... more »
  • Senate-backed medical marijuana bill advancing in House

    May 27, 2015 5:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Only a year after a medical marijuana proposal stalled in its first hearing before state lawmakers, a bill that could get medical-grade pot to people suffering from cancer, glaucoma and a severe form of cerebral palsy is nearing final passage. The House Health and Welfare Committee approved... more »
  • Lawmakers advance Medicaid expansion financing tool

    May 27, 2015 12:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal to help pay for Louisiana to expand its Medicaid program if its next governor is interested continues to zip through the Legislature. The Senate Health and Welfare Committee approved the proposal by Republican House Speaker Chuck Kleckley without objection Wednesday. The House already has agreed... more »
  • Common core, infrastructure on session agenda Wednesday

    May 27, 2015 9:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers will revisit common core standards during Wednesday's session. They'll be looking at a bill that would review the academic benchmarks throughout the state. The bill would also include required public hearings in every congressional district. A House committee will also look at another bill that would... more »
  • Discussion continues on Baton Rouge body cameras Play Video

    May 27, 2015 8:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The fight for body cameras rages on in Baton Rouge. Councilwoman Denise Marcelle is continuing her push for an ordinance that would require patrolling officers to wear the cameras, starting January 1st. The topic has already been deferred three times at council meetings. Marcelle says it's been... more »
  • House backs pension hike for retired teachers, state workers

    May 27, 2015 6:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Retired state employees, public school workers and teachers would get a boost to their pension checks, under a bill advancing to the state Senate for consideration. The House voted 80-20 Tuesday for the proposal by Rep. Sam Jones, a Democrat from Franklin. The measure would provide a 1.5... more »
  • Historian with ties to Louisiana's WWII museum dies

    May 26, 2015 11:25 PM

    HELENA, Mont. - Best-selling author and historian Hugh Ambrose has died at age 48. His sister, Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs, says Ambrose died of cancer Saturday in Helena. Ambrose consulted on the HBO miniseries about World War II called "The Pacific" and wrote a book by the same name. It was... more »
  • Construction budget jammed with more projects than money

    May 26, 2015 5:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have started advancing Louisiana's multibillion-dollar state construction budget for next year. But just because projects are in the budget bill doesn't necessarily mean they'll get money in the fiscal year that begins July 1. Gov. Bobby Jindal submitted an overloaded construction budget proposal with $258 million... more »
  • Bill to ban abortions based on gender fails to win support check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 26, 2015 2:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana appears unlikely to add a new legal restriction banning "sex-selection" abortions performed based on gender. The House-backed proposal stalled Tuesday in a Senate judiciary committee, on a 2-2 vote that keeps the bill stuck in committee. Bill sponsor Rep. Lenar Whitney, a Houma Republican, said she's... more »
  • Bill to lower Louisiana's marijuana penalties OK'd by Senate

    May 26, 2015 11:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State senators have agreed to lessen Louisiana's penalties for simple possession of marijuana, to remove provisions that allow people to be jailed up to 20 years for repeatedly getting caught with small amounts of pot. The Senate voted 27-12 Monday for the proposal by Sen. J.P. Morrell,... more »
  • Representative Garret Graves check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 26, 2015 10:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - It's been a busy 100 days for congress. This morning one of Louisiana's newest congressman, Garret Graves, stopped by 2une In to tell News 2's John Pastorek about what he's witnessed so far. "A lot of people look at Congress and say, ‘it's so far away... more »
  • Shrimp prices plummet in 2015

    May 26, 2015 9:36 AM

    DULAC- After a few years of steady prices, Louisiana shrimpers are watching the prices for their catches plummet this season. Nicholas Rodrigue, a shrimper from Dulac says last year he was getting $2 a pound. This year the price has dropped to 55 cents. Shrimp season for waters within three... more »
  • Mother remembers fallen vet son check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 25, 2015 7:55 PM

    GONZALES - The mother of a deceased veteran said a military procedure took the life of her son. Alice Daniel was the special speaker at the Ascension Parish Memorial Day Service. Daniel's son Austin was a Staff Sergeant in the Louisiana National Guard who served a tour in Iraq... more »
  • Pennington Biomedical: Benefits of breastfeeding check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 25, 2015 10:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana has the lowest breastfeeding rate in the nation according to the March of Dimes, but there are many benefits to breastfeeding. This morning, Dr. Leanne Redman from Pennington Biomedical stopped by 2une In to give us some more information. Dr. Redman is currently working to figure... more »
  • Gonzales jambalaya festival Play Video

    May 22, 2015 10:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Tens of thousands of jambalaya junkies will invade Gonzales Friday, for the legendary jambalaya festival. It's the annual south Louisiana start of summer, food, and fun. This morning News 2's John Pastorek was in Gonzalez learning more about the celebration. People from all over Louisiana will be... more »
  • Louisiana House passes $24B budget proposal for next year Play Video

    May 21, 2015 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has agreed to a more than $24 billion budget proposal for next year that contains fewer cuts than lawmakers had feared but still leaves some public health care programs short. Lawmakers voted 65-37 Thursday for the spending plan to finance government operations in the... more »
  • No winners in 3 top Louisiana lottery games

    May 21, 2015 11:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Lottery officials say there were no winners Wednesday in the multistate Powerball jackpot, the Louisiana Lotto or the Easy 5 drawings. The Powerball jackpot goes to an estimated $138 million for Saturday night's drawing. Louisiana Lotto will have a top prize of $725,000 for Saturday night.... more »
  • Louisiana House to complete budget work on Thursday

    May 21, 2015 8:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana House is expected to finish its work on next year's $24 billion budget Thursday. Lawmakers have spent the last few days deciding what programs to cut. Healthcare is likely to take the brunt of the reductions, as lawmakers hurry to protect public colleges and universities.... more »
  • Jindal plan to sell Baton Rouge welcome center hits snags

    May 21, 2015 5:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is rethinking its plan to sell a welcome center near the Louisiana Capitol after running into legislative resistance. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols said Wednesday that lawmakers have concerns about selling a building so close to the Capitol complex. She said: "We are listening... more »
  • TOPS bill moves forward check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 20, 2015 7:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Legislators want to make changes to the TOPS college scholarship program, but the governor's office won't stand for it. Sen. Jack Donahue (R-Mandeville) is sponsoring a bill that will put spending restrictions on the free-tuition program. Two Senate bills moved through the House Education Committee Wednesday. Next,... more »
  • Vets warn dog flu may hit Louisiana check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 20, 2015 6:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Canine Influenza has hit Louisiana and the U. S. again, but this time vets warn it's a different strain of the virus. The first case reported case of dog flu in the U.S. was in 2004. There's a vaccine for that strain of the virus, called... more »
  • Dedicated funds remain off-limits in Louisiana budget debate

    May 20, 2015 5:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As lawmakers sift through ideas to solve financial gaps, one idea has been off-limits: scaling back budget protections that leave higher education and health care most vulnerable to slashing. Lawmakers have repeatedly lamented that too much of the state's budget is "dedicated," locked up by either... more »
  • Louisiana black bear could move off threatened-species list

    May 20, 2015 11:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal and Louisiana officials say it's time to get the animal that inspired teddy bears off the list of protected species. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official Steve Guertin says his agency is making a formal proposal to remove the Louisiana black bear from the list... more »
  • Engineers to consider deepening MS River

    May 19, 2015 9:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Army Corps of Engineers will hold a meeting here soon to discuss the impacts of dredging the Mississippi River by as much as five feet. The Associated Press reported the discussion Tuesday evening. The Corps said Baton Rouge will play host to one of three... more »
  • Bill to rebalance this year's budget heads to House floor

    May 19, 2015 2:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - House lawmakers have started work on rebalancing this year's budget, advancing a bill to plug health care and education gaps with money from an improved state income forecast. The Appropriations Committee approved several financial measures Tuesday to close this year's shortfalls and to use patchwork dollars to... more »
  • Cool Schools: Northside Elementary check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 19, 2015 10:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Students at Northside Elementary in Livingston Parish are showcasing their artistic abilities at the school's sixth annual Spring Art Show. This year the show's theme is Louisiana. The art show gives students an outlet from the busy testing schedule that comes at the end of the year.... more »
  • 11-year-old dies in northern Louisiana flash flood

    May 19, 2015 7:38 AM

    RUSTON- An 11-year-old child from Ruston died in a flash flood after waters swept a vehicle he was in toward a creek in northern Louisiana. Ruston police were notified of the vehicle being swept down the creek Monday morning. At the time, the vehicle was occupied by an adult, an... more »
  • Burglars raid salon, steal $30K worth of human hair

    May 19, 2015 4:46 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Burglars in eastern New Orleans skipped the cash register and made straight for the product in a beauty store caper that netted them $30,000 worth of human hair. Police said thieves knocked out the cinder block wall backing Beauty and Booku sometime between when the business was locked... more »
  • Senators sail through tax bills

    May 18, 2015 8:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Senators sailed through 11 House-approved tax changes Monday that would raise $615 million dollars and save state colleges from devastating cuts. The Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee offered no amendments or objections to the bills, preferring to send them to the Senate Finance Committee next week. ... more »
  • Man wanted for fraud may be traveling I-10 corridor

    May 18, 2015 4:40 PM

    COVINGTON - Authorities in numerous states are on alert, after a man wanted for fraud was seen along I-10. Deputies in the Tampa Bay area are looking for James Charlton Davis, III, 56. Investigators said Davis uses online dating sites to meet women around his age and tricks them... more »
  • Contentious religious objections bill hearing check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 18, 2015 11:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A contentious bill that thrust Louisiana into a national debate over religious objections laws will finally get a hearing. The bill stirred controversy when it was proposed. The Tuesday hearing before the House civil law committee comes after the halfway point of the legislative session and may... more »
  • Scared bear spends week in central Louisiana neighborhood

    May 18, 2015 4:58 AM

    MARKSVILLE- A young black bear has been a backyard spectacle in a central Louisiana neighborhood where he has spent the past week up one tree or another as he searches for a new home. State wildlife biologist Maria Davidson says the bear in Marksville is among three to five that... more »
  • Analysis: Jindal's presidential motivations

    May 15, 2015 9:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Almost anyone who follows politics assumes Governor Jindal will run for president. Some are calling it "the worst kept secret in Louisiana." Jindal's staff has said the governor will announce whether or not he's running after Louisiana's legislative session ends in June. However, his chances of winning... more »
  • Analysis: Jindal's presidential motivations

    May 15, 2015 7:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Almost anyone who follows politics assumes Governor Jindal will run for president. Some are calling it "the worst kept secret in Louisiana." Jindal's staff has said the governor will announce whether or not he's running after Louisiana's legislative session ends in June. However, his chances of winning... more »
  • People flock to opening night of "Pitch Perfect 2"

    May 15, 2015 9:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A movie that was shot throughout Baton Rouge is now in theatres. "Pitch Perfect 2" was shot in Baton Rouge, and hundreds of local extras can be seen throughout the film. Over 3,000 people from Louisiana and beyond participated in the filming of the movie's final scene... more »
  • Dreams Come True golf tournament Play Video

    May 14, 2015 11:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Dreams Come True of Louisiana has granted over 900 "dreams" to local children with life-threatening illnesses. The organization has made dreams like a new tree house, going to a baseball game, and even whale watching, a reality for sick kids. Dreams Come True is putting on their... more »
  • Life in Louisiana after graduation Play Video

    May 14, 2015 9:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Graduation season is coming to the close, and thousands of graduates are starting the job search. Louisiana has one of the fastest growing job markets in the country, and it's expected to sustain that growth for at least the next eight years. The career field is looking... more »
  • Bill reducing sentences for marijuana possession narrowly passes House

    May 14, 2015 3:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE- With the narrowest of votes, the Louisiana House voted to lower the maximum sentence for repeat marijuana possession from 20 years to eight years. The bill by Rep. Austin Badon, a New Orleans Democrat, moved to the Senate with a 53-36 vote. That was the minimum support needed... more »
  • Filmmaker admits to defrauding film tax credit program

    May 13, 2015 8:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A Baton Rouge movie maker has admitted in a federal courtroom that he falsified invoices to receive Louisiana's film tax credits. U.S. Attorney Walt Green said in a news release that 46-year-old George Kostuch pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of wire fraud that accused him of penning... more »
  • Anti-Common Core proposals scheduled for Wednesday debate

    May 13, 2015 5:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE- After nearly a year of high-profile public feuds over the Common Core education standards, the debate is scheduled to shift to a House Education Committee hearing. That's the first stop for bills that seek to pull the multistate standards adopted by more than 40 states from Louisiana's public... more »
  • State income tax filing deadline Friday

    May 13, 2015 4:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The deadline for filing 2014 Louisiana individual income tax returns is Friday. Taxpayers needing more time to prepare their returns must submit an extension request by the filing deadline to avoid late-filing penalties. The Louisiana Department of Revenue recommends electronic filing for taxpayers for the fastest, most error-free... more »
  • Louisiana road safety Play Video

    May 12, 2015 8:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Last year hit and run accidents injured more than 4,000 people in Louisiana. Last week, a truck hit three cyclists on a road in Baton Rouge, leaving them lying in the road before driving off. State police say this hit and run accident is a wake-up call,... more »
  • House backs bill requiring casinos to pay for rape exams

    May 12, 2015 4:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana House has agreed to steer an estimated $1.6 million in unclaimed gambling money annually to pay for rape victims' medical exams. With a 93-0 vote Monday, the bill by Rep. Helena Moreno, a Democrat from New Orleans, was sent to the Senate for consideration. The casino... more »
  • Senate agrees to possibly relinquish authority over tuition Play Video

    May 11, 2015 6:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's state senators have agreed to let public colleges raise their own tuition rates without needing legislative approval. But that authority only would come if a separate proposal to put cost controls on the TOPS free college tuition program also gains passage. The Senate voted 33-4 Monday... more »
  • Anti-union bill gains momentum in right-to-work Louisiana

    May 11, 2015 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An anti-union bill is stirring up what may be Louisiana's first real battle between business and labor unions in a generation. The measure is scheduled for a Tuesday debate before the full House. If approved, it would bar police, firefighters and teachers from having union dues automatically... more »
  • La. ranks 15th in pre-school enrollment for 4-year-olds

    May 11, 2015 12:32 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A national study ranks Louisiana 15th in the nation in the percentage of 4-year-olds enrolled in pre-school. The study released Monday by the National Institute for Early Education Research shows total enrollment of 19,871 in pre-school programs for 4-year-olds, an enrollment rate of about 32 percent. State... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims drop in Louisiana

    May 11, 2015 11:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending May 2 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Monday show the initial claims decreased to 2,498 from the previous week's total of 2,737. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • Jindal continues to call for revenue neutral budget Play Video

    May 8, 2015 7:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - At an informal meeting with reporters on Friday before leaving the state, Governor Bobby Jindal evaded specific questions about about tax credit rollbacks and repeated a general statement he gave Thursday after the state House approved millions of dollars in tax changes. "Any tax credit where... more »
  • Louisiana's inshore shrimp season to open May 18

    May 8, 2015 5:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission says state inshore waters will open for shrimping at 6 a.m. May 18. Most outside waters are already open. So are the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur sounds. The May 18 opening covers inside waters and state outside waters out to... more »
  • Treasurer Kennedy on budget issues Play Video

    May 7, 2015 10:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The budget battle is heating up today at the Capitol. Lawmakers are expecting a long debate as they consider a dozen tax changes in the hopes of getting more money to balance next year's budget. State Treasurer, John Kennedy talked to News 2's John Pastorek about what the... more »
  • Commercial fishing for large coastal sharks closed

    May 7, 2015 4:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has closed commercial fishing for large coastal sharks in Louisiana waters. The National Marine Fisheries Service closed commercial fishing for those sharks in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico earlier this week. The season will remain closed in state and... more »
  • Senate backs lease protections for domestic abuse victims

    May 7, 2015 3:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A proposal to give domestic abuse victims new protections from eviction narrowly received passage from the state Senate. Sen. Sharon Weston Broome, a Baton Rouge Democrat, said her bill was an attempt to keep victims of domestic violence from being rendered homeless. The proposal would make it illegal... 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 »
  • Louisiana borrows $335M to continue construction projects

    May 6, 2015 12:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Despite budget question marks and the collapse of a recent LSU bond sale, Louisiana has borrowed $335 million without problems. The state sold general obligation bonds Wednesday to low bidder Wells Fargo Bank. The Bond Commission agreed to the sale without objection, with the money slated to... more »
  • Law enforcement shifting stance on pot, even if only a bit

    May 5, 2015 11:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Law enforcement agencies are shifting their stance on Louisiana's strict marijuana laws, at least a bit. The Louisiana Sheriffs' Association previously opposed developing a way to distribute pot, as allowed under a 1991 medical marijuana law. Now the organization supports a proposal to get medical marijuana to... more »
  • Police say Collins still not suspect in murder investigation

    May 4, 2015 10:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police say former LSU football player La'el Collins met with detectives Monday morning and is still not considered a suspect in an active murder investigation. Cpl. Don Coppola Jr. of Baton Rouge Police said Collins and his attorney met with investigators at around 10:30 a.m. and... more »
  • Voters around Louisiana OK 49 taxes, nix 10

    May 4, 2015 3:37 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Voters in 28 parishes around Louisiana considered nearly 60 tax measures, and the vast majority passed. New or renewed taxes include one for libraries in New Orleans, a $175 service charge for a Bastrop fire protection district, and four for Rapides Parish schools. Slidell-area voters turned down proposals... more »
  • 5 higher education institutions put on negative credit watch Play Video

    May 1, 2015 6:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With the threat of deep budget cuts looming, national credit rating agency Standard & Poor's has placed five Louisiana higher education institutions on a negative credit watch. The move effectively cautions investors that ratings could be lowered in the near future. S&P's decision affects Nicholls State University,... more »
  • House lawmakers proposing changes to construction budgeting

    May 1, 2015 4:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Year after year, lawmakers pack so many projects into Louisiana's construction budget that it leaves the governor to choose the favored ones. Frustrated House members wanting more control over how the state prioritizes its construction spending are trying to change that. The state construction budget passed by... more »
  • Budget-balancing deal has yet to take shape in Legislature

    April 30, 2015 2:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers remain undecided on an approach for closing next year's $1.6 billion shortfall, so the House tax committee has advanced a menu of options that could become the building blocks of a budget-balancing deal. The Ways and Means Committee sent to the House floor a cigarette tax... more »
  • LSU at the Capitol Play Video

    April 30, 2015 8:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Students, alumni, and friends of Louisiana State University will march to the Capitol today to call for change. They're asking legislators not to cut state funding to their school by 82%. LSU students are waking up to the reality, that if these cuts go through, their future... more »
  • Senate and House health committees reject Medicaid expansion Play Video

    April 29, 2015 2:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers have refused to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program so the working poor could get government-funded health insurance. The Senate health care committee voted 5-3 Wednesday against a coverage expansion bill proposed by Bogalusa Sen. Ben Nevers, a Democrat. A few hours later, the House health care... more »
  • Air Quality Awareness Month check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 29, 2015 11:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE- May is Air Quality Awareness Month, when we draw attention to things like ozone, pollutants, and air quality standards. This morning, Vivian Aucoin, from the Department of Environmental Quality, and Ann Shaneyfelt, with Louisiana Clean Fuels stopped by 2une In to tell us more about the efforts being... more »
  • 3 deputies injured after high-speed chase leads to crash

    April 29, 2015 3:06 AM

    Kenner- Three Louisiana deputies have been injured after a high-speed chase with an attempted murder suspect ended in a crash. The Advocate reports three St. John the Baptist Parish deputies chased suspect Cory Hebert west of New Orleans Tuesday night into Kenner. The chase ended in a crash, injuring the... more »
  • Proposals to cap La. film tax credit program move forward

    April 28, 2015 3:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A trio of proposals to trim Louisiana's generous film tax credit program have won the backing of the House tax committee, as it looks for ways to help balance next year's budget. The House Ways and Means Committee sent to the full House three different cap levels... more »
  • Lemonade Day Louisiana check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 28, 2015 10:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Over the past five years, Lemonade Day Louisiana has given over 50,000 children across the state the opportunity to become entrepreneurs. On Saturday, May 2nd, these young entrepreneurs will participate in the fifth annual Lemonade Day, which is set to be the largest to date. The program... more »
  • La. House votes to limit diversions on gasoline tax spending

    April 28, 2015 9:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana House wants to put the brakes on spending state gasoline tax money for items other than roadwork. Lawmakers voted 92-5 Tuesday for a proposal by Rep. Terry Landry, a New Iberia Democrat, that would cap the dollars that can be diverted from the gas tax trust... more »
  • Cleanup underway from Monday's severe weather

    April 28, 2015 7:49 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Power company workers continue to restore electricity to homes and businesses across southeast Louisiana that lost power during Monday's severe weather. Entergy says 5,000 customers in New Orleans and 9,000 customers in Jefferson Parish remain without power Tuesday. Over 100,000 last power during the storms. High winds downed... more »
  • Guilty verdict against 3 in film tax credit scheme

    April 28, 2015 3:54 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A jury has returned guilty verdicts against three people for their role in a conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud as part of a film tax credit scheme. U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite says the jury found 65-year-old Peter M. Hoffman, his estranged wife, 69-year-old Susan Hoffman,... more »
  • Tobacco tax increase bill gets House committee backing

    April 27, 2015 1:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal to raise Louisiana's cigarette tax to match the rate charged by Mississippi has won approval from the House tax committee, as part of broader budget-balancing negotiations. The bill was a smaller tax hike than health advocates wanted. But Rep. Harold Ritchie agreed to the change,... more »
  • Tornado warning for East Baton Rouge and Livingston Parish

    April 27, 2015 10:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The National Weather Service says a line of severe thunderstorms is moved across south Louisiana. The National Weather Service in New Orleans has issued a Tornado Warning for: Southeastern West Baton Rouge Parish in southeastern Louisiana. Southwestern East Baton Rouge Parish in southeastern Lousiaiana. Northwestern Livingston Parish... more »
  • Made in Louisiana: Grandmother's Buttons Play Video

    April 27, 2015 9:42 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE- For most of us, buttons decorate our shirts and blouses, but for Susan Davis, buttons are her business. 30 years ago, before Davis' button empire was established, she received inspiration from visits to her grandmother's house. That's where the name, ‘Grandmother's Buttons', originated. According to Davis,... more »
  • Bee population in La. is looking up

    April 25, 2015 3:46 PM

    ALEXANDRIA - There are some good signs indicating that Louisiana's bee population is rebounding, according to federal bee experts. A recent U.S. Department of Agriculture report on honey shows production is up. Producing colonies have decreased about 4 percent in Louisiana, March data shows, but colonies were up in number... more »
  • Louisiana overpaid $17M in annual tobacco settlement money

    April 24, 2015 2:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The attorney general says Louisiana received about $17 million more in tobacco settlement money this month than it should have. Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's office notified the Jindal administration and Treasurer John Kennedy about the overpayment, saying national accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers made mistakes in settlement payments across... more »
  • Soldiers coming home

    April 24, 2015 4:41 AM

    MONROE- A weekend welcome-home event is set in Monroe for members of the Louisiana National Guard's 528th Engineer Battalion. More than 150 soldiers are returning to friends and family after deploying to Kuwait for construction and engineering projects in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Some of the soldiers went to... more »
  • Coca-Cola bottler expands to take over Louisiana markets

    April 23, 2015 3:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United Inc. is expanding its territory in the Southeast. United will have markets in a major portion of Louisiana, including Alexandria, Monroe, New Iberia, and Shreveport. The company's territory rights also were extended to Natchez, Mississippi; Tallahassee, Florida; and Valdosta, Georgia; through a letter of... more »
  • Senators back inventory tax repeal in budget-balancing plan

    April 22, 2015 6:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Ignoring the outcry of local government leaders, senators moved ahead with the cornerstone of a budget-balancing package of tax changes under negotiation by legislative leaders. The Senate Finance Committee voted 9-1 Wednesday for a proposal by Sen. Robert Adley to repeal the local property tax charged on... more »
  • Man survives nightmare crash into swamp

    April 22, 2015 4:21 PM

    KENNER - A man riding a three-wheeled motorcycle was thrown over an elevated portion of the Interstate and into the swamp below Wednesday afternoon. The motorcycles, who was not identified, was rescued and State Police posted pictures of the situation on its Facebook page . Troopers said the man... more »
  • Louisiana moves ahead with abortion regulation rewrite

    April 21, 2015 3:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has rewritten the state's abortion clinic regulations, a move that abortion-rights supporters say was unnecessary and intended to hinder the operation of clinics. The state Department of Health and Hospitals this week published the final version of the 20-page revamp of clinic licensing... more »
  • La. unemployment rate improves even as payrolls fall

    April 21, 2015 2:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's unemployment rate continued to fall in March, even as employer payrolls fell. The state's jobless rate fell to 6.6 percent from 6.7 percent in February. That's well above the 5.5 percent the state recorded in March 2014. Unemployment has declined over the past three months as... more »
  • Firefighters rescue duck lodged in fireplace

    April 21, 2015 6:35 AM

    SLIDELL - Firefighters in Louisiana have rescued a duck lodged in a fireplace. WVUE-TV reports firefighters in St. Tammany Parish responded to an unusual call Sunday from a home in Slidell outside New Orleans. When firefighters arrived, they discovered a large duck trapped in the fireplace with its head... more »
  • Budget work gets derailed at Capitol

    April 20, 2015 6:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Plans to start moving the pieces of a budget-balancing package of tax changes this week got derailed Monday. The Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee was scheduled to consider a bill by Sen. Robert Adley, R-Benton, that would repeal a local property tax on inventory. The repeal... more »
  • 5 years after BP spill: What's changed in offshore drilling

    April 20, 2015 2:56 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - As oil gushed from BP's ruptured well five years ago and public outrage built by the day, the Obama administration issued a six-month moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. When the well was finally capped after nearly three months, political and industry pressure mounted on... more »
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